07/04/2012 12:37PM

Northlands: Smart Roar back at favorite track for Friday feature


Smart Roar should be happy running over her favorite track when she returns to Northlands Park in an allowance race restricted to fillies and mares who have not won a race other than maiden or claiming in 2012. There is also a $40,000 claiming option in the conditions of the race and Surfin’ Sydney is the only one of the seven horses entered in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint eligible to be claimed.

Smart Roar, who is looking to rebound after finishing last in a key allowance race at Fort Erie on May 28, was almost perfect at Northlands in 2011. She won four of her five starts there, including the $50,000 Duchess of York while racing for trainer Jim Meyaard. She used her good speed to win first- and second-level allowance races going six furlongs before carrying her speed around three turns in a one-mile $40,000 optional race June 12.

Smart Roar didn’t make her next start until Sept. 3, when she set the pace but tired late to finish second to Fleet Mama in another one-mile $40,000 optional race. She obviously needed the race as she closed out the year with her first stakes win in the Duchess of York, beating her stablemate Alywyn by a neck.

Smart Roar, trained by Amber Meyaard, drew the outside post but has enough speed to clear early if she breaks alertly. She will be ridden by a white-hot Scott Williams, who has opened up a clear lead in the jockey standings with 48 wins entering Wednesday. Rico Walcott was second with 39.

Walcott rides a sharp Inca Beauty, who is looking for her third win in a row. Inca Beauty was an easy four-length winner of a $22,000 claiming race going six furlongs June 13 and was claimed out of the race by trainer Rod Cone. She stretched out to a mile in a $30,000 claiming race June 23 and beat Yes It’s Jackie by two lengths. Once again she changed hands, with Floyd Arthur claiming her for Excel Farms.

Inca Beauty can stalk and should get a nice trip from her inside post.

Two Horn Unicorn has the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure, a 75 she earned for her third-place finish in the $50,000 Wild Rose Handicap on June 24. Trained by Ron Grieves, Two Horn Unicorn probably wants more distance, though. Her last win came in the $50,000 Fall Distaff Classic going 1 1/16 miles last Sept. 17.

River City Cat won her first two starts at the meet before finishing second to Embellished in a $40,000 optional claiming race June 24.