06/14/2005 11:00PM

Rim Dancer excels at distance

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Rim Dancer, a 10-year-old gelding owned by his trainer, Clint Willson, appears to the class of Friday's featured eighth race for $8,000 claimers at 7 1/2 furlongs.

After racing only twice during 2004, Rim Dancer began this year by beating a field of $5,000 claimers with a strong stretch rally.

In his next start, Rim Dancer, a British Columbia-bred son of Three Martinis, finished third against $10,000 claimers.

Rim Dancer has excelled at this distance, compiling a 4-2-3 record from 13 starts. This race will be his first around two turns this year.

Double Bid, a close second at the level and distance in his only start this year, could provide the biggest opposition to Rim Dancer.

Don't Kiss N Tell and Screen Start will both be making their first starts around two turns this year and should battle for the early lead.

Also entered are Zero U, Coldstream, Sefapianos Way, and With Glory.

Ericka's Lass gets perfect trip

Ericka's Lass ($11.80) received a ground-saving trip from jockey Rohan Singh to win last Sunday's $40,000 La Verendrye Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths.

Ericka's Lass stalked a three-horse battle before taking over in midstretch. Remiewaterbluz was second, with Ruby Slew third.

The win was the fifth in a stakes for Ericka's Lass, who improved her career mark to 13-7-3-2 with earnings of $150,850. Ericka's Lass finished the six furlongs in 1:13.

It was the second stakes victory this year for the jockey-trainer combination of Singh and Emile Corbel.

The win was one of two Sunday for Singh, who is tied with Larren Delorme for the top spot in the local rider standings. Both riders have 20 wins.

Tom Gardipy Jr. was the hottest trainer here last weekend, winning a race each day. He is tied with Carl Anderson for third in the local standings with eight wins.

Corbel leads all trainers with 12 victories. Ardell Sayler is second with 10 wins.