05/07/2007 12:00AM

Newcomer too good in Mount Royal


CALGARY, Alberta - Calendar Girl, a newcomer from south of the border, capped off a very profitable weekend for trainer Terry Jordan and rider Quincy Welch by capturing the Mount Royal here at Stampede Park on Sunday.

Calendar Girl was much the best in the $50,000 Mount Royal, winning under a hand ride from Welch after engaging Tanika turning for home.

Welch had ventured to Hastings on Saturday to pilot Sovereign Award winner True Metropolitan to victory in the George Royal Handicap for Jordan.

A private purchase by owner Bob Cheema after she won a $32,000 maiden race at Gulfstream Park in late February, Calendar Girl was simply too good for her seven rivals here Sunday. She won in 1:10 for six furlongs, with Tanika a game second and the rest of the field well back.

The surface was fast on Sunday, a credit to the track crew, but on Saturday it was a muddy track that greeted a full field of 10 3-year-old colts and geldings in the $50,000 President's Stakes.

Chief's Magic was dominant there with a front-running victory under Stephan Heiler, going six furlongs in 1:12.60. Claimed for $62,500 at Santa Anita by owner Cory Wagner, Chief's Magic was making his Alberta debut under Heiler.

Footprint dueled with Chief's Magic down the backstretch. Sin Toro made a bold move at the top of the turn and was a clear second in midstretch before tiring and allowing Footprint to regain second.