07/25/2008 12:00AM

Amthors have victory in their sights


EDMONTON, Alberta – Zuri Mwana has run well in each of his three starts in Alberta since arriving here from California as part of a six-horse stable owned by Ken and Joan Amthor and trained by their son, Gordon. The Amthors campaigned here over 20 years ago, and they have returned from the U.S. with a strong contingent.

Zuri Mwana has speed, draws a good post, and is the one to catch in Sunday’s featured seventh race, an allowance/optional $32,000 claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs, which attracted seven 3-year-olds.

Shannon Beauregard has been first-call rider for the Amthor shed row and is back up on Zuri Mwana, a gelding who missed by a neck here July 12 in a strong effort.

Part Pirate hails from the leading shed row of Red Smith, and his last two works were bullet drills, indicating he is ready for a strong effort in his first start since June 13 at Stampede Park.

Vision of Roses will be rolling late for trainer Dale Greenwood, who won the Northlands Oaks with Broken Hearted last weekend and continued the roll by winning a the final two races on Wednesday evening, all for his principal client Bear Stables Ltd.

o Arkhill, winner of the Alberta Derby and Ky Alta, heads a list of 18 nominees to the Aug. 2 Count Lathum, a prep for the $300,000 Canadian Derby on Aug. 23. Troy Taylor, leading trainer at Hastings, nominated both Forest Prince and Texas Wildcatter, two of the three horses he recently purchased from Stonerside Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher.