09/10/2010 11:34AM

Curls and Pearls remains at same level after winning last race


It is difficult to separate the eight fillies and mares running in a $15,000 claimer that will serve as the feature race at Northlands Park on Sunday.

Curls and Pearls will certainly attract some attention in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint that goes as race 8.

Trained by Joan Petrowski, Curls and Pearls dropped to a new low when she ran at this level Aug. 20 and she appreciated the easier company, scoring a front-running win over Chatahoochie in the six-furlong sprint. Curls and Pearls can also stalk and figures to get a clean trip with Stephan Heiler retaining the mount.

Chatahoochie wasn’t able to catch Curls and Pearls last time, but with other speed in the field, especially Desperate Dancer, this could set up nicely for her. Trained by Robert McKenzie, Chatahoochie went into her last race off back-to-back wins for $10,000 and if she can avoid getting pinned down on the rail she figures to make a late move into what could be a contested pace.

Brahms Beauty has the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure and could be dangerous going from a route to a sprint for trainer Pam McDougall. She led from start to finish going one mile in a $15,000 claiming race Aug. 27. With eight or her nine career wins coming in sprint, Brahms Beauty won’t mind the shorter distance.

Desperate Dancer is dropping to a new low after finishing fourth in a $20,000 claiming sprint Aug. 25. She won a six-furlong $20,000 claimer Aug. 7 and with her good speed figures to be involved right from the start. She has won 14 races for her owner-trainer Dale Schaffrick in her 34-race career that began in Grande Prairie in 2006.