08/14/2002 11:00PM

Good old Saskatchewan-breds


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Good Old Sprite should be the lowest-priced favorite on Saturday's Heritage Day card featuring four $10,000-added stakes restricted to Saskatchewan-breds.

Good Old Sprite will face five rivals in the Shortgrass Heritage, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year old males, and six sophomore fillies will compete in Parkland Heritage at the same distance. Each 2-year-old division has a race at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Fourth in the Saskatchewan Derby last time out, Good Old Sprite scored three allowance victories and was second in the Saskatoon Handicap in his first four starts this season.

Good Old Sprite hasn't been beaten by any of his Shortgrass Heritage opponents this year but will have to collar the likely front-runner, Britts Express, winner of the juvenile Heritage here last August.

The Parkland Heritage offers three logical choices in Royal Brittany, Silver Missile, and Top Stage Dancer.

Royal Brittany has never been worse than second in eight career starts, and won for the first time this season in the allowance prep for this race.

Silver Missile has won three races in 2002 - one in Alberta and her last two starts at Assiniboia Downs - but hasn't run farther than 6 1/2 furlongs.

Top Stage Dancer won the James Leakos Sophomore two starts ago, leaving Royal Brittany 5 3/4 lengths back, but was beaten by Royal Brittany by two lengths in the prep.

The Western Heritage, for juvenile males, should be a toss-up between C.S. Wells and Extended Credit.

C.S. Wells has won both his starts, including a wire-to-wire maiden score at Assiniboia Downs in a respectable five-furlong time of 1:01.40.

Extended Credit won the male split of the Saskatchewan Futurity here July 27, but the time of 1:17.20 for the six furlongs was four-fifths of a second slower than the fillies' division. He also finished third to C.S. Wells in a half-mile race here July 13.

She's Nifty, last year's Prairie Lily Yearling Sale sale-topper, won the fillies' split of the Saskatchewan Futurity in front-running fashion and is the one to beat in the Woodland Heritage.

Royal Empress was the heavy favorite in the Futurity after her impressive maiden score but lost all chance when she broke slowly and could only finish third.

Picture the Answer, a daughter of Marquis Downs's all-time winningest mare, Graceful Klinchit, closed well to finish second there and should relish the added yardage.