07/03/2009 12:00AM

Ronah bred to get distance at Northlands


Ronah looks like the one to beat in the seventh race at Northlands Park on Sunday. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds running for a top claiming price $25,000 drew seven horses.

None of the horses in the field has won a race longer than six furlongs, and three will be stretching out to a middle distance for the first time.

Ronah, who is trained by Joan Petrowski, is coming off of a third-place finish as the even-money favorite in a $25,000 claiming sprint June 20. A Florida-bred by Honour and Glory, Ronah is a half-brother to a couple of route winners and he figures to get the distance in his first attempt.

Ronah has started seven times and he has won 2 of his 3 starts in claiming races. He is the only horse in the field with more than a single win. Quincy Welch retains the mount.

Snazzy Boy finished second in the same race Ronah exits and he gets in at a very light 105 pounds with 10-pound apprentice Omar Moreno accepting the mount from trainer Robert MacDonald. In his only start going one mile, Snazzy Boy finished seventh in the Alberta Premiers last September.

Moreno's career is just getting started and he has won 7 races from 67 mounts.

In contrast is Real Simard, the rider of Bronze Barbarian. Simard is just seven races shy of winning his 2000th race.

Trained by Carla Chrisoffersen, Bronze Barbarian is coming off of a fifth-place finish in a first-level allowance race on June 3.

Firing Order has good speed and could be dangerous on the lead.