07/24/2001 11:00PM

Post can let Bumbeling Bert sit off pace


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Bumbeling Bert will try to make it 2 for 2 at Assiniboia Downs in Friday's featured seventh race, where seven runners are scheduled to start in a seven-furlong conditioned allowance event.

In his local debut July 12, Bumbeling Bert beat a field of $6,250 claimers at this distance.

A 4-year-old Iowa-bred who is trained by Greg Tracy and ridden by Brian Harding, Bumbeling Bert should secure a good trip from post 4 behind likely pace setters Gloria's Buck and Royal Mac.

Freeable, who ran third at this level last time, should take up a stalking position inside Bumbling Bert. Freeable, a 4-year-old British Columbia-bred trained by Caesar DeMarni, will break from post 2 under Ruben Solis.

Rounding out the field, in post order, will be Gloria's Buck, Royal Mac, Conte Di Dinero, Base Camp and Mytelittle River.

Two races, two wins

Sands Fury ($16.40) made it two wins from as many starts she took last Sunday's Debutante Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths over Torquilla.

The victory was first stakes win at Assiniboia Downs for jockey Brian Harding and the first stakes win this year for last year's leading local trainer, Ardell Sayler.

* A three-day suspension may be the only way to cool off Alan Cuthbertson, who followed up a four-win performance Saturday with two wins Sunday and one Tuesday. Cuthbertson's suspension runs Friday through Sunday.

* Rohan Singh and Anderson Ward won one race each Tuesday to remain tied atop the local rider standings with 40 victories. Tim Gardiner is two behind with 38. Gary Danelson leads all local trainers with 25 wins.