06/03/2007 11:00PM

Six furlongs just right for Certainly Regal


Six furlongs just right for ‘Regal’

CALGARY, Alberta – Certainly Regal drops out of stakes company into a conditioned allowance and returns to her preferred distance of six furlongs in Wednesday’s featured seventh race for fillies and mares at Stampede Park.

Certainly Regal found a mile too far here Victoria Day in the Ken Pearson Memorial, in which she set the early fractions before tiring and watching stablemate Braetta romp home over the sloppy surface.

Rarely headed in sprint races, Certainly Regal looks for her second win of the meet after going wire to wire to capture the Sales Stakes on April 14 for trainer Don Gilkyson. Certainly Regal’s regular rider, Desmond Bryan, will break the 6-year-old from post 4 as she faces five rivals in search of her eighth career tally.

Wednesday’s eight-race card begins with the the second 2-year-old race of the year.

Littlemiss Allison, a daughter of the stakes-winning dam Fancy Prancer, makes her career debut for trainer Greg Tracy with Rickey Walcott up. Tracy is in a heated battle with Ron Grieves in defense of his training crown, and Walcott and defending champion Quincy Welch are dueling for the riding crown.

* Gilkyson has nominated both Braetta and Banjo Babe to Saturday’s $50,000 Duchess of York for fillies and mares. The field for the 1 1/16-mile Duchess of York is expected to include She’s Italian and Tartan Star, who worked this past weekend after scratching out of the Pearson Memorial when the track came up sloppy. Sunday’s $50,000 Herald Gold Plate, also at 1 1/16 miles, drew just nine nominees with Test Boy and Teagues Fight, the one-two finishers in the Teeworth Plate, expected to head up the field.