06/16/2010 12:00AM

Alywyn seeks sixth in a row


Alywyn figures to be heavily favored when she goes for her sixth straight win in Friday's featured seventh race at Northlands Park. The optional $40,000 claiming race for fillies and mares going six-furlongs attracted six horses.

Trained by Jim Meyaard, Alywyn began her streak with a seven-length romp in a $25,000 claiming race last August. Despite the easy win, Meyaard dropped her in for $17,500 for her next start, where not surprisingly, she was sent off as the odds-on favorite. Alywyn showed her versatility by coming from off the pace to score a 2 3/4-length win over Calmcoolncollected. She closed out 2009 with a nine-length score over Harmonious Union in a $25,000 claiming race Oct. 7.

Alywyn displayed a lot of courage in her first start this year. After dueling with Viva Slew early, she was able to hold off the late move by Debie Ginsburg to win by a neck. She figures to move forward with a race under her belt. Jockey Rico Walcott can either choose to put her right on the lead or stalk Viva Slew.

Bears Artiste will be making her first start of the year for owner-trainer Dale Greenwood. A winner of two stakes races at Northlands Park in 2008, Bears Artiste spent most of last year at Hastings, where her lone win came in a $17,500 claiming race in her final start of the year. Bears Artiste probably wants more distance but she has won sprinting and the race could set up nicely for her.

Viva Slew, trained by Greg Tracy, gave it all she had in her first start at Northlands this year, but just couldn't get past Alywyn. In all three of Viva Slew's wins she was able to control the race right from the start and she could be dangerous if she gets away on her own. Alywyn should have something to say about that, however.

In Viva Slew's only other race this year, she had a rough trip when she finished last in an optional $20,000 race at Turf Paradise on April 23.

Debie Ginsburg is looking for her first win since she won a second-level allowance on Sept. 7, 2008. Trained by Gordon Amthur, Debie Ginsburg closed well but never really looked like she was going to get past Alywyn last time.