09/06/2010 11:46AM

Millwright makes first start for new trainer


Millwright looks like the one to beat in a $22,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that will serve as the feature race at Northlands Park on Wednesday. The 6 1/2-furlong dash drew six horses and will go as race 7.

In his last start, Millwright won a similar race for trainer Greg Tracy on July 30. Since then, he has been moved to the barn of leading trainer Robertino Diodoro. Millwright runs well fresh. He came off of a seven-month layoff to win a second-level allowance race June 26, and with a bullet five-furlong move on Aug. 20, he appears to be primed for a big effort in his first start in more than a month. In his only other start at the meet, he finished sixth when he faced some of the top sprinters on the grounds in a $40,000 optional claimer on July 16.

Anthony Salgado retains the mount.

Commanding Ace could be dangerous as the main speed and could be more relaxed on the lead with the blinkers coming off. Trained by Jim Meyaard, Commanding Ace took a 1 1/2-length lead into the stretch before giving way to finish third in Millwright’s latest win. He finished third when he ran into a very tough It’s Good to Be Me for the same price Aug. 20.

Plagiarist, trained by Cody Anderson, has 3 wins and 3 seconds from 8 starts at the meet and he is certainly capable of winning this if he brings his best stuff. He has shown tactical speed in the past, but lately he has been coming from well off the pace and might not get the kind of setup he needs to win.