07/17/2007 11:00PM

Beshairt will be tough to deny


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Beshairt will look to take control of the filly and mare division in Friday's feature at Assiniboia Downs, a one-mile allowance prep for the Aug. 5 Winnipeg Sun Stakes.

Trained by Patti Ross, Beshairt began this season with a win over second-level allowance company before a runner-up effort behind Doctor Jane in the La Verendrye Stakes. Beshairt was then a half-length better than Empress Pegasus in the one-mile Canada Day Stakes for her second win from three starts at the distance. Alan Cuthbertson will ride.

After two even efforts at shorter distances to start the year, Gorgeous Mistress has shown improvement in her last two, both at one mile. Trained by Ardell Saylor, Gorgeous Mistress finished second to Empress Pegasus two starts ago and then was a 4 1/2-length winner over first-level allowance company.

Doctor Jane opened a clear lead early in the Canada Day before fading to finish fifth. Ken Hendricks will ride Doctor Jane for the first time as Rohan Singh sticks with Gorgeous Mistress.

Victorita stretches out for the first time this season after three sprints against second-level allowance company. Trained by Sid Martin, Victorita finished third behind Beshairt in her first start of the year and has been second in both starts since. Kirk Johnson accepts the call on Victorita.

Miss Lucky Lou was third in the Canada Day in her last outing. Remiewaterbluz, seventh in the La Verendrye most recently, has been scratched at the gate twice this year. Culpeper Moon, fourth in the La Verendrye in her latest, rounds out the field.

The pick six carryover into Friday night's card is $9,801.

o Rage Till Dawn ($13.90) upset Country Humor and Western Deed to win the $45,000 Derby Trial here last Sunday. Claimed at Hollywood Park for $32,000 from his last start by owner Rob Nokes, Rage Till Dawn is trained by Clay Brinson and was ridden to victory by David Lopez. Recording his third win from 10 starts, Rage Till Dawn increased his earnings to $56,029 with the $27,000 winner's share. He completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.

o Heading into this weekend, Cuthbertson leads the local jockey standings with 44 wins. Singh is second with 27. Clay Brinson tops the trainer standing with 21 wins. Carl Anderson sits in second with 16.