05/21/2011 11:12AM

Northlands Park: Deja Vroom Vroom tough off his last


Trainer Tim Rycroft is off to a hot start, with five wins from his first nine starters at the Northlands Park meet that began May 6, and he could add to his totals Monday, when he saddles Deja Vroom Vroom in a $15,000 claiming race that will serve as the feature on the nine-race card holiday card. The six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds attracted nine horses and goes as the eighth race.

Deja Vroom Vroom will be making his first start at Northlands and also his first for Rycroft, who claimed him for $12,500 on behalf of Borders Racing Stable Ltd. at Tampa Bay on March 23. Deja Vroom Vroom was looking for his third straight win but had to settle for third behind Whiskey Tap, who came back to win a first-level $25,000 optional claiming race at Tampa on April 29 with an 88 Beyer Speed Figure.

If Deja Vroom Vroom can duplicate the form he displayed in Tampa, he’ll be tough to handle, with apprentice jockey Scott Williams likely putting him into the race early from his inside post.

Polar has good speed and figures to move forward in his second start of the year for trainer Rick Hedge. Polar forced the pace before tiring to finish second behind Royals Little Man in a $15,000 claiming race for 4-year-olds on May 13.

Shannon Beauregard, who rides Polar, was tied with Williams for the lead in the jockey standings going into the weekend with eight wins.

Offlee Fancee looked sharp winning his first start of the year. Trained by Joan Petrowski, Offlee Fancee wore down Shot for Grandpa in a $15,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two going 3 1/2 furlongs May 8 and figures to be on or near the lead with the move to a longer sprint.

Boadini will appreciate the added distance following a solid effort going 3 1/2 furlongs in an $8,000 claiming race for 4-year-olds on May 6. He got his second career win in a $12,500 claiming race going 1 1/16 miles at Woodbine last September.