07/12/2006 11:00PM

Bell n' Gone one to beat in Ky Alta


EDMONTON, Alberta - Bell n' Gone, Alberta's 2005 champion 2-year-old colt, heads a field of six in Saturday's $50,000 Ky Alta Handicap at Northlands Park. The Ky Alta, a major stepping-stone to the Canadian Derby, will be contested at a mile.

Bell n' Gone, owned by Bar None Ranches and ridden by Rickey Walcott, will be favored because of the absence of Halo Steven, who shipped to Stampede Park and won the Alberta Derby.

The West Coast will still be represented, however, with trainer David Forster entering Rey Del Camino and Stuart Simon saddling Stole Another, a half-brother to the mare Stole One, a multiple stakes winner. Both Rey Del Camino and Stole Another have won optional claimers at Hastings this year. Jake Barton, who has joined the Northlands jockey colony, will ride Rey Del Camino.

Bell n' Gone will share high weight of 119 pounds with Teagues Fight, who is owned by Rocky Mountain Turf Club Stable.

Bell n' Gone and Teagues Fight were second and third behind Halo Steven in the Alberta Derby. Both Bell n' Gone and Teagues Fight finished off the board in the Hoofprint on My Heart.

The undefeated Kentucky-bred Rapid 'n Ready won his lone start at 2, and this spring won two optional claimers in which he was the heavy favorite.

Rapid 'n Ready is owned by Cam Allard, Donver Stable, and Waymor Holdings. Allard won the Canadian Derby with Cozzy Grey in 1993 and with A Fleets Dancer five years later.