09/24/2008 11:00PM

Anderson sends out contenders in four stakes


EDMONTON, Alberta - Cody Anderson, in his first full season as a trainer after assisting Red Smith for many years, saddles horses in four of the seven Alberta-bred stakes on the 12th edition of Fall Classic Day at Northlands Park on Saturday afternoon, and a case can be made for each of his runners.

Anderson's runners are in the final four races on the 10-race program.

In race 7, the $50,000 Alberta Oaks, Anderson will send out Briars Flash to face eight other 3-year-old fillies.

Briars Flash was no match for Manitoba's top 3-year-old filly, Miss Missile, in the Jack Hardy at Assiniboia Downs on Aug. 29 but was well clear of the rest in second and has been competitive in stakes company here all season.

Bears Artiste, winner over a modest group in the 3-year-old Filly Sales Stakes last out, is the one to catch.

The Anderson-trained Cool Ventura will be favored in the $50,000 Beaufort for 3-year-olds off his third-place finish in the Canadian Derby. He is expected to face a stiff challenge from the improving Smile N Wave in the 1o1/16-mile stakes, which drew a field of seven.

Cool Synsation, a full brother to Cool Ventura who joined Anderson's string this year, is back to defend his crown in the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Red Diamond Express and drew the coveted rail in a field of six.

The finale on the card matches a full field of 10 2-year-old colts and geldings in the one-mile $50,000 Alberta Premier's Futurity. Several runners, including the Anderson-trained Cool Diablo, have a good chance to upset probable favorite Rock Creek Bobby.

The first Fall Classic race is the $75,000 Distaff (race 2), which drew the shortest field of the day with just five older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

Minimus, from the barn of leading trainer Red Smith, is the one to catch but has not started since July 27. Tartan Star and Banjo Babe must be considered major threats.

Teagues Fight towers over five rivals in the $75,000 Alberta Breeders' (race 3).

The fourth race matches seven juvenile fillies in the one-mile $50,000 Sturgeon River. Jazzy Song, winner of the Filly Sales Stakes and subsequently fourth to the circuit's top 2-year-old filly, Dandy Dora, in the Freedom of the City, heads the field.