Updated on 09/17/2011 10:26AM

Fancy As defeats his stablemate


CALGARY, Alberta - Fancy As kept his local record unblemished in seven starts with a head victory in Saturday's $40,000 Stampede Park Sprint Championship. Under confident handling by Richard Hamel, Fancy As was up in the final strides to nail stablemate Tyko Tycoon, completing the six furlongs in 1:10.20.

Jockey Perry Winters had Tyko Tycoon on the lead throughout moderate fractions of 23 seconds and 45.80 over the fast surface.

"Tyko Tycoon made us earn this one," said Hamel, who kept his mount wide and clear of trouble throughout the Sprint Championship. "I didn't think we could catch up but my horse came on again."

Sixthirtyjoe, the race's defending champion and Alberta's reigning horse of the year, loomed a threat at the head of the lane but flattened out to finish third, beaten three lengths.

Red Smith, trainer of the one-two finishers, said Fancy As will head to Woodbine, with perhaps one more start at Stampede.

"We got some shipping money today," said Smith.

The victory was the 15th from 20 lifetime starts for Fancy As, a 5-year-old gelding who pushed his earnings to $651,437.

* Sly Lady rallied under Real Simard to capture Sunday's $40,000 M.R. Jenkins Memorial in her first outing since recording a 10-length victory in the Penny Ridge here last June. A 4-year-old trained by Ron Grieves, Sly Lady won by 1 1/2 lengths and completed the six furlongs in 1:13.20 in muddy going.

Defending champion Little Lolitta finished second, while Viva Ruckus held on for third.