05/11/2004 11:00PM

Dearest Jack projects for a perfect trip

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Eight older horses have been entered for Friday's featured seventh race, an optional claiming event at five furlongs.

Kenyawin and Strike the Chord will break from posts 3 and 4, and should battle for the early lead. Both have good records at the distance.

Dearest Jack, who begins from post 2 under apprentice Nadia Dohnlova, should get a good stalking trip just behind the pacesetters.

Coldstream was winless in nine starts last year, six of which came at this level. He breaks from the rail with Gary Melanson on board.

Trainer Gary Danelson sends out the entry of Brass Ruhler and Fancy Bru, with Travis Hightower named on both. Both appear to want more distance. Brass Ruhler drew post 5 with Fancy Bru in post 6.

The field rounds out with Tarrango (post 7, Jason Leacock) and Jubilation (post 8, Jerry Pruitt).

* Longtime local favorite Kalfaari died here Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack. Perhaps the best older horse in Western Canada last year, Kalfaari won stakes at Assiniboia Downs, Northlands Park, and Hastings.

In a 24-race career Kalfaari won 15 times, including eight stakes, for earnings of $232,964. Kalfaari was bred in British Columbia and raced for owner-trainer Clint Willson.

* Jockey Travis Hightower won three races here last Friday and one both Saturday and Sunday to lead the local jockey standings with seven victories. Tony Matteucci is second with four wins.

Trainers Clayton Gray and Valorie Lund each won a race each day last weekend and are tied with Emile Corbel atop the Assiniboia Downs trainer standing with three victories apiece.