09/20/2005 11:00PM

Courtney Bay one to beat


EDMONTON, Alberta - Courtney Bay, an unsuccessful Canadian Derby starter, heads a field of six in Friday's one-mile allowance feature for non-winners of two at Northlands Park.

A Kentucky-bred trained by Lianne Knechtel for Oxbridge Farm, Courtney Bay earned a shot at the $300,000 Canadian Derby when he was second by a neck to Forever Rascal in the Count Lathum.

Courtney Bay was prominent to the backstretch in the Canadian Derby but then faded badly to finish 11th and last.

Courtney Bay was a beaten favorite next time out, finishing sixth in a $40,000 optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs. Once again, Quincy Welsh will ride.

Siberian Pride is looking for his second victory of the season after being a well-beaten eighth in his last race at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Before that eighth-place finish, Siberian Pride finished second in a one-mile race after leading the way into the stretch. Stephan Heiler will ride for trainer Floyd Arthur.

This Crime Pays, a 4-year-old filly, will take on the boys after finishing fifth in the Edmonton Distaff.

Immediately before that, This Crime Pays had shipped to Assiniboia Downs, finishing fourth in the Winnipeg Sun. Mike Iammarino rides.

Trainer Bill Matier will give Rickey Walcott a leg up on Spiked, who wired his opposition for his maiden victory at this distance on July 8. In his last start, he finished third in an allowance.

Billy D. Kid, a 5-year-old, is coming off a runner-up effort in a $15,000 claimer. Shannon Beauregard picks up the mount

Weekend Drummer, who finished second last time out, is looking for his maiden victory and will be ridden by Perry Winters.