07/01/2011 12:07PM

Northlands: Give Me Five should get the job done


Give Me Five will try and make amends in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-old fillies that will serve as Sunday’s feature race at Northlands Park. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew seven horses and goes as race 3 on the eight-race card.

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in a six-furlong dash for the same condition June 3, Give Me Five made a strong late move but couldn’t catch Maegans Princesses, who set honest fractions and kept rolling. Trained by Jim Meyaard, Give Me Five had the lead at the quarter pole when she won a six-furlong maiden special weight race in her previous start and she has enough speed to press what figures to be a modest pace on Sunday.

Rico Walcott rides Give Me Five.

Rod Cone trains Maegans Princesses and he will try and upset Five Me Five again with Valentine’s Wish. Acting on behalf of Leo and Norma Shaw, Cone claimed Valentine’s Wish for $32,000 when she debuted and won a one-mile race on the turf at Tampa Bay Feb. 24. Valentine’s Wish finished last in a $75,000 optional race on the turf at Tampa in her first start for her new connections, and in two subsequent starts in first-level allowance races at Northlands, she finished third. In her latest she finished a half-length behind Give Me Five. Her lack of speed isn’t going to help her in a race where they probably won’t be going too fast early.

Regal Tigereyes does have good tactical speed and she is coming off of a sharp win in just her second start. Trained byKirsty Luft-Nault, she closed with good speed to finish second behind Gonkaley E R when she debuted in a $22,000 maiden claiming race May 21 and then was up close early before taking control to romp by 4 1/4 lengths in a maiden special weight race June 11.

Kennedy’s Halo could be the one they will be chasing and might be ready for a peak effort in her third start following a lengthy layoff.

Silver Contessa had a rough trip when she finished third in a $32,000 optional race June 18 and could be the sleeper.