05/23/2013 1:02PM

Northlands: Spanish Jazz looks a cut above in Saturday allowance


Spanish Jazz figures to be tough to handle when he runs in a first-level allowance race at Northlands Park Saturday. The six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew six horses and has been slotted as the second of eight races carded. Post time for the first race is 1 p.m. Mountain.

Trainer Robertino Diodoro had Spanish Jazz ready to roll when he debuted in a $30,000 optional maiden claiming race at Turf Paradise April 12. He broke a half-step slowly before moving into contention on the stretch turn in the six-furlong sprint. Under mild urging from Nate Smith, Spanish Jazz seized control of the race at eighth pole and then drew off to win by 7 3/4 lengths.

Due to his impressive debut, Spanish Jazz was sent off as a heavy favorite when he resurfaced in a first-level allowance race going six furlongs at Northlands May 10. Once again he didn’t break that sharply and didn’t help his cause when he rushed up to press the pace while going four wide around the first turn. He eventually tired in the stretch but still held on well to finish a clear second behind Call Me Lou, who broke on top and never looked back.

Spanish Jazz easily has the best Beyer Speed Figures in the field, and if he can get out of the starting gate in good order he is going be a handful with leading rider Rico Walcott riding.

Tony the Tank will be making his first start of the year, and he looks like the one they’ll have to catch

Trained by Greg Tracy, Tony the Tank used his good speed to win a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight by 8 1/2 lengths in his second start at Northlands last August. In his next race he forced the pace before fading in the $50,000 Birdcatcher. He came back with a solid effort in a first-level allowance sprint, finishing second to Canadian Juvenile winner Risky Call. Tony the Tank also ran in the one-mile Canadian Juvenile, but after forcing the quick pace he faded to eighth.

Quincy Welch picks up the mount from Walcott, who was aboard for all five of Tony the Tank’s previous races.

Delta Court figures to move forward after running evenly in the same race Spanish Jazz exits.

I’m Unbelievable, Nats Golden Nugget, and Luck of the Day are all making their first start of the year.