10/04/2006 11:00PM

MacRae has the numbers


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Trainer Don MacRae said he got lucky for Saturday's six-furlong Lucky Fan Cup, the second-to-last of 20 Cup races here at the Fort Erie meeting.

The $30,000 Lucky Fan is restricted to 2-year-fillies who have had a start at the Fort. Just five runners were entered, and two of them are from the barn of MacRae: Miss Jailynne and Stylish Belle. Both are owned by Anthony Zizza.

"There's not too much in there," said MacRae. "Both fillies are very talented. I'm hoping speed goes. Miss Jailynne is just coming around."

Miss Jailynne is still a maiden after two starts. In her last start on Sept. 1, in a maiden $20,000 claimer at Woodbine, she beat half the field of 12. In her debut here Aug. 21, Miss Jailynne finished fourth of 10.

Stylish Belle, the only winner in the race, will be making her third start on Saturday.

"Stylish Belle won first time out," said MacRae. "We took her to Woodbine. She ran a very good race - just leveled off on the Polytrack, finishing fourth."

The MacRae runners may meet stiff competition in Heaven's Flame, who is owned by Martha Gonzalez and trained by her husband, Nick, who is the Fort's leading trainer heading into Saturday.

Although winless, Heaven's Flame enters the contest off back-to-back second-place finishes at five furlongs.

Heaven's Flame, who last raced Aug. 21, is the freshest horse in the Lucky Fan. She will be ridden by Neil Poznansky, who is high on his chances in the race.

"She's pretty quick," said Poznansky of Heaven's Flame. "If we can get her to last a little bit down the lane she will be tough."

Silver Foxtrail, trained by Harold Ladouceur, will be making her second start Saturday. In her debut, Sept. 16, Silver Foxtrail just failed to last. She was beaten in a photo.

MacRae learning the juvenile game

MacRae is proud of the year he is having. With 17 wins, he is in sixth place in the trainer standings. Last year, he had just eight wins for the meeting.

MacRae, noted for his outstanding success with quarter-mile runners here, expanded his operations last fall to include 2-year-olds. He crashed into that category with seven babies during the off-season.

"It's been a learning experience with me," said MacRae. "It's the first time I've had a bunch of babies."

The best of the youngsters so far has been Civil Code, who won a maiden special weight at Woodbine on Aug. 13 and then followed with a third in an allowance there on Sunday.