09/05/2006 11:00PM

Bingo! Sand Rush seeking series sweep


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Sand Rush, who has been near perfect here at Marquis Downs this year, goes for his sixth win of the meeting in Friday's $6,000 City Centre Bingo Sweepstakes Handicap.

If Sand Rush takes the Sweepstakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for the top older horses on the grounds, he would complete a sweep of the three City Centre Bingo-sponsored races and earn his connections a $2,000 bonus.

Owned by Jim Ross, Sand Rush has five wins and two second-place finishes from his seven outings in 2006, including victories in the Inaugural, Early Bird, and Twin City Charities handicaps.

Sand Rush runs on or near the pace and should find his way to the front in the early stages here once again.

Standoff may offer the best chance to upset ,considering he has finished second to Sand Rush the last two times they have met, including a three-length defeat two weeks ago.

In addition to running competitively with Sand Rush, Standoff has found the winner's circle three times here this year, and he should appreciate Friday's added distance.

Wind Dancer and Dick's Hunter were both stakes winners here in 2005 but have yet to make their presence felt at this level in 2006.

Wind Dancer was the province's horse of the year and champion 3-year-old last year, with his wins including the Shortgrass Heritage and Saskatchewan Derby at this distance. But he has just a third-place finish to show from five outings in 2006.

Dick's Hunter won the Old Dutch Handicap last year at 1 1/16 miles but has a lone victory versus $3,200 claimers at a mile on his r?sum? this year from six races.