08/05/2008 11:00PM

Walcott will try to keep his hot hand


EDMONTON, Alberta - Chatahoochie returns to the allowance ranks after testing stakes company in her last two starts and drew the outside post in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies for Friday's featured seventh race.

Rider Rickey Walcott, coming off a lucrative holiday weekend that netted him wins in both juvenile stakes, will likely try to fashion a stalking trip with Chatahoochie in the one-mile optional claiming race, with plenty of speed lined up to his inside.

Proud Runner and Belle Cherie Mary both exit a 6 1/2-furlong allowance on July 19 that was won easily by Bears Artiste. They are expected to duel for the early lead.

Heiler finds hole for Teagues Fight

Walcott's two stakes tallies and a victory by Papa Time in the Count Lathum with a last-to-first move under Jake Barton had leading rider Stephan Heiler shut out heading into the fourth stakes of the weekend, Monday's Sun Sprint Championship.

Heiler was aboard even-money favorite Teagues Fight and turned in a masterful performance on the 5-year-old gelding, who was returning on just eight days' rest.

Teagues Fight took back early from the outside post in the field of eight, was seventh in the run through the first turn, and gained the rail down the backstretch.

Heiler was forced to wait briefly at the three-sixteenths pole but found a narrow opening, and Teagues Fight shot through.

With the $24,000 Alberta-bred bonus, Teagues Fight earned $54,000.