08/15/2001 12:00AM

Off two seconds, Latter Day Ace set to win

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Latter Day Ace looms the probable favorite in Friday's featured third race, as a field of five will go to post in a six-furlong conditioned allowance.

Trained by Gordon Marsh, Latter Day Ace has faced some of the toughest horses here in his last three starts.

In his latest race on Aug. 3, Latter Day Ace finished second behind

Burlington House, a six-time winner this year. He had come into that race off a second-place finish behind subsequent Wheat City winner Kalfaari. Before that, he ran third in the Free Press, behind Smoky Cinder and Kalfaari.

Robert Munoz will ride Latter Day Ace, who breaks from the inside.

Trainer Blair Miller claimed Known Land June 30, and has sent him out to rattle off three consecutive victories. Known Land will break from the outside under Tim Gardiner.

Trainer Lorna Gray will send out the entry of U Otabe Wild and Outatime.

U Otabe Wild, who finished fourth last time out behind Burlington House and Latter Day Ace, will start from post position 2 under jockey Danny Vergara.

Outatime, who has yet to win in four starts this year, will get the services of Alan Cuthbertson for the first time Friday. He will begin from post 3.

Popsicle Pete, who bled through Lasix in his last start here July 2, will return to the racetrack for owner and trainer Sylvia Reid. Rohan Singh will ride Popsicle Pete, who breaks from post 4.

DesAutels may miss rest of meet

Jockey Jacques DesAutels probably will miss the remainder of the Assiniboia Downs season.

He suffered a fractured tailbone when he came off Wilwyn Free leaving the gate in last Friday's first race.

* Jockey Tim Gardiner won four races on Saturday and on Tuesday to move into second place in the local rider standings.

* Heading into Friday's action Rohan Singh leads all riders with 51 victories, followed by Gardiner with 50 and Anderson Ward with 49. Gary Danelson leads the trainers with 27 wins, followed by Ardell Sayler with 26.