07/26/2002 12:00AM

'Shogun' nominated for Manitoba Derby


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The biggest weekend of the meeting is coming up at Assiniboia Downs, highlighted by the Manitoba Derby on the Aug. 5 holiday Monday program.

Nominations closed last Thursday for the Manitoba Derby, Wheat City, Winnipeg Sun, Jack Hardy, Winnipeg Futurity, and North Dakota Stallion Stakes.

Seventeen 3-year-olds, including Alberta Derby winner Lord Shogun, have been nominated to the Grade 3, $100,000 Manitoba Derby at 1 1/8 miles.

Ekati, winner of the Derby Trial Stakes here in his last start, represents the best hope of the local contingent.

Ontario-based trainer Dave Cotey, who won last year's Manitoba Derby with Stage Classic, has nominated Mind Body Soul and Lady Shari.

The Wheat City, Jack Hardy, and Winnipeg Futurity also will be featured on the Derby Day card.

The Wheat City, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, and the Jack Hardy, for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, will carry purses of $30,000, while the six-furlong Winnipeg Futurity for 2-year-olds offers a purse of $40,000.

Kalfaari, who will be looking for his third stakes win of the year, heads a list of 15 nominees to the Wheat City.

Gist, second in the Canterbury Park Oaks two starts ago, tops the 13 fillies nominated to the Jack Hardy.

The Winnipeg Futurity has attracted 20 nominees, including Graduation Stakes winner New Media.

Miss Sandy Dee and Cathy's Star will meet for the third time in next Sunday's $30,000 Winnipeg Sun, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares that attracted 10 nominees.

Miss Sandy Dee won the Victoria Day Stakes, while Cathy's Star took the Canada Day Stakes in their last meeting.

There are only five nominees for the Aug. 3 North Dakota Stallion Stakes, a restricted race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles which offers a purse of $20,000.

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