07/15/2013 12:24PM

Northlands Park: Embankment could take another step forward in Wednesday feature


Embankment could be sitting on a big effort in her third start this year and is one of many possibilities in a $12,500 claiming race for fillies and mares that serves as the featured race at Northlands Park on Wednesday.

The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew seven horses and goes as race 7 on the eight-race card that begins at 6 p.m. Mountain.

Trained by Amber Buniak, Embankment forced the pace and held on well to finish second at the same level in a six-furlong race July 3. It was a big improvement from her seasonal debut June 19, in which she finished seventh, and if she continues her progress, she could get back on a roll.

Beginning with an easy win over Unsweetened, Embankment reeled off four straight wins last year, culminating with a 10 3/4-length romp in a one-mile, $10,000 claiming race Aug. 1.

Embankment looks like the main speed in Wednesday’s race, and leading rider Rico Walcott likely will gun her to the lead if she breaks alertly from her outside post.

Jockey Fernando Perez has left Hastings to ride at Northlands and picked up the mount on a very live-looking Brady’s Tomboy, who is coming off a fourth-place finish behind Momma’s Gone Wild in a $17,500 claiming race gong six furlongs June 28. Brady’s Tomboy was claimed out of her previous race June 8 for $17,500 by trainer Dale Saunders, who was acting on behalf of himself, M&P Equipment Inc., and Met Set Consulting Ltd.

Brady’s Tomboy won three races at Northlands last year and could be dangerous if Perez can keep her in striking range of Embankment.

Blue Baby runs her best races when she’s involved early, but she couldn’t keep up with the speedy Momma’s Gone Wild in her last start and finished last. They won’t be going as fast here, and if Amie Pooli can put Blue Baby in a stalking position behind Embankment, she could wear her down.

Trained by Red Smith, Blue Baby won a $15,000 claiming race for 4-year-old fillies on May 20, then finished fourth in a $17,500 claiming race June 8, when she was claimed by Smith on behalf of himself and Derby Stable.

Gitter Done Girl rallied to finish second behind Meetmeat Tiffanys in both of her starts this year in $12,500 claiming races going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Ruckus Time will try to make amends for her third-place finish as the favorite in a $12,500 claiming race June 19.