09/06/2006 11:00PM

'Lucky' looks good in sprint

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - He may only be his connections' second-best 3-year-old, but Good and Lucky will be well-supported Saturday at Assiniboia Downs in a first-level allowance going six furlongs.

Good and Lucky's owner, Robert Mitchell, and trainer, Bert Blake, also campaign The Max, who in three starts here this year has won two stakes and was narrowly beaten in Manitoba Derby.

Good and Lucky finished third against maiden special weight company at Woodbine in each of his two starts last year.

In his first start, Good and Lucky, a son of Wild Rush, finished three lengths behind Unification, who returned to win the Grade 3 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes in his next start.

In his second time out Good and Lucky was beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Shillelagh Slew, who this year won the Prince of Wales Stakes via disqualification at Fort Erie and the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park.

Good and Lucky defeated maiden special weight company here in his local debut on Aug. 20, receiving an impressive Beyer Speed Figure of 79.

Among Good and Lucky's seven rivals is Wild to Go, who has seven consecutive runner-up finishes on his record.

Brookside Drive, a winner in 2 of 3 starts since moving to the barn of trainer Tom Gardipy Jr., and Pass the Bar, third in the Harry Jeffrey Stakes last time out, should also contend.

Also entered are Second Story Boy, Double D Count, Lenny From Dal Rae, and One So Regal.

Holiday weekend action

Last Saturday, Elite Mercedes ($3.30) scored his second stakes win in as many starts here in the R.J. Speers. Arthurlooksgood was second with Albarino third.

Hey Hey Renee ($3.80) tallied her third stakes victory of the year in Sunday's Assiniboia Oaks over Empress Pegasus and Diamondsintheway.

Jockeys Robert May and Carlos Marquez won stakes here Monday. Marquez's win was his first in a stakes.

May won the CTHS Sales Stakes aboard 2-year-old Untroubled ($41.20). Circulating Tyme was second with Flash Fire third.

Marquez took the Distaff Stakes on Thunder Sky ($11.90). Cat Rush was second and Hurri Coin third.

* Thirty-four of the 64 hips offered in Tuesday's Manitoba yearling sale sold for gross receipts of $144,600, an average of $4,252. The partnership of Hillside Farm, Bell, Crockett, Arnason, and Warner purchased the $20,000 sale topper, a Kentucky-bred filly by Evansville Slew.