05/16/2013 12:42PM

Northlands Park: Petrowski back in action with Dougs Buddy


Trainer Joan Petrowski is hoping Dougs Buddy can keep his undefeated record in sprints intact when he runs in a six-furlong allowance race for 3-year-olds and up that drew eight horses at Northlands Park on Saturday. He will be making his first start since he went unplaced in the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sept. 9.

Petrowski is happy to be back in business after a $4,000 fine and six-month suspension she received from the stewards last year for a positive test for the anesthetic lidocain was quashed by the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Petrowski appealed the original ruling dated Aug. 3, 2012, but an appeal tribunal upheld the stewards’ decision Oct. 22.

In her successful application to have the tribunal’s decision quashed Petrowski, 69, cited that she had been training horses for 40 years and never received a positive test from any of the 8,700 races in which she had started horses. The application didn’t dispute the offense, but argued that the tribunal failed to exercise its discretion and gave no reasons.

“I really don’t want to talk about it, and I’m just happy to be back at the track,” Petrowski said.

Petrowski said Dougs Buddy has been training well and should run his race. He won his first four starts as a 2-year-old at Northlands before finishing last in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot at Delta Downs in 2011. In his next start and only sprint in 2012, he won the $50,000 Western Canada.

Toccetive, who Petrowski guided to wins in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby and $100,000 Speed to Spare for 3-year-olds and up going 1 3/8 miles, also is entered.

He will be making his first start for trainer Dale Greenwood, however.

“I thought I was getting him back, but that is all I’ll say about the matter,” Petrowski said.

Toccetive is not likely to be a factor going six furlongs, but, according to Greenwood, he trained well at Turf Paradise this winter and also since he arrived back at Northlands in April.

Trained by Dale Saunders, Ready Racer won four sprints in 2012, including a 9 1/4-length romp in the Sun Sprint Championship, where he received a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. There should be an honest pace to set up his strong late move.

Espresso Springs used his good speed to win two races at Turf Paradise for trainer Rick Wise this year. He is coming off a sharp front-running win in the $35,000 Grand Canyon Handicap for Arizona-breds on April 27.

Hollywood Dreams and Evening Island figure to be involved early.

Silver Baubles and Up Jumps a Monster could be heard from late.