07/17/2013 3:04PM

Northlands Park: Tell Me Lies, Canaveral Leader renew rivalry in Sales Stakes


Tell Me Lies and Canaveral Leader will renew acquaintances in Friday’s $50,000 Three and Four Year Old Fillies Sales Stakes at Northlands Park. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew five horses and features a rematch between the 3-year-old fillies Tell Me Lies and Canaveral Leader, who were lapped onto each other for the whole six furlongs in the $50,000 Chariot Chaser on June 15. Tell Me Lies began to edge away approaching the wire and won by three-quarters of a length.

With Quincy Welch aboard, Tell Me Lies hugged the rail and was determined not to let Canaveral Leader get past her in the Chariot Chaser. She drew the outside post in the Sales Stakes, with leading rider Rico Walcott taking over for the injured Welch.

Trained by Greg Tracy, Tell Me Lies has been almost unbeatable at Northlands, winning five of her six starts including stakes scores in the 2-year-old Filly Sales Stakes and the Sturgeon River last year. Purchased for $12,267 out of the 2011 Canadian Thoroughbred Society’s Alberta mixed sale, Tell Me Lies has earned more than $134,000 for her owners, Curtis and Darrell Landry.

Tell Me Lies started her 3-year-old season at Hastings, where she finished sixth in a $40,000 optional claimer April 20. She got back on the winning track when she returned to Northlands to run in a $35,000 optional claimer on May 31. She was a very game winner over Canaveral Leader in the Chariot Chaser while conceding six pounds. In the Sales Stakes, all runners will all carry 119 pounds.

Following the Chariot Chaser, trainer Ron Grieves shipped Canaveral Leader to Assiniboia Downs, where she finished second in the $30,000 Chantilly for 3-year-old fillies June 26. She has faced Tell Me Lies four times and has never beaten her. She finished second to Tell Me Lies in three of their meetings, and the closest she came to getting past her was in the Chariot Chaser.

Pumpkin Hollow just missed in last year’s Sales Stakes and went on to win the one-mile, $50,000 Alberta Oaks restricted to Alberta-breds. Trained by Joan Petrowski, Pumpkin Hollow is looking for her first win as a 4-year-old, however, and is coming off a dull effort in a $25,000 claiming race July 1.

The 4-year-old filly Folly With Molly steps up in class after winning her second straight race in a $7,000 conditional claiming race July 6. She was claimed out of the race by trainer Rod Cone who was acting on behalf of owner Al Pitchko.

Boundary Creek, a troubled fourth in a $12,500 maiden race July 10, completes the field.