10/26/2005 11:00PM

'Justice' drops in for $22K


EDMONTON, Alberta - Crown's Justice, an Ontario-bred trained by Pam McDougall, takes a drop from the $30,000 ranks to meet seven other $22,000 claimers in the closing-day feature here at Northlands Park on Saturday.

The first race, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint, will go at 11 a.m and the balance of the card will be fitted in between the Breeders' Cup races.

Crown's Justice won at the $30,000 level two starts ago in a six-furlong sprint and was fifth at that level going a mile last out. Rickey Walcott pilots Crown's Justice, who will bid for his fourth victory of the year.

Owner John Stephenson moves up his newly acquired Galaxy Belle, who will face males after being claimed out of a win for $17,500. Galaxy Belle, an 8-year-old mare, also won for this claiming price in July, and trainer Randy Watt has named Ron Blinston to take over at the controls.

Sweet Drummer, still looking for his first win of the year, also starts for a new owner in Excel Farms after trainer Floyd Arthur claimed him for $17,500 from Bar None Ranches. His new pilot will be Shannon Beauregard.

Churchbridge, who has not been worse than third in three starts since beating $13,000 claimers on Aug. 28, will have Leanne Painter aboard in a quest for his third win of the season. Churchbridge finished third, beaten three-quarters of a length, in his latest outing, which was for $22,000.

Billy D. Kid has an allowance victory and three seconds in his last four starts.