BALTIMORE, OCT. 16 -- An abundance of speed in Saturday's $75,000-added Twixt Stakes, the highlight of Pimlico's meet-ending program, has jockey Michael Hunter considering an alternate style of transportation.

Listed at 8 to 1 in an eight-horse field of 3-year-old fillies, Hunter's mount, Ice Devise, appears to be outclassed by New York-based favorite Key Bid, third in the Rare Perfume Stakes at Belmont Park, and Angelina County, the race's only stakes winner. Ice Devise is winless in five stakes tries -- though never beaten by more than 5 1/2 lengths -- and has raced the Twixt's 1 1/8-mile distance only once.

Hunter rode Ice Devise for the first time in Pimlico's Martha Washington Handicap two weeks ago, and learned from her fifth-place finish -- two lengths off winner Cutlasee.

"She was very hyper and very rapid," Hunter said. "I'll try to get her to relax; even if she breaks fast {from the outside post}, I can take her back and move in toward the rail. I don't think I'll have to fight her; I know her now."

In rating Ice Devise, Hunter and trainer Ron Cartwright hope to have something left for the stretch. Yampacala, 5 to 1, likely will lead early; Teofilo Diaz's speedster has shown the way in her last three stakes, twice finishing second.

But Yampacala hasn't contended with the likes of Key Bid, who weakened in the one-mile Rare Perfume after running a half-mile in 46 2/5 seconds and six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, nor Angelina County, who won the 1 1/8-mile Omni International Maryland Oaks on Maryland Million day in 1:50 3/5. Ruben Hernandez is scheduled to come from New York to ride Key Bid (7 to 5).

Trainer Bill Boniface named Mario Pino astride Angelina County (5 to 2), a winner of $116,098 in 1987. Under the allowance conditions, Angelina County will carry 122 pounds, eight more than in her last start.

With Ice Devise under 113 pounds, weight is of little concern to Cartwright. "She can handle the distance if she's rated," he said. "But if she goes out too fast, she's going to come up a bit short."

Cartwright has entered Castelets in Sunday's opening-day feature at Laurel, the $100,000-added Laurel Turf Cup.