08/28/2008 12:00AM

J C’s Action won’t be easy to catch


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – J C’s Action faces King Rose for the third straight time here in Saturday’s $25,000 Prairie Lily Sales Stakes at Marquis Downs. The 6 1/2-furlong Prairie Lily, for 2-year-old graduates of the local yearling sale, attracted a field of 10.

J C’s Action will face some adversity as he breaks from the outermost post position, but still should be the odds-on choice. Both of J C’s Action’s victories came in stakes and King Rose ran second on each occasion.

First time out in the Harlequin, J C’s Action and King Rose dueled for the entire six furlongs before J C’s Action was able to extend his lead down the lane to score by a length. In the Western Heritage, J C’s Action again assumed the lead and was able to fend off King Rose, who sat in mid-pack early before putting in his run at the three-eighths pole. King Rose got to within a half-length of J C’s Action at the top of the stretch, but at the wire the margin was 1 3/4 lengths.

J C’s Action will be looking to control the pace once again in the Prairie Lily, while King Rose would benefit from a hotly contested early pace.

Striking Royale, who won the Woodland Heritage for fillies on the same card that J C’s Action won the Western Heritage, may be the one to force the issue early. Although her winning time in the Woodland Heritage was .80 of a second slower than J C’s Action’s winning time, Striking Royale set every fraction after breaking from the 9-hole.

Trainer Al Hanson sends out a pair of local maiden victors in Danzig Park and Kaley’s Kandy. Danzig Park won the first juvenile race of the meet, a half-mile sprint on July 11, while Kaley’s Kandy won the second half-miler a week later.

Kaley’s Kandy has not started since then, but Danzig Park travelled to Northlands Park and, although nine lengths behind the winner, was a closing fifth in an allowance race on Aug. 20.

Eskimo Still is the only other winner in the field as he closed impressively to win a six-furlong maiden race here last Saturday at first asking.