06/28/2005 11:00PM

Ericka's Lass looks in line for her 6th stakes win


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Ericka's Lass is the one to beat at Assiniboia Downs as she looks for another stakes win in Friday's $40,000 Canada Day for fillies and mares at one mile.

A five-time stakes winner, Ericka's Lass won the six-furlong La Verendrye in her last start here June 12 after receiving a perfect trip along the rail from jockey Rohan Singh.

Ericka's Lass again has drawn post 1, and Singh should be able to give her another ground-saving trip.

Miss Marvic, who was part of three-horse duel in La Verendrye, should be the lone speed in the Canada Day as she tries a route of ground for the first time. An off track in the La Verendrye probably hindered Miss Marvic, as she faded badly to finish last of 11.

Pete's Surprise, last year's Canada Day winner, was forced to check badly when caught behind the fading Miss Marvic and finished 10th in the La Verendrye. All three of Pete's Surprise's victories have come at one mile. Her trainer, Jack Robertson, has won with 5 of 10 horses going from a sprint to route over the past two seasons.

Remiewaterzbluz rallied from well off the pace to finish second in the La Verendrye, 2 1/4 lengths behind Ericka's Lass. She makes her third start of the year.

Ola Docura, Antartida, and Strike an Image finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in a second-level allowance race the last time they ran June 21. Antartida will race without blinkers for the first time here.

Tamorons Blade, ninth in the La Verendrye, rounds out the field of eight.

* Resurgent ($7.60), under Ken Hendricks, took over from pacesetter Whiskey Drive in midstretch to win last Saturday's restricted Manitoba Stakes by two lengths. Your Excellence was third. Trained by Carl Anderson, Resurgent finished the mile in 1:41.80.

* Effective Friday, the Manitoba Jockey Club has increased funding to overnight purses by $400,000. Non-conditioned allowance races will now carry a purse of $20,000, up from $16,000. Maiden special weight races are now worth $12,000, an increase of $1,800 over their previous value. Also, a purse supplement of $80 will be paid to every horse finishing out of the top six in overnight races.