06/24/2010 11:00PM

Fantando, Lambeau Leap look tough at Northlands


Fantando and Lambeau Leap could do some damage when they try winners for the first time in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up going 6 1/2 furlongs that will serve as Sunday's feature at Northlands Park.

Fantando will be making his first start for leading trainer Robertino Diodoro and it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up being favored in the six-horse field.

Bred in Great Britain, Fantando started his career in Ireland where he ran three times at Dundalk last year. His best finish was a third in a one-mile maiden race. He ran well in both of his starts in North America, both times for trainer Mike Mitchell. He finished a fast-closing second in a $25,000 maiden race at Hollywood Park May 13 and then won for the same price going seven-furlongs at Hollywood June 4. He was claimed out of the race by owner-trainer Jeff Metz and shipped to Diodoro's barn. All of Fantando's races, including his races in Ireland, were on synthetic surfaces, and it will be interesting to see how he handles dirt and running on a bullring for the first time.

Jorge Carreno will ride Fantando.

Lambeau Leap, trained by Tim Rycroft, is coming off a sharp front-running win in a $20,000 maiden race going six furlongs at Northlands June 11. It was his first start this year and his first for Rycroft. He went unplaced in three starts for trainer Angel Penna Jr. at Gulfstream last year. Lambeau Leap figures to take a big step forward in his second start following a lengthy layoff and could be tough to catch if he gets away on his own.

Cielo E Mar also has decent speed, and he drew the rail.