09/18/2010 8:09AM

Miss Victoriana invades and conquers at Assiniboia


Miss Victoriana, invading from Northlands Park, upset the best fillies and mares that Assiniboia Downs had to offer in Friday’s $57,571 Matron Handicap.

Rallying from last place in the field of eight, Miss Victoriana launched an outside move around the final turn that carried her to a 1 3/4-length victory under her regular rider Shannon Beauregard.

Golden Stripe, a Manitoba-bred who was sent off as the 9-5 favorite, opened up into the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile Matron but failed to contain the winner and had to settle for second place. Ruby’s Big Band, the leading 3-year-old filly in Winnipeg this year, ran well to be third, another three-quarters of a length back.

Miss Victoriana returned $16 as the sixth choice and earned $30,600 to boost her career bankroll past the $100,000 mark.

Miss Victoriana, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old trained by Bruce Phelan, won the Northlands Oaks last year.

* Thereisnofiteclub proved that he’s for real in Friday’s supporting feature as he stalked the pace and then took charge for a 5 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 Buffalo Stakes.

KommandoKate and Grand Vision, the only 2-year-old fillies in the field of nine juveniles for the one-mile Buffalo, finished second and third.

Thereisnofiteclub, ridden by Janine Stianson and trained by Blair Miller, returned $5 as the favorite and earned $30,600 for his second straight stakes win.