04/30/2006 11:00PM

Tracy and Welch make right calls


CALGARY, Alberta - After an allowance race failed to fill, trainer Greg Tracy elected to run all three of his nominees here in last Saturday's $50,000 Stampede Park Sprint Championship. Then it was up to leading rider Quincy Welch and agent Bob Fowlis to make their choice, as Welch had at one time or another been aboard each of Tracy's runners.

Welch ended up on Smudgeledo. It was the correct call as the gelding broke alertly from the rail, gained the inside while dueling with Hot Talk and Golden Hunt through a rapid 44.80 half, and had enough left to hold safe stablemate Dakota Duke.

Smudgeledo, a 4-year-old Washington-bred, completed six furlongs in 1:10.40 and paid $16.50.

Dakota Duke came with a determined bid under Leanne Painter, and finished second.

Taiaslew, Tracy's third entrant, ended up being placed fourth after encountering traffic problems at the quarter pole, which resulted in Hastings invader Blowin in the Wind being disqualified and set back to fifth.

* Sunday's $50,000 M.R. Jenkins Memorial belonged to Painter as To Dream Again rallied from eighth in the field of 10 fillies and mares to capture her second stakes race of the meeting.

Just as she did in the fillies and mares Sales Stakes, Painter bided her time with To Dream Again, who has matured into a stakes winner at the age of 6 for trainer Bob Kingston.