05/07/2002 11:00PM

Little Lolitta flashes champ form

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CALGARY, Alberta - Little Lolitta, Alberta's champion 3-year-old filly of 2001, won the M.R. Jenkins Memorial by nine lengths under confident handling from jockey Perry Winters at Stampede Park on Sunday.

Making her seasonal debut for trainer Don Gilkyson, Little Lolitta toyed with six other older fillies and mares after putting away the pacesetting Brighton Belle midway down the backstretch.

"I tapped her once on the shoulder turning for home - she did it all on her own," said Winters.

Any doubts about Little Lolitta's ability to compete against older rivals were erased, and Gilkyson will look next to the one-mile Ken Pearson Memorial here May 20.

Right on time

On Saturday, Sixthirtyjoe won the $40,000 Stampede Park Sprint Championship by more than a length with a strong rally under Real Simard.

Simard enjoyed a perfect trip aboard Sixthirtyjoe, a 4-year-old who benefited from a duel on the lead between Timely Ruckus and prep winner Tyko Tycoon.

Sixthirtyjoe was all by himself in third down the backstretch and swung out at the quarter pole to engage the leaders.

"I hit him once left-handed and he just took off," said Simard.

His performance proves Sixthirtyjoe can run with the best older horses on this circuit and his owner-trainer, Deanne Davies, will look next to the one-mile Teeworth Plate here May 19.

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