05/31/2007 11:00PM

Drexler pair both look good


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Stuart Hyman's Shyman Farm and trainer Martin Drexler appear to have the top two contenders in Sunday's $45,000 La Verendrye at Assiniboia Downs. They will send out Culpeper Moon and Empress Pegasus in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares.

A 6-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, Culpeper Moon has failed to win since October of 2005, a streak of 19 races. Most of those race have come against far superior competition, including five stakes at Woodbine, one at Arlington Park, and a last-place finish two starts ago in the Grade 3 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

All four of Culpeper Moon's wins have come sprinting on dirt, which she does here for the first time since June of last year.

Empress Pegasus, who makes her first start of 2007, scored her lone win here last year in the Matron Breeders' Cup Stakes. Empress Pegasus was unsuccessful in three attempts against allowance company over the Woodbine Polytrack surface to end her 2006 campaign.

Three fillies with ties to Alberta should also be prominent in the La Verendrye.

Pretty Beaucat finished second in the M.R. Jenkins Memorial Handicap two starts back and will likely vie for pace-setter honors with Ella Maria. Ella Maria defeated first-level allowance company in her first outing here on May 6 after making her first 12 starts in Alberta. Miss Lucky Lou won the allowance prep for the La Verendrye in her first local start on May 20. Claimed out of Northlands Park for $12,000 at the end of last season by trainer Linda Paquette, Miss Lucky Lou defeated Pretty Beaucat twice at the end of 2006.

Doctor Jane was claimed out a race at Keeneland for $10,000 by owner Larry Carter two starts back. Doctor Jane finished second behind Miss Lucky Lou in her only local start.

Joanna's Jacuzzi, who began her career in California, is undefeated in two starts here, beating maiden special weight company and then first-level allowance foes.

Remiewaterbluz makes her second start of the year after a second-place finish in an allowance race here opening day.

Beshairt and Daisy Mountain, the first- and fifth-place finishers in a second-level allowance in their only start this year, round out the field.