07/09/2010 12:00AM

Littlemiss Allison in difficult position from post 9


Speed, speed, and even more speed is lined up in the $50,000 John Patrick Handicap for fillies and mares at Northlands Park on Sunday. The one-mile feature drew nine horses and strategy will play a key role.

Littlemiss Allison, trained by Greg Tracy, got the worst of the draw in post 9. She likes to be involved early and with plenty of other speed drawn inside there is a good chance she will get hung out on the first turn.

Littlemiss Allison is coming off a neck win in the Wild Rose Handicap, where she battled every step of the way with Shakenwithanolive, who is also entered. Littlemiss Allison has won 3 of 5 career starts at the distance, including last year's John Patrick by 5 1/4 lengths.

Alywyn, trained by Jim Meyaard, has won her last six races. With her tactical speed, she could get a dream trip behind what figures to be a torrid pace.

Notis Her ships in from Hastings, where she posted a sharp win over Smokin Danielle in a $35,000 optional claiming sprint June 13. Notis Her won the 1 1/16-mile CTHS Sales Stakes last year and should apreciate the added distance.

"She is doing very well right now and I just hope she isn't too sharp with all of the other speed in the field," said trainer Barbara Heads. "I couldn't get a race for her at Hastings and this should help set her up for B.C. Cup Day."