Bright forecast

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Trainer Martin Drexler is hoping the forecast tomorrow in Edmonton includes a speedy Weather Warning.

Following his win in the $100,000 Manitoba Derby earlier this month, Drexler and owner Shyman Farms have sent Weather Warning to Northlands Park in the Alberta capital for the 78th running of the $300,000 Canadian Derby, which runs tomorrow afternoon.

"It's the same idea as here," Drexler said of his champion horse. "He's 4-1 there.

"A lot of things have to go right for him. He's got to make the lead, he's got to get a reasonably unchallenged lead. He'll run. He's a good horse.

"He probably has as good a shot as he did here because here he was going into a mile and an eighth race off of no route (longer than six furlongs) races. Now he is going into a mile and three-eighths off a mile and an eighths race where he looked really good."

Weather Warning came to Assiniboia Downs from Chicago just days before the Aug. 6 Manitoba Derby and entered the race a massive 30-1 long shot. But, he "shocked the world" -- as track announcer Darren Dunn said as Weather Warning crossed the finish line in his wire-to-wire win -- and paid an absolute astronomical price of $71 to win on a $2 bet.

Trainer Clay Brinson's Rage Till Dawn is also in the field. He finished second in the Manitoba Derby and was the only horse to really challenge Weather Warning in the race.

Although Paul Leacock rode Weather Warning to victory in the Manitoba Derby, Shyman Farms is taking veteran leading jockey Alan Cuthbertson along with them to Northlands for the extra bit of familiarity. Cuthbertson already has the race mentally mapped out.

"I would like to have him relaxed and go as slow as I can possibly go without anybody challenging, so that when it's time to run he'll be refresh," Cuthbertson said. "With a bit of luck, we can just pull the trigger on him."

Unlike the full field of 12 horses in the Manitoba Derby, the Canadian Derby tomorrow has seven entries.

"Any time you have less horses the better. It's less horses to make it a problem, especially when you have a speed horse that is probably going to have the lead," Drexler said.

For those with digital cable or satellite service, the race can be seen live tomorrow afternoon on CTV Edmonton and CTV Calgary, starting at 4 p.m. local time.


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