08/15/2006 11:00PM

At least we know who'll be second


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Sure bets at a racetrack are difficult to find, but Wild to Go finishing second appears to be a lock. Wild to Go, trained by Martin Drexler, has finished in the runner-up spot in all six of starts here at Assiniboia Downs this year.

On Friday, Wild to Go will face four rivals as he makes his seventh consecutive first-level allowance start.

Special Breeze and Second Story Boy bring in streaks of their own.

Special Breeze, who began the year as a maiden, made quick work of his claiming conditions, rattling off three wins from as many starts this year. Second Story Boy also exited his claiming conditions as a winner of his last two.

One So Regal will race on Lasix for the first time and cuts back to six furlongs from the one-mile distance of his last two starts. Lenny From Del Rae also shortens up after a dull performance at 1 1/16 miles against $8,000 claimers.

Trainer, jockey races close

Tight races are shaping up in both the local jockey and trainer standings.

Apprentice Kirk Johnson topped all riders with five victories last weekend to move into a first-place tie with Rohan Singh with 56 wins each. Alan Cuthbertson is third, one behind the leaders.

Carl Anderson leads the local trainer standing with 30 wins, one ahead of Ardell Sayler. Trainers Martin Drexler and Tom Gardipy Jr. each had three wins last weekend and are tied for third with 23 wins each.

Apprentice Johanne Duquet scored her fourth win last Friday and will stop riding until next spring to retain her 10-pound allowance. Duquet will likely move her tack to Woodbine for the 2007 season.

* Six-time stakes winner Ericka's Lass has been retired from racing and will be offered for sale as a broodmare prospect at the Keeneland January sale.