06/08/2012 2:06PM

Northlands: Feel the Moment favored in feature


Feel the Moment could be tough to handle in a $10,000 claiming race that will serve as Sunday’s feature at Northlands Park. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew nine horses and goes as race 7 on an eight-race card that begins at 1  p.m. Mountain.

Feel the Moment figures to be favored. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Feel the Moment came from off the pace to finish third in a $15,000 claiming race May 23 and he figures to move forward in his second start at the meet. He had been off since he went unplaced in a $16,000 claiming race at Turf Paradise on Dec. 27. Prior to going to Turf Paradise last October, Feel the Moment won a $30,000 claiming race at Northlands on Sept. 24.

The 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding didn’t show a lot of speed in his latest start but in his last win at Northlands Feel the Moment was put right on the lead by Jorge Carreno. With the speedy Sugar King in the field, Carreno will likely try to put him into a stalking position early.

Sugar King is coming back in a week after being claimed for $10,000 by trainer Elige Bourne but he shouldn’t have any trouble with the quick turnaround. With Stephan Heiler aboard, Sugar King was squeezed back at the start and then was basically eased after a half-mile, finishing last by over 33 lengths. It was Sugar King’s first start of the year and because of the poor start it is easy to toss the race. In 2011 he won three times and in all three of his wins he led right from the start. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of other speed in the field and if Heiler can get Sugar King out of the gate on top he could be tough to catch.

Appealing Trip won a couple of sprints last year but he improved when stretched out to a middle distance, winning four times, including a late-running score in the United Tote Derby at Lethbridge. In total, he compiled an excellent 6-1-1 record from 9 starts for earnings of $42,118. Trained by Gerry Marks, Appealing Trip forced a moderate pace before fading to last in a $22,000 claiming race in his first start of the year May 18.

Appealing Trip will break from the rail under his usual jockey, Kyle Carter.