09/13/2007 11:00PM

Bling gets to return to sprinting

EmailEDMONTON, Alberta - The featured race here at Northlands Park on Sunday should fascinate bettors, as a compelling argument can be made for every horse in the short but well-balanced field of six 3-year-olds.

One that should garner the most attention from punters in the optional claiming race is Bling, trained by Joan Petrowski for owner Doug Blair.

Clearly the second best 3-year-old in Petrowski's barn after Canadian Derby winner Footprint, Bling finished second in the Hoofprint on My Heart stakes at Stampede Park this spring.

That effort, plus a third-place finish in the Western Canada Handicap at Northlands in July, temporarily marked Bling as one of the best 3-year-olds on the grounds before it became evident that he was better suited to sprinting than routing.

Bling made his last start Aug. 3 in the 1 1/16-mile Count Lathum and was blown off the track by Footprint. Bling was seventh, more than 15 lengths back of the winner.

Sunday, Bling returns at the preferable distance of 6 1/2 furlongs and will once again have Shannon Beauregard in the irons as he breaks from post 3.

Another contender who has spent time chasing Footprint is Greenwood Meadow.

Trained by Dale Saunders, Greenwood Meadow finished second in the Count Lathum but was subsequently outclassed in the Canadian Derby.