07/26/2006 11:00PM

Futurity a roll of the dice


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Two $5,000 divisions of the Saskatchewan Futurity, one for each sex, highlight Saturday's card here at Marquis Downs. These six-furlong events for 2-year-olds are restricted to horses that were Canadian-foaled out of mares that were Canadian-owned at the time. Given that no baby races have been run here this season and all entrants are first-time starters, anything could happen.

The fillies will run in the first race, with just four competitors, and Royal Sherri may be the one to catch. Royal Sherri is out of the local stakes winner Not by a Long Shot and shows two workouts, including a bullet five-eighths in 1:03.60 on July 19.

Lady En Flight should take some betting given the success of her full brothers Good Old Sprite and Stop the Act. Those geldings, out the speedy mare Lady En Act, competed at the local stakes level for multiple seasons, so Lady En Flight is eligible to be a good one.

The colts and geldings division will go off as the third race and both Saskatoon Star and Royal Kelly sport fine local pedigrees. Saskatoon Star's dam was the stakes winner Saskatoon Lady, while the second dam is My Girl Charlie, who also produced local stalwarts Mr. Barbaro and The Doc's Back.

Royal Kelly is a half-brother to Sure Shot Tim, who was a dominant 2-year-old in the province a decade ago.