06/02/2009 11:00PM

Lady Countdown back for more


Lady Countdown, who shipped in from Canterbury Park to romp in last year's 5 1/2-furlong Debutante at Assiniboia Downs, will be back on Friday for the six-furlong Chantilly for 3-year-old fillies. The $30,000 Chantilly has attracted a field of eight, including Saleslady, Jakes Lady Luck, and Inspeightofsuccess, all of whom won their first start at this meeting.

Lady Countdown, a Louisiana-bred, races for owner-trainer Charlie Smith, who won last year's Chantilly with subsequent Manitoba 3-year-filly champion Miss Missile. Rohan Singh picks up the mount on Lady Countdown, who finished second last time out in the six-furlong Princess at Lincoln after winning a second-level allowance over six furlongs at Fonner Park.

Saleslady, who competed at Hastings last year, opened her campaign with a $10,000 tag in a five-furlong dash for nonwinners of two. She romped to an 8 1/4-length score in that race, her first start for trainer Linda Paquette. Argelio Velazquez retains the mount.

Jakes Lady Luck, who had been racing in California, was claimed for $7,500 from a win against nonwinners of two at 5 1/2 furlongs. Jockey Larren Delorme picks up the mount on Jakes Lady Luck for trainer Marvin Buffao.

Inspeightofsuccess finished in the money in each of his first three starts last year when competing in no-tag maiden races at Turfway Park and Presque Isle Downs and a $50,000 maiden claimer at Churchill Downs. In her local opener this year for new conditioner Carl Anderson, Inspeightofsuccess battled gamely to score by a nose in a five-furlong maiden race. Rocco Bowen again will be in the irons.

Anderson also will send out Adventcia, who won her maiden over males in the one-mile Buffalo last September. Adventcia eked out a nose score under first-level allowance terms on May 22 in a slowly run five-furlong race. Roman Anthem, the runner-up in that allowance, and Muffin's Star, the third-place finisher, also are coming back in the Chantilly.

Schedule changes

Tuesday night racing, originally scheduled to start on June 9, now will begin June 23 and continue through July 14. The meeting, originally scheduled to end on Sept. 12, has been extended to include the following Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

"After performing a recent survey of our horse population, we were able to determine that this revised schedule will provide a better fit for our inventory," said Darren Dunn, Assiniboia's director of operations, in a press release. "The horsemen are in full agreement with this decision."

Assiniboia was forced to cancel its card last Friday due to a lack of entries. With the changes, the meeting would remain at its originally scheduled length of 65 days.