05/10/2012 1:00PM

Northlands: Danzing Tribal needs quick break in 3 1/2-furlong feature Saturday


An alert break will be required when a field of speedy older horses meet in a 3 1/2-furlong, $40,000 optional race that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Northlands Park.

All six of the horses entered want to be on the lead, and considering they will all be making their first start of 2012 it is hard to separate them.

Danzing Tribal is the only horse entered for the price but he could end up favored. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Danzing Tribal is looking for his fifth straight win. He has been an excellent claim by Diodoro, who haltered him for $5,000 out of a win at Fairplex Sept. 11. In his first start for Diodoro he finished second in a nonwinners-of-three allowance race at Turf Paradise on Oct. 15. He has been perfect since then, and one of his wins came in the $35,000 Caballos Del Sol at Turf Paradise Dec. 3.

Danzing Tribal will be ridden by Jorge Carreno, who knows him well having been aboard for three of his wins.

Trainer Greg Tracy is bringing back Bond James Bond, who will be making his first start in almost 11 months. Bond James Bond started his career with five straight wins before going unplaced in the Jim Coleman Province at Hastings on May 7, 2011. In his next and last start he forced the pace before tiring in the $50,000 Western Canada Handicap at Northlands on June 18.

Trainer Joan Petrowski, the leading trainer last year, is looking for her first win of the young meet. She could get it if Tiny Giant breaks sharply from the rail. Tiny Giant has a good record at the distance. He won his debut as a 2-year-old in 2009, and in his initial start last year he also broke from the rail in a similar race and finished second behind Grat Substitution.

Gone in a Flash has been away from the races the longest. In his last start he won a $32,000 optional race on July 31, 2010. In his only race going 3 1/2 furlongs he was an easy 7 1/2-length winner when he debuted in 2009. He compiled a 3-1-0 record from 5 starts while racing for trainer Tim Rycroft. This will be his first race for trainer Ron Grieves, who has solid stats with horses returning from lengthy layoffs.

Reggie Dunlop rounds out the field.