08/12/2009 11:00PM

Take your pick: Tracy or Smith


There is an excellent chance trainers Greg Tracy or Red Smith will win at least one of the two divisions of the Two-Year-Old Sales Stakes at Northlands Park on Saturday. After all, they train seven of the 15 horses entered in the two races.

Smith could have the favorites in both divisions. Len Again figures to attract plenty of support in the colts and geldings division, which drew seven horses and goes as the sixth race. Maria Fortunata looks like the one to beat in the fillies division, which goes as the seventh race. Both races are at 6 1/2 furlongs and are worth $60,000.

The two stakes serve as an advertisement for the upcoming Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's annual summer yearling sale in the Agri-Centre at Westerner Park in Red Deer on Sept. 1. There will also be a special champagne luncheon and yearling preview hosted by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens at the Westerner on Aug. 31.

Purchased for $5,200 out of the 2008 summer yearling sale, Len Again is the only two-time winner in the colts and geldings division. He scored a front-running win in a $12,000 maiden race going 5 1/2 furlongs on July 12. In his next start he finished second in a $20,000 nonwinners-of-two claiming race but was awarded the win when Countdown at Cape was disqualified and placed fourth for interference in the stretch.

Quincy Welch retains the mount on Len Again, who drew the rail.

Rickey Walcott, coming off of an extraordinary weekend where he won 12 races on Saturday and Sunday, will be aboard Rundell. Trained by Tracy, Rundell is coming off a third-place finish in a maiden special weight race on July 19.

Tracy will have three horses running in the fillies division. Heading the trio is Shesadilly, who won her debut in a $12,000 maiden race on July 5. She came back to finish to second via disqualification in the same race Len Again exits. The only winner in the field, Shesadilly will be ridden by Rico Walcott.

Tracy has also entered Missy's Lyin' and Shifty Time. At $45,000, Missy's Lynn was the second-highest-priced horse at the sale last year. She finished fifth when she debuted in a 3 1/2 furlong maiden special weight race on July 24.