07/07/2009 11:00PM

Tiny Giant tries stakes


Anyone that saw Tiny Giant's impressive debut would have to lean in his direction in Friday's $50,000 Edmonton Juvenile at Northlands Park.

The six-furlong feature attracted an overflow field of 11 2-year-old colts and geldings. Go Racy will need a scratch in order to run.

Tiny Giant is clearly the horse to beat. He hit the starting gate and spotted the field at least four lengths when he debuted in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race last Friday. With Kenyatta Davis in the irons, Tiny Giant didn't take long to get rolling, and after circling the field, he had the lead by the middle of the stretch turn. He took complete control of the race at the top of the stretch and then widened his margin without being urged by Davis.

Trainer Red Smith has a couple of horses entered, and both would appear to have strong chances of winning. Offlee Fancee was an easy front-running winner of a three-furlong maiden special weight race on June 10. Constable Sheppard made up a lot of ground to finish second after hesitating at the start when he debuted in a similar race June 20.

Dixie Chip, trained by Dale Saunders, rates strong consideration as the only horse with a win going around two turns.