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A Classic win in the Legislators Stakes

June 12, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA - A Classic Life found another gear on Sunday, June 11, to defeat Queenledo by a nose at the wire in the $40,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes and to become the first horse in Emerald Downs history to win a stakes race as a 2, 3, and 4-year-old.

Trained by Grant Forster and ridden by Ricky Frazier, the daughter of Sky Classic raced mid-pack down the backstretch, as Hastings Park Handicap winner Kissntheboysgoodby set fractions of 22 4/5 seconds for a quarter mile, and 46 1/5 at the half-mile mark.

Coming out of the turn, as Kissntheboysgoodby began to fade, Queenledo and Karis Makaw battled for the lead. It was then that A Classic Life moved outside, and began her run for the victory.

"I had her positioned a little towards the outside where I wanted her," Frazier said. "Once I saw Queenledo getting through I knew I couldn't let her open up on me."

"I thought I had it," Queenledo's rider Sandi Gann said. "I had a lot of horse, but I knew they'd be running at me."

"My heart is beating so hard," owner Michael Feuerborn said in the winner's circle. "I just didn't know if she made it. This filly is really cool."

A Classic Life's record at Emerald is now 6-0-0 from seven starts, and she has won her last three races in Auburn including an allowance win July 31, 2005, followed by the $100,000 Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks August 20.

"She loves this track," Forster said. "She's been training great."

A Classic Life finished the race in 1:16, returning $10.80, $5.80 and $3.60 for the win. Queenledo paid $7 and $5.40 for second, while Karis Makaw returned $3 for third.

Completing the order of finish was Kissntheboysgoodby, Roanaway Bride, Sudden Departure, Gins Majesty, Debbie's Assault, Dinner At Arlene's and Swingn' Notes.