06/23/2008 12:00AM

Inuit Fisher looks better than ever


EDMONTON, Alberta - Inuit Fisher is good right now and getting better, as evidenced by his handy 3 3/4-length tally in last Saturday's Journal Handicap, his third victory in as many weeks for the red-hot trainer Dale Saunders.

Inuit Fisher, a bargain $4,500 yearling purchase owned by the president of Alberta's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Jim McFadyen, paid $7.60 in the $50,000 handicap.

Inuit Fisher's previous four victories had all come against lesser company over sloppy and muddy surfaces, but he handled stakes foes with ease, completing the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.40 over a fast racing surface as rider Quincy Welch put his whip away in midstretch.

Welch allowed Inuit Fisher to settle into second just off lively fractions set by defending champion Summer Sensation, saved ground along the rail down the backstretch, and cruised by the pacesetter at the quarter pole.

Howsitgoinghotshot endured a three-wide journey to earn place money, a neck in front of Hurricane Tiki, who made up a ton of ground with a strong late bid and galloped out very strongly.

Next up for this division is the one-mile Spangled Jimmy on July 5, and a strong field is assured with the likes of Teagues Fight, Footprint, and Test Boy passing on the Journal after running just six days earlier in the rescheduled Herald Gold Plate at Stampede Park.