08/13/2015 9:29AM

Northfield: Lost For Words peaking for Milstein

Chris Gooden
Lost For Words starts from post 3 in the Milstein Memorial, one spot inside of Wiggle It Jiggleit.

With a bit of the bloom perhaps off Wiggle It Jiggleit following his Cane Pace defeat, seven foes will seek to keep his losing streak alive in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on Friday night. In with the best shot among the remaining septet is Lost For Words.

The Brian Brown-trained Lost For Words began his 3-year-old campaign with four consecutive wins, three on the difficult Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. He was rolling along through his Max Hempt elimination at Pocono Downs where he finished second behind Wakizashi Hanover.

Sent off as a 16-1 longshot with a chance, Lost For Words showed strong speed with a 26-second opening quarter before yielding and lacking a stretch rally. He finished a somewhat disappointing sixth in the $500,000 final.

Brown cited foot issues that that led to a myriad of other problems.

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“Mainly his feet were sore and that was causing him pain,” said Brown. “After the Hempt I glued shoes on him and that made it worse. He was popping gravels. So we went back to stack shoes with aluminum and razor pads.”

The foot ailment led to even more problems. The colt began to lose weight and develop a back problem, which was treated with multiple trips to the chiropractor and masseuse.

“He looks a lot better now,” said Brown. “There was a point when I would go to the barn and I could see his ribs.”

With things moving in the right direction, Brown sent Lost For Words to the Adios at The Meadows hoping for better results. Regular driver David Miller steered him to a solid second-place finish in their elimination, but the pair came up short, finishing third in the final as a 5-2 proposition.

“He bled a little bit over the Lasix,” said Brown, who said he backed off on the medication by just 2ccs. “We’ll raise it back up this week.”

While most were expecting round four between Meadowlands Pace and Hempt winner Wiggle It Jiggleit and North America Cup victor Wakizashi Hanover, the post position draw was not kind to Wakizashi Hanover. Driver Tim Tetrick will have to make some magic happen from post eight with the Joann Looney-King trainee.

Wiggle It Jiggleit tasted only his second career defeat last Saturday at the Meadowlands. The Clyde Francis student was sent right to the lead and battled much of the backstretch with In The Arsenal through insane fractions of 25 4/5, 52 1/5 and 1:20 4/5 before succumbing in the stretch to finish fourth.

“He came out of the race fine,” said Francis after the tough effort. “He should be plenty tight now for Northfield,” said the smiling trainer.

Wiggle It Jiggleit will start in post four, just to the outside of Lost For Words. That post edge could be just what David Miller needs to work out a winning trip.

“I just don’t know where we will land. I’m not sure how sharp Go Daddy Go (from post one) is, but I’m sure (Robert) McIntosh wouldn’t bring him here if he wasn’t ready,” said Brown. “It will still be tough to beat [Wiggle It Jiggleit] unless that race (Cane Pace) took a lot out of him.”

Whether or not fate smiles on Lost For Words in the Milstein, Brown is hoping they do in six weeks at his home track at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. “As of today the goal is the Milstein, but from the time we bought the horse we wanted a horse that could be in the (Little Brown) Jug.”

Scheduled as race 11 on a 15-race card, the Milstein Memorial is clearly the feature but not the only stake race. There are four divisions of Ohio Sire Stakes worth $40,000 each and Brown has a pair of 3-year-old pacing fillies signed up.

Corner Girl starts from post seven in the eighth race as a longshot and Brown is hoping that a regular schedule could straighten her out. “She has been up and down,” said Brown. “Last week she was a little short. This time she has one week between races and she was good the last time on that schedule.”

Friskie Lil Devil in the tenth gives Brown a better shot at a big check. “She is probably coming off her best race of the year,” said Brown of the fourth-place finish where she was used hard as part of a 54 3/5 contested opening half. “[Crosswinds Cupcake] looks like she is turning into the best of the bunch, but I think I have one of the top three.”

Post time for the Northfield card on Friday is 6:00 p.m.

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