07/04/2011 9:06AM

Assiniboia: Vindgari tops Wheat City


Vindgari was the runner-up in last year’s Wheat City, and he will be looking to go one better in Wednesday’s renewal of the one-mile stakes at Assiniboia Downs. The $25,000 Wheat City has drawn a field of 10 older horses and will go as the seventh of eight races on the program, which begins at 7:05 p.m.

Vindgari, a Kentucky-bred 6-year-old who is owned by Arnold Heppner and trained by Carl Anderson, has seen action twice this year, finishing third in the 5 1/2-furlong allowance prep for the Free Press and then second in the six-furlong main event.

Rocco Bowen, in the irons for both of those tries, returns Wednesday as Vindgari begins from post 9

Vindgari finished second behind Cherokee’s Goal in last fall’s 1 1/8-mile Gold Cup, and he will face Cherokee’s Goal again in the Wheat City.

Cherokee’s Goal, fourth in the allowance prep and third in the Free Press in his two starts this year, also should appreciate this chance to stretch his legs. Owner-trainer Clayton Gray sent out the Kentucky-bred Cherokee’s Goal to win the 1 1/16-mile Harry Jeffrey at Assiniboia Downs and the 1 1/16-mile Saskatchewan Derby at Marquis Downs.

Juan Crawford retains the mount on Cherokee’s Goal, who will break from post 6.

Retap was the fourth-place finisher in the Free Press. He was making his first start in almost 11 months and could improve enough to take all the money.

Trained by Murray Duncan, who also is a co-owner, Retap was claimed for $35,000 at Oaklawn Park in March of 2010. Retap won the Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park in 2008 and has finished second in stakes races at Turfway Park, Mountaineer, and Ruidoso Downs.

Rohan Singh rides Retap, who drew post 1.

Guiding Hand, the top money-winner in the field with earnings of $380,353, will be making his Winnipeg debut after being claimed for $15,000 from a win at Prairie Meadows on June 11. Mike Chambers is the trains and part-owner of Guiding Hand, an 8-year-old gelding who won a stakes race at Sunland Park back in 2007.