08/20/2002 11:00PM

Ms. Lady Rose on a roll entering Klinchit


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Friday's $5,000 Graceful Klinchit Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares is named after Marquis Downs's all-time winningest mare, who ended her career with 28 victories. But at the rate Ms. Lady Rose is winning, that record could be in jeopardy. A 4-year-old, Ms. Lady Rose has won 10 of 16 career starts including eight of her last 11.

Ms. Lady Rose will be seeking her fourth straight victory in the Graceful Klinchit. Carrying her speed is the name of the game for Ms. Lady Rose. She has won at four, six, seven furlongs, and over a mile. Just three weeks ago she won at the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Graceful Klinchit in a quick 1:46.80.

Her five competitors have taken turns filling the second and third positions but the most logical upsetter here would be Truly Remarkable.

Although winless in her last two starts, Truly Remarkable has finished second or third in 11 of 14 starts versus the top mares on the grounds and her closing style suits this distance.

Sing on Stage makes her first start of this season against the top mares after running for a claiming price her first three outings, including a win in her last start going six furlongs for $5,000.

Sing on Stage was stakes-placed last year when facing Ms. Lady Rose and her front-running style may compromise Ms. Lady Rose's chances.

Completing the field are Compeer's Bequest, Princess Briartic, and Red Vil Do.

Zdunick takes the lead

Fern Zdunick has overtaken Tom Gardipy Jr. atop the trainer standings. Zdunick has won 23 races from 83 starts, while Gardipy has 20 wins from 56.

Serge Rocheleau has 38 wins, 13 more than second-place Andy Scarlett, who is out for the remainder of the season with a leg injury.