08/08/2006 11:00PM

Sprint looks like it could be free-for-all


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Eight will go to post in a wide-open second-level allowance with an optional claiming price of $16,000 when racing resumes here at Assiniboia Downs on Friday.

Adversary rides a two-race win streak, with both victories coming at this level and at Friday's six-furlong distance.

Lebite won at this class in his first start of the year, and won over $10,000 claimers last out.

Arthurlooksgood has been in the top three at this level in all four of his starts this year, although he hasn't won.

Whiskey Run ran third against third-level allowance company last time. He defeated Adversary and Arthurlooksgood at this level the start before that.

Cocodan finished second to Adversary in his local debut last time out, while Car Keys was an impressive winner over conditioned claimers most recently.

Mindy's Island won a first-level allowance at this distance two back. Canadian Idol, the lone 3-year-old in the field, also won over first-level allowance company last time.

Lord Kipling invades to take derby

On Monday, Canterbury Park invader Lord Kipling ($10.70) caught local favorite The Max at the wire to win the $100,000 Manitoba Derby. Quick Witted was third.

Trained by Amber Blair and ridden by Scott Stevens, who won the 2003 Manitoba Derby with Hero's Pleasure, Lord Kipling completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.40. Lord Kipling recorded his first stakes victory and improved his record to 3-1-1 from 7 starts. The $60,000 winner's share brought his earnings to $96,140.

In other stakes action Monday:

* Hey Hey Renee ($3.20) won her second stakes in a row when she took the Jack Hardy over Canterbury invader Glory Bea Trix. Pulpit's Treasure was third. Ridden by Rohan Singh and trained by Ardell Sayler, Hey Hey Renee completed the mile in 1:40.

* First Cavalry ($10.30) posted the fastest six-furlong time of the year here with his 1:11.20 clocking in the Winnipeg Futurity. Nechacko was second with Sir Officer third in the field of eight 2-year-olds. First Cavalry was sent out by the same connections that won the Debutante Stakes here earlier this year - owner Shyman Farm, trainer Martin Drexler, and jockey Alan Cuthbertson.

* Cuthbertson also won with Elite Mercedes ($3.70) in the Wheat City for trainer Emile Corbel. Resurgent was second with Full Moon Madness third.