shannonIn case you were wondering, Shannon Beauregard is sleeping well, once again.

That thoroughbred racing is back in high gear in Edmonton has a lot to do with it.

“I miss the sport so much that sometimes I can’t get to sleep,” the 12-year riding veteran smiled in the Northlands Park race office. “When the season is about to start, and even on the night or two before spring workouts start, I can’t think of much but what’s coming up.”

No doubt, Beauregard’s love of the sport, and especially her sheer devotion to the thoroughbred she guides at high speed and in tight quarters whenever possible, were instrumental in her recovery from a head injury that forced her out of action for much of 2011 and all of 2012. In the early stages of her return to the track last year, some observers questioned whether she could make it all the way back to the impressive performance levels she had reached by the time of the accident.

Now, those questions are gone. She has won four races so far in the brief season — “I had a couple of them on Saturday” — and is scheduled for some impressive mounts as the season heats up for stakes and handicaps.

First on her list of $50,000 tests is Saturday’s 31st running of the Wild Rose, a six-furlong burst for three-year-old fillies and mares. She will leave aboard Canaveral Leader in the middle of a five-horse field that includes Silkworm, Saturday Nite Ride, Tempered Sapphire and Ten Thirty. Trainer Tim Rycroft saddles Silkworm and Ten Thirty on the inside and outside, while Dennis Terry has prepared Saturday Nite Ride and and Rod Cone sends Tempered Sapphire to the post.

“I never know how a race is likely to be run until I get a look at the form charts,” Beauregard admitted, while praising Canaveral Leader as “a good filly who tries hard.”

She also mentioned the reality that the soft-spoken Ron Grieves has earned the right to the recognition he gets from race-goers and media.

Beauregard’s record shows several successes aboard Grieves-trained speedsters, but she is open to other offers.

On Monday, Victoria Day, she is pencilled in to ride Silver Baubles, Gone in a Flash or Call Me Lou, all prepared by Grieves, if one of the promising colts gets to the starting gate in the 59th running of The Journal. Among other nominees were Commander, Ready Racer, Tiny Giant, Boomtown Brat, Dougs Buddy, Tigger Town and others.

Cone and the reliable Joan Petrowski are others with at least a pair on the izeable nomination list.

Next weekend is another pair of $50,000 features: Legend Fortynine, Alberta’s top two-year-old in 2013, is scheduled to carry Quincy Welch against a tough field in the Western Canada Handicap on Saturday, one day after the Chariot Chaser with Honey Candy, Divergent View, One More Wild Ride and Strollin Home are among the field.