06/11/2012 3:09PM

Northlands: Jazz Time Girl may have edge


A couple of lightly race raced 4-year-old fillies, Jazz Time Girl and La Pinot, look like the main players in a first-level allowance race for fillies and mares at Northlands Park Wednesday. The six-furlong feature drew a field of seven and goes as race 7 on an eight-race card that begins at 6 p.m. Pacific.

Jazz Time Girl could have a fitness edge over La Pinot, who is coming off a lengthy layoff.

Trained by Ron Grieves, Jazz Time Girl was a maiden going into a similar race May 30 but she rallied late to edge Sweet Esteem by three-quarters of a length. It was just the third start of her career and second this year. Jazz Time Girl has shown different styles of running in her three races. She forced the pace before tiring to finish second behind Regal Tigereyes when she debuted in a maiden special weight race on June 11 last year. In her two starts at the current meet she hasn’t shown the same type of speed. Instead, she rallied from last to finish third in a first-level allowance race May 19 and she also trailed the field before getting up to win her latest start.

Stephan Heiler retains the mount.

La Pinot has started only twice, and this will be her first race since she finished third in a $62,500 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Jan. 30, 2011. She had won her debut in a $30,000 maiden claiming race 16 days earlier. Jerry Fanning was her trainer in California, and she will be making her first start for Robertino Diodoro Wednesday.

Diodoro can have a horse ready to roll that is coming off an extended layoff. According to Daily Racing Form ’s Formulator, Diodoro has won with 2 of his last 11 horses who were returning to the races after being away for a year or more.

La Pinot came may have tipped her hand when she worked a bullet five furlongs out of the gate in 1:00.80 June 8.

Lemon Loaf will appreciate the much easier company she will be facing in her first start this year. Trained by Greg Tracy, Lemon Loaf was thrown to the wolves after she won a maiden special weight race at Northlands last July 1. In her next start she faced males in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby, where she finished sixth. Tracy shipped her to Hastings for her next start and didn’t make much of an impact in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks.

Sweet Esteem could be dangerous if she clears early.