06/14/2007 11:00PM

Out-of-towners both look tough


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Two shippers will likely have a major impact in Sunday's $45,000 Free Press, a six-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds and upward at Assiniboia Downs.

Frontier Express ships here from Alberta after two starts against conditioned allowance foes at Stampede Park. A son of Carson City, Frontier Express was sent off as the favorite both times, finishing second in his first start before winning his most recent.

Regular rider Real Simard is coming here to retain the mount.

Frontier Express, along with the other shipper in the field, Lite Brigade, and local horses Shadow Rush and Global Crisis will likely battle for the early lead.

Lite Brigade has finished no worse than second in seven starts this season.

Both of Lite Brigade's wins this year came at Tampa Bay Downs going six furlongs after he was claimed by trainer Jamie Ness for $16,000 on Jan. 17. Ness is having a phenomenal year south of the border, winning 30 percent of his races.

Plenty of Heat, Arthurlooksgood, Elite Mercedes, and Illusive Force will all be looking for good trips behind the expected hotly contested pace.

Five-time stakes winner Illusive Force won the prep for this race in his local debut for new trainer Carl Anderson, defeating three rivals he faces again here.

Plenty of Heat finished second behind Illusive Force in his first local start of the year.

Arthurlooksgood won an allowance race in his first start of the year on May 6, then was third behind Illusive Force and Plenty of Heat last time out.

Elite Mercedes finished last of six in the race won by Arthurlooksgood before showing improvement in his most recent start to finish fifth behind Illusive Force.

Global Crisis has gone gate-to-wire in his only two local starts over second-level and third-level allowance company.

Shadow Rush defeated first-level allowance company in his most recent start.