08/01/2003 11:00PM

Sixthirtyjoe well-rested for the Sun


EDMONTON, Alberta - After capturing Alberta Horse of the Year honors in 2002, Sixthirtyjoe had a difficult start to his 2003 campaign.

Sixthirtyjoe arrived at Northlands Park winless on the year after making four starts at the Stampede Park spring meet. He managed to turn things around by winning the $40,000 Journal here June 21 and finishing second in the Spangled Jimmy on July 5.

On Monday, Sixthirtyjoe will go after his second win of the season in the $50,000 Sun Sprint. His trainer, Deanne Davies, has had nearly a month to prepare for this race and said she expects a top performance from her 5-year-old, who will be looking to push his earnings past the $300,000 mark.

"He'll be ready to go," said Davies, noting that Sixthirtyjoe had passed the July 26 Klondike, "He's well-rested."

Sixthirtyjoe will carry top weight of 122 pounds and will break from post 6 with jockey Stephan Heiler in the irons for the first time. Sixthirtyjoe's regular rider, Real Simard, will be in Winnipeg Monday to ride Taiaslew in the Manitoba Derby.

One of the top challengers here Monday is Tyko Tycoon, who at 6 is still one of the top sprinters in Alberta. Tyko Tycoon won this race last year.

Tyko Tycoon, an Alberta-bred trained by R.K. "Red" Smith, will start from post 5, and jockey Quincy Welch will have the gelding setting the early pace as he looks to wire the field.