05/19/2005 11:00PM

Shanghied team is back


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Around this time last year, trainer Bert Blake was unveiling Shanghied for owner Robert Mitchell to the Assiniboia Downs faithful. Shanghied won three stakes here last year and finished third in the Manitoba Derby, on his way to picking up local honors for horse of the year and 3-year-old colt.

This year the duo of Blake and Mitchell rest their Manitoba Derby hopes on Prime Time T.V., who should be heavily favored in the seventh race on Sunday, a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs.

A half-brother to 1997 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Countess Diana, Prime Time T.V. won his maiden at Turfway Park last year in his second lifetime start, when he was trained by Elliott Walden. Prime Time T.V., a son of Deputy Minister, was purchased privately after that start by Mitchell and given to trainer Derek Galvin.

He finished a close second against first-level allowance company at Turfway Park in his first start for Galvin to begin his 3-year-old campaign on Feb. 19, and then finished last at the same level on March 11, his last start.

Prime Time T.V. comes into this race off two bullet five-furlong works here on April 30 and May 6.

Hitchinpost Louie, Your Excellence, and Doddles, the second- through fourth-place finishers at this level here on May 7, are back for Sunday's race.

Hitchinpost Louie defeated maiden claimers in his final start of 2004.

Your Excellence won the restricted Frank Arnason Sire Stakes and CTHS Sales stakes en route to picking up local 2-year-old colt honors last year.

Doddles's lone win came here in the restricted North Dakota Stallion Stakes in his last start of 2004.

Resurgent beat maiden claimers in his first start of the year on May 8. Pipe Smoker and Icelandic Conquest both make their first start of the year.