08/01/2006 11:00PM

Princess Deelite in with her own


Princess Deelite, no worse than second in three career starts - all against male opponents and including a runner-up finish in the $150,000 D.S. "Shine" Young Futurity - finally races exclusively against her own gender in Friday night's filly division of the $100,000 John Franks Memorial Stakes.

will face off against 11 foes in the 5 1/2-furlong race restricted to fillies who passed through the sales ring here last March.

Trained by Troy Young for Valene Farms, Princess Deelite is a gray daughter of Afternoon Deelites out of the Green Forest mare Social Service. She was bred in Louisiana by Clear Creek Stud.

Young put a solid 48.60-second half-mile breeze into Princess Deelite between starts. C.J. Woodley will handle the riding chores.

, who owns the highest career Beyer Speed Figure in the field - a 62 earned defeating no fewer than four of her Friday night opponents in a maiden affair here July 15 - appears to be Princess Deelites's main opposition.

Luis Quinonez, aboard for that maiden score, and who rode Princess Deelites in the Shine, will once again make the journey from his Louisiana Downs home base to take the call on Ocean Express for trainer Ralph Irwin.

Canterbury Park

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association will host its annual yearling auction at Canterbury Park on Saturday in the Ubetcha Bar and Grill at the north end of the grandstand.

Walt Robertson and his associates from the Fasig-Tipton Company will conduct the auction, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Because of a number of withdrawals before the sale, all 11 of the "also-eligible" sales entries listed in the catalog will be offered in the sale. Canterbury Park will host a new-owners seminar in conjunction with the sale at 9 a.m.

The yearlings will be paraded in the track paddock for inspection at 10:30 a.m. More information about the sale and catalog entries can be found at the MTA website, www.mtassoc.com.

- David M. Miller


Last Sunday's fifth race was named in honor of Sandy Rettele, a longtime fixture behind the scenes in Nebraska racing who died suddenly last fall. The winner's circle was full of friends and family who were on hand for the blanket presentation, something Rettele had always been a big part of.

For 31 years Rettele made the blankets for Columbus Races and the other tracks in the state. Along with her husband, Jerry, dozens of well-wishers were on hand to honor her memory. Over the years it was estimated she made more than 30,000 blankets and 2,200 sets of silks.

* R.D. Williams got off to a fast start on Friday's opening-night program as he began the defense of his riding title here with four wins on the nine-race card.

* Jockey agent Cookie Kerrigan made a quick trip to Las Vegas early this week, but unfortunately the trip ended much sooner than he had hoped. Kerrigan said he fell about 200 qualifiers short of moving on in a field of over 2,100 players at the Rio in the World Series of Poker after 11 hours of play. "It hurt, and it's going to hurt for another 364 days," he said with a wry smile.

- Bill Hodtwalker

Fair Meadows

Got Country Grip, one of the fastest paint horses ever, overcame extreme trouble in the $45,000 Speedhorse Derby last Friday night at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Okla., to win his 12th straight race and remain undefeated.

Got Country Grip was bumped soundly at the start of the 350-yard race for 3-year-old paints and Appaloosas, but led at every call for a half-length win at 1-5.

"I don't know how he won the race," said Jimmy Maddux, who owns Got Country Grip. "He got hit hard, and it turned him about three-quarters of the way around. He's just got so much heart. He just wants to win so bad."

Got Country Grip, who lost a hind shoe in the race, covered the distance in 17.74 seconds. He owns the paint world record for 350 yards, having run the distance in 17.23 seconds in June. Got Country Grip also owns the paint world record for 400 yards, covering the distance in 19.55 seconds in April.

Brandon Parum trains Got Country Grip, whose regular rider is G.R. Carter Jr.

Next-race plans are pending, with few suitable stakes options for Got Country Grip. His connections are hoping that a Quarter Horse stakes would be opened up to paints, that a match race with agreeable conditions could be carded, or that a rich stakes could be created for paints.

"We're dying to work out a deal at either Ruidoso or Los Alamitos or both, but as of yet we have nowhere to run him," said Maddux. "We're just looking for something."

Maddux said if no racing opportunity is available, Got Country Grip would be turned out and return to racing next year. Maddux acquired Got Country Grip as a weanling in a trade deal that included one of his stakes-winning mares.

The gelding was one of two stakes winners Maddux had Friday night at Fair Meadows. He also won a $116,000 futurity with Texas Royal Snow, an Appaloosa who is now 5 for 5.

- Mary Rampellini

Philadelphia Park

He needed a substantial class drop to do it, but the grand old man of trainer Scott Lake's massive stable, 13-year-old gelding Stormy Do, won for the fourth time this season in Monday's sixth race at Philadelphia Park.

Facing $5,000 claimers, Stormy Do went to the front in the six-furlong sprint, opened up a 2 1/2-length lead at the eighth pole, and held on by a half-length.

It was Stormy Do's first win since he was re-claimed for $10,000 by Lake in early May. Lake lost the horse for $12,500 in March.

Stormy Do is now 4 for 11 this season, 4 for 8 lifetime at Philly Park, and 26 for 117 in his career.

- Joe DeVivo