09/24/2008 11:00PM

Teagues Fight eyes title


EDMONTON, Alberta - Trainer Doug MacDonald has carefully managed Teagues Fight this summer with an eye towards Saturday's Alberta Breeders'.

The Alberta Breeders', worth $75,000, tops a slate of seven stakes here on Fall Classic Day, which offers a total of $400,000 in purses to Alberta-breds.

Teagues Fight, a 5-year-old gelding, is the most accomplished performer on the program with 14 wins and a bankroll of $543,908. He comes in as a fresh horse after his connections passed on taking on Test Boy and True Metropolitan in the Speed to Spare here Sept. 6.

With four stakes wins this season, Teagues Fight has found a cozy spot in his bid to clinch a local divisional championship and will be an overwhelming favorite in the 1 1/16 mile handicap, which drew just six older colts and geldings.

Teagues Fight has been assigned 125 pounds and concedes considerable weight to each of his rivals, but anything close to his best effort would be good enough against this modest field.

MacDonald has kept Teague's Fight sharp with a pair of bullet works at five furlongs over the past two weeks, and the gelding will break from post 5 with regular rider Stephan Heiler up.

Arthurlooksgood returns from Assinboia Downs to defend his title in the Alberta Breeders', but has not returned to his strong 2007 form.

Candid Remark, who won the 2006 Alberta Breeders' and was beaten a neck as the runner-up to Arthurlooksgood last year, has produced only one allowance win from eight starts this season.

Beau Brass, an 8-year-old gelding with plenty of back class, and Pickinontheolebanjo, who is in good form but facing considerably tougher, round out the field.