07/29/2013 1:59PM

Northlands Park: Live a Little looms tough off romp in last


Live a Little is taking a significant step up in class, but he could be a handful when he runs in a second-level allowance race that will serve as Wednesday’s feature at Northlands Park. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew six horses and headlines an eight-race card that begins at 6 p.m. Mountain time.

Sent off as the 9-5 favorite in a nonwinners-of-two $15,000 claiming race July 1, Live a Little completely dominated his rivals. Breaking with the field in the 1 1/16-mile race, Live a Little looked like he was going to settle into a stalking position. He had other ideas, though. Dragging leading apprentice Amie Pooli to the lead while going extremely wide around the first turn, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding opened up while posting a brisk half-mile in 47.20 seconds. He started to widen going down the backstretch, and he was home and cooled out when he took an eight-length lead into the stretch. His final margin was 12 1/2 lengths over an overmatched Delta Court, who rallied to finish second.

Trained by Greg Tracy, Live a Little wore blinkers for the first time when he ran in a $15,000 conditional claimer June 22, and the equipment change seems to have improved his focus. He rallied to finish second in the six-furlong sprint before exploding when he wore them for the second time in his latest race.

He drew post position 2 with Pooli retaining the mount.

Swiss Idol also figures to be involved right from the start, but his breeding suggests he might have some trouble carrying his speed around three turns in his first route attempt. Trained by Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Red Smith, Swiss Idol was an easy front-running winner of a first-level allowance race going 6 1/2 furlongs June 22 and he forced a quick pace before tiring to finish third in second-level sprint in July 12.

Donegal County, trained by Twylla Bensmiller, will appreciate the easier company following a fifth-place finish in a one-mile $35,000 optional claiming race won by Grace 3 winner Senor Rojo July 20.

Catchtheconnection is coming off a fast-closing second in the same race Swiss Idol exits and could pick up the pieces if an all-out duel develops in front of him.

Igotadeal has speed, drew the rail, and goes for his third win in a row. He doesn’t appear to be as fast as Live a Little or Swiss Idol, however.

Generally Ours completes the field.