06/15/2002 11:00PM

Lord Shogun wins Alberta Derby


CALGARY, Alberta - Lord Shogun led throughout last Saturday's Alberta Derby to post a 2.75 length victory over fellow shipper Regal Rebel, who closed from last in the field of 11 here at Stampede Park.

The two invaders from Hastings Park combined for a $114.80 exactor and took home the major share of the $100,000 purse.

Silent Shoes, a maiden sent off at 47-1, was third and Sweet Monarch, bidding to become the first filly to capture the Grade 3 event in 19 years, was fourth. The favored Intact broke poorly, bore out on the first turn and finished last.

Winning rider Dave Wilson immediately sent Lord Shogun to the lead from the outside post, repelled a mild challenge from Exclusive Banker at the quarter pole and cruised home under a hand ride to complete 1 1/16 miles 1:46.20 over a course rated fast.

Lord Shogun was making just his second start of the year but was clearly best while returning $14.00.

Trainer Robert Van Overschot said Lord Shogun would return to Vancouver but did not rule out future forays to this province.

"I've got a few nice 3-year-olds this year and shipping is one way to keep them separated," said Van Overschot, who won the 1990 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park with Hurricane Benny.