06/12/2008 11:00PM

Few willing to take on Footprint


CALGARY, Alberta – The $50,000 Herald Gold Plate, rescheduled after being washed out last weekend, and the $75,000 Penny Ridge form a stakes doubleheader here Sunday on the closing day of the Stampede Park meeting.

Footprint faces just three foes in the 1 1/16-mile Herald Gold Plate for 3-year-olds and upward, and looks to be loose on the lead under Real Simard. Alberta’s 2007 horse of the year, Footprint has taken up where he left off last season, with an allowance tally and a victory in the Teeworth Plate.

Teagues Fight drew the rail just inside of Footprint this time around and is the only challenger with speed to contest the early pace. He made a bid to overtake Footprint with three furlongs left to go in the Teeworth and weakened late to lose the photo for second to Test Boy, who ran against the speed bias that day.

Heaven on Hold is the 119-pound highweight in the one-mile Penny Ridge for 3-year-old fillies, and she faces five rivals.

Heaven on Hold drew the outside post with leading rider Quincy Welch up and arrives in town fit from a winter campaign in California. Heaven on Hold captured a six-furlong stakes at Golden Gate in January, and reared at the start and closed very strongly from last to finish third at Hastings May 31.

Chatahoochie has won her only two starts at this meet in front-running fashion, while her stablemate Lady Lev was a romping winner of the Lilac here last time out and will put in her usual late bid.