06/01/2011 11:35AM

Northlands feature a battle of top trainers


A couple of hot trainers, Jim Meyaard and Rod Cone, appear to have the major players in Friday’s feature at Northlands Park.

Meyaard, 6 for 12 at the meet, has entered Give Me Five in the first level-allowance race for 3-year-old fillies. She will need to be at her very best to beat the Cone-trained Maegans Princess in the six-furlong sprint, which drew seven horses.

Following last weekend Cone had nine wins at the meet and was tied with Tim Rycroft atop the trainer standings. Maegans Princess will be making her first start for Cone. She started her career with trainer Steve Margolis and she performed well for Margolis in all three of her races on dirt. She finished a close third when she debuted in a maiden special weight race going six furlongs at the Fair Grounds Jan. 3, and then came right back to win a similar race 27 days later. After finishing last when she tried Polytrack in the $50,000 Valdale at Turfway Park Feb. 26, she was given some time off before coming back with a solid fourth-place finish in a $30,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two at Churchill Downs May 4.

Maegans Princess has shown good speed in all of her races and she figures to be involved right from the start with apprentice jockey Scott Williams aboard.

Give Me Five was also racing in the United States before she arrived here and romped by 6 1/4 lengths in a maiden special weight race May 23 with Anthony Salgado riding. She was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a maiden special weight race at Prairie Meadows April 26. A Maryland-bred, Give Me Five also ran well in Nebraska and Arkansas. She finished third in a minor stakes race at Fonner park April 2 and she was also third in a $25,000 maiden claiming race at Oaklawn Park March 17.

Meyaard’s main rider, Rico Walcott, picks up the mount.

Kennedy’s Halo, second in a first-level allowance race at Northlands May 20, looks like the main threat to Give Me Five and Maegans Princess.