07/16/2008 11:00PM

Lecturing Lynn tries going long in Oaks


EDMONTON, Alberta – Lecturing Lynn, who successfully invaded Alberta to capture the 6 1/2-furlong Chariot Chaser here July 4, stretches out past a sprint distance for the first time to face six rival 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Northlands Oaks.

Hastings-based trainer Tracy McCarthy will saddle Lecturing Lynn, a Kentucky-bred who handled a similar group in her local debut. She made a three-wide move down the backstretch and was never seriously challenged after taking the lead a quarter-mile from home.

Ron Blinston was a late replacement for Quincy Welch that evening after Welch sprained his wrist earlier in the card, but Welch is back aboard the Lecturing Lynn for the $50,000 Northlands Oaks.

If Lecturing Lynn can handle the additional two furlongs here, and her bloodlines suggest she will, then the local contingent faces a daunting task.

Lecturing Lynn drew the rail and shares high weight of 118 pounds with Lady Lev, winner of a pair of one-mile stakes at Stampede Park this spring, who drew the outside post with regular rider Shannon Beauregard up.

Lady Lev was shuffled back to last in the crowded field of 10 in the Chariot Chaser prior to making a mild late bid, and her connections are looking for a better trip and some quick early fractions to run at this time around.