06/28/2006 11:00PM

Anderson controls Canada Day field


Trainer Carl Anderson sends out three of the five fillies and mares entered in the $40,000 Canada Day Stakes at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Remiewaterbluz, the winner of the 2003 Canada Day, holds the best hope for Anderson in the one-mile race. A 7-year-old daughter of Lucky So n' So, Remiewaterbluz won the La Verendrye Stakes in her first start of this year on June 4. The La Verendrye was also her first start for Anderson.

In addition to Remiewaterbluz, Anderson will saddle Vicar's Daughter and Proudest Queen. Vicar's Daughter finished fifth, 5 1/4 lengths behind Remiewaterbluz in the La Verendrye. Since then, the 4-year-old Vicar's Daughter finished seventh against second-level allowance company as the favorite.

Prior to the La Verendrye Vicar's Daughter had run twice this year, finishing second and then winning against first-level allowance company.

Proudest Queen has run twice here this year after a 14-month layoff and failed to beat a horse in either start.

Ericka's Lass should provide the main opposition to the Anderson trio. Trained by Emile Corbel, Ericka's Lass finished second when facing males in her season opener on May 7. Ericka's Lass won the prep for the La Verendrye as the odds-on choice before finishing second, 1 1/2 lengths back of Remiewaterbluz in the La Verendrye.

Pete's Surprise, whose last win came in the 2004 Canada Day, rounds out the field. Trained by Jack Robertson, Pete's Surprise exits the same race as Vicar's Daughter and Proudest Queen, and she finished just before Proudest Queen.

* Last Saturday, trainer Curtis Maxwell won his first stakes race with Ruark ($41.70) in the restricted Manitoba. Callie's Wisdom was second, with Canadian Idol third.

A 3-year-old son of Rembec, Ruark was recording his first win in his fifth start, and the $24,000 winner's share increased his earnings to $27,870. Ruark completed the mile in 1:41 under jockey Jerry Pruitt.