07/30/2006 11:00PM

Quiet Cash holds on by a neck


EDMONTON, Alberta - Invaders from the West Coast continued their domination of Northlands Park stakes when Quiet Cash sped wire to wire in defeating another invader, Trick of the North, in the City of Edmonton Championship here last Saturday.

Quincy Welch piloted Quiet Cash, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred, to a neck victory in the 1 1/16-mile City of Edmonton, formerly known as the Klondike Handicap. His winning time was 1:44.30. Quiet Cash, owned by Bahadur Cheema, won his third stakes in four 2006 outings.

Horses from Vancouver now have won four stakes at the meeting, with True Metropolitan, Stole One, and Starlite Strike prevailing earlier.

Quiet Cash, bet down to 2-5 in the City of Edmonton, is 2 for 3 in Vancouver stakes this year, and his lone defeat was by only a half-length.

Trick of the North, recently sent from Vancouver to trainer Red Smith's stable, rallied from last place in the field of five to edge 5-1 second favorite Beau Brass by a head for second. Alabama Rain, who won the Canadian Derby here a year ago, finished fifth, beaten six lengths for it all. Alabama Rain made a mild bid at the half but then could not sustain his move.

Trainer Terry Jordan could enter both Quiet Cash and True Metropolitan in the $100,000 Speed to Spare Championship here Sept. 9.