08/22/2001 11:00PM

Stage Classic heads west again


EDMONTON, Alberta - Eastern Canadian invader Stage Classic looks to add another western derby to his laurels when he faces six foes in the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park Saturday.

The Grade 3 Canadian Derby, at 1 3/8 miles, is worth $150,000. The card also includes the $50,000 City of Edmonton Distaff and the $35,000 Westerner Handicap.

Woodbine-based Stage Classic, winner of the Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs on Aug. 6, will be ridden by Constant Montpellier and break from post 3.

Woodbine and its teletheatres will offer simulcast wagering on the Canadian Derby, which will go off at approximately 5:45 p.m. Toronto time.

Seeking revenge for his three-quarters of a length defeat in the Manitoba Derby is Fancy As, who is unbeaten in Alberta. The winner of four stakes this season, including the Alberta Derby for trainer and co-owner Red Smith, Fancy As has the services of his regular jockey, Richard Hamel, and will start from post 7.

Edmonton entrepreneur and horse owner Cam Allard goes for a third victory in the Canadian Derby. Allard won with Cozzy Grey in 1993 and A Fleets Dancer in 1998.

Now, along with co-owners Don Danard and Jim Moroz, his hopeful is Krakow, who won his maiden at a mile on the turf at Woodbine in his last start. Two starts back, Krakow raced forwardly in a runner-up finish over 1 3/8 miles on the turf. Regular rider Slade Callaghan will ride Saturday.

Invading from British Columbia is Thurston, trained by Harold Barroby. Thurston, ridden by Pedro Alvarado, is coming off a third-place finish in a B.C. Cup Stallion stakes at Hastings Park.

The Northlands-based Kid Copper is coming off a powerful victory in the Count Lathum at 1 5/16 miles. Bubblegum Kid finished a strong second in the Count Lathum. He will be ridden by Real Simard, who won the '98 Canadian Derby with A Fleets Dancer.

Quincy Welch will be aboard Harbour Ice, who was third in the Count Lathum after being claimed for $32,000 from his previous start.

All starters carry 126 pounds.