07/24/2003 12:00AM

Kalfaari vs. Lord Shogun


EDMONTON, Alberta - Saturday's $40,000 Klondike Handicap at Northlands Park features an intriguing meeting between Kalfaari and Lord Shogun.

In the one corner is Kalfaari,

riding a streak of seven successive victories over two undefeated seasons. In the other is Lord Shogun, a three-time stakes winner last year.

Seven were entered in the 1 1/16-mile Klondike, the closing feature of the Klondike Days phase of the Northlands season.

A year ago, an injury ended the season for Lord Shogun as the Canadian Derby approached. A Vancouver invader, Lord Shogun's prospects for the Canadian Derby had been considered excellent after he had won the Alberta Derby, Ky Alta, and Manitoba Derby to run a winning streak to five.

Eleven months later, Lord Shogun is hoping to use the Klondike as a steppingstone to the $100,000 Speed to Spare here

Sept. 6. In his two starts this year, Lord Shogun ran ninth and sixth in a pair of Woodbine allowance sprints, but has had three excellent works since his last race,

June 22.

Trainer Robert Van Overschot has named David Wilson to ride Lord Shogun.

Sean Evans will again ride Kalfaari, who in his Northlands debut handily won the one-mile Spangled Jimmy in the mud after arriving from his home base at Assininiboia Downs. He is topweighted at 122 pounds, four pounds more than Lord Shogun.

The home forces include Eternal Secrecy, who won the Teeworth Plate, and They Call Me Cody, who has won two successive races, including the Herald Gold Plate.