09/09/2009 12:00AM

Wired Two Twenty taking class drop


Wired Two Twenty should appreciate the easier company he will be facing when he runs in the feature race at Northlands Park on Friday. The $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs drew six horses and goes as the seventh race.

Trained by Albert Strumecki, Wired Two Twenty will be running for a claiming price for the first time. In his 9 starts he has compiled a solid record of 1-4-1, and the move into a claiming race could help him get his second win. He is coming off of a good effort in a first-level allowance race on Aug. 12. With Perry Winters aboard, he set the pace and then tired to finish second. Winters retains the mount.

Wired Two Twenty is no cinch. He will be facing a tough group of multiple winners headed by Rumble Ruckus, who is coming off of a front-running win in a $25,000 claiming race on Aug. 26. Rumble Ruckus, trained by Riley Rycroft, has won 5 of 9 starts and could be dangerous if he clears early with Quincy Welch aboard.

Handicappers who lean towards beaten favorites will find Lindsey's Storm an attractive proposition. Trained by Ronald Scott, Lindsey's Storm was sent off as the 2-1 choice over Rumble Ruckus in his latest race, but after a poor start he couldn't catch the front-runner. He did make up a lot of ground, and with other speed here, this could set up nicely for him.

Kennington goes from a route to a sprint, and over the past five years trainer Rick Hedge shows a positive return on investment with horses shortening up. Kennington is coming off of an easy win in a one-mile $12,000 claiming race on Aug. 26.