09/26/2001 12:00AM

'House' after win No. 8

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Burlington House will be looking for his eighth win of the year in Friday's featured first race for $20,000 claimers at Assiniboia Downs.

Trained by Leonard Anderson, Burlington House finished second after lacking room through most of the stretch in his last start, on Sept. 16. Anderson Ward will ride in the six-furlong race, which attracted a field of five.

Latter Day Ace, who beat Burlington House last time out, did so off a six-week layoff. Trained by Gordon Marsh, Latter Day Ace should take up a stalking position under rider Tim Gardiner.

Outatime and Special Warrant also come out of the Sept. 16 race. Once again, they should contest the early pace. Known Land rounds out the field.

Stakes double for Ross

Trainer Patti Ross captured both stakes here last weekend, sending out Command Start ($3) to win Saturday's J.W. Sifton and Miss Sandy Dee ($4.40) to take Sunday's Matron.

The Sifton was the second lifetime victory and first stakes win for Command Start, a 3-year-old son of El Prado. The $21,000 winner's share increased his lifetime earnings to $43,386. G And L Special was second, with Budge third.

*Miss Sandy Dee ensured her ranking as the top local older mare and increased her lifetime earnings to $113,868 with her victory in the Matron, her second stakes win of the year. Love Play finished second, with Farrmost third.

*Jockey Rohan Singh and trainer Ardell Sayler lead standings heading into the final weekend. Singh has recorded 76 wins, followed by Alan Cuthbertson with 70 and Tim Gardiner with 69. Sayler leads the trainer standing s with 43 wins followed by Gary Danelson with 34.