08/29/2003 12:00AM

All bets are off on three-horse Futurity

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The $30,000 North Dakota Futurity will be run here on Sunday with only three entrants and as a non-betting race.

Restricted to 2-year-olds eligible through the North Dakota Thoroughbred Association, the Futurity will be run before the live betting card, at approximately 12:40 p.m.

The three runners that will vie at six furlongs for a $30,000 purse are Silky Black, owned by Pat and Diane Carpentier and trained by Harry Kube; Strike an Image, owned by B B Stables and trained by Jack Robertson; and Dakota Dixie, owned by William Maulding and trained by Chad Torevell.

Strike an Image has started twice, most recently finishing second here Aug. 16, beaten only a neck in a maiden claiming race for a price tag of $11,500.

Dakota Dixie finished fifth, beaten 9 1/4 lengths, in his only lifetime start here July 12, but against maiden special weight company.

Silky Black has started twice, including a ninth-place finish in which he was beaten 11 1/2 lengths in the race in which Strike an Image finished second.