06/16/2010 11:00PM

Key Largo tough off his last


Key Largo, who won his maiden for a $50,000 claiming price at Gulfstream Park this winter, has a local outing under his belt and should go well in Saturday's $30,000 Golden Boy at Assiniboia Downs.

The six-furlong Golden Boy is one of two $30,000 stakes on the program, which also includes the Hazel Wright for Manitoba-sired 3-year-old fillies at the same distance.

Key Largo changed hands following a seventh-place finish at Keeneland on April 16 and made his first Winnipeg appearance for trainer Emile Corbel on June 2. With jockey Gary Baze in the irons, Key Largo rallied from last place in the field of eight in that first-level optional claimer and finished well to be beaten a length as the runner-up.

Baze returns aboard Key Largo, who will begin from the outside in another eight-horse field.

Charles Smith, who has launched a number of successful stakes invasions from his Canterbury Park base, has two for the Golden Boy in Bet Your Boots and Mankato Strike.

Bet Your Boots, the most experienced member of the field with 12 career starts, has won stakes at Canterbury and Fonner Park.

Rohan Singh gets the call on Bet Your Boots, who will begin from the inside.

Mankato Strike will add blinkers following a disappointing effort on May 28.

Not Opposed, trained by Chad Torevell, enters the Golden Boy off an impressive maiden victory. With returning rider Mark Anderson in the irons, Not Opposed led at every call to win a maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths.

The Hazel Wright features a rematch between There's a Place and Artois, the two-three finishers in a 5 1/2-furlong first-level allowance race on June 4.

There's A Place, who won the Buffalo Stakes via disqualification last year, opened a clear lead last time but could not contain the late charge of Gorgeous Goombah and was beaten a head.

Artois showed some late life to finish another 3 1/4 lengths back.

The action will continue here Sunday with a special Father's Day program beginning at 1 p.m.