10/01/2012 12:22PM

Northlands Park: Rum Ruckus brings conistency to Wednesday allowance


The consistent 4-year-old Rum Ruckus looks like the one to beat in a second-level allowance race that will serve as Wednesday’s feature at Northlands Park. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew six horses and goes as the eighth race.

Trained by Twylla Bensmiller, Rum Ruckus is coming off a two-length win in a first-level allowance race Sept. 22, and he has compiled a 2-4-1 record from 7 sprints at the meet. The only time he finished worse than third this year was when he stretched out to a mile for the first time in his career.

In both of his wins, Rum Ruckus was involved right from the start, and he will have to deal with Gabe’s Pride, who has good speed and drew the rail. Rum Ruckus can stalk, however. He came from just off the pace to finish second by a neck in a first-level allowance race going six furlongs Sept. 3, and he rallied to just miss in a second-level allowance race going six furlongs Aug. 1.

Apprentice Amanda Pooli replaces leading rider Rico Walcott, who is serving a three-day suspension for careless riding.

Bensmiller also entered Royal Grand, who will appreciate the easier company after trying Commander in the $50,000 Don Fleming and $50,000 Westerner. Prior to his unsuccessful tries with stakes company, he won a one-mile first-level allowance race July 13. He has never won a race shorter than a mile, so he probably wants more distance, however.

Six Pack lost by a neck in a second-level allowance race going six furlongs Sept. 7 before his fourth-place finish in the $50,000 Red Dial Express for Alberta-breds on Sept. 15. Trained by Don Gilkyson, Six Pack romped by eight lengths in a second-level allowance race June 13, but has been stuck at this level since then.

Gabe’s Pride has the best speed in the field and could take them a long way if he breaks alertly from his inside post with 10-pound apprentice Sheena Ryan riding at 106 pounds. Trained by Kelly Grieves, Gabe’s Pride dueled through quick fractions before tiring to finish fourth in the same race Six Pack almost won Sept. 7. He may have bounced after posting a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 74 when he lost by a head in a $40,000 optional claiming race Aug. 11.

Short Memo and Silent Same round out the field.