08/03/2005 11:00PM

Ky Alta winner back for Lathum

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EDMONTON, Alberta - Vancouver invader Hotenuforyoo can enhance his prospects for the Canadian Derby with a victory Saturday in the 1 1/16-mile Count Lathum at Northlands Park.

The 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby, worth $300,000, will be run here Aug. 27.

Owned by Ole Nielsen and Tracy McCarthy, Hotenuforyoo will seek his second consecutive stakes triumph on Saturday in the $50,000 Count Lathum, which has attracted a full field of 12. Rickey Walcott has the return mount on Hotenuforyoo, a British Columbia-bred who won the 1 1/16-mile Ky Alta here July 16.

Hotenuforyoo prevailed by a neck in the mud in the Ky Alta at 10-1 over the pace-setting Gusso, who was the 5-2 favorite. Hotenuforyoo will have post 5 on Saturday while Gusso, owned by Gus Vlahos and trained by Don Gilkyson, has drawn post 7.

Gusso has not been worse than second in five outings this year. Before the Ky Alta, Gusso finished first three times and second once, all in optional claimers, but was disqualified in his first start of the year and placed second.

Lonesome Leo, who was claimed by trainer Ernie Keller from Greg Tracy's barn out of a winning race in April for $25,000, finished third in the Ky Alta. Since being claimed, Lonesome Leo won an optional claiming race.

Drawing post 10 was Knight's Covenant, who went wire to wire to win the Alberta Derby at 25-1 on a muddy course at Stampede in June.