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Gottstein Futurity may determine Juvenile Champion


October 13, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Patrick Kerrison
Auburn, WA – 10 juveniles, including one filly, are slated to meet Saturday afternoon at Emerald Downs in the 1-1/16 mile $100,000 Gottstein Futurity. Washington Hall of Fame trainers Jim Penney and Bud Klokstad each have multiple entrants.

Penney will saddle the field’s lone filly, Chestnut Lady, along with Schoolin You and Sharper Edge.

Chestnut Lady is perfect in two starts including the $75,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes. Showing her versatility early, Chestnut Lady won a maiden allowance running on the front end from gate to wire and came from 10 lengths out of it to win the Shinpoch. She will get Juan Gutierrez in the irons for the first time.

Chestnut Lady was named the Top Juvenile Filly for the 2005 Emerald Downs’ race meet.

Penney will also saddle Schoolin You. A winner of the WTBA Lads Stakes on Sept. 11, he will retain the services of San Francisco based rider Miguel Perez.

Both Penney charges are owned by Michael and Amy Feuerborn with the latter owned in partnership with John and Janene Maryanski.

The third entrant for Penney is R & R Warren LLC’s Sharper Edge. The son of Snowbound broke his maiden two back and was off the board most recently in the Captain Condo Stakes after breaking slowly.

Bud Klokstad, who has won the Gottstein Futurity an unprecedented seven times, will send Switzerland to the gate for owner Art McFadden and Easy Beau for owner John M. Roche.

Switzerland has been off the board only once in five career starts and makes his second attempt at two turns Saturday afternoon. Gallyn Mitchell will ride.

Easy Beau broke his maiden in his last outing with Leslie Mawing aboard. He came from behind to win by a pair of lengths going 1-mile. Mawing returns to ride.

Breaking from the extreme outside is Raise the Bluff. Owned by Ron Crockett, Inc. and trained by Junior Coffey, Raise the Bluff is 1-2-0 from four starts including a second to Schoolin You in the Lads Stakes by only a half-length.

Tom Two, the second leading money earner of the group with $47,092, races for owners Shirley and Delmer Webb and trainer Eulia Bischoff. The winner of the Strong Ruler Stakes was fourth in the Lads and then returned for a second place finish in the Captain Condo Stakes on WA Cup III behind Fast Parade. Debbie Hoonan picks up the mount as regular rider Ricky Frazier will be riding in Canada Saturday afternoon.

Ragin Nonno, owned by the Ragin Nonno Syndicate, is one of three horses in the field with two wins. He broke his maiden for trainer Dave Bennett in May, was beaten a neck in allowance company in September, and then returned to win for a $30,000 tag last out. Jennifer Whitaker will return to ride after leading him to his last win.

Coastal King, trained by Frank Lucarelli, broke his maiden at a $40,000 tag, then returned to finish third in a ground saving rail trip in the Lads.

Completing the field is the Coach Sweden. A winner of one of two starts, that victory came as a result of a disqualification. Steadied at the 7/16ths pole, Coach Sweden’s performance was hindered against Whosboyareyou who went on to win. Coach Sweden was claimed by trainer Dan Markle for owners Sue and Tim Spooner out of that race and then he finished third behind Ragin Nonno in his last out.

All horses will carry 120 pounds except Chestnut Lady, who is allowed three pounds as a filly and will carry 117 lbs.

Post time Friday is 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.