06/03/2011 12:01PM

Northlands: Indoctrination has look of a winner


It is hard to get past Indoctrination in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds that will serve as the feature race at Northlands Park Sunday. The six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds drew six horses but it appears the other five are running for second money.

One note of caution to chalk players: Indoctrination looked like death and taxes when he finished second to Dollarwaitnonadime in his first start at Northlands and in Canada on May 21.

Prior to that race, Indoctrination was an easy winner of a maiden special weight race at Prairie Meadows April 25. It was his first start for trainer Jim Meyaard. He began his career with trainer Bret Calhoun and his last two races for Calhoun at Oaklawn Park were good ones. He finished third in a maiden special weight race Feb. 19 and then just missed in a $50,000 maiden claiming race March 17.

Indoctrination has good speed, breaks from the rail, and will likely be involved right from the start with Rico Walcott riding.

There is other speed in the field, and if a duel does develop it could set up for either Freedoms Traveller or Aces Again.

Trained by Lianne Knechtel, Freedoms Traveller came from off the pace to finish a non-threatening third behind Indoctrination in his first start this year. He could take a big step forward with a race under his belt and he will also be running on Lasix for the first time. He won a maiden special weight race in his second start as a 2-year-old, and in his final race in 2010 he finished second to Bond James Bond in the $50,000 Canadian Juvenile going one mile.

Aces Again ran three times as a 2-year-old, and after a couple of failed tries on grass at Arlington and Hawthorne he made a late run to get up for second in a $15,000 maiden claiming race going 1 1/16 miles at Hawthorne. He was later awarded the win when the winner tested positive for Bute. This will be his first start as a 3-year-old.