06/13/2011 4:19PM

Assiniboia: Pair of stakes signal start of two-week break


Assiniboia Downs will present a stakes doubleheader on Wednesday, and the meeting then goes into a two-week hiatus, resuming on June 29.

Management elected to take the break this year because of concerns over traffic caused by a massive ongoing construction project combined with the onset of the annual Red River Exhibition.

The racetrack will remain open for simulcast and video-lottery terminal players

In the meantime, eight 3-year-old geldings have been entered in the Golden Boy, and eight 3-year-old fillies in the Chantilly, with both stakes going at six furlongs and offering purses of $25,000.

Hammers Bullet, a Kentucky-bred who is owned by Terry Hamilton and trained by Clay Brinson, will be tough to beat in the Golden Boy if able to produce anything close to his last effort.

That came at Canterbury Park, and while Hammers Boy was competing in just $10,000 conditioned claiming company, his 7 1/4-length score at six furlongs produced a Beyer Speed Figure of 83.

Perry Winters picks up the mount on Hammers Bullet, who will be making his local debut.

American Wildcat, trained by Blair Miller, and Pulgarcito, trained by Murray Duncan, also will be making their first local appearances.

David Lopez rides American Wildcat, who has been purchased privately since winning for $25,000 over one mile at Santa Anita last time out.

Pulgarcito, a stakes winner at Zia Park last year, was claimed for $25,000 from a fourth-place finish at Oaklawn Park in his latest. Tyrone Nelson gets the call.

Waronthehomefront, U R Burning Daylite, and Pure Glory all are coming off wins in Winnipeg but face stiffer assignments this time around.

Finally Flying and Jilleah, the one-two finishers in the five-furlong allowance prep, will renew acquaintances in the Chantilly.

Owned and trained by Clint Wilson, Finally Flying scored by 1 1/4 lengths there under the returning Nelson at odds of better than 11-1.

Jilleah was making her local bow for trainer Gary Danelson and was the 2-5 favorite. Lopez retains the mount.

Kommando Kate is 2 for 2 this year with her most recent a 3 1/4-length score in the six-furlong Hazel Wright for Manitoba-breds.

Mark Anderson again gets the call from trainer Chad Torevell, but Kommando Kat will have to run faster to threaten in open company.

C O Barqueen, trained by James Compton, invades from Nebraska and won a minor stakes at Fonner Park in April.

Chris Fackler rides C O Barqueen, who was a disappointing fifth as the odds-on choice in a six-furlong stakes at Lincoln last time out.