09/24/2006 11:00PM

Gilkyson, MacDonald each win 2


EDMONTON, Alberta - Trainers Don Gilkyson and Doug MacDonald both saddled two winners last Saturday during the 10th edition of Alberta Fall Classic Day for Alberta-bred runners here at Northlands Park.

Gilkyson won both of the $75,000 features for older runners, with Candid Remark ($10.30) running down Arthurlooksgood in the Alberta Breeders' Handicap and Banjo Babe ($4.80) outlasting 21-1 To Dream Again by a half-length in the Fall Classic Distaff.

Candid Remark benefited from a ground-saving journey by Perry Winters and wore down Arthurlooksgood, who was four wide virtually the entire 1 1/16 miles. Favored Beau Brass faded to fourth over the "good" surface.

Banjo Babe enjoyed a stalking trip under Stephan Heiler and engaged a very game To Dream Again at the eighth pole.

MacDonald won the two $50,000 races for 3-year-olds, with Teagues Fight ($3.30) romping by 5 3/4 lengths in the Beaufort under Heiler and She's Italian ($4.90) demolishing seven rival fillies in the Alberta Oaks by 10 1/2 lengths under Jake Barton.

In the Sturgeon River for 2-year-old fillies, jockey Kenyatta Davis went wire-to-wire with Hail to Dawn ($24.60) to record his first stakes win on this circuit.

C R Jag ($7.10) held off the closing Hurricane Tiki to win the Alberta Premier's Futurity under Desmond Bryan.

Sparhawk ($6.90) led every jump under Shannon Beauregard in the Red Diamond Express.