08/14/2009 12:00AM

Several can win Northlands sprint


Harmonious Union could be the one in what appears to be a wide-open feature at Northlands Park on Sunday. The classified allowance sprint with a $32,000 claiming option drew seven 3-year-old fillies and goes as the seventh race.

Trained by Riley Rycroft, Harmonious Union has found her level at Northlands and this appears to be it. She finished up the track in both the Mount Royal and Chariot Chaser Stakes before dropping into and winning a one-mile $25,000 claiming race on July 15. She followed up her win with a solid effort in a $32,000 optional race on Aug. 2, again at one-mile. Two of her three wins have come sprinting so she shouldn't mind the cutback in distance.

Quincy Welch retains the mount.

Harmonious Union finished second to Hardcore Candy in her last start. In her latest race Curls and Pearls was also beaten by Hardcore Candy in a $32,000 optional sprint on July 12, finishing third. Curls and Pearls, trained by Joan Petrowski, appears to have the best early speed in the field. She has posted two bullet five-furlongs works since she last raced and could be dangerous if she breaks cleanly with Rico Walcott aboard.

London Lass will appreciate the class relief after finishing sixth in the $71,000 Northland Oaks. Her trainer, Rod Cone, had her on a sharp edge heading into the Oaks. In her three starts prior to the Oaks, London Lass won a maiden special weight race on June 6, finished second in a first-level allowance race June 24, and had another second in a one-mile $32,000 optional race July 4.

Everyday Joe earned the best last race Beyer Speed Figure for her win in a $20,000 maiden race on July 29.