07/01/2009 11:00PM

Teagues Fight set for three-peat


Teagues Fight should appreciate going around three turns for the first time this year when he runs in the $50,000 Spangled Jimmy Handicap at Northlands Park on Saturday. The one-mile feature drew five horses and goes as the seventh race.

Trained by Doug MacDonald, Teagues Fight has won the last two renewals of the Spangled Jimmy, and if he moves forward off of his initial start this year, a second-place finish in the six-furlong Sales Stakes on May 23, he'll be tough to beat. Teagues Fight has won 4 of 7 starts at the one-mile distance of the Spangled Jimmy and he figures to save a lot of ground leaving from the rail. He worked six furlongs in 1:15.80 on June 28.

"I was hoping he would work a little faster," said Macdonald. "But he's a smart old horse and he only does what he has to. We picked out five races for him this year and this is one of them."

Stephan Heiler retains the mount.

Test Boy wasn't much of a factor when he finished sixth in the 6 1/2-furlong Journal Handicap on June 13, but he figures to improve with the move to a middle distance. Test Boy won two races at Northlands in 2008, including a half-length win over True Metropolitan in the 1 3/8-mile Speed To Spare in September.

Test Boy is trained by trainer Robertino Diodoro and will be ridden by Ricky Walcott.

Zuri Mwana and Diamond Doc both have good speed and figure to be prominent early. Zuri Mwana paid $52 for his neck win over Codio in the Journal.

Codio should have an honest pace to work with and could be a late threat.