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Coastal King could reign in Friday allowance at Emerald Downs


June 8, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Coastal King, a two-time stakes placed sophomore from the barn of Frank
Lucarelli, will look to continue his way towards a return to stakes
competition when he starts in the sixth race at Emerald Downs on Friday,
a first-level allowance restricted to 3-year-olds.

Last year, Coastal King broke his maiden at Emerald when getting up in
the final jump against $40,000 claiming rivals on July 29. He was
subsequently entered in a pair of stakes events, finishing third in both
the $53,000 WTBA Lads, and the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity. In both of
those outings, Coastal King chased home Schoolin You and Raise the
Bluff, the top two juvenile runners at the 2005 meet.

Lucarelli took Coastal King to Turf Paradise this winter where the son
of Charismatic made two starts over the Phoenix oval, finishing seventh
in the $40,000 Arizona Juvenile to close out his 2-year-old season,
before making his sophomore debut in the $40,000 Rattlesnake where he
showed speed, before fading to tenth.

After finishing fourth to Raise the Bluff in the opening night feature
at Emerald Downs, Coastal King returned to the winner's circle in his
last start when defeating $25,000 conditioned claiming rivals by nearly
three-lengths.

Coastal King has drawn the rail for Friday's 6 -furlong sprint, and
will be ridden by Jorge Ayarza, who won with a pair of Lucarelli trained
runners last weekend.

CORVALLIS DEE OVERDUE FOR A WIN PICTURE

When Corvallis Dee scored a mild upset in the 2003 edition of the
$100,000 Gottstein Futurity, securing divisional honors in the process,
the son of Slewdledo seemed poised for a prosperous career as a stakes
caliber runner. It would have been hard to predict back then that nearly
three years later the gelding would still be looking for his next
victory.

Corvallis Dee is scheduled to make a start in the Friday night feature
at Emerald Downs, a one-mile optional claiming allowance. The race has
attracted 10 entrants, but none of the runners in the field has the
local history that Corvallis Dee does.

In his 2-year-old season, the gelding won his career debut against
$25,000 maiden claimers before returning with a fourth-place finish in
the WTBA Lads. The Gottstein victory came next, followed by a
fourth-place finish in the Bay Meadows Juvenile as the $1.50-1 favorite.
Corvallis Dee then closed out his juvenile season with failed runs in
the $60,000 Golden Bear, and the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes, both at
Golden Gate Fields.

Corvallis Dee made just two starts in 2004, finishing sixth in the
$75,000 Golden State Mile before returning to Emerald for a
seventh-place performance in the $40,000 Auburn Stakes. Corvallis Dee
made five starts in 2005 with his best result coming in a $25,000
conditioned claimer where he finished second. The Bud Klokstad trainee
finished his 4-year-old season with a fourth-place run in October, and
he hasn't started since.

Corvallis Dee will break from post ten in the Friday feature, with
Kevin Radke in the saddle. Also entered in the race was recent Emerald
Downs allowance winner Confidential Call, and Fuzzyheadedlizard, who won
on the grass course at Turf Paradise in his last start.

In brief

*Queenledo, who has been nominated to the Washington State Legislators
Stakes to be run on Sunday, worked five-furlongs on Wednesday morning
covering the trip in 1:00.80 seconds, the fastest of 15 moves at the
distance.

*Keagan made an appearance on the Emerald dirt Wednesday morning,
breezing three-furlongs in :36.40 seconds. The Turf Paradise Derby
winner was scratched from Sunday's Pepsi-Cola Handicap.

Emerald Downs is celebrating its 10th anniversary season with a 91-day
racing meet from Friday, Apr. 21st through Sunday, Oct. 1st. The
centerpiece of the 2006 season is the 71st running of the Grade III
$250,000 Longacres Mile to be held on Sunday, August 20th. For more
information please visit www.emeralddowns.com