09/12/2004 11:00PM

Beau Brass pulls 17-1 upset


Beau Brass, lightly regarded at 17-1, ran down 6-5 favorite Illusive Force to prevail by a length in the $100,000 Speed to Spare at Northlands Park on Saturday.

Bubblegum Kid, who won the 1 3/8-mile Speed to Spare in 2002, ended another four lengths back in third at 41-1.

Beau Brass, ridden by Real Simard, came into the Speed to Spare off a fourth-place finish behind winner Illusive Force in the Westerner, run over 1 5/16 miles of sloppy going on Aug. 22.

The Speed to Spare was run over "good" going, and Beau Brass was well-positioned in second place, just behind Fancy As, before taking over with a quarter-mile to run. Illusive Force was launching his bid, however, and had his head in front at the eighth pole before a game Beau Brass battled back for the victory.

Beau Brass, owned by Tom White and trained by Rick Edge, picked up $60,000 to bring his career bankroll to $167,545.

* Duracat ($15.50) became a stakes winner in Sunday's feature at Northlands, capturing the second running of the 3-Year-Old Sales by a nose under rider Richard Hamel.

Private Issue finished second and Laskeek Bay was third in the one-mile feature, restricted to colts and geldings who went through the ring in the local sale.

Owned by Waymor Holdings Ltd. and trained by Rob Chabot, Duracat had won his previous start for a claiming price of $20,000.