07/22/2009 11:00PM

Pace favors Test Boy in Fleming


Test Boy should have an honest pace to work with when he tries to win the $50,000 Don Fleming Handicap at Northlands Park for the third year in a row on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile feature drew six horses and goes as the seventh race.

Hastings invaders Bank Emblem and Winter Warning not only spice up the race, but they will ensure that Test Boy gets the kind of early pace he needs in order to win.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Test Boy is coming off of a second-place finish behind Zuri Mwana in the one-mile Spangled Jimmy Handicap on July 4. Test Boy wasn't going to catch Zuri Mwana after he crawled through fractions of 25 and 50.20. The early pace figures to be a lot faster on Saturday with Bank Emblem in the field, and Test Boy figures to get a perfect trip with leading rider Rickey Walcott in the irons.

Zuri Mwana, trained by Gordon Amthor, has won all three of his starts at the meet and he had a pretty easy time of it in the Spangled Jimmy. He started his winning streak in a $40,000 optional race going 3 1/2 furlongs and then stepped up to win his first stakes race in the six-furlong Journal Handicap on June 13. He will be tested right from the start and it will be interesting to see if he can hold up to what figures to be considerable pressure. His usual rider, Shannon Beauregard, retains the mount.

Bank Emblem set moderate fractions when he won the John Longden 6000 at Hastings on June 6, but then faded after chasing a rabbit, Forest Prince, in the $101,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1. He has won 18 races in his career and has earnings of $331,711.