07/31/2007 11:00PM

Strawberry Sheen proven talent of field

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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - A field of eight 2-year-old fillies, led by impressive maiden winner Strawberry Sheen, will go postward in the inaugural running of the Gold Strike Stakes here at Marquis Downs on Friday. The Gold Strike, run over six furlongs for a $10,000 purse, has a first preference to fillies who are both Saskatchewan-sired and Saskatchewan-bred with second preference to Saskatchewan-breds.

All of the entrants were foaled in the province with just one, Whiz Girl, being sired by a stallion that resides outside of Saskatchewan.

Strawberry Sheen, one of four daughters of Shaheen in the field, won her maiden here July 21 in a half-mile affair by a widening four lengths. Out of Strawberry Sting, the province's top 3-year-old filly of 1987, Strawberry Sheen will attempt to again wire her field as they stretch out the extra quarter-mile for the first time.

Trainer Judy Hunter sends out the other three daughters of Shaheen, led by Time to Danze.

Time to Danze finished fourth in her lone outing, but was moved up to third when the winner was disqualified for putting her in tight quarters midway down the lane of the half-mile race. Time to Danze had closed the gap to two lengths at the top of the stretch, but lost by five after the trouble.

The other Shaheen fillies, Fiesty Cheetah and Prairie Sky, are closely related. Fiesty Cheetah is out of She's Got Pazazz, winner of the filly division of the 1988 Rainbow of Roses Sales Stakes and the dam of Dancing Zazzy. Dancing Zazzy is the dam of Prairie Sky.

Both Fiesty Cheetah and Prairie Sky are homebreds owned by Paul Babchishin.