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Repp speeding along recovery road

August 29, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo

Jockey Kate Repp refuses to take it easy, even with a broken leg.

The 24-year-old Auburn High School graduate, who broke her left leg above the ankle on July 15 after she was thrown from Call Me Gracie after the conclusion of the fourth race, has been exercising a few horses in the mornings for trainer Charlie Essex and the Bill Tollett barn.

"Hopefully I can make it back for Washington Cup day," Repp said on Sunday. "It feels really good to get on horses again. I was getting pretty miserable sitting around. From now on, I'll appreciate being able to walk home after the races."

Repp convinced her physician to allow her to exercise some horses in the mornings and she expects to be given full clearance to ride after Sept. 6.

Repp began her professional riding career in Fresno, Calif. in 2004,
and she rode as an apprentice through the first week of June at

For the season, Repp has posted an impressive 21-15-12 record from 134 starts for a 16 percent win rate and 36 percent in the money with $217,090 in purse money earned.

Repp won her first career stakes race when taking the $40,000 Hastings Park Handicap aboard Kissntheboysgoodby for trainer Charlie Essex.


Trainer Grant Forster has nominated Brother Bobby to the Emerald Downs Breeders' Cup Derby, to be held at the distance of 9 furlongs on Sept. 4.

In his first start of the season, the Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup
Handicap on Aug. 6, the son of Out of Place finished second, beaten a half-length by Exclusive Eagle in the 1 1/16-mile affair.

"The (extra) distance should help," Forster said of the upcoming
Derby. "I thought the last race was great. If he got away (from the
gate) a little better he might have won."

Forster said the gelding's last work "was awesome", as Brother
Bobby covered 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 10 1/5 seconds.

Forster said Sabertooth, the 2002 Longacres Mile winner, would likely make his next appearance in the Chinook Pass Sprint on the Washington Cup IV program.

The 8-year-old horse has won two consecutive races this season, the
last coming in a $32,000 claiming race where he prevailed by nearly four lengths.

A Classic Life, winner of the Washington State Legislators Handicap and the King County Handicap, finished fourth in the last two legs of the distaff series.

The 4-year-old daughter of Sky Classic suffered from a poor break in
the Boeing Handicap and never threatened in the Emerald Breeders' Cup Distaff. The talented filly was the favorite in both stakes.

"She just never took hold of the bit," Forster said. "I have no

Forster said the Kentucky-bred filly would likely try her next race
either "somewhere back east or in Vancouver (Hastings Park)."

* Courting Seattle, winner of the Auburn Stakes May 7 and nominated to the Emerald Downs Breeders' Cup Derby, worked 7 furlongs on Sunday in 1:23 3/5.

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, the 71st running of the Grade III $250,000 Longacres Mile, was won by Flamethrowintexan on Sunday, August 20th.

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