07/13/2009 12:00AM

Super Starbrite eyes repeat


Handicappers have their hands full trying to figure out Wednesday's seventh race at Northlands Park, which is for fillies and mares running for a top claiming price of $13,000. It appears that any of the seven in the field could win the 6 1/2-furlong sprint.

The only horse coming off of a win is Super Starbrite. Trained by Darcy Hawkes, Super Starbrite scored a front-running win over Royal Tiara in a $10,000 claimer on July 3. The problem for backers of Super Starbrite is that she has never won back-to-back races in her 24-race career. She does have the best speed, however, and if she clears early she could be tough to catch.

Avonmore is taking a drop after a dull effort in a $17,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs June 19. She also has switched barns since she ran and will be making her first start for trainer Jerri Robertson, who is having a strong meet with 23 percent winners. Avonmore has tactical speed, and if she runs back to her second-place finish for $17,500 on June 5, she could be the winner.

Sallyinthealley could present a problem for Super Starbrite. Trained by James Hoffman, Salleyinthealley also has speed, and she is coming off of a good effort where she set the pace and held on to finish second for this price June 14. The winner, You and Me Baby, came back to easily win a $13,000 claiming race on June 27.

Service Ribbon is looking to rebound off of a dull effort in the You and Me Baby race.