07/14/2004 12:00AM

Shanghied unbeaten at Assiniboia


Shanghied made it 3 for 3 at Assiniboia Downs when he won the $40,000 Derby Trial Stakes on Sunday. Skipper was second, with Stonewall Harris third.

Trained by Bert Blake, Shanghied increased his earnings to $55,410.

Under jockey Travis Hightower, Shanghied went to the lead for the first time in his six-race career before drawing off to win by 7 3/4 lengths, finishing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.60.

Shanghied, who paid $3.50 to win, will now lead the local contingent into the $100,000 Manitoba Derby on Aug. 2. The Derby purse, originally announced at $75,000, has received a $25,000 boost from the Manitoba Lottery Corporation.

Hightower also rode Fancy Bru to victory in Saturday's $41,000 Manitoba Maturity. The Jack Robertson-trained pair of Pete's Surprise and Tarrango were second and third. Fancy Bru ($3.20), trained by Gary Danelson, finished the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.20.