09/08/2008 12:00AM

Test Boy pulls off a stunner


EDMONTON, Alberta – In what many veteran observers termed the biggest upset in the 63 runnings of the $100,000 Speed to Spare, Test Boy ran down True Metropolitan in deep stretch Saturday at Northlands to prevail by a half-length under a ground-saving ride by Rickey Walcott.

Just three rivals dared to oppose the two-time defending champion, and Test Boy paid $19.60 after bettors hammered True Metropolitan down to 1-20 in the 1 3/8-mile race, which offered win and exactor wagering only.

Walcott had Test Boy relaxed early, split horses turning for home, and collared the favorite inside the sixteenth pole with a perfectly timed move.

Quincy Welch was unable to capture his third consecutive Speed to Spare on True Metropolitan, but a day earlier capped a five-win day with a handy score on Bears Artiste ($2.70) in the $50,000 Sales Stakes, which attracted a modest group of six 3-year-old fillies.

The colts and geldings version of the $50,000 Sales Stakes drew a much more competitive six-pack of 3-year-olds on Sunday afternoon, but Smile N Wave ($8.60), the “now horse” from trainer Joan Petrowski’s shed row, was clearly the best. He towed rider Shannon Beauregard to the lead at the quarter pole and drew off for yet another visually impressive tally.

* The major portion of the stakes schedule at this stand is now complete, save for the $400,000 Fall Classic Day on Sept. 27, when seven stakes restricted to Alberta-breds make up the bulk of the very popular program. Until then, allowance races such as Wednesday’s seventh race will occupy the spotlight. Trainer Dale Saunders sends out the coupled entry of Call Me Tomorrow (undefeated in four starts this season) and Rocky Milwaukee against six rivals in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint.