08/21/2001 11:00PM

Princess Briartic choice in Beam


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - It may well be an emotional scene at Marquis Downs on Friday evening when racing resumes five days after the death of Isiah Sala from head injuries sustained in a fall in the seventh race on Sunday.

Sala was the regular rider of Princess Briartic, the top older mare on the grounds and the favorite in Friday's Jim Beam Handicap. The Jim Beam is run at 1 1/16 miles for a $6,000 purse.

Sala had ridden Princess Briartic to four consecutive victories, although the most recent score was via disqualification. Serge Rocheleau now gets the call for trainer Fern Zdunick.

This season, Princess Briartic has bumped her career earnings to $46,189 with the help of five wins, highlighted by the Graceful Klinchit Distaff and the City Centre Bingo Handicap.

In her most recent start, on Aug. 8, Princess Briartic took up her usual stalking position and actually assumed command at the top of the lane. Truly Remarkable, however, bore in down the stretch and repeatedly bumped Princess Briartic.

Truly Remarkable, last year's top 3-year-old filly in the province, appeared to have finally registered her first win of 2001 in that allowance race.

Racing in her usual style from off the pace, Truly Remarkable swept past the field under rider Walter Ramos Jr., who was urging her on with right-handed whipping, but her apparent head victory was not to be.

Completing the small field will be Ruskie, with Hugh Huston aboard, and Remarkable Ability, with Tim Moccasin in the irons.

Yearling sale at Exhibition grounds

After the annual running of the $30,000 Prairie Lily Sales Stakes on Sept. 2, the 2001 Saskatchewan Yearling Sale will take place at the Centre Hall of the Wheatland Complex on the Prairieland Exhibition grounds.

The sale will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature 42 yearlings (17 fillies and 25 colts and geldings).

Sires represented include Arctic Blitz, Royal Quiz, Stop the Stage, The Great Carl, Vilzak, Insistent Beat, Pole Position, Slew Express, Satellite Signal, Man o' Smoke, Candid Cameron, Rooney's Champ, Back Alley, Bashful Cloud, Brisk Affair, and Paskanell.

The bottom half of the catalog pages are rich in black type, as 19 of the dams were stakes winners or have produced stakes winners.

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