07/19/2001 11:00PM

His and hers Saskatchewan Futurities


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - As the meeting moves into its second half, the stakes schedule kicks into high gear with three races on Sunday's card, including the first stakes for


The Saskatchewan Futurity drew enough entries to split the race by gender. Four males and eight fillies will compete at six furlongs, with just one previous winner in each field.

Arctic Rocket has been the meet's most impressive juvenile winner and should be a heavy favorite in the $9,150 colts and geldings division.

Arctic Rocket easily won his only half-mile effort in a sharp 48.20 seconds. Isiah Sala rides for owner Robert Hoesgen and trainer Fern Zdunick.

Heading the $9,650 filly division is Remarkable Odyssey, who won the first local juvenile event of the season.

Remarkable Odyssey was able to stalk a quick front-runner before closing down the lane to win in 48.60 seconds. Andrew Scarlett rides for trainer Hubert Pilon and R J Stable.

The third stakes of the day, the $6,000, one-mile City Centre Bingo Handicap for fillies and mares, 3 and up, features a rematch between Princess Briartic and Truly Remarkable.

Princess Briartic and Truly Remarkable appear ready to dominate their division, just as they did as 3-year-olds.

Owned by Sterling McWatters and trained by Fern Zdunick, Princess Briartic has won her last two starts at this one-mile distance, her latest success coming in the Graceful Klinchit Handicap.

Truly Remarkable was named last year's champion local 3-year-old filly but has been no match for Princess Briartic in their last two encounters. She was beaten 2 3/4 lengths as the runner-up in the Graceful Klinchit.