08/31/2004 11:00PM

Bad news follows Feuerborns' big weekend


AUBURN, Wash. - Trainer Grant Forster and owners Mike and Amy Feuerborn capped off a magical week on Saturday when A Classic Life won the $49,500 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies to remain undefeated after three starts. Just seven days earlier, the same trio, plus co-owners John and Jane Maryanski, celebrated Bianconi Baby's victory in the $100,000 Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks.

"This is as good as it gets," Mike Feuerborn said Saturday. "I think somebody better pinch me."

Racing has a way of doling out doses of reality along with its magic, however, and that was the case with the Feuerborn fillies. Both emerged from their races with ankle chips, Forster said Monday.

"We went 2 for 2," said the trainer. "Both of them only have one very small chip, but we're going to have them removed and then we'll give them some time off. The plan is to put them back into training in January at the Fair Grounds, which has a very kind surface. We'll get them ready for the spring and go from there."

A Classic Life won the one-mile Shinpoch by an authoritative 2 1/4 lengths over Charming Colleen in 1:36.20, with Ben Russell riding. Forster feels that she has an especially bright future.

"Good as she has been, she can be better," he said. "I never really got the baby fat off her this year, plus she still has a lot to learn.

"Benny said she was gawking around after she hit the front in the Shinpoch, but she took off again when she heard Charming Colleen coming, then she galloped out strong. I think she has the potential to be a very special filly."

Positive Prize beats Pat on his day

Sunday was "Pat Day Day" at Emerald Downs, as the Hall of Fame rider was here to speak at a dinner to benefit the track's chaplaincy. Day also rode Indian Weaver, the even-money favorite in Sunday's $54,000 WTBA Lads Stakes for 2-year-olds at a mile. But Ricky Frazier stole his thunder with a clever ride aboard third choice Positive Prize for trainer Tim McCanna.

"Tim said to let him run into the first turn and see where we were," said Frazier. "We were in front, so I decided to go as slow as I could get away with going to stay there."

Frazier nursed Positive Prize through fractions of 23.20 seconds, 47.80, and 1:12.60 with a head lead over Sky Harbor, then blitzed the final quarter-mile in 23.80 to score by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:36.40. Indian Weaver got up for second, a half-length ahead of Sky Harbor.

"He was stronger at the finish than he was at the quarter pole," said Frazier. "Tim brought him over 100 percent fit."

Positive Prize, a son of Prized and Hushi, by Riverman, gave McCanna his fifth stakes win at the meeting, but the trainer won't get any more from that source. That's because Quadrun Farm LLC, an ownership group that includes McCanna, sold Positive Prize to the partnership of Ross McLeod and Charles Ming before the Lads.

Positive Prize will now go to the Hastings barn of trainer Steve Bryant, who has recently purchased a number of horses for McLeod - who is the CEO of Hastings's parent company - and various partners.

"I watched the film of this horse's last win over allowance company and I thought he ran a very impressive race," said Bryant. "I got in touch with Tim, and we worked out a private sale a couple of weeks ago. We paid a lot of money for him, but we were hoping to win some of it back in this race."

Bryant said Positive Prize will be pointed toward the $75,000-added Ascot Graduation at Hastings on Nov. 13, but he may return to Emerald for the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sept. 19. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles.

Never Surrender prepares for derby

Another of Bryant's purchases for McLeod and Ming is the 3-year-old Never Surrender, who is at Emerald to prepare for Monday's $100,000 Emerald Breeders' Cup Derby at nine furlongs. Never Surrender, a son of Game Plan, has won three of five starts and is coming off a second going seven furlongs in the $100,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 6.

Bryant got to see one of his derby rivals, Tacoma Handicap winner Random Memo, work six furlongs before Sunday's first race. Under regular rider Gallyn Mitchell, Random Memo gathered momentum through quarter-mile splits of 25.60 seconds, 24.40, and 22.20 for a final time of 1:12.20.

Others known to be pointing for the derby are Flamethrowintexan, Military Singer, My Creed, Skyrider, and Soccer Dan. Also nominated are Number Juan, Rules of War, and Saturday Deelites, who raced last Sunday at Del Mar.

Ema Bovary in sale as precaution

Ema Bovary, the sprint star who has been turned out for a rest, should return to training in mid-November and will be pointed toward the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, owner Rick Beal said.

Beal also said he entered Ema Bovary in Keeneland's November Sale as a precaution, but he expects to pull her from that sale on Nov. 1.