08/01/2001 11:00PM

Royal Brittany should rule


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Royal Brittany, an impressive 4 1/2-length winner in the filly division of the Saskatchewan Futurity at Marquis Downs on July 22, heads a field of seven 2-year-olds in Saturday's Larry Lashyn Futurity. The six-furlong feature offers a purse of $6,000.

Royal Brittany is owned by Ed, Don, and Ken Heuchert and trained by Fern Zdunick, who won all three stakes on that July 22 card.

Royal Brittany's latest was all the more impressive in light of her final time. Over the muddy, tiring surface she ran the three-quarters of a mile in 1:16.20, which was 2.20 seconds faster than the colt-and-gelding division.

Leading rider Isiah Sala, who also won all three stakes that Sunday, retains the mount on Royal Brittany.

The R J Stable entry of Good Old Sprite and Tuff Tiger Joe loom as the main competitors.

Good Old Sprite was a solid second despite blowing both turns making his first start in the male side of the Saskatchewan Futurity, holding the lead at every call, only to be caught and beaten by a neck.

Walter Ramos Jr. rides Good Old Sprite for trainer Hubert Pilon.

Tuff Tiger Joe was impressive here winning his first outing over a half-mile. He then ventured to Alberta, where things didn't unfold well from the get-go, and he finished up the track. Andy Scarlett will ride.

Gatopresson makes his first start and could make his presence felt.

Completing the field are Britts Express, Superb Position and Slew Tonic.