06/16/2002 11:00PM

Invaders sweep top two spots


CALGARY, Alberta - Lord Shogun led throughout last Saturday's $100,000 Alberta Derby at Stampede Park, winning by 2 3/4 lengths over fellow shipper Regal Rebel, who closed from last in the field of 11.

Silent Shoes, a maiden sent off at 47-1, was third and Sweet Monarch, bidding to become the first filly to capture the Grade 3 race in 19 years, was fourth.

Favored Intact broke poorly, bore out on the first turn, and finished last.

Dave Wilson immediately sent Lord Shogun to the lead from the outside post. Lord Shogun repelled a mild challenge from Exclusive Banker at the quarter pole and cruised home under a hand ride to complete 1 1/16 miles 1:46.20 on a fast track.

Lord Shogun was making just his second start of the year. He returned $14 and combined with fellow Hastings Park invader Regal Rebel for an exactor worth $114.80.

Trainer Robert Van Overschot said Lord Shogun would return to Vancouver but did not rule out future forays to this province.

"I've got a few nice 3-year-olds this year and shipping is one way to keep them separated," said Van Overschot, who won the 1990 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park with Hurricane Benny.

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