09/18/2003 11:00PM

Veteran has won at level


EDMONTON, Alberta - Young Runaway, with Rickey Walcott up, will be seeking his fifth victory of the season in a $22,000 claiming race sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs at Northlands Park on Sunday.

Young Runaway, an 11-year-old, was claimed out of his last outing for $17,500 by trainer Joan Petrowski but returns to the level where he last won at Northlands on July 9. A stakes winner in his younger years, Young Runaway drew post 3 in the field of seven.

Trainer Don Gilkyson returns King Me to the $22,000 plateau, at which he won here Aug. 10.

King Me is dropping from $28,000, a level at which he was fifth in a blanket finish, beaten only 1 1/2 lengths. Desmond Bryan has the return mount.

Red Smith sends Intore, a consistent performer at the $17,500 level, against this group at the price for which he claimed him back two races ago.

Magic Lantern, who has won three times against lesser company, will try this competition again, while Popsicle Pete drops back in his quest of his second victory for this price.

Still looking for their first victories this year are Red Exit, a stakes winner at age 4 in 2001, and the speedy Harbour Ice, who has drawn the rail with Real Simard aboard.

o A two-week extension to the Northlands season has been approved by chairman Dr. David Reid of Horse Racing Alberta. Wednesdays will be dropped, but there will be racing Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 17 through Oct. 19 and Oct. 24 through Oct. 26. The extension will enable Northlands to offer an abbreviated live card following the Breeders' Cup races Oct. 25.