03/25/2004 12:00AM

Two stakes for price of one


PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Meadows fans will get a double dose of stakes action on Saturday. Older sprinters will run in the six-furlong Governor's Speed Handicap, and 3-year-old fillies will race in the mile Mt. St. Helens Stakes.

The Governor's Speed was scheduled for last Saturday, but was called off when only Yesss, Knightsbridge Road, Star of Elttaes, and Lovers Son were entered. Director of racing Jerry Kohls rescheduled the stakes in hopes of attracting one more entrant, and his hope was realized when trainer Vannessa Hunt entered City Parkway.

The addition of City Parkway, a winner of three consecutive sprints in the middle claiming ranks, lends more speed to the compact field, but it is not expected to impact the wagering significantly. The race appears to be a three-way contest between Yesss, a double stakes winner at the meeting, Knightsbridge Road, a stakes winner in each of the last two years at Emerald Downs, and Star of Elttaes, a sharp allowance winner here on Feb. 23.

Lovers Son also has a chance, and will be making his second start off a layoff after running a good third to Yesss in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance on March 6.

The Mt. St. Helens drew a field of 10 headed by Mary Goldblatt Stakes winner So Happy Together and Quiz the Maid, the Ms Stakes champion.

Also expected to draw support are Ms Lady Palace and Kya Jo, the second- and third-place finishers behind So Happy Together in the mile Goldblatt on March 6.

Ms Lady Palace, a speedy daughter of He's Tops, is expected to show the way.