08/11/2009 11:00PM

Beau Ring seeks Lakeland Heritage repeat


It's Heritage Stakes weekend at Marquis Downs, featuring two $10,000 stakes for Saskatchewan-breds on Friday and another four $20,000 events on Saturday.

Beau Ring, the 12-year-old gelding who has earned more than $180,000 by winning 25 of 82 starts, will be looking to add to his totals in Friday's $10,000 Horizon Heritage for older males.

The one-mile Lakeland Heritage drew a field of nine while the Horizon Heritage, a one-mile race for fillies and mares, drew a weak field of five.

Beau Ring will be making his third appearance in the Lakeland Heritage, having won last year and finished second in 2007. The veteran will break from the 1 post for leading trainer Wendy Anderson with leading rider Neville Stephenson up.

Shy of Fifty, beaten a length when he was second to Beau Ring in this race last year, is in good form and could turn the tables.

None of the Horizon Heritage entrants has won more than one race, and Dark Ages, who has shown flashes of ability in her four career starts, looks like the one to beat under Stephenson.

The younger Saskatchewan-breds will be in the spotlight on Saturday.

The Shortgrass Heritage, for 3-year-old geldings, and the Parkland, for 3-year-old fillies, are 1 1/16-mile races.

The Western Heritage, for 2-year-old colts and geldings, and the Woodland, for 2-year-old fillies, both go at six furlongs.

J C's Action, the most accomplished performer in Saturday's co-features, will be seeking his fourth straight win when he meets five opponents in the Shortgrass Heritage.

Sheldon Rodrigo again gets the call on J C's Action, who is trained by Russell Gardipy.

The Parkland Heritage drew a field of eight and is difficult to decipher.

Star Signal, second in 4 of her last 6 starts for trainer Fern Zdunick, could finally break through for her maiden win.

Besnard, undefeated in two starts for Zdunick, will have Stephenson in the irons when he faces six seemingly overmatched rivals in the Western Heritage.

Marge's Action, winner of her debut and then second in the six-furlong Gold Strike, will be a prohibitive choice in the field of five for the Woodland Heritage.

Zdunick trains Marge's Action, and Garfield Gordon retains the mount.