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McCanna Seeks Luck of the Irish


June 10, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

An afternoon of Irish themed festivities headlines a Sunday afternoon at Emerald Downs with a six-horse field will break from the gate in the 10th running of the Irish Day Handicap.

Food and beer specials, Irish Step Dancers and Lucky Programs in which guests win some American green ($) are a few of the items to look forward to leading up to the day's featured race.

Duel stakes winner and morning-line favorite Queenledo drew the sixth post and the high weight of 122 pounds. Ricky Frazier will ride the 3-year-old daughter of Slewdledo, who is trained by Tim McCanna.

Queenledo won the U.S. Bank and Federal Way Handicap earlier this meet. They serve as the initial two legs of the Oaks series, which culminates with the Aug. 20, $100,000 Washington Breeders Cup Oaks. The Irish Day Handicap would mark the filly's third straight stakes win this meet should the luck of the Irish and an ability to go two turns, be the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow Sunday afternoon.

McCanna also entered Gin's Majesty to the stake. Efforts to contact the agent of the Lucky Charm's cereal leprechaun proved futile for the leading trainer. He has resigned himself to go with the highest win percentage rider on the grounds instead, Kevin Krigger. McCanna has conveyed confidence in the rider whose closest nemesis (Frazier) is 13 wins behind him entering Friday's races.

No Fences, a second place finisher in the Federal Way Handicap to Queenledo and trained by Sharon Ross, will carry 116 pounds with Debbie Hoonan riding.

The Roy Lumm trainee, Brite Luci, will run from the first post-position. Brite Luci will carry 114 pounds, including Ben Russell.

Trainer H.R. Pat Mullens' Have'N A Lark will carry 115-pound impost from the second post with Travis Wales in the irons.

M K Beck at 117 pounds, trained by Jose Navarro, will run from the three-hole with Gary Baze riding.

Post Position-Horse - Trainer - Rider & Weight
1. Brite Luce - Roy Lumm - Ben Russell /114 lbs.
2. Have'N A Lark - H.R. Mullens - Travis Wales/115 lbs.
3. M K Beck - Jose Navarro - Gary Baze /117 lbs.
4. Gins Majesty - Tim McCanna - Kevin Krigger/116 lbs.
5. No Fences - Sharon Ross - Debbie Hoonan /116 lbs.
6. Queenledo - Tim McCanna - Ricky Frazier/122 lbs.