Updated on 09/16/2011 8:17AM

Derby also-rans meet again in Beaufort


EDMONTON, Alberta - In addition to the featured Red Diamond Express, there are a number of other interesting races on Saturday's Alberta Fall Classic program at Northlands Park.

In the $40,000 Beaufort, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, two horses coming out of the Canadian Derby are likely to be the favorites.

The Beaufort will be the first start for Go Go Tommy Joe since the Aug. 24 Derby, where he finished 16 1/2 lengths behind Lady Shari, and trainer Sid Gray is expecting him to return to the form that saw bettors make him one of the favorites that day.

Go Go Tommy Joe probably will be challenged by Reeyre, who was eighth in the Derby and will again run against males again despite the fact that she could have tackled 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's Alberta Oaks.

Reeyre is coming off a poor performance in an allowance race Sept. 8 and trainer Floyd Arthur feels she has a better shot with this crowd.

In the $40,000 Alberta Oaks, also at one mile, Code's Decree is looking to get back to the form she showed in July when winning the $40,000 Northlands Oaks. Code's Decree's trainer, Ron Grieves, says she is the top of her game and will be a factor.

In the $40,000 Alberta Premier's Futurity for 2-year-old colts and geldings, all eyes will be on the expected duel between Jiffyjimmygee and Fuhr Ore, an impressive-looking colt who is coming off a solid score.

Those two are expected to battle for the early lead and the puzzle will be to figure out which horse will be able to handle the distance as all entrants will be tackling one mile for the first time.

In the $50,000 Fall Classic Distaff, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, Northern Neechitoo will be seeking her third win in as many starts this season as she contests her first stakes race of the year.

A 5-year-old trained by Floyd Arthur, Northern Neechitoo won this race last year and will again be the one to beat.

In the $50,000 Alberta Breeder's Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses, Miki Bleu Eyes will try to add to his impressive bankroll this year; he has already won the $40,000 Westerner and finishing second in the $100,000 Speed to Spare.

Miki Bleu Eyes, a 4-year-old, is trained by Dale Saunders and if no one challenges him early he could go wire to wire.

In the final stakes of the day, the $40,000 Sturgeon River, a one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies, Dowhatuthinksright seeks her second stakes win of the year.

Trainer Dave Nicholson describes Dowhatuthinksright as being extremely mature for a youngster and she looks poised to strike here.

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