08/28/2009 12:00AM

Petrowski has the numbers at Northlands


There is an excellent chance that trainer Joan Petrowski will saddle the winner of the $50,000 Birdcatcher Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Northlands Park Sunday. After all, she trains three of the seven horses entered in the 6 1/2-furlong feature, which goes as the ninth race. Due to chuck wagon races being held at Northlands this week, the Thoroughbreds won't race again until the following Sunday.

As well as having 43 percent of the horses in the field, it appears Petrowski has the best horse in the race with Tiny Giant. An Alberta-bred gelding by Lost Canyon, Tiny Giant overcame a horrible start to win going away when he debuted in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden race on July 3. Returning in just seven days in the $50,000 Canadian Juvenile, Tiny Giant opened up an early three-length lead before tiring to finish third. Tiny Giant came back in a more reasonable time frame for his next start and he easily won a six-furlong first-level allowance race by 2 3/4 lengths with Rickey Walcott aboard for the first time on Aug. 7. Tiny Giant came back to work a bullet five furlongs on Aug. 20, and it appears he is primed for another strong effort.

Petrowski has also entered Woke Up Laughing and Gold Winner. Woke Up Laughing won a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on Aug. 9. Gold Winner came from off the pace to win a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on July 19 and then set the pace before giving way to Tiny Giant in his next start.

Woke Up Laughing and Tiny Giant will run coupled.

Yankee Colonel scored a game win over Judge Brew in a maiden special weight race going 5 1/2 furlongs on July 31. It was his first start for trainer Red Smith, who claimed him out of his debut for $20,000 on July 15.

Cool Kahuna flashed good speed before tiring to finish third when he made his debut in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on July 24. If his sharp works in the month of August are any indication, Cool Kahuna could take a big step forward in his second start. He is trained by Cody Anderson.

Slews Academy, trained by Dale Saunders, changed his running style in dramatic fashion when he scored a front-running win in a maiden special weight race in his second start last Sunday.