06/20/2007 11:00PM

Rindanica looks back in form


EDMONTON, Alberta - Assured of a ferocious early pace, Rindanica looks well placed to capture the first stakes race of the summer meet at Northlands Park on Saturday, the $50,000 Journal.

Contested at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Journal should have a surplus of speedsters looking to dictate the pace, including Stampede Sprint Championship winner Plagiarist and Summer Sensation, an Arizona invader who has shown that he can catch the first quarter in under 22 seconds.

Rindanica was one of the top handicap horses in Alberta in 2005 and finished third in that year's edition of the Journal. Rindanica started just once in 2006, but in his second outing this year he flashed some residue of that stakes-caliber form when he took a six-furlong optional claimer at Stampede Park.

Trained by Carla Christoffersen, Rindanica will once again have the services of Quincy Welch.

Breaking from post 4, just outside Plagiarist, is Laketon, who is part of a tough Don Gilkyson-trained entry along with Guitars N Cadillacs. The 7-year-old Laketon is in career-best form this year and has risen up through the claiming ranks with a series of dominating performances.

Laketon got his first victory of the season against $13,000 claimers and followed up with wins at the $30,000 level and then against allowance company. He finished a dull sixth in the Teeworth Plate at a mile but he bounced back to win another conditional allowance sprinting.

In that most recent start, Laketon showed the ability to stalk the pace, a departure from his three previous victories when he pretty much led from wire to wire.

Completing the field are Fly Esteem, Tiger Energy, and Churchbridge.