07/15/2011 12:32PM

Northlands: Hardcore Candy should like return to sprint


Hardcore Candy looks like the one to beat in a $20,000 claiming race for fillies and mares at Northlands Park Sunday. The six-furlong sprint drew five horses and Hardcore Candy will likely be the one they have to run down.

Trained by Rick Hedge, Hardcore Candy won three sprints in a row before trying to carry her speed around three turns in a one-mile race for $20,000 fillies and mares. She held the lead after six furlongs but couldn’t hold off Seeyouonbroadway, who collared her at the top of the stretch and then drew off to win by two lengths. Hardcore Candy held on well to finish 3 1/4 lengths clear of Topsannah, and she will certainly appreciate the move back to a sprint.

After finishing third going 3 1/2 furlongs in a $5,000 conditional claiming race in her initial start this year, Hardcore Candy scored front-running wins in three straight races. Her last win came in a $10,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs June 24.

Viva Slew is looking for her first win this meet, and the drop to a new low in her career could help her get it. Trained by Greg Tracy, Viva Slew is coming off of a dull effort in a $30,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs. It was her first time running over a wet track so she may not have cared for the sloppy conditions. She finished second to Inca Beauty in a six-furlong sprint for $30,000 claimers in her previous race and has enough speed to stay in touch with Hardcore Candy.

Reabella will be making her first start at Northlands for trainer Rick Wise, who claimed her for $10,000 at Turf Paradise Feb. 8. She was a good buy, winning back-to-back races at Turf Paradise for Wise with the latest one coming in a first-level allowance race March 22. She can stalk the pace, and could be dangerous in her first try in a two-turn sprint.

Lemon Pepper will be making her first start of the year and she will be looking for her first win since she captured the Alberta Oaks in 2009.

Topsannah rounds out the field.