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Chestnut Lady roasts rivals in Kent


July 23, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA (July 23, 2006) - As temperatures hovered in the mid-90s in Auburn on Sunday, Chestnut Lady put in a sizzling performance to win the $65,000 Kent Handicap at Emerald Downs.

The daughter of Horse Chestnut, conditioned by state Hall of Fame trainer Jim Penney, broke from the inside stall with Kevin Radke in the saddle. The filly settled about three lengths off the lead on the clubhouse turn while Tamale Molly, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, went to the front and set fractions of 23 3/5 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47 2/5 at the half-mile.

"I thought I had a lot of horse," Radke said. "She kicked in nice today and everything was good. My biggest concern was not getting her trapped inside. I didn't want to get her stopped like last time."

Chestnut Lady stalked the pace on the backstretch before Radke moved his charge to the lead at the five-sixteenths pole.

"We felt the distance would help her," Penney said. "She's been training forwardly from day one, just looking for more ground."

She's All Silk, ridden by Ricky Frazier, hopped at the start of the Kent and bumped with Lil Makena, before settling at the back of the pack until the far turn. Frazier angled the filly out to make a charge down the stretch, but she was not able to catch Chestnut Lady.

"I just wanted to get a little run on (Chestnut Lady) and try to go by her," Frazier said. "I could tell my filly was getting tired and Chestnut Lady kept running on."

Chestnut Lady finished the race in 1:43 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.20 for the win. She's All Silk was second and returned $2.80 and $2.60 while Musical Wine brought in $3.80 for third.

The victory was the second career stakes win for Chestnut Lady's. She won the $100,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes last year.

The filly gave owners Michael and Amy Feuerborn their fourth stakes victory of the season. The Feuerborn's have won two stakes events with A Classic Life, conditioned by Grant Forster, and one with Livinonlovanadime, trained by Penney.

* Westsideclyde won the eighth race on Sunday in a time of 1:08 to post the fastest 6-furlong time at Emerald Downs this seaso