08/12/2004 11:00PM

Champs look to end bad streaks


EDMONTON, Alberta - a one-mile allowance at Northlands Park Sunday features a battle between a pair of former Alberta horses of the year. Sixthirtyjoe and Fancy As meet in a field of nine, and both will try to end a losing streak.

Sixthirtyjoe, the circuit's defending sprint champion, was beaten seven lengths by Deputy Country in the Sun Sprint Championship in his latest outing. His only victory in seven starts this year was in an allowance.

Fancy As is still attempting to overcome injuries that have sidelined him during the past two seasons.

After launching this campaign with a third-place finish at Assiniboia Downs in the Free Press Handicap, Fancy As has failed to light the board in the Spangled Jimmy and the Klondike at his home track.

Sixthirtyjoe and Fancy As will be ridden by their long-time riders, Rickey Walcott and Richard Hamel.

Another campaigner who is looking for an overdue visit to the winner's circle is They Call Me Cody, who was Alberta's champion older horse of 2003.

They Call Me Cody's best result this year is a third-place finish, when he was promoted from fourth on a disqualification in the Stampede Sprint Championship.

Catalone was beaten a half-length for second by Sixthirtyjoe in the Sun Sprint. At the Stampede spring meet, he won an optional claimer on a muddy course.

Fuhr Ore is looking for his second victory of the year. He also won an optional claimer at Calgary at Sunday's distance.