08/30/2006 11:00PM

Prairie Lily a battle of unbeatens


A pair of unbeaten juveniles, Mischeviousfighter and Dorothy Hazel, head a field of 10 in Saturday's $30,000 Prairie Lily Sales Stakes, the richest race of the year here at Marquis Downs. The seven-furlong Prairie Lily is restricted to graduates of the 2005 Prairie Lily yearling sale.

Both Mischeviousfighter and Dorothy Hazel have 2-for-2 records and they should attract the bulk of the public's support.

Mischeviousfighter began his career with an easy 3 1/2-length half-mile maiden victory. In her second start, Mischeviousfighter won the Western Heritage, for Saskatchewan-bred colts and geldings. Like in her maiden win, Mischeviousfighter sprinted to an early lead and never looked back while scoring a six-length victory.

Mischeviousfighter's time in the 6 1/2-furlong Western Heritage race was 1:22.80, which was .80 second faster than Dorothy Hazel's in the 6 1/2-furlong Woodland Heritage for fillies.

Dorothy Hazel has stalked her competition in both races before charging past them in the final quarter-mile. Her four-length victory in the female side of the Saskatchewan Futurity was followed up by a dominating 7 1/2-length win in the Woodland.

If a couple of other foes can take some speed out of Mischeviousfighter early, then Dorothy Hazel just may be able to run them down late.

A couple of entrants arrive from Northlands Park and should make the Prairie Lily more interesting. Cat's Rose, the only other winner in the race, wired $12,000 claiming maidens at 3 1/2 furlongs on July 20. Spanish Lace last ran against maiden special weight foes at Northlands on Aug. 24, where she led to the quarter pole of a six-furlong race before fading to be fourth. Spanish Lace's only other outing was a third-place effort at 3 1/2 furlongs.

* The Prairie Lily sale takes place before the races at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Prairieland Park. Twenty-five yearlings are up for grabs by the sires Bluegrass Spirit (with eight in the sale), Nation Wide News (four), Slew Express (three), You've Got Action (three), Patsyprospect (three), and Private Joe, Dominique's Cat, Satellite Signal, Mint, and Shaheen with one each.

Assiniboia: Streak on line in Speers

Elite Mercedes goes for his fifth win in a row in Saturday's $40,000 R.J. Speers Stakes here at Assiniboia Downs. The R.J. Speers, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, attracted a field of seven.

Trained by Emile Corbel, Elite Mercedes won the Wheat City Stakes last time out in his first local start. A 9-year-old gelding, Elite Mercedes was claimed for $15,000 three starts ago while racing at Churchill Downs.

Raggidy Rowe and Gus Again have also won stakes races here this season.

Trained by Mel Davis, Raggidy Rowe won the Free Press in June. A 4-year-old gelding, Raggidy Rowe finished third in the allowance prep for the Wheat City next time out and then was sent to Northlands Park where he ran two lackluster races in August.

Gus Again won the restricted Agassiz Stakes for the third time in his most recent start. The Wayne Elias-trained Gus Again had run for as low as a $6,000 claiming price earlier this season.

Albarino, a who won four stakes last year including the R.J. Speers, has failed to win a stakes this season. He finished second in the Free Press and was a dull sixth in the Wheat City, but won his other two starts this year in the allowance preps for those stakes.

Arthurlooksgood defeated second-level allowance company last time, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 80,the best last-out Beyer in the Speers field. Arthurlooksgood was a close second behind Raggidy Rowe in the Harry Jeffery last year.

The field rounds out with Illalwaysbethere and Pinchme.

* Last Sunday, The Max ($3.50) romped to a 9 1/2-length victory in the Harry Jeffery Stakes. Quick Witted was second and Pass the Bar third. Trained by Bert Blake and ridden by Paul Leacock, The Max was registering his second stakes win from three starts here after finishing second, beaten a head, in the Manitoba Derby.

With the win, The Max improved his lifetime mark to 2-3-0 from 5 starts for earnings of $88,000. He completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.20.

- Adam Goss