09/06/2005 11:00PM

Celtic Dance back at one mile


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Celtic Dance goes in search of her third straight victory when she faces the province's top older fillies and mares in Friday's $6,000 City Centre Bingo Handicap at Marquis Downs.

A winner of the Graceful Klinchit in her latest start, which came at 1 1/16 miles, Celtic Dance cuts back in distance to a mile. She looms the favorite in the field of six for the City Centre.

Celtic Dance had been on the fringes of this division but became a handful as they stretched out in distance.

After running third in the one-mile Mademoiselle, Celtic Dance easily won an allowance race at the same distance before running down All About Elsie in the Graceful Klinchit.

Leading rider Tim Moccasin retains the mount for trainer Mike Tourangeau, who was tied with Don Bjarnason atop the trainer standings heading into the final three days of the meeting.

All About Elsie could be the lone speed in this event, so Celtic Dance will have to stay within striking distance.

All About Elsie made her first Marquis appearance in the Graceful Klinchit, where she had the lead at the top of the lane but gave way in late stretch to finish second, a length behind Celtic Dance.

A four-time winner at Hastings in 2004, All About Elsie has only one victory this year, but has rarely been far back. She should show improvement in her second start on this oval.

She's Nifty and Picture the Answer are hard-knocking Saskatchewan-breds who, on their best day, can make their presence felt.

She's Nifty has hit the money in 7 of 10 starts in 2005, with an allowance victory and placings in two stakes events.

Picture the Answer won the Mademoiselle, then ranged into contention in the Graceful Klinchit only to flatten out and finish fifth, 4 3/4 lengths behind Celtic Dance.

Astrel Angel and Tomarosa, both winners last time out versus easier, complete the field.