08/19/2005 12:00AM

Sayler finds strength in numbers

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - For the second time this year, trainer Ardell Sayler will send out a strong contingent in a 2-year-old stakes at Assiniboia Downs. In July, Sayler sent out four of the seven fillies in the Debutante Stakes. On Sunday, Sayler will saddle three of the eight colts and geldings entered in the restricted North Dakota Stallion Stakes.

All three of Sayler's entrants - Bib Overalls, Barnstorm, and Catch Me Talkin - will race with Lasix for the first time. They are drawn in the outside three post positions in the six-furlong race.

Bib Overalls won two restricted races at minor tracks in South Dakota earlier this year. Locally, he finished second, beaten a length, after a poor start against maiden company on June 19, before defeating maiden claimers in his most recent race on July 23.

Barnstorm, who also defeated maiden claimers in his most recent start, on

July 9, finished fourth, 13 3/4 lengths behind Bib Overalls in a restricted race at Brown's County Fair earlier this year.

Catch Me Talkin finished second and third behind Bib Overalls in two races in South Dakota earlier this year. In two starts here this season, Catch Me Talkin finished third, beaten a half-length by Barnstorm, and second, two lengths behind Bib Overalls.

Others entered include Missing Fortune, who won the restricted Frank Arnason Sire Stakes in his most recent start, and J Dam Strike, who won the Thoroughbred Futurity at Fargo in his last race on Aug. 7.

Liberty Reigns, a maiden, is a full sister to three-time restricted stakes winner Strike an Image.

Iron Aries and Wintari, both maidens, complete the field.

* Nominations closed Thursday for the Aug. 28 Harry Jeffrey Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. The nominees are Ack Attack, Arthurlooksgood, Brinello, Illalwaysbethere, Kiss a Plenty, Publicist, Raggidy Rowe, Resurgent, Snowy Old Man, Whiskey Drive, and Your Excellence.

Absent from the Harry Jeffrey nominations is Manitoba Derby winner Prime Time T.V. Trainer Bert Blake said Thursday morning that Prime Time T.V., a son of Deputy Minister, has been sent to Lexington, Ky., to have a chip removed from his ankle.