05/06/2003 11:00PM

Opener: Four win two


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - One trainer and three riders scored doubles on opening day last Sunday as a crowd of close to 5,000 pumped $137,820 through the mutuel windows.

Trainer Gary Danelson and jockey Travis Hightower teamed up to win the fourth race with North Power ($16.80) and the sixth race with Quicksideup ($6.40.)

Jockey Tim Gardiner doubled up with Step's Mischief ($11.90) in the third race and Belle's Secret ($6.90) in the fifth, while jockey Juan Crawford scored with both Sunset Lane ($11.80) in the second race and At the Ball ($18) in the ninth.

Jockey Danny Vergara took the featured $16,000 allowance race aboard Wondrous Zeal ($4.50), trained by new arrival Bill Smith. Jockey J.R. Dailey took the first race of the meeting aboard Jackson Spur ($4.30) for trainer Mel Davis.

Last year's leading rider, Jacques DesAutels, didn't win a race on Sunday. He shouldn't be held winless for long, though, as he rides a full slate of mounts Friday, including favored Only You and I in the first race, a $10,500 first-level allowance race for 3-year-old fillies.

DesAutels is also aboard likely favorite Matchbaby in the seventh, $10,500 first-level allowance for fillies and mares.

The best race of the night could be the third race, another $10,500 first-level allowance for 3-year-olds and a preview of the possible 3-year-old stakes division.

Five horses were entered for the third, including I'm a Gem, a shipper who comes off a fourth at Lone Star Park in a $20,000 nonwinners-of-two claiming race; Sovereign Creek, who just missed in the Osiris Plate here last year; Chase Creek, who won a maiden race by 11 1/4 lengths last year at Hastings Park and who has raced at Stampede Park this spring; Sand Rush, second in the Graduation Stakes here last year; and Wild Ruler, the winner of last year's Buffalo Stakes.

Also on Friday, 10-pound apprentice rider Shannon Beauregard, from Vancouver, has been named on six horses, including Wild Ruler. It appears that Beauregard, who arrived this spring to ride first call for trainer Caesar DeMarni, will certainly get a chance to prove herself here. Her agent is Garth Tobin.