06/05/2003 11:00PM

Stampede Park track report


CALGARY, Alberta - Eternal Secrecy, a handy winner of the Teeworth Plate here May 18, and Sixthirtyjoe, a closing second in that one-mile handicap, will renew their rivalry in Sunday's $50,000 Herald Gold Plate.

The Herald Gold Plate, the richest race for older horses at the meet, drew a field of six and runs as the eighth race.

Eternal Secrecy drew the rail and looks like the lone speed in the 1 1/16-mile race. Eternal Secrecy comes off a huge effort in the Teeworth, where he tracked Tyko Tycoon through a moderate half before rushing to the lead and completing the mile in 1:36.20, just .40 off the course record.

It was a dazzling Alberta debut for Eternal Secrecy, a 6-year-old who was claimed by trainer Robertino Diodoro for $25,000 last November at Hastings. He won the 1 1/8-mile Au Revoir there in his final start of the year.

Leanne Painter retains the call on Eternal Secrecy, an Oregon-bred son of Black Tie Affair who should be favored. He picks up two pounds and will carry co-high weight of 119 pounds, along with Sixthirtyjoe.

Sixthirtyjoe, Alberta's 2002 horse of the year, was unable to match the explosive burst from Eternal Secrecy last time out. Sixthirtyjoe and rider Real Simard may inherit the task of chasing Eternal Secrecy early, as the four remaining entrants do not possess early foot.

Rancour is the defending champion and comes off an even third-place finish in the Teeworth. A 6-year-old gelding, Rancour has worked back sharply for trainer Ernie Keller. Quincy Welch retains the call.