08/13/2011 2:01PM

Penn National: Alex's Vision, Norjac bring touch of class

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Alex's Vision became a stakes winner as a 3-year-old last season when he took the Peppy Addy at Parx Racing.

Alex’s Vision, a stakes-winning son of 2005 Preakness winner Afleet Alex, and 7-year-old Norjac, who has finished third or better in 43 of 61 lifetime starts, including several stakes, bring some back class to Tuesday night’s feature at Penn National Race Course.

Eight older sprinters will run six furlongs on the main track in a second-level optional $25,000 claimer that goes as race 5 on a nine-race card that begins at 6 p.m. Eastern.

The 4-year-old Alex’s Vision, a Pennsylvania-bred based at Delaware Park with owner-trainer Tim Ritchey, is shortening up from a two-turn mile. He made a similar route-to-sprint move to win his maiden by nine lengths at Penn National in May 2010. Two starts later, Alex’s Vision scored by 4 1/4 lengths in the $75,000 Peppy Addy at Parx Racing.

The best race in eight starts this season for Alex’s Vision came two starts ago, when he rallied from eighth to win a first-level allowance locally by a length.

Norjac, a 17-time winner with $350,365 in earnings, was a stakes-caliber performer as a 3-year-old of 2007, finishing a close third in the Red Legend at Charles Town. He gave his backers a thrill in the West Virginia Derby when he opened up a two-length lead through the first six furlongs as an 85-1 longshot before fading to last of eight. A year later, Norjac was claimed while running for a $4,000 tag at the Timonium Fair in Maryland.

Under trainer Ben Feliciano Jr., Norjac flourished, winning nine starter allowance races between September 2008 and December 2009. He also missed by a half-length as the runner-up in the 2009 Claiming Crown Express at Canterbury Park.

Two starts ago, Norjac was claimed away from Feliciano for $10,000 by trainer Tim Kreiser. In a positive sign, Kreiser moves Norjac up in class to run for the optional $25,000 tag after a fifth-place fifth in a $15,000 claiming race.

The likely favorite in Tuesday’s race is Blue Notion, a Parx-based 4-year-old who three starts ago crushed first-level allowance foes by eight lengths, earning a career-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure.

The field also includes Frontier Warrior, who steps up in class first time off the claim after winning a nonwinners-of-three $25,000 claimer at Parx in early June, and Dixie Notion, whose 3-for-9 lifetime record includes a first-level allowance win at Parx with a 92 Beyer last November.