11/28/2002 12:00AM

Wineberg top two meet again


PORTLAND, Ore. - Our Lucky Kiss and Roada Ghost, the one-two finishers in the Janet Wineberg Stakes on Nov. 16, renew their rivalry at Portland Meadows on Saturday in the $10,000 Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs.

Our Lucky Kiss was a strong favorite for the six-furlong Janet Wineberg, and she lived up to her billing, drawing away to score by 3 1/2 lengths after pressing the pace of Roada Ghost early. Our Lucky Kiss, who is trained by Nick Lowe, again figures to be favored Saturday.

She will be ridden by regular rider Karen Knapp at 120 pounds, the weight to be carried by all seven entrants.

Roada Ghost, a daughter of Cisco Road and former local 2-year-old filly champion Wegota Ghost, was making only her second start in the Janet Wineberg, having posted a flashy maiden win in her debut. Trainer Jim Fergason said he feels she can improve off that effort.

"She had gotten sick and missed some training before her last race, and I think she was just short," Fergason said. "She should be a lot tougher this time."

Both Lowe and Fergason have possible aces in the hole for the Lassie. Lowe will also saddle Groovy's Rare Moon, a winner over maiden special weight company here last Saturday, and Fergason will also send out Back Street Girl and Sahara Knight.

Back Street Girl won her only start against $12,500 maidens here on Nov. 12, while Sahara Knight won her debut at Hastings Park in June before going unplaced in a stakes race and an allowance race in Vancouver.

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