06/23/2010 12:00AM

Reggie Dunlop has best speed


Reggie Dunlop looks like the horse to catch in Friday's feature at Northlands Park. The $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds attracted seven horses.

Trained by Rod Cone, Reggie Dunlop is coming off a good effort against older horses and he should appreciate being back with his own age group. After setting an honest pace, Reggie Dunlop tired to finish fourth in a six-furlong second-level allowance race won by Commanding Ace. Reggie Dunlop won a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds going 3 1/2 furlongs in his initial start at the meet and then just missed to Grat Substitution in a $30,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up in his next start May 23.

He worked a bullet four furlongs in 47.20 seconds on June 17, gets in light with apprentice rider Kyle Carter aboard, and could be tough to catch in this 6 1/2-furlong race if he gets away to a clear lead.

Rundell, trained by a hot Greg Tracy, is dropping into a claiming race for the first time since he won a $27,500 maiden race last August. He followed up that win with a third in the Alberta Premiers Futurity and a second behind Cool Kahuna in the $50,000 Canadian Juvenile. He ran a dull race in his first start this year, but he may have needed the race and over the past five years Tracy has won with 21 percent of his horses coming back for their second start following a layoff.