08/16/2006 11:00PM

Excessively Sweet a solid choice


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Excessively Sweet headlines Saturday's Heritage Day card at Marquis Downs and should rate as the heaviest favorite in the day's stakes races, which are restricted to Saskatchewan-breds, here.

There are four $10,000 stakes races in all - one for each gender at ages 2 and 3 - and Excessively Sweet headlines the Parkland Heritage for 3-year-old fillies.

The baby races will be run over 6 1/2 furlongs, while the 3-year olds will compete over 1 1/16 miles.

Excessively Sweet has won 6 of 9 lifetime and 4 of 6 in 2006, including a track-record performance when last seen locally a month ago. In the seven-furlong 3-year-old Sales Stakes, Excessively Sweet crushed the field by 7 1/2 lengths and broke the course record by .80.

Excessively Sweet, needing a race because of the cancellation of the James Leakos Sophomore here, last raced at Northlands Park, where she tackled optional claiming fillies and faded to be sixth and last. This return trip to Marquis should be more to her liking.

The Western Heritage, for 2-year old colts and geldings, shapes up as a battle of two winners, Double Beam and Mischeviousfighter.

Double Beam won the male split of the Saskatchewan Mare Futurity over six furlongs, while Mischeviousfighter registered a quick 47.45-second victory at a half-mile on Aug. 4.

Dorothy Hazel tops the Woodland Heritage for juvenile fillies, based upon her win in the fillies split of the Mare Futurity.

Dorothy Hazel will face five first-time starters and the filly Lady En Flight, who finished last of four in the Mare Futurity, her racing debut.

Three-year-old males will compete in the Shortgrass Heritage, and a pair of recent maiden-race winners, Artic Melt Down and Turbo Carson, will face off against five winless foes.

Adding to the intrigue is that none of the entrants has raced beyond seven furlongs, and one horse, Misharan, will be making his debut.

* Just four weeks remain in the Marquis Downs meet, and Tim Moccasin leads the jockey standings with 32 wins, 11 more than Haniff Emamalie and Serge Rocheleau. Mike Tourangeau's 15 wins tops the trainer title chase, three more than Hubert Pilon and four up on Judy Hunter.