06/28/2007 12:00AM

Mischeviousfighter back at home


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Mischeviousfighter, the province's top juvenile male of 2006, returns to face six foes in the six-furlong Saskatoon Handicap and should be an overwhelming favorite. A winner of all three of his starts last year, Mischeviousfighter spots his rivals from 6 to 10 pounds in this $6,000 event for 3-year-olds, which is the first step towards the $15,000 Saskatchewan Derby on Sept. 8.

Mischeviousfighter won both the Western Heritage and Prairie Lily Sales Stakes last year, and his connections sent him west this spring to try his luck at Stampede Park. After a fourth-place finish versus $25,000 claimers on May 20 Mischeviousfighter failed to progress, finishing a non-threatening fifth and then dropping a notch and running last of six against $17,500 claimers on June 15.

Mischeviousfighter undoubtedly faced much tougher foes in those events than he'll meet here, and should be able to subdue his competition with his early speed. Facing Mischeviousfighter are three maiden victors and three maidens.

Teddymadeit and Mr. Malice both began the spring in Alberta and were well beaten when facing bottom maidens. Both won maiden races in their first local start at big prices. Mr. Malice won a half-mile sprint May 26 and paid $22, while Teddymadeit paid $17.20 going six furlongs the following weekend. Both horses returned to face winners and Teddymadeit finished third while Mr. Malice passed tired rivals to be fifth.

Cole Bay paid $35.10 with his maiden victory two weeks ago. Cole Bay closed ground well in the final quarter to post a three-length victory and should improve in just his third lifetime start.