05/19/2011 10:44AM

Northlands: Slight edge to Indoctrination over Dollarwaitonadime

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Saturday’s feature at Northlands Park shapes up as a battle between Indoctrination and Dollarwaitnonadime. The six-furlong, first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds attracted six horses and Indoctrination figures to be a slight favorite over Dollarwaitnonadime.

Indoctrination is trained by Jim Meyaard. In the last two years at Northlands, Meyaard has won with 108 of his 279 starters (38 percent).

Secondly, Indoctrination is coming off of sharp win in a maiden special weight race at Prairie Meadows on April 25. It was his first start for Meyaard and the 71 Beyer Speed Figure he received is by far the best in the field. In his previous start, Indoctrination just missed in a $50,000 maiden claiming race at Oaklawn Park for trainer Bret Calhoun.

Rico Walcott, who has won with 37 percent of his mounts for Meyaard at Northlands the past two years, gets the mount.

Trainer Greg Tracy isn’t conceding anything and he likes the way Dollarwaitnonadime is coming up to the race. Dollarwaitnonadime certainly showed some talent in his first start as a 3-year-old, finishing fourth to older horses in a first-level allowance race won by 2010 B.C. Derby runner-up Crew Leader at Hastings on April 23. The horse who finished second, Cherokee Notion, earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure when he came back to win a first -level allowance race at Hastings on May 13.

Tracy was impressed with Dollarwaitnonadime’s performance.

“He made a strong move and then just got a little tired,” said Tracy. “That was a pretty tough field of older horses, too. He could be all right.”

In his only other start, Dollarwaitnonadime was an easy winner of a $27,500 maiden claiming race last year at Northlands.

Freedoms Traveller, second in the Canadian Juvenile in his final start of 2010, figures to be heard from late in his initial start for trainer Lianne Knechtel.

Tully B and Lewisham both have good speed and should be part of what could be a lively pace.