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Northlands: Juan Might, Famous Bear Trip clash in sprint feature
The winning streaks of Juan Might and Bear Famous Trip will be on the line when they meet in a $15,000 claiming race at Northlands Park on Friday evening. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew six horses and headlines a nine-race card that begins at 6 p.m. Mountain.
Bear Famous Trip won his first two races at the current meet and Juan Might, who will be making his first start this year, closed out 2011 with three straight wins.
Bear Famous Trip, trained by Dale Greenwood, is looking for his fourth win of the year. He spent the winter at Turf Paradise, where he ran six times, mostly on turf. His lone win in Arizona came in a $10,000 claiming race going 1 1/16 miles on grass Jan. 17. He ran well in four subsequent races there and arrived at Northlands racing fit, which gave him a slight edge when he made his first start at the meet in a $10,000 claiming race going six furlongs May 21. Bear Famous Trip rallied from a stalking position to edge Bobby Handy and he had a similar trip when he moved up in class and won a $15,000 claiming race June 6.
Stephan Heiler, who was aboard for both wins, retains the mount.
Juan Might won half of his 10 starts in 2011 and four of his wins came at Northlands for trainer Jim Meyaard. Meyaard’s wife, Amber Meyaard, is the trainer of record for Juan Might on Friday.
Juan Might began his streak with a win in a $10,000 claiming race going six furlongs Sept. 11 and came right back for the same price going 6 1/2 furlongs Sept. 23. He stepped up in class to win a $15,000 claiming race Oct. 1 before being turned out for the winter.
Juan Might was part of a contingent of horses Jim Meyaard shipped to Woodbine this year but the 5-year-old gelding didn’t start. Beginning April 27 he had six works at Woodbine, half over Polytrack on the main track and half over dirt on the training track.
Bad Medicine, second to Bear Famous Trip on June 6, could be dangerous in his second start following a long layoff for trainer Cody Anderson. He closed out 2011 with a win in a 6 1/2-furlong, $17,500 claiming race Sept. 11 and held the lead at the eighth pole before giving way to Bear Famous Trip in his comeback race. He has good speed, and if he breaks alertly he could be the one they have to catch.
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