06/06/2012 11:49AM

Northlands: Fleet Mama, Maegans Princesses look like the top two


Four of the six horses entered in a $40,000 optional claiming race for fillies and mares that will serve as the Northlands Park feature Friday are coming off wins. Nonetheless, Fleet Mama, second in a similar race May 25, and Maegans Princesses, fourth in the same race, appear to be the ones to beat in the six-furlong sprint.

Fleet Mama, trained by Ron Grieves, might be better going longer but she can sprint, and in all four of her races going six furlongs she finished second each time. In her latest, which was her first start of the year, she rallied from well back to lose by a half-length to Jaws n’ Paw who was extending her winning streak to five. Last year Fleet Mama compiled a 2-3-1 record from 8 starts, and both of her wins came in three-turn miles. She won a first-level allowance race by 5 1/4 lengths Aug. 14 and came right back to win a $40,000 optional race September 16. She closed out the year with two good tries running with stakes company, finishing fourth in the $50,000 Matron at Assiniboia Downs and third in the $50,000 Duchess of York at Northlands.

Kyle Carter retains the mount.

Maegans Princessess looks like the one they have to catch. Trained by Greg Tracy, Maegans Princessess set an honest pace before tiring to finish fourth in her second start of the year. In her previous start, she also set the pace before finishing third behind her stablemate Burnin’ Britches in a $35,000 optional claiming race at Hastings. Maegans Princess won three races in 2011 and, she closed out the year with an 8 1/4-length romp over River City Cat and Gitter Done Girl, who are both entered here.

Jockey Rico Walcott will undoubtedly put Maegans Princessess on the lead, and she could be tough to catch if she gets away on her own.

Seeyouonbroadway showed more speed than usual in her first start of the year, when she won a $15,000 claiming race going six furlongs by 4 1/2 lengths. She isn’t as fast as Maegans Princesses, but the good news is she can win without being involved early.

Yes It’s Jackie is taking a big step up after winning a $15,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two by 5 1/4 lengths, but it was her first start on dirt, and she just might be a much-better horse than she showed while running over Polytrack and turf at Woodbine.