08/24/2011 11:39AM

Assiniboia Downs: Golden Stripe appears capable of repeat in Distaff


Golden Stripe, who scored by 18 1/4 lengths in last year’s running of the Distaff at Assiniboia Downs, will be heavily favored to repeat on Friday night.

The $50,0000 Distaff, a one-mile race for Manitoba-bred fillies and mares, is the feature on a card which also includes the $40,000 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sales, a six-furlong race for 2-year-olds who went through the ring at the local auction.

Golden Stripe was competitive with the best in the open filly and mare division last season as she also won the one-mile Canada Day and finished second in the six-furlong La Verendrye, 1 1/16 mile Winnipeg Sun, and 1 1/8 mile Matron.

While she has not been quite as effective thus far in her 5-year-old campaign, Golden Stripe did win the La Verendrye and again finished second in the Canada Day before disappointing as the choice in the Winnipeg Sun.

Golden Stripe had a nice confidence-building win under returning rider David Lopez in her most recent start as she scored by 11 1/4 lengths in the 7 1/2-furlong prep for the Distaff.

Golden Stripe, who is trained by Shelley Brown, will break from post 3 as the 123-pound highweight.

Bondola, winner of the restricted R.C. Anderson at one mile, finished second in the prep and will be looking for a major turnaround.

Kommando Kate has won two restricted stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the six-furlong Hazel Wright and the Gold Strike Mile, and will be facing her elders for the first time.

The CTHS Sales attracted a field of 10 with Danger Rules, Charlie Waffles, and Jack the Volume the only winners..

Danger Rules served notice when fourth in his five-furlong debut and then graduated in smashing style, scoring by 9 3/4 lengths at six furlongs.

Rocco Bowen returns aboard Danger Rules, who drew the outside post for trainer Chad Torevell.

Charlie Waffles was in for a claiming price of $9,375 and scored by three-quarters of a length under Jerry Pruitt at odds of almost 25-1 in his only outing.

Jack the Volume won a maiden $15,000 claimer at 4 1/2 furlongs first time out and then was a well-beaten fourth in the 5 1/2-furlong Graduation.

The top three finishers all have run very well in the interim, however, with Balooga Bull doubling up in the Osiris and Gospel Girl and My Ponies Painted finishing one-two in the Debutante.