06/05/2009 12:00AM

Dandy Dora horse for Northlands course


Dandy Dora will try and keep her undefeated record at Northlands Park intact when she returns to her favorite track in the $50,000 Mount Royal Handicap on Sunday. The six-furlong feature drew a full field of 10 3-year-old fillies.

Dandy Dora is clearly the one to beat off of her record at Northlands. In all three of her starts in Edmonton she has cruised to easy front-running wins. Trained by Greg Tracy, Dandy Dora broke alertly and never looked back when she debuted in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on July 18. She was a galloping 9 1/4-length winner of the Bird of Pay stakes in her next start. She also carried her speed a mile when she won the Freedom of City last August.

Dandy Dora hasn't fared as well in two races out of town. She broke poorly when she finished fourth in the Permian Basin at Zia Park in October. In her latest start she ran a good race but had to settle for second behind a very tough What R the Odds in the Emerald Downs at Hastings.

Rickey Walcott, who has ridden Dandy Dora in all of her races at Northlands, retains the mount.

The main threat to Dandy Dora is Belong Again, who will be making her first start for leading trainer Robertino Diodoro.

A Kentucky-bred, Belong Again was sold for $26,000 at a 2-year-olds in training sale in Illinois, which made her eligible to the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation Sales Stakes. She ended up winning the 6 1/2-furlong stakes at Hawthorne on March 21 by 10 lengths.

In her most recent start she finished sixth in an $80,000 optional race on the turf at Hollywood Park on May 13.