07/23/2008 11:00PM

Teagues Fight just looks too strong


EDMONTON, Alberta – Teagues Fight seeks his fourth stakes tally of the year against just four rivals in the $50,000 Don Fleming Handicap at Northlands Park Saturday.

The absence of arch-rival Footprint ensures Teagues Fight the role of favorite. He carries high weight of 124 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile Don Fleming, formerly run as the Klondike Handicap and renamed last year in memory of the local journalist and sportsman.

Stephan Heiler has asked Teagues Fight to employ his tactical speed early in his past two starts, a strategy that resulted in victories in the one-mile Spangled Jimmy here and Herald Gold Plate at Stampede, but Teagues Fight does not have to make the front to win.

Inuit Fisher, on a roll of his own with four straight wins, including in the 6 1/2-furlong Journal, drew outside and is expected to vie for the early lead. Slews the Standard, winner of a second-level allowance last out, is the only other entrant with speed and is unproven in this league.

Test Boy, winner of the inaugural Don Fleming last year and second to Teagues Fight in the Herald Gold Plate, and Hurricane Tiki, a closing third to Teagues Fight and Footprint in the Spangled Jimmy, are closers at the mercy of pace.

It all looks right again for Heiler and Teagues Fight, who can stalk and pounce at the jockey’s choosing.