04/10/2002 11:00PM

Hoist Anchor oldie


CALGARY, Alberta - Hoist Anchor and Turtle Ridge head a field of nine fillies and mares in Saturday's feature over six furlongs here at Stampede Park. An optional claimer, the feature offers a purse of $18,800.

Hoist Anchor and Turtle Ridge are the only members of the field older than 4.

Hoist Anchor, 7, hasn't been a threat in stakes company lately, but she won two stakes here in 1999. An Arkansas-bred, Hoist Anchor hasn't run since August, but has always run well fresh for trainer Don Gilkyson.

Hoist Anchor breaks from post 4 with Perry Winters up.

Turtle Ridge made the transition from 3 to 4 last year, opening her 2001 season with a victory here and going on to post three more wins. She is trained by Stu Simon.

The other seven in the race make their 4-year-old debuts Saturday.

The speedy Randi, who undoubtedly will be sent in search of the early lead from post 8 by jockey Quincy Welch, opened 2001 with a front-running tally here over Little Lolitta, and has trained well this spring for trainer Betty Hansen.

Milton Road, trained by Danny Jones, also won first time out last April but must overcome the outside post here. Milton Road won three races last year with her front-running style, but faces a wide journey if she cannot clear her rivals in the run to the first turn. Jaime Santos is in the irons.

Sister Brass, Alberta's champion juvenile filly of 2000, was winless last season. She breaks from post 6 with Richard Hamel up.

A Ray of Magic, a consistent filly from the barn of trainer Rod Haynes, rates a look at a price. C D Kool and Lextown Caller would probably prefer more ground.

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