06/21/2006 11:00PM

Brown takes 2 shots at Manitoba


Trainer Jared Brown and owner-breeder K 5 Stable appear to have the top two horses for Saturday's $40,000 Manitoba Stakes here at Assiniboia Downs in Only Royal and Best and Bold. The Manitoba, a one-mile race for Manitoba-bred 3-year-olds and upward, attracted a field of eight.

Only Royal won a five-furlong maiden special weight race in his debut on May 13 before finishing sixth in the six-furlong Golden Boy Stakes on June 3. A son of Preakness Stakes winner Louis Quatorze, Only Royal is out of Only Dreaming, who won three stakes here at one mile.

Best and Bold also makes his third start, having finished second twice against maiden special weight company. The winner of Best and Bold's first race, Dakota Long Legs, returned to finished third in the Golden Boy.

Tim Gardiner, who rode both Brown-trained horses in their last start, has opted for Only Royal. Travis Hightower picks up the mount on Best and Bold.

Callie's Wisdom, finished second, beaten a neck, in the restricted Buffalo Stakes last season in his only start at one mile. A Jack Robertson trainee, Callie's Wisdom finished behind Best and Bold in both his starts this year.

Trainer Lorna Gray sends out both Canadian Idol and Hezontheprowl.

Canadian Idol had a dream trip behind a three-horse duel when he defeated maiden special weight company by 7 1/4 lengths here June 16. Hezontheprowl defeated $6,250 maiden claimers in his most recent start on June 4. Lenny Frazzitta Jr. will stay with Canadian Idol, while Renaldo Cumberbatch picks up the mount on Hezontheprowl.

Missing Fortune won last year's restricted Frank Arnason Sires Stakes. Trained by Chad Torevell, Missing Fortune is the only Manitoba Stakes entrant to have run two turns this year. He will be ridden by Alan Cuthbertson for the first time.

Ruark finished behind Only Royal and Best and Bold in his first two starts of the year. Trained by Curtis Maxwell, Ruark was third against maiden claimers in his last start on June 11.

Deputy Konik finished 11 lengths back of Canadian Idol last time out.

* Last Sunday, jockey Keveh Nicholls notched his first stakes here win aboard Raggidy Rowe ($18.30) in the Free Press. The favored Albarino was second with Dancing Liver third.