07/26/2012 12:49PM

Northlands Park: Hollywood Dreams should rebound with drop to allowance on Saturday

Ryan Haynes
Hollywood Dreams has not won a race since the Red Dial Express in 2011.

Hollywood Dreams will try to get back on track when he runs at Northlands Park on Saturday in an allowance race for horses who have not won a race other than maiden or claiming in 2012. There also is a $40,000 claiming option in the conditions of the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up that drew seven horses.

Hollywood Dreams is coming off a dull effort in the $50,000 Journal on June 23, but he won three races at Northlands in 2011, including the $50,000 Red Dial Express for Alberta-breds for trainer Dean Martiniuk. After finishing fourth in his next start, which came in the one-mile $50,000 3-&4-year-old Sales Stakes, he was sent to Southern California with trainer Robertino Diodoro. He went unplaced in a $62,500 optional claiming race on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita on Jan. 14 and he also was a non-factor when he ran in a $62,500 optional sprint at Golden Gate in February.

Hollywood Dreams was reunited with Martiniuk when he returned to Northlands this spring, and in his first start at the meet he ran a big race, finishing third to Tiny Giant in a $40,000 optional claiming sprint May 26.

He did have an excuse in the Journal as he was a bit fractious in the gate and then stumbled at the start. He likes to be involved early and could be dangerous if he breaks alertly with leading rider Scott Williams riding him for the first time. There is plenty of other speed in the field, but Hollywood Dreams can stalk the pace.

The expected hot pace should help Ready Racer. Trained by Dale Saunders, Ready Racer won three of his last four races at the 2011 Northlands meet and came out running this year, rallying to get up in time in a $30,000 claiming race May 21. He was an unlucky fourth in his latest race. It looked like there was plenty of speed in the field, but Forgetthestorm was allowed to set moderate fractions, and when Ready Racer made his patented late move, he got hung out extremely wide on the stretch turn.

Vital Sign was an impressive winner of a 6 1/2-furlong, first-level allowance race in his first start at Northlands, which came for trainer Cody Anderson. He figures to be involved right from the start.

Reggie Dunlop likes to win races and should get a nice trip from a stalking position.