05/22/2013 1:17PM

Northlands: Tango Tango finds suitable spot for local debut


Contention runs deep in an $8,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that will serve as the feature race at Northlands Park on Friday. The six-furlong sprint drew nine horses and goes as the seventh race on an eight-race card that begins at 6 p.m. Mountain.

Tango Tango looks like a major player in his first start at Northlands. Acting on behalf of Kirk and Mitch Sutherland, trainer Rick Wise claimed him for $3,000 out of a win at Turf Paradise April 16. Tango Tango stalked a quick pace before drawing off to win by 2 3/4 lengths.

Tango Tango is taking a substantial step up in price but he has back class and has the kind of tactical speed that wins a lot of races at Northlands.

Nate Smith rides Tango Tango.

Charterhill, trained by Jerri Robertson, will appreciate the drop in class after facing a tough group of $12,500 claimers in his first start of the year. The winner of the race, Paseo Alegro, is stakes placed. Bonboni, who finished second, won the $50,000 Express at Hastings in 2011. This is a much-easier spot and Charterhill could take a big step forward with a race behind him.

Perfecto Cat closed out 2012 with a narrow loss between two next-out winners in a $5,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs. The winner, Jacobs Kiss came back to win his next two at Tampa Bay. Third-place Excess Baggage came back in eight days to win an $8,000 claiming race at Northlands.

Perfecto Cat could be dangerous if he clears early with apprentice Amie Pooli riding at 112 pounds.

Quincy Welch has won 1,801 races in his career but more than likely he won’t add to this total with Just the Cash.

Trained by Ernie Keller, Just the Cash has won five races, but none of his wins came sprinting. He did rally to finish third going six furlongs in his seasonal debut last year, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get up in time to help spice up the exotics.

Albacore Bob has speed and should make good use of it breaking from the rail. He is coming of a win in a $3,000 claiming race at Turf Paradise on April 8.

Day of Destiny probably wants more distance. He chased the pace before fading in a $5,000 claiming race at Penn National on March 29.

Argentune, Bearcatt, and Black Rock Burner complete the field.