07/02/2008 11:00PM

Footprint vs. Teague's Fight once again


EDMONTON, Alberta – Teagues Fight and Footprint rekindle a rivalry that flared this spring at Stampede Park and promises to continue throughout this meet in Saturday’s $50,000 Spangled Jimmy.

Footprint scored first in the Teeworth Plate, establishing a course record in the one-mile test, and Teagues Fight rebounded a month later in the Herald Gold Plate, equalling the course record.

Teagues Fight and Footprint are at the head of the class in the older horse division, and racing secretary Fred Hilts assigned both geldings 123 pounds in the one-mile Spangled Jimmy, a handicap that attracted a solid field of seven.

Teagues Fight drew the rail with regular rider Stephan Heiler up, while Footprint, partnered as usual by Real Simard, drew post 3.

Riding strategy has played a big part in the outcome of both their meetings this year, with Simard sending Footprint to a virtual wire-to-wire triumph in the Teeworth and Heiler moving early with Teagues Fight to challenge the front-running Footprint in the Herald, a daring move that paid off.

Both Teagues Fight and Footprint have tactical speed, and the presence of speedster Laketon, Alberta’s champion sprinter of 2007, could see Heiler and Simard looking to gain stalking position just off the probable pacesetter.

Laketon breaks from post 2 under Desmond Bryan and gets in light at 116 pounds.

Although a mile is probably farther than he cares to run versus this caliber, Laketon did beat allowance foes at the distance this spring with an impressive front-running tally.

Hurricane Tiki, a late-running 4-year-old, is the most likely beneficiary of a rapid early pace.