09/10/2012 3:24PM

Northlands Park: Maegans Princesses goes for three in a row in Wednesday optional claimer


Maegans Princesses will be looking for her third win in a row Wednesday when she runs in a third-level, $30,000 optional claiming race at Norhtlands Park. The one-mile race for fillies and mares drew six horses and goes as the fourth race.

Trained by Greg Tracy, Maegans Princesses came from a stalking position to win a 6 1/2-furlong, $30,000 optional claiming sprint July 20 but led from start to finish going a mile for the same condition Aug. 17. There is other speed in the field, so it will be interesting to see what strategy Rico Walcott will employ after Maegans Princesses breaks from the outside post.

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Yankee Gentleman, Maegans Princesses has won a third of her 15 career starts, and the only time she didn’t pick up a check was last year when she tried Polytrack at Turfway Park in just her third start.

Salsa Express lost by a neck to Maegans Princesses on Aug. 17 but came back with a sharp win sprinting at this level Aug. 31. The 7-year-old mare figures to get a nice trip from just off what should be a lively pace. Trained by Ernie Keller, Salsa Express also won a $30,000 optional claiming sprint Aug. 4 prior to narrowly losing to Maegans Princesses. Maegans Princesses also got the best of Salsa Express sprinting July 20.

Bonita Bella was an impressive winner of a first-level, $32,000 optional claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies Sept. 1, and the 75 Beyer Speed Figure she received suggests she will be able to handle the jump in class. She will be stretching out to a middle distance for the first time for trainer Rick Hedge, and she is by Holy Bull, who won five Grade 1’s, including the 1 1/4-mile Travers at Saratoga. Her dam didn’t win in nine starts and went unplaced in her only route attempt.

Embankment is looking to get back on track after her four-race winning streak was halted when she took on males in a $15,000 claiming race Aug. 22. She was reclaimed out of the race by trainer Tim Rycroft.

Inca Beauty finished second to Salsa Express on Aug. 31 and could win if things fall her way.

The 3-year-old filly Caro’s Song rounds out the field.