08/10/2011 1:48PM

Northlands: Feel the Moment sitting on a win


Feel the Moment will try to win for the first time this year when he stretches out to a mile in a $22,000 claiming race that headlines Friday’s card at Northlands Park. Feel the Moment will also be looking for his first win at a middle distance in what appears to be a wide-open race which drew seven horses.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Feel the Moment is a sharp horse right now. He earned a career best 80 Beyer Speed Figure for his second-place finish in a $17,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs last Saturday. If he can produce a similar figure going around three turns on Friday, he will be tough to beat.

Feel the Moment’s best race going a middle distance was a fourth in the one-mile $50,000 Ky Alta as a 3-year-old in 2009. One plus for anyone looking at keying Feel the Moment is Diodoro’s excellent numbers with horses coming back in a week or less. For the past five years he has a 37 percent strike rate when he wheels them back this quickly.

Diodoro has also entered Rule by Force, who has won twice from four starts at a mile. Rule by Force hasn’t raced since he finished third in a $30,000 claiming sprint June 15, however, and in the past month he has just one recorded work showing.

Major Temper, second in a $22,000 claiming race going 1 1/16 miles July 20, figures to be a major player. Trained by Ron Grieves, Major Temper trailed early and finished full of run on July 20, but couldn’t catch Quechee, who won from a stalking position. The major concern with Major Temper, who is honest enough, is that from 14 starts at Northlands he has compiled a 1-9-2 record.

Bent Tune could take a big step forward in his second straight route. His last win came in the $50,000 Alberta Breeders last Sept. 18 and he has gone unplaced in four starts this year. He was eager to run early in the same race Major Temper exits, but was caught behind horses and may have lost interest after jockey Kyle Carter was forced to wrangle him back.

Tease the Tiger had a wide trip while finishing third behind Major Temper and could get a similar trip leaving from the outside post.

Road Talk figures to be on the lead with 10-pound apprentice jockey Amie Pooli riding at a feathery 107 pounds.

Thor’s Roar will find these tougher than he was facing at Marquis Downs.