09/30/2013 4:08PM

Northlands Park: Deputy Lass seeks better trip from inside post


Saving ground going around three turns is imperative at Northlands Park, and Deputy Lass has a good chance of making amends for flopping as the favorite when she breaks from the rail in a $12,500 claiming race that will serve as Wednesday’s feature.

The one-mile race for fillies and mares drew six horses and goes as race four on an eight-race card that begins at 6 p.m. Mountain.

With Rico Walcott aboard, Deputy Lass drew the outside post in a similar race Sept. 13, but she broke outward and Walcott had to hustle her going around the first turn to get her into a stalking position just behind Carolina Brew, who led from start to finish. The early work to get into the race took a toll, and Deputy Lass eventually gave way late to finish third. Trained by Dale Saunders, Deputy Lass was coming off an 8 1/2-length romp in a $7,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies where she broke from post 2. She figures to get a similar trip leaving from the rail and could be tough to get past if she breaks on top.

Walcott, who is running away with the jockey title with 133 wins from 423 mounts at the meet, adds to Deputy Lass’s appeal.

There is other speed in the field, and the late-running Topasannah could pick up the pieces if an all-out duel develops. Trained by Red Smith, Topasannah rallied from last to finish second in the same race Deputy Lass exits. A 6-year-old mare by Old Topper, Topasannah is very consistent. She hasn’t been worse than third in any of her starts this year and dating back to Aug. 1, 2012, when Smith claimed her for $10,000 she’s been off the board just once in 11 starts. Her running style works against her, though, and her only win at the meet came in a $12,500 claiming race going six furlongs in her initial start at the meet.

Leading apprentice Amie Pooli retains the mount.

Yes It’s Jackie looked good winning an $8,000 claiming race from a stalking position Sept. 4 and should get a similar trip.

My Three Angels fits a lot better here after finishing fourth in the $50,000 Alberta Oaks won by Tell Me Lies on Sept. 21.

Tempered Sky could make an impact in her first start since being claimed for $7,000 by trainer Rod Cone on Sept. 18.

Fordy Eight Cush completes the field.