08/27/2003 11:00PM

Pilon trainees Allourwishes, Stage Whisper to battle it out

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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Trainer Hubert Pilon will send out a strong three-horse contingent led by Allourwishes and Stage Whisper for the meet's richest race, Saturday's $22,500 Prairie Lily Sales Stakes.

The Prairie Lily is at about seven furlongs and for graduates of the 2002 Saskatchewan yearling sale. In addition to the base purse, fillies run for a $4,500 premium.

Allourwishes was an eight-length winner of the Woodland Heritage for Saskatchewan-bred fillies here Aug. 16, leading from gate to wire. Prior to that, Allourwishes broke slowly and was third to stablemate Megan's Way in the filly split of the Saskatchewan Futurity.

Leading rider Rennie Latchman picks up the mount on Allourwishes, and they will likely try to wire the field.

Stage Whisper has won his last two starts, the Western Heritage and Saskatchewan Futurity, both restricted to males. Rider Tim Moccasin had the choice between Stage Whisper and Allourwishes and ends up aboard the gelding Stage Whisper.

Pilon's other entrant is Megan's Way, who is the only other stakes winner in the field but was no match for Allourwishes in the Woodland Heritage.

RJ Stables owns both Stage Whisper and Megan's Way and is a co-owner of Allourwishes. The three will run as separate wagering interests.

Seven other 2-year olds will try to pull off the upset, with Royal Rush at the top of that list.

Royal Rush, the sales topper last year, has finished second in three of his four starts, including runner-up finishes to Stage Whisper in both of that one's stakes wins. Royal Rush should appreciate the added yardage here.

Guest Table is the only other winner in the race, having won his maiden last Saturday.

Deputy Brawler was third in his debut for a $15,000 tag at Northlands before running last as the favorite in the male split of the Saskatchewan Futurity, while the fillies Lucky in the Lead and Rock N' Romance are both stakes placed.

Britts Signal and Credit Is Due round out the field. In Position is the lone also-eligible.

* The 2003 Saskatchewan yearling and mixed sale will be held Sunday at Centre Hall of the Wheatland Complex on Prairieland Park. A total of 35 yearlings have been consigned, with an additional seven in the mixed portion, and the sale begins at 1 p.m. These numbers may increase with the late entry option offered this year.

Also new is the addition of a race in 2005 for 3-year-old graduates of this sale.

* Longtime race announcer Steve Tatarniuk is leaving Marquis Downs at the end of the season and a party is being held in his honor on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Tickets can be bought at the race office or at Gail's Coffeeshop for $10.