09/03/2011 10:57AM

Northlands Park: Diodoro has strong one-two punch


It appears any of the five horses entered in a $20,000 claiming race for fillies and mares has a realistic chance of winning the 6 1/2-furlong sprint, which will serve as Monday’s feature.

Trainer Robertino Diodoro has two chances with Miss Opps, who drew the rail, and Come Home Quick, who will be breaking from the outside post.

Miss Oops scored a front-running win in a $15,000 claiming race here July 30 and then had her chances compromised when she broke in the air in a $20,000 claimer Aug. 17. Miss Oops has done her best work on the synthetic Tapeta surface at Golden Gate, winning four times there. In her second-to-last start in Northern California, which came last February, she was given a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 76 for her win in an $8,000 claiming race going six furlongs. Aside from her July victory here, her only other win on dirt came at Santa Rosa where she won an $8,000 maiden race last summer.

Miss Oops is versatile and jockey Rico Walcott has more than one option if she gets away cleanly.

Come Home Quick has two wins in her 16-race career and both times she led all the way. Her first win came in a six-furlong maiden special weight race on the Hollywood Park turf course May 7, 2010, and she won a first-level allowance race at Northlands June 29. In her most recent start, Come Home Quick set a pressured pace before tiring to finish fifth in a $40,000 optional race July 30.

Viva Slew came from a stalking position to win a $20,000 claiming race going six furlongs Aug. 17 and is a serious threat to repeat. It was her second win in three starts running at this level, and sandwiched between her two wins was a second-place finish Aug. 5. She is trained by Greg Tracy.

Executive Cheyenne comes out of the same race as Viva Slew and she rallied from far back to finish second. Her last win came in a $10,000 claiming race July 29 for trainer Don Gilkyson.

The Florida-bred Wicked Woman of Ny is the top money earner in the field with over $175,000. She was claimed by trainer Tim Rycroft for $10,000 in Tampa Bay and won a $16,000 optional race on turf there in her second start for Rycroft. In her only race at Northlands she forced a quick pace before fading in a $40,000 optional race May 27.