08/31/2007 11:00PM

Just Call Me Duke tries to cement spot at top


EDMONTON, Alberta - The $75,000 Canadian Juvenile on Monday is the richest race of the year at Northlands Park for 2-year-olds and it has attracted a well-matched field of eight, all of whom will be going one-mile for the first time.

Leading the way as the 6-5 morning-line favorite is Just Call Me Duke, who vaulted to the top of the class when he took down the previously undefeated Brazen Son in the Birdcatcher Stakes here Aug. 5. Just Call Me Duke has won both his starts, and after earning a solid Beyer Speed Figure of 60 in his most recent effort, he looks to be in a good position to extend the winning streak to three. Jake Barton rides.

Just Call Me Duke's principal rival is also undefeated and returns Monday to Northlands Park after a brief expedition to the province's "B" circuit in Grande Prairie. Devonaire Joe won his maiden here for a $20,000 tag July 6, and then returned to take a first-level allowance a month later. After that victory, trainer Kelly Grieves sent Devonaire Joe to Grande Prairie for the $9,000 ACTRA Stakes, which the colt took in convincing fashion. Devonaire Joe will be ridden by Quincy Welch.

Rounding out the field are Native Wrangler, Rainbow Stew, Jim's Choice, Mr Muffin Man and the entry of Half Mine and House Mouse.