04/12/2007 12:00AM

Harrow Land eyes third straight


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Harrow Land has never been beaten at a mile and could be a slight favorite to remain perfect at the distance Saturday, when he meets stakes winners Takedown, Speedway, and St. Zarb in the $100,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn Park.

The one-mile race for 3-year-olds is one of two stakes supporting the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby. The other is the $100,000 Instant Racing Breeders' Cup for 3-year-old fillies.

Harrow Land is shooting for his third straight win. He moved to two turns for the first time March 3 and won a $75,000 optional claimer at a mile at Oaklawn. In his most recent start, he won a second-level allowance at the same distance, defeating a group that included Arkansas Derby starter Slew By Slew.

"I feel like he's a true miler," said Tony Reinstedler, who trains Harrow Land.

Harrow Land will break from the rail in the Northern Spur, the same post he drew when he won the optional claimer by racing on the pace. In the allowance, he stalked the pace from post 3.

"We'll see how the race develops, but he's the type of horse that kind of wants to be in the race," said Reinstedler, who has given the mount to Terry Thompson.

Takedown will vie for favoritism Saturday. He was fifth last out in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park, and before that won the $100,000 Borderland Derby there Feb. 17. He cuts back from 1 1/8 miles to a distance that should serve him well as a son of Point Given and the multiple sprint stakes winner Little Sister.

"I think it's an ideal spot for him," said Steve Asmussen who trains Takedown.

Takedown could get a stalking trip from post 6. He will be ridden by Robby Albarado.

"It appears there's plenty of speed in there," Asmussen said. "He's a very kind, easy-going guy, so he'll do whatever Robby wants him to."

Others in the field include Run Alex Run, third last year in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor.

Wellofaprize tops Instant Racing

Wellofaprize has worked three consecutive bullets in preparation for the Instant Racing, a one-mile race that will be her first start since a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Golden Rod in November. Wellofaprize won a first-level allowance at Keeneland before that race.

Trainer Todd Pletcher has given the mount to John Velazquez.