07/03/2013 1:50PM

Northlands Park: Ten Thirty gets blinkers back for R.K. Smith Handicap


Ten Thirty will try to get back on track when she runs in the $50,000 R.K. “Red” Smith Handicap for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Northlands Park. The one-mile race attracted six horses, and if Ten Thirty is on her best behavior, she could prove tough to beat.

Trained by Greg Tracy, Ten Thirty had a very productive 2-year-old campaign, winning the $50,000 Bird of Pay at Northlands and placing in the Boulevard Casino and $75,000 Fantasy at Hastings. In all of her races last year, she wore blinkers. This year, she has run without blinkers in all three of her starts. In her latest race, the $50,000 Chariot Chaser, Ten Thirty spotted the field quite a few lengths when she broke poorly and then was pretty much done when she ran off with Rico Walcott aboard to force the pace while going four wide around the first turn.

On Friday, the blinkers will go back on. She has been to the starting gate for extra schooling, and from the looks of her bullet four-furlong move June 28, the lessons have paid off.

“We’ve tried to calm her down, and she did everything right when she worked out of the gate,” Tracy said.

Ten Thirty has natural speed and should be involved right from the start, if she breaks alertly with Walcott retaining the mount. In her only other three-turn race, she took a half-length advantage into the stretch before tiring to finish third in the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy.

Tracy also entered Silver City Sizzle, who came from off the pace to win in a $20,000 claiming race by 4 3/4 lengths June 14. She received a 66 Beyer Speed Figure, which is the best figure for any horse in the field.

Supercilious, trained by Rod Cone, is the only horse with a win at a middle distance, which came in a one-mile, $12,500 claiming race at Golden Gate on Jan. 25. She has not made much of an impact in any of her races at Northlands, however.

Portofappeal, third in the Chariot Chaser, has not finished worse than third in three starts at Northlands for trainer James McCullough.

I Raffaella looked good beating Marry Me Vicky, who also is entered, when she made her debut in a maiden special weight race June 14.

Fordy Eight Cush has won her last two starts, but is taking a substantial jump in class following her seven-length romp in a $7,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two on June 15.