07/16/2016 8:29PM

Ready Intaglio strengthens credentials for Canadian Derby


Ready Intaglio stamped himself as the local favorite for the Grade 3, $150,000 Canadian Derby on Aug. 20 with a win in the $50,000 Count Lathum Handicap at Northlands Park on Saturday.

With Shamaree Muir aboard, Ready Intaglio ($7.40) was well back early while Kistofferson and Reason for Being were dueling through quick interior fractions of 23.56 and 46.89 seconds in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds. He started to move into contention on the stretch turn and finished full of run to win going away. The margin of victory over The Accuser was 1 1/2 lengths. The Accuser was last early and finished strongly to get up for second over Autumn Song, who also came from well back.

“It’s all in his heart,” said Muir. “I was just a passenger. “

It was Ready Intaglio’s second straight stakes win and considering his running style he could thrive going 1 3/8 miles in the Canadian Derby.

“The longer he goes the better he gets,” said Muir.

Ready Intaglio is trained by Amber Meyaard and is owned by Robbin Martens.

The final time was 1:46.80.

Blue Dancer gave trainer Greg Tracy his fourth stakes win on the card when he beat Killin Me Smalls in the Fred Jones Handicap. He paid $5 as the second choice behind Killin Me Smalls.

Blue Dancer broke on top with Keishan Balgobin in the irons in the 1 1/16- race for 3-year-olds and up. After dueling briefly with Killin Me Smalls, he opened up a clear lead after a half-mile in 47.39 seconds. Killin Me Smalls took a run at him approaching the six-furlong mark but Balgobin had plenty of horse and Blue Dancer easily repelled the bid. He never looked threatened while being ridden out. The final margin over Killin Me Smalls was 2 3/4 lengths. Go Max finished third, 10 lengths behind Killin Me Smalls.

Balgobin picked up the mount from Quincy Welch, who dislocated his shoulder in a training accident Friday morning.

“He’s a nice horse,” said Balgobin. “I knew they weren’t going to beat him at the quarter pole.
Tracy was visibly moved by the impressive performance. It was Blue Dancer’s ninth stakes win and his only three losses in 13 starts came in graded races.

“What can I say?,” he said. “He’s just special.”

The final time was 1.44.16.

A son of Bluegrass Cat, Blue Dancer is owned by C and J Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot in the Dark Racing Corporation.

The first three stakes on the card were won by front-running favorites trained by Tracy.

Onestaratatime paid $3.40 for her eight-length romp over Leena in the $50,000 Northlands Oaks.

First-time starter Ruffenuff broke on top and drew off to a 6 3/4- length win over Parcam Cowgirl in the Princess Margaret for 2-year-old fillies. After scratches, the six-furlong dash ended up with three horses.

Fall At Last ($3.10) was very impressive winning the Edmonton Juvenile under Balgobin. He set fast fractions on his way to a 12 1/2-length romp over Xtreme Lyra in the six-furlong race for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The final time was 1.11.42.

Hero’s Amor ($5) was also a dominating winner for trainer Tim Rycroft in the $50,000 Mademoiselle for fillies and mares.