05/17/2012 11:45AM

Northlands: Gitter Done Girl can fire fresh


Ny Randy Goulding

Gitter Done Girl looks as good as any in Saturday’s feature at Northlands Park. The six-furlong second-level allowance race drew seven hard-to-separate fillies and mares and will go as the seventh race on an eight-race card that starts at 1 p.m. Mountain.

In a race where most of the horses entered will be making their seasonal debut, it might be worth looking at which trainer has the best numbers with horses returning from extended layoffs.

Ron Grieves, the trainer of Gitter Done Girl, has won with 8 of the last 25 horses he has brought back from a layoff of 180 days or more. Over a five-year-period he has an 18-percent strike rate in the same category. Grieves is also off to a strong start at the current meet with three wins and two second-place finishes from eight starters.

Gitter Done Girl can also fire fresh. She won her first start as a 2-year-old in 2010 and she was coming off a five-month layoff when she won a first-level allowance race last July 31. In both of her wins she was involved right from the start and her sharp three-furlong workout in 35.80 seconds May 7 is a good sign she’ll be on her toes Saturday.

Stephan Heiler rides.

Grieves has also entered Jazz Time Girl, who will be making just her second start if she goes. In her debut last year, she set the pace before tiring to finish second behind Regal Tigereyes in a maiden special weight race here last June 11.

Regal Tigereyes has also been entered and in her last race in 2011 she won the one-mile $49,000 3-and-4-year-old Filly Sales Stakes Oct. 1. She is trained by Kirsty Luft-Nault, who has had a couple of wins with the last 17 horses she has brought back from extended layoffs.

Regal Tigereyes ran well when she debuted in a $22,000 maiden claiming race last year and then easily handled Jazz Time Girl in her second start.

Stormy Linda is looking to get back on track. She won back-to-back races at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park in March and April last year but regressed considerably after she finished second in a $25,000 conditional race at Fairplex on Sept. 24. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Stormy Linda wasn’t much of a factor in her first race this year going 3 1/2 furlongs in a $15,000 claiming race May 5.