09/09/2009 11:00PM

Colombiano gets nice setup


Market Force and Colombiano, second and third in a $22,000 claiming race on Aug. 21, look like the main players in the feature race at Northlands Park Saturday. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for older horses running for a top claiming price of $13,000 drew six horses and goes as the seventh race.

Colombiano has won three races at the meet and he figures to be favored despite finishing behind Market Force last time. Trained by Jim Meyaard, Colombiano got stuck behind a slow pace and couldn't make up enough ground. In his previous start he came from fifth to win a $17,000 claiming race going six furlongs on July 22.

With Artic Star and Ghost Pirate in the field, there should be an honest pace for Colombiano to work with here. Rickey Walcott rides Colombiano.

Trained by Greg Tracy, Market Force is looking for his first win since Aug. 5, 2007, when he led from start to finish in a second level allowance race at Mountaineer. He didn't race in 2008, and after finishing off the board in his first four starts this year he appears to be coming around. Prior to his second-place finish last out he finished third in a $30,000 claiming race on July 29. He could have his hands full with plenty of other speed in the field, however.

Ghost Pirate hits pretty hard at this level and he is coming off of a win going six furlongs for this price on Aug. 19. Trained by Cody Anderson, Ghost Pirate also won a similar race in June. Prior to his latest win he forced the issue early before tiring to finish fourth in a $17,500 claiming race won by Colombiano on July 22.