09/16/2013 11:53AM

Northlands Park: Aces Again goes for three in a row


Aces Again will be gunning for his third straight win in a $25,000 optional claimer that will serve as Wednesday’s feature at Northlands Park. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew six horses, and the versatile Aces Again has never been better.

Trained by Amanda Gregory, Aces Again trailed the field early before making a strong three-wide move to win a $17,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs with Jorge Espitia aboard Aug. 23. It was his first win since he edged Wild Crush in a $32,000 optional claimer on Aug. 24, 2011. In his latest win, Mario Velazquez put Aces Again into the race early, and after setting a modest pace under pressure, he drew away to win a one-mile, $25,000 optional claimer by 4 1/2 lengths Sept. 6. There is plenty of speed in the field, and Velazquez will likely let him settle into a stalking position. He was over 9-1 when he won Aug. 23 and paid $55.60 in his latest win. It is safe to say he will be a much shorter price Wednesday.

Tigger Town, trained by Greg Tracy, ships in from Hastings, where he set a fast pace before tiring to finish fifth in an unrestricted allowance race for 3-year-olds Aug. 16. Proud Victor, also trained by Tracy, finished third in the race and came back to win a $35,000 optional claimer at Northlands last Saturday. It was Tigger Town’s first start since he finished last in his first route attempt in the $50,000 Chris Loseth, and he is certainly eligible to take a big step forward in his second start back. In his two previous races at Northlands, he romped by 10 lengths in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds May 10 before finishing a distant second behind Najran Breeze in the $50,000 Western Canada on June 15.

Swiss Idol also is quick out of the gate and will likely be forwardly place by apprentice Amie Pooli. Trained by Red Smith, Swiss Idol forced an honest pace and held on well to finish second in a second-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up Aug. 21. In his two wins this year, he set the pace in a maiden special weight race going six furlongs May 24 and came right back to score a front-running win in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs June 22.

Torreys K T M could be a threat from a stalking position.

Donegal County and Bull Time complete the field.