07/11/2007 11:00PM

Mischeviousfighter may get loose on lead again


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Mischeviousfighter goes in search of back-to-back stakes victories here at Marquis Downs in Saturday's $5,000 Sales Stakes for graduates of the 2005 Saskatchewan yearling sale.

Mischeviousfighter has a perfect 4-for-4 record locally and should, as usual, be a prohibitive favorite in this seven-furlong affair. Mischeviousfighter was named the province's top juvenile male of 2006 when he won all three of his starts, including the Western Heritage and the Prairie Lily Sales Stakes. After racing in Alberta against mid- to upper-level claimers without success this spring, Mischeviousfighter returned to easily take the June 30 Saskatoon Handicap by 4 1/2 lengths.

Using his quick turn of foot, Mischeviousfighter should once again be loose on the lead and tough to catch.

Cole Bay was making just his third start in the six-furlong Saskatoon when he rallied late to grab the runner-up position. The extra yardage of the Sales Stakes and the seasoning he gained from his last race could make Cole Bay a much tougher opponent this time.

Cole Bay is the only other winner in the race, having won his maiden by three lengths with a late run on June 16.

Of the maidens, Britt of Seattle may be the one to surprise. Britt of Seattle faced Mischevious-fighter in all three of his outings at 2, finishing second twice and fourth in the Prairie Lily, but this season has been a disappointment. Britt of Seattle's rider lost his irons into the first turn in his first start of the year. The gelding bolted two starts ago, and then had a four-wide trip last time out.

Britt of Seattle is the only horse in the field dropping back off a one-mile route, and if his new rider, Danny Seesequasis, can get him to negotiate the turns, he may make his presence felt.