08/03/2007 11:00PM

Angel of the House gives dirt a try in Derby


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - With horses, jockeys, and trainers coming in from all over North America, a full field of 12 will go to post in Monday's $100,000 Manitoba Lotteries Derby here at Assiniboia Downs.

The Manitoba Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, tops a card with three other $45,000 stakes - the Debutante, Wheat City, and Assiniboia Oaks.

Angel of the House heads the list of newcomers for the Manitoba Derby. A Kentucky-bred, Angel of the House is one of two horses in the field to have tested nine furlongs.

Angel of the House was second last time out after a troubled trip in the Toronto Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race at Woodbine, and finished third in the Victoria Park Stakes over 1 1/8 miles of Polytrack there earlier this year.

The Manitoba Derby will be the first start for Angel of the House on dirt. Rohan Singh has picked up the mount.

Trainer Martin Drexler will saddle three horses for Stuart Hyman's Shyman Farm, all of whom were part of a package purchased privately from Overbrook Farm in late July. All three made their last starts on Polytrack at Arlington Park. Three-time winner Great Discovery heads the trio, which also includes Weather Warning and Big Chief.

Great Discovery, a son of Maria's Mon who has won his last two, will stretch out past seven furlongs for the first time. Jesse Campbell, who was aboard in his most recent try, will ride Great Discovery.

Two-time winner Weather Warning, a stakes-placed son of Storm Cat, finished sixth, beaten by three lengths in a second-level allowance over six furlongs, in his last start.

Weather Warning was pulled up in the Grade 3 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in his only previous attempt at a route of ground.

Big Chief, who won his maiden last time out, also will try a route of ground for the first time.

Mister Millu and I Spy Wolfie both raced on turf at Canterbury Park in Minnesota in their last starts.

Mister Millu finished a close second against first-level allowance company. Seth Martinez will ride for trainer Ray Tracy.

I Spy Wolfie, fifth in the 2006 Winnipeg Futurity, returns for owner and trainer Charles Smith. He was well beaten in a conditioned allowance last time out.

Chief's Magic won the President's and Hoofprint on My Heart Stakes in his first two starts in Alberta after being claimed for $62,500 by owner Cory Wagner out of Southern California.

A son of Chief Seattle, Chief's Magic was well beaten in his last two, the Alberta Derby and Ky Alta. Ricky Walcott rides for trainer Robertino Diodoro.

The five local horses are led by Rage Till Dawn, Country Humor, and Western Deeds, the top three finishers from the Derby Trial Stakes.

Rage Till Dawn, who was claimed for $32,000 at Hollywood Park two starts ago, rallied from well back to take the 1 1/16-mile Derby Trial in his first local outing. Tyler Baze comes in from Southern California to ride for trainer Clay Brinson.

Country Humor and Western Deed both came into the Derby Trial off six-week layoffs and will likely benefit from that race.

Country Humor battled on the pace before tiring late. Trainer Sylvester Oliverre will remove the blinkers for the first time.

Western Deed made an early move in the Derby Trial before tiring to finish third.