05/23/2012 11:47AM

Northlands: Embellished 'fresh and ready to go' in Friday feature

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Trainer Rick Hedge is looking forward to running Embellished in a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares at Northlands Park Friday night. The $40,000 optional race drew eight horses and goes as the eighth race. Post time for the first of nine races is 6 p.m. Mountain.

Embellished was a hot commodity at Northlands Park last year. She dominated the local 3-year-old filly division, winning three straight races including the $50,000 Northland Oaks before tackling the boys in the Grade 3, 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby. It was a tough assignment for a filly, especially one that had never gone beyond a mile in her seven previous races.

After finishing seventh in the Canadian Derby, Embellished ran dull races in the B.C. Oaks at Hastings and the Duchess of York at Northlands.

“The derby was hard on her and set her way back,” said Hedge. “I don’t think she really wants to go longer than a mile.”

Hedge likes the way Embellished is coming up to her first start of the year and she will certainly appreciate running at a distance she hasn’t lost at in three starts.

“She is fresh and raring to go,” said Hedge.

Heribert Martinez rides Embellished.

Embellished will attract plenty of support but the favorite in the race will undoubtedly be Jaws n’Paws.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Jaws n’Paws is coming off back-to-back stakes wins at Turf Paradise. She broke a bit slowly and still won the $35,000 Mesa Handicap March 10 going 6 1/2 furlongs. She had an easy time winning the six-furlong Princess of Palms by 9 1/4 lengths April 14. There were only three horses in the field, and the 1-2 favorite, Teryns Song, was eased.

Diodoro reclaimed Jaws n’Paws out of a win for $20,000 at Santa Anita Feb. 16. A 5-year-old mare, Jaws n’Paws has won 10 races in her 24-race career. One of her wins came in a two-turn sprint at Fairplex in 2010. She figures to stalk what figures to be an honest pace set by Maegans Princesses.

Maegans Princesses, trained by Greg Tracy, set the pace before tiring to finish third in a $35,000 optional race won by her stablemate Burnin’ Britches at Hastings April 22. Burnin’ Britches came back to finish second by a neck behind Overvalued in the $50,000 Brighouse Belles at Hastings last Monday.

Stakes winners Miss Victoriana and Two Horn Unicorn appear to want more distance.