07/26/2009 11:00PM

Softer spot for It's Good to Be Me


It's Good to Be Me will get some class relief when he runs in a second-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up Wednesday at Northlands Park. The 6 1/2-furlong feature drew seven horses and goes as the fifth race.

Trained by Monica Russell, It's Good to Be Me also should appreciate the move back to a sprint. In his latest start, he set the pace before tiring to finish fifth in the one-mile Ky Alta Handicap won by Robo Willie on July 11. A 3-year-old colt by Vindication, It's Good to Be Me scored a front-running win in a first-level allowance race going 3 1/2 furlongs in his initial start this year on May 18. He stalked the pace in two subsequent starts in stakes races, finishing third both times. This will be the first time he faces older horses.

Stephan Heiler rides It's Good to Be Me, who is coupled with Wood B Nice.

Testy Hussy, trained by Kelly Grieves, also has stakes credentials. A 4-year-old filly, Testy Hussy has been stakes placed three times, most notably in the $100,000 Sonoma Handicap last year. Following her strong performance in the Sonoma, Testy Hussy was shipped to Woodbine where she went unplaced in three races, including two stakes. She made her seasonal debut at Northlands on July 8, forcing the pace before tiring to finish last.

Toby Bay, trained by Cody Anderson, came from off the pace to win a first-level allowance race June 21. He came back to finish fifth in a one-mile $40,000 optional race on July 8.