08/22/2012 12:55PM

Assiniboia: Hard to look past Golden Stripe in Distaff


Golden Stripe, a beaten choice in the open Winnipeg Sun last time out, will be heavily backed to make amends as she faces fellow Manitoba-bred fillies and mares in Friday’s $50,000 Distaff at Assiniboia Downs.

The one-mile Distaff is the first leg of a stakes tripleheader completed by the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sale Stake and the Debutante.

The Sales Stake, worth $40,000, is a six-furlong race for 2-year-old graduates of the local CTHS yearling sale.

The $30,000 Debutante, also at six furlongs, is an open race for 2-year-old fillies.

Golden Stripe had come into the Winnipeg Sun off a 13 3/4-length win in the one-mile Canada Day but caught a muddy track which may have compromised her as she faded to fourth as the 1-2 choice.

But the homebred 6-year-old Golden Stripe has crushed her opposition in the last two runnings of the Distaff, scoring by 15 3/4 lengths last year and by 18 1/4 lengths in 2010 for owner Phil Kives and trainer Shelley Brown.

She’s Regal, who has ruled the roost when facing fellow Manitoba-bred 3-year-old fillies this year, was a distant second to the talented invader Claresmieze when making her last start in the one-mile Assiniboia Oaks and would be the one to fear most in this field of six.

But trainer Chad Torevell also has entered She’s Regal in Saturday’s $30,000 Jack Hardy, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies in which it looks like she would be the boss.

There are three winners in the nine-horse field for the Sale Stakes and Arstar, coming off an impressive graduation at five furlongs, could be the one to beat.

Trained by Ardell Sayler, Arstar is one of four fillies in the lineup and the hot-riding Jennifer Reid retains the mount.

Wage War was a winner first crack out and Iwasinthepool was successful in his second start when tagged for $18,750. Both are trained by Chad Torevell.

Portales, second when facing males and making his local bow in the 5 1/2-furlong Graduation, could take some beating as he breaks from the outside in the field of eight for the Debutante.

Trainer Charlie Smith had sent out Portales to put together back-to-back wins at Canterbury prior to shipping north and has a history of feasting on local stakes.

Silkworm, third in the six-furlong Princess Margaret at Northlands Park in her second career start, also merits respect as she ships east for trainer Greg Tracy.

Bar On the Beach, a lengthy winner at first asking for trainer Emile Corbel, is another who should make her presence felt in a competitive event.