05/31/2009 11:00PM

Regal Vicky looks sharp for return


Anyone looking for full fields to wager on should take a look at the Wednesday night card at Northlands Park. There are 78 horses entered in the eight races, and in seven of the races there are 10 horses scheduled to run.

The feature, a $22,000 claiming race for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs that goes as the seventh race, looks to be a wide-open 10-horse event event.

Trainer David Nicholson appears to have Regal Vicky set up for a strong effort. An 8-year-old mare by Vying Victor, Regal Vicky hasn't started since she finished third in a $30,000 claiming race at Northlands on Sept. 13. She came off of a similar layoff to win a $30,000 claiming race at Stampede Park in April 2008. Her sharp four-furlong work on May 29 is a good indication that she may come back running again this year.

Regal Vicky will break from the rail with Quincy Welch aboard.

Regal Vicky will also appreciate what should be an honest pace, and Ibegyerpardon could be the one they have to run down. Trained by Douglas Smith, Ibegyerpardon scooted to a 5 3/4-length win going 3 1/2 furlongs in a $15,000 claiming race May 3, and she shouldn't have any trouble carrying her speed the extra distance. She has won 3 of her 4 career starts, two at 6 1/2 furlongs, and she might be good enough to stand the jump in class.

Lasting Lake also has good speed and she ran well in her initial start this year, finishing third in a $22,000 claiming race on May 13.

Here Comes Ray Ray is coming off of a late-running win in a $10,000 claiming race and could be a serious threat from off the pace.