09/30/2010 1:08PM

Mr. Shadar looks too good in Northlands stakes


Mr. Shadar will be a clear-cut favorite to win the colts and geldings division of the Three and Four Year Old Sales Stakes at Northlands Park Saturday. The fillies division is a bit more muddied, with Shifty Time trying to rebound from a surprising defeat in the Alberta Oaks. Both races are worth $50,000 and will be contested over one mile.

It is hard to get past Mr. Shadar in the colts and geldings division, which drew five horses and goes as race 4. Trained by Rick Hedge, Mr. Shadar has won five of his last six races and in his lone loss in the streak he finished second to Andiotis in the Westerner Handicap Aug. 7. Hedge likes the way Mr. Shadar is coming up to the race, and said the 4-year-old would probably run back in the closing-day $50,000 Harvest Gold Plate Oct. 11.

“He was a pretty good 3-year-old but he got sick, and he also had a bad start in the Canadian Derby,” said Hedge. “He is a big bugger and he has really improved this year. I think a mile could be his preferred distance.”

Heribert Martinez retains the mount.

Charterhill looks like the only possible threat, but he will need to rebound quickly after finishing ninth in the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby at Hastings last Sunday. He certainly figures to get a better trip in the short field. In the 1 1/8-mile derby he was hung out at least three wide around the first two turns while pressing a quick pace.

“He went about a mile and a quarter in the derby,” said his trainer Craig MacPherson. “We’re also going a long way to chase a horse like Mr. Shadar.”

Bear’s Tigerette, Northern Accent and Shifty Time look like the main players in the fillies division, which drew six horses and goes as race 7.

Trained by Dale Greenwoddk, Bear’s Tigerette might be lacking in the class department but she easily owns the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure. The 65 she was given for her win in a one-mile $7,500 claiming race Sept. 17 is 16 points higher Northern Accent’s second best 49 for her third in a first-level allowance race Aug. 28.

Shifty Time, trained by Craig Smith, is the top money earner in the field with $121,611, and she is adding blinkers after finishing third as the heavy favorite in the Alberta Oaks.