10/10/2012 3:39PM

Northlands: Indian Love at the right level to succeed

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Indian Love looks like the one to beat in a $10,000 claiming race that will serve as Friday’s feature at Northlands Park. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up headlines a 10-race card that leads into the final weekend of the 2012 meet that ends Saturday.

Indian Love has compiled a 3-3-3 record from 9 starts at Northlands this year, and all three of his wins came in $10,000 claiming races. He forced slow fractions before drawing off to win a one-mile $10,000 claimer Sept. 22 and was claimed out of the race by trainer Ron Grieves, who was acting on behalf of Bar None Ranches Ltd.

Indian Love is versatile, and in his previous win in a similar race Aug. 22 he rallied from a stalking position. Sandwiched between the two wins was a second-place finish in a $15,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred, Indian Love has only gone 1 1/16 miles once in his 24-race career and was successful, leading from start to finish in a $12,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two at Hastings last year.

Rico Walcott retains the mount.

The 7-year-old Kentucky-bred Cardinal Zin has started 33 times, but only twice has he tried a middle distance. He is easily the top money earner in the field with $142,434 in earnings, but in two route attempts he finished eighth in a first-level optional $80,000 claiming race at Hollywood Park in just his third start and fourth in the one-mile Spangled Jimmy in 2010 at Northlands, where he earned an 84 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trained by Tom Rycroft, Cardinal Zin is coming off a dull effort as the favorite in a $7,500 claiming race going six furlongs Sept. 26, but he gets in light with apprentice Amie Poolie riding and should get a ground-saving trip breaking from the inside post. He has won most of his races from a stalking position, and there should be an honest pace for him.

Just the Cash will appreciate the shape of the race. Trained by Ernie Keller, Just the Cash made up 10 lengths to win a $7,500 claiming race going one mile Sept. 29.

Road Talk and So Good Lucky figure to be involved right from the start.

Southview Invader rounds out the field.