07/24/2007 11:00PM

Drop from stakes key for Bank Deposit

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EDMONTON, Alberta - Bank Deposit returns to the allowance ranks following her runner-up finish to the brilliant Tanika in the July 6 Chariot Chaser and is the one to catch here at Northlands Park on Friday evening. The 6 1/2-furlong feature attracted a field of five 3-year-old fillies.

Bank Deposit set a rapid pace in the 6 1/2-furlong Chariot Chaser, her first stakes try, leading to the top of the turn for home. But she was no match in the stretch for Tanika, who returned Saturday to win the $100,000 Northlands Oaks.

A Kentucky-bred daughter of Brahms, Bank Deposit posted a five-furlong move of 1:00.60 on July 21 for trainer Ernie Keller, the best of 19 works at the distance that morning. Bank Deposit drew post 2 with Rickey Walcott up.

Beau Spirit drew the outside post and is in line for a stalking trip under Jake Barton, who has been aboard for her last two victories at this distance. Beau Spirit's pace and her speed figures mark her as a strong contender.

Hail to Dawn pressed the pace after breaking from post 6 in the Chariot Chaser and faded to third, but draws the rail this time around. Desmond Bryan is back aboard Hail to Dawn, who won the restricted Sturgeon River here last September and is a threat on her best effort.

Zip N' Zap and Sender Smokin enjoyed early success at the spring meet in Calgary, but both fillies subsequently tailed off and would need a return to form to challenge here.