07/15/2010 1:59PM

Oren's Star rates edge over five 2-year-olds in Edmonton Juvenile


Six 2-year-old colts and geldings will get their first crack at stakes money in the $50,000 Edmonton Juvenile at Northlands Park on Saturday.

Oren’s Star is the only horse with a win going around two turns and could have a big advantage in the six-furlong Juvenile.

Trained by Ron Grieves, Oren’s Star scored an impressive 4 1/2-length win over Northern Hennessy, a horse he will face again in the Juvenile, in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on July 3. With Grieves aboard, Oren’s Star came back to work a half-mile in 48.60 seconds last Monday. Grieves was pleased with the work and likes the way Oren’s Star is coming up to the race.

“He’s a little studdy but he is a very mature horse for a 2-year-old,” said Grieves. “I had a big hold of him when he worked last Monday and I actually thought he was going a lot slower.”

Quincy Welch retains the mount.

Grieves identified Salty Time as the main threat. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Salty Time also beat Northern Hennessy in his debut going 3 1/2 furlongs on June 19.

Hastings shipper Mr. Instigator scored an easy 2 1/2-length win over Minstrel’s Time when he debuted for trainer Troy Taylor in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race May 9. His trainer at Northlands is Alan May.

Dakota Digger, trained by Greg Tracy, could be the sleeper. He was the odds-on favorite when he debuted in Oren’s Star’s race and finished third despite breaking a step slow and blowing the first turn.

◗ In the co-featured $50,000 Princess Margaret for 2-year-old fillies, Smarty Jill figures to be a short priced favorite.