Matt’s Blog — Weekend Preview September 29

Posted September 28, 2017 | Racing News

Western Canada Pacing Derby and Filly Pace

It’s just the second week of Standardbred racing at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino and it is already a huge pair of cards. 12 races have been carded for both Friday and Saturday, with the big ones coming Saturday in the $132,390 Northlands Filly Pace and the $138,430 Western Canada Pacing Derby. Both cards have a 6:30pm start time, and are loaded front to back.

On Friday, the feature event will be the Filly and Mare Open headlined by the dominant TAJMEALLOVER. She has already won 38 times in her career, and has just passed a quarter of a million in earnings. She has easily won her last four all with different racing styles. She has won up on the front end, and come from last as well. You don’t win that many races as only a six year old without a flexible style. PHONE TERROR could be the main danger off a two month freshening. She is looking for win number 50 in her career, and is already over a half million in earnings. Trainer/Driver Serge Masse had a huge opening weekend and will look to continue his roll here.

On Saturday there are a pair of two year old stakes that split to go along with the main attractions. The $50k Jim Rogers will go as the 2nd and 4th. In the 2nd, MAID IN ALBERTA looks to get back to her winning ways after seeing her three race win streak snapped last time out. YOU TALK TOO MUCH was an impressive winner on opening weekend for Owner/Trainer/Driver Keith Clark. Clark also sends out ROARING HOME. In the 4th it looks like BEARCAT JOSI will be tough to top. She has won three of her five starts, and defeated many in this field along the way. GINGER BEER has yet to miss the board in her career, and hasn’t missed by much in her last two having to settle for 2nd both times.

The $50k Horizon Pace drew 18 entrants, and was split into a pair of 9 horse fields. The first half, which goes as the 7th, looks to be fairly wide open. REAL SHARP won off by eight lengths last week, but drew out outside eight hole. PARADISE HILL got the ideal draw next to the fence, while CUSTARDS LASTSTAND didn’t do as well landing next to REAL SHARP in post seven. The second half goes as the 9th, and there appears to be a pretty strong favorite on paper. OUTLAW TRUE GRIT has yet to finish outside of the exacta in six lifetime tries, and has picked up wins in half – coincidently his last three starts. OUTLAW TRUE GRIT has been drawing away by open lengths and is red hot right now.

The $132,390 Northlands Filly pace goes as the 10th and is headlined by the filly with just a lone blemish on her card, YOGA PANTS. She has won 11 of 12 starts, and many in dominating fashion. She looked great last week winning the elimination in 1:57, pulling away by more than two in the shadow of the wire. Marjorie Dumont sends out a pair trying to knock her off. OUTLAW FIREBALL and PICKLES ON TOP will be looking to extract a measure of revenge after chasing her around all summer. THAT’S IT drew the rail for the Hennessy boys, and should be close to the early pace where YOGA PANTS wants to be. CARDINAL RULE could inherit a dream trip behind the top pair. LAST TIME TO PLAY won the other elimination for Masse and could make some noise from further off the pace.

The 11th is the $138,430 Western Canada Pacing Derby, and this race got a whole lot tougher to decipher when the prohibitive favorites both drew the outside. DA MAGICIAN who is 8/15 this year with almost $200k banked drew post seven, while MATEO who is 6/12 and $150k got the eight. DA MAGICIAN cruised to an easy victory in his elimination following a soft opening quarter of 28:3 and an even easier half mile time of 1:00:1. He didn’t do more than he needed to, and won by a length. MATEO on the other hand opened up on the field early and never looked back. He cooked through the half in 56:1 and crossed the wire in 1:54 – DA MAGICIAN came home in 1:57. They both will need to be at their best however as THREE MORE SMILES looks like a legitimate contender making just his second start in Alberta. He was well behind MATEO in the elimination, 17 lengths early, and closed through the field to get up for 2nd – including a move in the stretch where he went from 4th to 2nd and made up five lengths. Trainer Kelly Hoerdt sends out THREE MORE SMILES as well as TOWN SPEAKER, COLD CASE and AMERICAN DREAMER.

Make sure to make plans to join us this weekend at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino for two days of exciting Standardbred action this Friday and Saturday. On Saturday we will be giving out win wagers throughout the night as well as exacta wheels. $250 dream wagers on the two big races are the main attraction. Post time for both days is 6:30pm and the weather looks like it will cooperate beautifully.