06/30/2012 11:58AM

Northlands: Within Range tries to get the distance in Monday feature


Within Range might be good enough to stand the jump in class when he runs in a first-level, $32,000 optional claiming race at Northlands on Monday. The one-mile feature for 3-year-olds drew five horses and heads a nine-race Canada Day holiday card that begins at 1 p.m. Mountain.

Within Range has won his last two races at Northlands by wide margins, and if he can handle a middle distance, he could be tough to handle. He started out the year at Hastings, where he finished seventh in a $17,500 conditional claimer for 3-year-olds and up April 22, but he has flourished since returning to his home track. In his latest race, he easily won a $20,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Within Range’s breeding suggests he will handle a middle distance. His dam, Cris the Swimmer, won five route races. She also won the $100,000 Cat’s Cradle going 7 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park. In his only try going around three turns, Within Range clipped heels and fell in the $50,000 one-mile Alberta Premiers last Sept. 17.

Within Range was claimed out of his latest win by trainer Rod Cone, who was his original trainer. Rico Walcott retains the mount.

Gabe’s Pride, trained by Kelly Grieves, will run for a claiming price for the first time in his five-race career. He will appreciate the easier company after tackling a very tough Dougs Buddy in the $50,000 Western Canada Handicap on June 16, when he finished fourth in the five-horse field. He won his first two starts last year before going unplaced in the $50,000 Juvenile, a one-mile race won by Dougs Buddy.

Stephan Heiler picks up the mount on Gabe’s Pride from Kyle Carter, who is still recovering from injuries suffered when the horse he was riding, Good Cup o’ Joe, jumped over the rail in the late stretch June 22. According to his agent, Bob Fowlis, Carter is undergoing treatment for a sore shoulder and wasn’t sure when he would return.

Toccetive looks like a threat off his fast-closing second-place finish in a $32,000 optional claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs June 23. Trained by Joan Petrowski, Toccetive does his best running late and should have an honest pace to work with.

Top It Up is the lone filly in the race, and she is the only horse with a win going a middle distance. She won a one-mile, $7,500 claiming race for nonwinners of two at Oaklawn on March 30, but is coming off a dull effort in a first-level allowance race at Arlington Park May 25.

Delta Court rounds out the field.