05/12/2010 11:00PM

Break figures key in sprint


Ibegyerpardon and Excessive B and B look like the ones to beat in the feature race at Northlands Park on Saturday, a $17,500 claiming race for fillies and mares going 3 1/2 furlongs.

It probably depends on which of the speedy mares breaks on top.

Trainer Douglas Smith had Ibegyerpardon ready to roll in her initial start in 2009. Breaking sharply from the rail, she quickly took the lead and never looked back in a dominating win going this distance for $15,000. She also went right to the front in her only other win last year, a 5 3/4-length romp in a $7,500 claiming race going six furlongs.

From the looks of her sharp workouts this spring, particularly a four-furlong move in 47.40 seconds over a sloppy track on April 28, she is primed for another big effort coming off the bench.

Desmond Bryan rides Ibegyerpardon.

Excessive B and B also started 2009 with a win going 3 1/2 furlongs. Trained by Gordon Amthor, Excessive B and B had a bit of a harder time than Ibegyerpadron, but she was running against tougher company in a $22,000 claiming race. She only raced three more times and was turned out after a fourth-place finish in a $22,000 sprint on June 3.

She was probably telling us something when she earned a bullet for her three-furlong move in 37.20 over a track rated good on April 29.

You and Me Baby, trained by Glenda McDermott, is the only horse that has had a race this year, a last-place finish in a $30,000 optional claimer at Turf Paradise on April 19. She likes it at Northlands, however, winning five races from nine starts over this surface last year.