10/03/2002 12:00AM

'Captain' is sitting on a win

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EDMONTON, Alberta - Captain Creek, third in the restricted Alberta Breeders' Handicap here Sept. 21, shoots for his first victory of the year in an optional claiming race for 3-year-olds and up at 6 1/2 furlongs Saturday.

A lightly raced 5-year-old from Ernie Keller's barn, Captain Creek was a close second in an optional claiming race in his race before the Alberta Breeders'. This will be his sixth start of the year.

With Real Simard in the saddle, Captain Creek heads a field of six.

Red Exit set the pace in the Alberta Breeders' under regular rider Alex Ferris but weakened in the stretch to finish fourth. Red Exit won a $25,000 claimer in mid-July and later finished second by a nose to Turbo Charger, who subsequently won the Alberta Breeders'.

Highland Leader is still looking for his first victory since winning the Alberta Breeders' a year ago. His best efforts in 2002 have been a second to Sixthirtyjoe in the Spangled Jimmy and a third in a three-way photo in an allowance.

Robnroy won the Red Diamond Express on the 2001 Alberta Fall Classics program and finished fourth in the race this year. He did win a six-furlong allowance in early July.

Derby Duke is still looking for his first win this year. He will gain the services of leading rider Quincy Welch for the first time.

King Me is one competitor who knows the way to the winner's circle. He has won six times this year, going back to a winter campaign at Turf Paradise. King Me started his Alberta season with two wins for $15,000 in Calgary and has won twice here, against $20,000 to $25,000 sprint company.

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