05/08/2007 11:00PM

Stakes winner Sir Officer drops into allowance

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Three allowance races are featured on Friday's card at Assiniboia Downs.

Sir Officer, the third-place finisher in last year's Winnipeg Futurity and winner of the restricted Buffalo Stakes, is the one to beat in the third race, a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds.

The toughest opposition figures to come from stakes-placed Holy Smoke Ya; Albert Royalle, who defeated Holy Smoke Ya in his only start last year; and Ecton's Gem.

In the seventh race, a second-level allowance that attracted a field of six fillies and mares, the top two contenders, Diamondsintheway and Beshairt, will run for new trainers.

Diamondsintheway, who ran here four times last year for trainer Emile Corbel, will be saddled by Aaron Sayler.

Beshairt will be sent out by Patti Ross, who has taken over the training for the majority of Phil Kives's K-5 Stable horses.

Also entered are Victorita, Lyric Lake, Daisy Mountain, and Little Fawn.

A field of 10 older colts and geldings is entered the eighth race, a first-level allowance.

Shadow Rush, who makes his local debut for trainer Martin Drexler, figures to be a heavy favorite.

Drexler will also send out Wild to Go, who ran second at this level seven consecutive times last year.

Winter-raced runners lead the way

Winter-raced horses were prominent on the opening weekend of racing, winning 6 of 16 races. Horses from Portland Meadows had four wins, including Strawberriesinjune, who took the opening-day allowance feature for fillies and mares.

Trainer Clay Brinson saddled two winners from Turf Paradise to lead all trainers.

Alan Cuthbertson, the leading rider in 2006, had three wins to take the early lead in the jockey standings. David Lopez, Mark Anderson, Larry Munoz, and Paul Leacock each rode two winners.