07/06/2012 3:58PM

Northlands Park: Cactus Cat going for third straight win


Cactus Cut goes for the hat track when he runs in a $10,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that will serve as Sunday’s feature at Northlands Park. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew nine horses and goes as race 7 on an eight-race card that begins at 1 p.m. Mountain time.

Trained by Rick Hedge, Cactus Cut has the kind of tactical speed that wins a lot of races at Northlands, and he figures to get another perfect trip sitting just behind what should be a lively pace. He is stepping up a notch after back-to-back wins sprinting in $8,000 claiming races, but the 4-year-old Alberta-bred has never been better and should handle the jump. In both of his wins May 26 and June 20 he was sitting third early before getting seriously involved at the quarter pole. He is also fond of the Northlands surface, compiling an excellent 3-3-2 record from 8 starts there.

Feel the Moment is coming off a front-running win in a $10,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs June 10, and the 70 Beyer Speed Figure he received is the highest last-race figure in the field. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, he doesn’t necessarily need the lead to win, however. After scoring a front-running win in a $30,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs here last Sept. 24, he came from a stalking position to win a $25,000 optional race going 7 1/2 furlongs on turf at Turf Paradise on Oct. 9. That was his only win in Arizona, and he was given some time off after going unplaced in a $16,000 claiming race on the main track there Dec. 27. He ran an even race to finish third behind Robo Willie for $15,000 when he returned to Northlands May 23.

Grat Substitution and Bred Royal are coming off front-running wins and ensure an honest pace.

Black Rock Burne rallied to finish second behind Feel the Moment June 10 and won’t mind the move back to a sprint after running a dull race going a mile in a $15,000 claiming race June 23.

Jacobs Kiss could move forward in his second start at Northlands. He won two of his last three races at Tampa Bay before his fourth-place finish in a $10,000 claiming race going six furlongs June 23.