06/07/2004 12:00AM

Keeatah looks like a quick one


CALGARY, Alberta - The first 2-year-old race of the meet comes on Wednesday, the 40th day of the stand, and it was oversubscribed with 11 entrants trying to get into the eight-horse field.

Keeatah, a California-bred filly from Dale Greenwood's shed row, has works indicating she has speed, including a bullet three-furlong move on May 19. She drew post 5.

Baywood Drive, who has a bullet drill as well, breaks just to Keeatah's outside in the 3 1/2-furlong dash.

* The juggernaut assembled by leading trainer Red Smith continued to roll last Friday evening with a last-to-first performance by Shy Lil in the Lilac Handicap.

Shy Lil was up by a neck over Down to Dixie under Peter Wong. Smith, on his way to yet another training title, was out of town and assistant trainer Cody Anderson saddled Shy Lil, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Lil's Lad.

Smith has won four of the eight stakes at this meeting, employing four different riders for separate owners, and has assembled one of the most powerful stables seen here in recent years.

Shy Lil, running under the familiar red and white silks of Don Danard's Red Diamond Stable, completed the mile in 1:39.60 over a fast surface.

* In Friday's seventh race, Sixthirtyjoe signaled his return to form by running down Sly Lady in the closing yards to capture a top-level allowance. Under Rickey Walcott, Sixthirtyjoe, Alberta's 2003 champion sprinter, appeared to be beaten after Sly Lady opened up turning for home. But Sixthirtyjoe persevered to score by a head in the quick time of 1:09.80 for the six furlongs.