04/19/2007 12:00AM

The Cashew Queen well placed in sprint


CALGARY, Alberta - The Cashew Queen has strong form in her favor, while Jade Peony has a history of strong performances at Stampede Park. Those two are among six fillies and mares in Saturday's feature, a six-furlong sprint for $22,000 claimers.

The Cashew Queen was winless in 13 starts last year but has rebounded for trainer Garry Marks this spring and romped home a handy winner at Saturday's distance when facing $17,500 company here April 13. Leading rider Rickey Walcott stays aboard The Cashew Queen and breaks the 6-year-old from post 3.

Jade Peony drew the rail and drops a notch off her even effort against $30,000 company going four furlongs here March 31. Jade Peony, a 9-year-old who used a half-mile prep and a subsequent drop for success here last April, drew the rail and is expected to be forwardly placed in this group.

Plenty of stakes nominees

Nominations are strong for the April 28 Stampede Park Sprint Championship and the April 29 M.R. Jenkins Memorial. Both races are at six furlongs.

The $50,000 Sprint lured 20 prospects, including 2006 Alberta horse of the year True Metropolitan and Teagues Fight, who captured the colts and geldings Sales Stakes here last Saturday. The list of 14 fillies and mares for the $50,000 Jenkins includes trainer Don Gilkyson's imposing trio of Banjo Babe, Alberta 2006 champion older mare Braetta, and Certainly Regal, winner of the fillies and mares version of the 2007 Sales Stakes.