07/01/2008 11:00PM

McKenzie pair eye another stakes


EDMONTON, Alberta – Trainer Red McKenzie, at 80 years of age, had a very successful spring meet at Stampede Park, thanks to a pair of 3-year-old fillies he bred and raised. On Friday, MacKenzie will saddle that pair of Lady Lev and Chatahoochie in the $50,000 Chariot Chaser, a 6 1/2-furlong handicap named after the filly he sent out to win the Canadian Derby in 1965.

Chatahoochie helped set the table for her stablemate in the one-mile Penny Ridge, prompting the pace from the outset as Lady Lev closed from last in the field of six to capture her second straight stakes. A similar strategy is on the agenda in this renewal of the Chariot Chaser, which drew a full field of 10 fillies, including Hastings invader Lecturing Lynn.

Chatahoochie breaks from post 4 under Rickey Walcott, Lady Lev drew post 8 with regular rider Shannon Beauregard up, and Quincy Welch rides Lecturing Lynn, who drew post 7.

Welch, a runaway winner of the Stampede Park riding title, is off to a slow start here and will be looking to turn things around on Lecturing Lynn. Her two races at Hastings this spring produced Beyer Figures that put her in the forefront of things in this crowded field, and her stalking running style fits the race profile perfectly.

* Garys Buddy ($20.40), ridden by Ricket Walcott, was a front-running winner of Tuesday’s $50,000 Western Canada over 6 1/2 furlongs. Little Davey finished second as part of an odds-on entry from trainer Ron Grieves.

* Tanika ($5.30), winner of the Chariot Chaser last year, captured last Saturday’s $50,000 Wild Rose under a patient ride from Stephan Heiler.