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September 11, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Photo of Schoolin You courtesy of Emerald Downs)
AUBURN, WA – Schoolin You won the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association Lads Stakes Sunday at Emerald Downs and made two a very lucky number.

t was the second stakes win of the weekend for jockey Miguel Perez, trainer Jim Penney and owners Michael and Amy Feuerborn.  Schoolin You is owned in partnership between John and Janene Maryanski with the Feuerborns.

The trio won the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Saturday with Chestnut Lady, going off as a long shot, 11-1, as Schoolin You did at 13-1.

Penney became the second trainer in history to win the Shinpoch and Lads stakes in one year. Klokstad pulled the feat off in 1990 with Peterhof’s Patera in the Shinpoch and Time To Pass in the Lads.

Perez rode the son of You and I out of the one hole in the 1-mile stakes, the longest distance the field of the colts and geldings had attempted.

“This horse ran great for me,” Perez said. “I knew I had a lot of horse at the three-eights.”

At the half-mile pole Schoolin You was six lengths back chasing fractions of 24 2/4 seconds and 48 2/5 seconds set by Tom Two.

At the head of the stretch Perez had guided his charge into second place and the gelding started his drive to the finish.

“I always said he was a route horse,” Penney said. “I just told Miguel to be sure he had racing room at the head of the stretch.”

Swung no less than five-wide into the lane, Perez and Schoolin You had nothing but daylight in front of them and earned an A+ for their performance, plus $29,651 more dollars in earnings for the team of Feuerborn and Maryanski.
Raise the Bluff, who looked defeated at the sixteenth pole, dug deep and found more heart, racing exceptionally well by pressing the winner to work even harder in the final strides.

Schoolin You finished the race in 1:37 1/5 and paid $27.20, $8 and $6.20.

Raise the Bluff paid $3.60 and $3.40 for second and Coastal King paid $6.20 for show.

Penney is a red-hot six of 16 with 2-year-old starters this meet, winning at a 38 percent rate and he is the second

This is the third stakes victory for the Feuerborns this season. The first was with Grant Forster-conditioned A Classic Life in the Washington Breeders’ Cup Oaks, followed by Chestnut Lady and Schoolin You.

The Feuerborns’ and Maryanski’s have teamed up to win eight of 23 starts with two seconds and a third with earnings of $68,916.  With horses of their own and not in partnership, Michael and Amy Feuerborn have won an additional eight races from 18 starts with a third and $149,951 in earnings