07/01/2013 11:51AM

Northlands Park: Beau Diablo tangles with Tony the Tank on Wednesday


Beau Diablo will be gunning for his fourth win in a row when he runs in a $20,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds that will serve as Wednesday’s feature at Northlands Park. Standing directly in his way in the six-furlong sprint is Tony the Tank, who is running for a tag for the first time in his seven-race career.

Five horses are entered and the feature goes as the second race. Post time for the first of eight races is 6 p.m. Mountain.

Beau Diablo has won six races in his career, and when he’s good he stays good. Following his nine-length romp in an $8,000 maiden-claiming race last Nov. 25 at Golden Gate, Beau Diablo reeled off back-to-back wins for $12,500. His streak ended when he finished fourth in a $12,500 claiming race Jan. 21, and he was haltered out of the race by trainer Rod Cone, who was acting on behalf of Curtis Stewart. Stewart races under the stable name Can Media Inc.

After going unplaced in a couple of routes at Golden Gate, Beau Diablo shipped to Northlands, where he started his current winning streak with an easy 5 1/2-length score in a $12,500 claiming race May 11. He used his good speed to win his next two races for the same price and will get tested for class when he hooks up with Tony the Tank, who also likes to be forwardly placed.

Jorge Espitia retains the mount on Beau Diablo.

Tony the Tank should appreciate the easier company and could end up being the favorite with leading rider Rico Walcott riding for trainer Greg Tracy.

A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Dixie Union, Tony the Tank edged Spanish Jazz in a first-level allowance race going six furlongs in his first start this year May 25. The game performance was validated when Spanish Jazz came back to win his next start in a similar race June 19.

Tony the Tank didn’t make much of an impact when he ran in the $51,000 Western Canada on June 7, but neither did any of the other horses chasing Najran Breeze, who broke on top and ran away from the field to win by 12 lengths.

Taormina is taking a big jump up in class after winning a $7,000 maiden-claiming race for Alberta-breds by more than 10 lengths in the second start of his career June 21.

Lord Carrington and Russian Russ complete the field.