09/22/2005 11:00PM

'Deputy' shoots for a repeat

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Deputy Country will try to defend his title in Sunday's Gold Breeders' Cup, the closing-day feature at Assiniboia Downs.

The Gold Breeders' Cup, for 3-year-olds and upward at 1 1/8 miles, carries a guaranteed purse of $40,000, with an additional $25,000 from the Breeders' Cup fund available to all entrants except I'm a Gem, Toubeeb, and Lord Shogun.

Deputy Country, the horse of the year in Alberta in 2004, recorded his fifth and sixth stakes wins of the year when he finished last season here with victories in the R.J. Speers and the Gold Breeders' Cup.

This year, Deputy Country skipped the R.J. Speers in favor of the 1 3/8-mile Speed to Spare on Sept. 10 at Northlands Park, where he finished fifth. Before the Speed to Spare, Deputy Country won three stakes in a row at Northlands.

A 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy, Deputy Country is trained by Red Smith.

Trainer Carl Anderson sends out Albarino, Nugrayontheblock, Lord Shogun, and Indy Lead.

The top local older horse, Albarino was a 1 1/4-length winner over stablemate Nugrayontheblock in the R.J. Speers last time out. Albarino also won the restricted Agassiz and Manitoba Maturity.

Lord Shogun has won two allowance races here this year. He appears to need control of the early fractions in order to win, and will likely battle Toubeeb for the early lead. Alan Cuthbertson will ride for the first time.

Indy Lead failed to show much in five starts at Hastings earlier this year.

Rindanica finished behind Deputy Country in two stakes at Northlands this summer. Most recently, Rindanica finished second in a money allowance on Aug. 27 and won an optional claimer Aug. 19 at Northlands.

Toubeeb, an impressive winner over much weaker in two starts here, takes a significant rise in class after scoring a 5 1/2-length victory in a $20,000 optional claimer last time out.

Rounding out the field are I'm a Gem, third in the Wheat City Stakes here this year, and Don't Kiss N Tell, fourth in the Speers last time out.