07/09/2008 11:00PM

Derby rivals rematched in Ky Alta


EDMONTON, Alberta - Arkhill and Papa Time, separated by a length in the Alberta Derby, renew a budding rivalry in Saturday's $50,000 Ky Alta, which drew just six 3-year-olds on the trail to the $300,000 Canadian Derby seven weeks down the road.

With the Aug. 2 Count Lathum the only remaining stakes prep scheduled here and 16 nominees to this one-mile handicap, the short field came as a surprise.

Arkhill captured the 1 1/16-mile Alberta Derby on closing weekend at Stampede Park under a well-judged ride from Rickey Walcott, who retains the call on the 121-pound highweight.

Arkhill, 5 for 6, was in perfect striking position down the backstretch, and Walcott unleashed his winning move entering the final turn.

Papa Time did not enjoy as good a trip in the crowded field of nine but was clearly gaining on the winner in deep stretch despite an overland journey.

Little Davey runs coupled in the wagering with stablemate Papa Time and can be expected to be on or near the lead in the early going to ensure honest fractions, an assignment he handled in the Alberta Derby.

* Robo Willie ($5.90) was a handy winner of the Edmonton Juvenile on Wednesday evening, despite drifting out briefly on the turn for home.

Robo Willie is a half-brother to Littlemiss Allison, last year's champion 2-year-old filly on this circuit.