07/31/2009 11:00PM

New plan for Casey's On Call


Following his sharp win in the Western Canada Handicap on July 1, the connections of Casey's On Call were hoping to use the 1 1/16-mile Count Lathum Handicap this past Saturday as a springboard to the $300,000 Canadian Derby. Instead he will take on older horses in the $50,000 Sun Sprint Championship at Northlands Park on Monday. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew seven horses and goes as the seventh race.

Trainer Riley Rycroft said that a stone bruise caused Casey's On Call to miss some training and he had to alter his plans leading to the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby on Aug. 22.

"He missed too many days to stretch him out in the Count Lathum, so we're pretty much out of the Canadian Derby," said Rycroft. "We'll see how he runs on Monday and then figure out where to go from there."

Casey's On Call came from off the pace to win the Western Canada and he should have a lively pace to work with on Monday. Shannon Beauregard rides Casey's On Call.

Footprint figures to move forward in his second start of the year. Trained by Joan Petrowski, Footprint won the Canadian Derby in 2007 and he might want more distance than he's getting here. Nonetheless, he should get a nice trip from a stalking position and could get up in time with Real Simard in the irons.

Diamond Doc will appreciate the move back to a sprint after forcing the pace in the one-mile Spangled Jimmy on July 4.

Inuit Fisher, the champion sprinter in Alberta last year, could be ready for a big effort following his sharp win over Footprint in a $40,000 optional sprint on July 17.