11/20/2002 12:00AM

Yada's real race even better than Lowe's dream

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AUBURN, Wash. - Last Sunday morning, several hours before he was to send out first-time starter Yada Yada Yada against the heavily favored Stately Jack Flash in the $14,120 Bill Wineberg Stakes at Portland Meadows, trainer Nick Lowe confided that he had dreamed about the race earlier in the week.

"Our horse was laying fourth, stalking the pace, then in the deep stretch he slipped through along the rail and nipped Stately Jack Flash right on the wire," Lowe said.

That just goes to show what dreams are worth in the cold light of day, because it didn't happen like that at all. Yada Yada Yada, who was sent off at 20-1 in a field of eight Oregon-bred 2-year-olds, actually pressed the pace under Amir Cedeno while racing four wide the entire trip, then surged late to defeat the 1-5 Stately Jack Flash by a full length in 1:13.20. All the same, Lowe didn't seem disappointed.

"I just can't believe it," he said. "I've always loved this colt, but he missed a month of training with a cold and then a mystery lameness that we never did diagnose. I brought him into this race off a bunch of gallops and one three-furlong workout, and I thought sure he'd be short. I kept thinking he'd hang it up any second, but he just kept going."

A week before the race, Lowe had pretty much decided not to run Yada Yada Yada in the Wineberg. What made him change his mind?

"It was spousal pressure," interrupted the trainer's wife, Dr. Meg Brinton. "Nick was going back and forth about running him, so I finally just told him the horse was running and that's that."

Brinton, who is a practicing veterinarian, takes a special interest in Yada Yada Yada, since she bred the colt and she is the aunt of the colt's owner, Alice Brinton.

"Alice is a pre-med student at the University of Washington and she couldn't be here because she had to study," she explained. "She'll be thrilled when she finds out he won, though. We're all pretty thrilled."

Lowe's filly also wins stakes

Yada Yada Yada's score in the Wineberg capped a banner weekend for Lowe, who also saddled Our Lucky Kiss for a more prosaic victory in Saturday's $14,980 Janet Wineberg Stakes for Oregon-bred 2-year-old fillies.

There were no dreams or dramatics for Our Lucky Kiss, who was sent off as the 3-5 choice over four rivals off a strong second to Right You Are in the OTBA Sales Stakes. Under Karen Knapp, she sat just off the pace of second-choice Roada Ghost to the top of the stretch, then powered away to score by more than three lengths in 1:13.60 for six furlongs.

"She is just a total professional, and it is a pleasure to train her," said Lowe. "She is like a pony horse in the paddock and in the gate, but when the bell rings she is all racehorse. I'm real excited about her future."

Our Lucky Kiss, a daughter of Swiss Yodeler and Muddy Creek Molly, by Darby Creek Road, has already had an eventful past. Raised by Bruce and Nita Loudon in Oregon, she sold at the OTBA sale as a weanling for $7,100, then at Keeneland's September Sale as a yearling for $7,500, and finally at the Barretts March sale as a 2-year-old for $15,000. Owner Howard Siegel of Agora Hills, Calif., gave her to trainer Len Shoemaker, who got her to win her maiden for a $12,500 tag at Fresno in her 10th start on Oct. 12.

At that point Bruce Louden, who had been keeping tabs on his former baby, contacted the owner and suggested he send the filly to Lowe for Oregon-bred stakes at Portland Meadows.

"I've had a long-distance relationship with both the owner and the former trainer, but it has been very enjoyable," said Lowe. "I really appreciated how forthcoming and helpful Leonard Shoemaker was. He told me everything I needed to know about the filly, and it's not always like that when you get a horse from another trainer. He's just a very classy guy."

"Mr. Siegel is a great guy, too. He has several horses racing in California, but he couldn't be more interested in this little filly or more excited when she runs. I gave him a play-by-play account of the race on my cell phone, and he was ecstatic when she won."

- The program that was lost on Nov. 3 because of unsafe track conditions will be made up on Feb. 14.