09/21/2005 11:00PM

Beau Brass seeks 3rd series win


EDMONTON, Alberta - Beau Brass will shoot for his third victory in the Alberta Fall Classic series when he carries top weight of 121 pounds in the $75,000 Alberta Breeders' Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses at Northlands on Saturday.

The Alberta Breeders', one of seven stakes on the program, attracted a field of five.

won the Breeders' last year, and in 2003 captured the Beaufort for 3-year-olds. Trained by Rick Hedge for owner Tom White, Beau Brass also has won the last two runnings of the Speed to Spare. Ridden by Real Simard, he will concede three pounds to second highweight Royalty Boy, who won the 2004 Beaufort but is winless this year after spending half the season at Woodbine.

The $75,000 Fall Classic Distaff, at 1 1/16 miles, has attracted a field of eight headed by defending champion and 118-pound topweight .

, who won the 2004 Alberta Oaks, should be a major threat to A Shaky Start, who has not raced since July 1.

Of the other five stakes, each carrying $50,000 purses, the 6 1/2-furlong Red Diamond Express for 3-year-olds and upward is the most wide open, as a result of two-time champion Sixthirtyjoe being on the shelf.

Contenders in the field of six for the Red Diamond Express include Cool Bender, who has three wins and two seconds in his last five outings, and Smooth Cruiser, with two wins and two thirds in his last four starts.

Cool Bender and Smooth Cruiser are the co-topweights at 120 pounds.

Their foes include 2004 Alberta Derby champ Fly Esteem and Bridge to Romance, who won two $30,000 claimers in his last three starts.

In the one-mile Alberta Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies, Wild Bender stands out against her four rivals.

Wild Bender has won the $100,000 Alberta Centennial and the Penny Ridge this year. Her chief rival is Speedy Gone Sally, who won a sales stakes after finishing second in three earlier stakes.

Kaylee's Magic appears dominant in the Sturgeon River, facing just three challengers in the one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. She has won three of her four outings, two of them stakes, and lost a photo in the other.

Teagues Flight, coming off a second-place finish here in the Birdcatcher, faces four rivals in the one-mile Alberta Premier's Futurity for 2-year-olds.