09/27/2010 11:26AM

It's Good to Be Me going for three in a row

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It’s Good to Be Me figures to be a short price to notch his third straight win in Wednesday’s feature at Northlands Park. The six-furlong dash drew five older horses running for a $30,000 claiming price.

With just nine days left, leading trainer Robertino Diodoro appears to have his first Northlands Park trainer’s title locked up with 56 wins, 14 more than Jim Meyaard who is firmly ensconced in second with 42 wins. Diodoro will add to his totals if It’s Good to Be Me comes close to repeating his last two races. He posted a 94 Beyer Speed Figure for his easy win in a $22,000 claiming race Aug. 20 and then romped by more than seven lengths in a $30,000 claimer Sept. 11 when he earned a 90 Beyer, 13 points higher than the next best last-race figures posted by Flashmans Papers and Ready Racer.

Rico Walcott retains the mount.

Flashmans Papers could benefit if Commanding Ace and It’s Good to Be Me get involved in an early duel.

Prices decline at Alberta sale

In contrast to the recent sales that saw significant gains in British Columbia and Washington, prices for yearlings were down at last Thursday’s 2010 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale put on by the Canadian Thoroughbred Society in Red Deer. The average price declined by roughly 11 percent, from $8,137 in 2009 to $7,268 this year. The total of $523,300 for the 72 yearlings sold was about 22 percent lower than the $667,300 that was grossed in last year’s sale when 82 horses were sold

The sale-topper was a chestnut colt by Out of Place who was purchased for $25,000 by Bar None Ranches and Central City. The high price in the 2009 sale was $30,000.