08/30/2006 11:00PM

MTA Stallion Auction divisions carded


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Three-year-olds get their last stakes chance of the meet in the two divisions of Saturday's $40,000 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Stallion Auction Stakes. The Laddie and Lassie stakes will both be run at 6 1/2 furlongs and are restricted to runners who are the progeny of stallions whose service was sold at the MTA Stallion Auction in December 2002.

Trickyville Dew is the probable favorite of the seven runners entered in the Laddie Stakes. A winner against open allowance company at Prairie Meadows this season, Trickyville Dew lost when favored in the Victor S. Myers Jr. Stakes, his first appearance at Canterbury this year. He had a brutal trip under rider Terry Thompson in that race. The tandem made amends three weeks later when Trickyville Dew prevailed over nine rivals to capture the Minnesota Derby.

In his most recent start, Trickyville Dew finished third behind older rivals in the Minnesota Sprint Championship. Thompson makes the trip from his Prairie Meadows base to pilot Trickyville Dew for trainer Kelly Von Hemel and owners James and William Hobbs.

Graysideofjustice was bred in Iowa but was sired by Lit de Justice, whose service was offered at the 2002 MTA Stallion Auction. A winner over open allowance foes in June, Greysideofjustice has the ability to lay close to the pace and might get first run on the favorite.

Shot of Somerset has improved steadily over the summer and exits a front-running allowance win over statebred rivals.

Speed Wagon tops wide-open Lassie

Eight fillies contest the wide-open Lassie division. Speed Wagon, owned by Darwin Olson and trained by Wilson Brown, may prove the favorite after racing creditably in four conseuctive stakes at this meeting. A winner over statebred allowance foes in May, Speed Wagon makes her first sprint start since that race and receives the services of Paul Nolan, who is in a tight battle with Jesse Garcia for leading rider honors at this meeting.

Shot of Silver has won twice at this meeting while racing in restricted company and should be close to the pace.

L D's Shes Special ships in from Prairie Meadows. A late-running type, L D's Shes Special could benefit from a turn back in distance while racing in her first sprint since May.

Blumin Beauty won her maiden in her career debut last November at Turf Paradise and came right back to win a stakes the following month. This will be Blumin Beauty's first start against restricted company on the main track at this meeting.