07/30/2011 11:33AM

Assiniboia: Canterbury shippers strong in undercard stakes


Canterbury Park shippers could carry the day in the supporting stakes at Assiniboia Downs on Monday with Tourmaline looming the choice of five in the $50,000 Assiniboia Oaks and Cowboy Luke looking like the horse to beat in the $25,000 Graduation.

The Assiniboia Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, will go as the third race and the Graduation, a 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds, as the sixth on a nine-race card capped by the Manitoba Derby.

Tourmaline, based at Canterbury Downs with trainer Bernell Rhone, will be starting at her seventh different racetrack in eight starts and has three wins under her belt with two of those successes coming over one mile of dirt.

In her last start, Tourmaline contested the Indiana Distaff over one mile of turf and finished fourth, beaten just a neck, under regular rider Dean Butler.

Tourmaline should be able to assume an ideal stalking position as she breaks from the outside in the Assiniboia Oaks and will carry co-highweight of 119 pounds along with Jilleah.

Trained by Gary Danelson, Jilleah will be seeking her third straight win after capturing the six-furlong Chantilly and a 7 1/2-furlong second-level, $15,000 optional claiming race over the local oval.

Leading rider David Lopez will pilot Jilleah, who also has good tactical speed and will begin from post 2.

Paris By Night, who drew the rail, should set the pace under Mark Anderson but has failed to contain the rallies of Jilleah and Tourmaline while finishing second in her last two starts for trainer Nevada Litfin.

Rounding out the field will be Little Widow Maker and Finally Flying.

Cowboy Luke, trained by Tim Padilla, stalked the pace and came on for a 6  1/2-length victory in his five-furlong debut at Canterbury Downs.

Ry Eikleberry picks up the mount on Cowboy Luke, who will break from post  2.

Balooga Bull and My Ponies Painted, both based in Winnipeg, won straight maiden races at 4 1/2 furlongs in their debuts over the local oval.

Mark Anderson retains the mount on Balooga Bull, who is trained by Ardell Sayler.

My Ponies Painted, one of two fillies in the lineup, is conditioned by Aaron Sayler and will be ridden by David Lopez.

Jack the Volume, the only other winner in the eight-horse field, won a $15,000 maiden claiming race in his only appearance.