Updated on 09/16/2011 7:28AM

Intore set to handle class rise


CALGARY, Alberta - Intore, a California-bred, was bet down to even money two weeks ago at Stampede Park and drew off to a five-length victory under confident handling from Stephan Heiler.

Intore's graduation from the maiden ranks was visually impressive and stamped the 3-year-old gelding as a horse to watch.

Trainer R.K. "Red" Smith has taken his time with Intore, who makes just his fourth career start in Friday's featured seventh race at Stampede.

A $32,000 optional claimer for nonwinners-of-two-other-than, the feature drew eight 3-year-olds. Heiler retains the mount and will break Intore from post 5.

Intact early favorite for Derby

The Hoofprint on My Heart Handicap has produced the last two winners of the Alberta Derby, and the result of last Sunday's one-mile prep to the Derby, the meet's showcase event, gave every indication that Intact is up to making it three straight.

Under a patient ride from Richard Hamel, Intact was in tight quarters at the quarter pole, but Hamel found running room in the lane to guide his mount to a 1 3/4-length victory.

Intact ($4.90) benefited from rapid early fractions of 22.80 and 46.40 seconds, set by longshot My Birthday Boy.

"He found another gear once we shook loose. We had to check on the turn, but we finally got through," said Hamel.

Intact, trained by Stuart Simon, will likely be the favorite for the 72nd running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Alberta Derby at 1 1/16 miles here June 15.

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