07/18/2007 11:00PM

Oaks brings new rivals for Tanika


EDMONTON, Alberta – With wins in the Chariot Chaser at Northlands and the Lilac at Stampede Park, Tanika has proven to be the best of the local 3-year-old fillies this season. But Tanika faces an arduous task at Northlands Saturday when she faces five invaders in the $100,000 Northlands Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.

Tanika met seven local rivals July 6 in the Chariot Chaser and won the race with such authority that not one of those chose to face her again in the Oaks. The competitive vacuum was promptly filled by a phalanx of fresh rivals from as far away as Woodbine and Prairie Meadows.

Acrosstheborder comes into Saturday’s race off of a sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows. While it was a lackluster performance, Acrosstheborder still earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 79, the top last-out number in this field. Acrosstheborder has not won a race since March 12 at the Fair Grounds, when she showed tactical speed in a first-level allowance at a mile and 40 yards.

Bear Stable has shipped in Bear Dixiecat and Bear Swan from Woodbine. Bear Dixiecat most recently finished sixth, moved up to fifth on a disqualification, in the Alywow at Woodbine. Prior to the Alywow, Bear Dixiecat won a first-level allowance against fillies and mares May 5.

Bear’s Swan comes into the Oaks after taking two in a row at 1 1/16 miles at Woodbine.

Calendar Girl, who defeated Tanika in the six-furlong Mount Royal at Stampede Park this spring, returns from Hastings off a second-place finish in the Supernaturel. Zaylaway has been racing at Emerald Downs and comes off back-to-back second-place finishes in stakes.