08/15/2005 11:00PM

'Buckshot' goes after six-pack


AUBURN, Wash. - Do's Buckshot will be heavily favored to notch his sixth win from seven starts at the Emerald Downs meeting on Thursday when he heads a field of seven in the 1 1/8-mile feature, which will be run under $3,500 starter handicap conditions.

The 7-year-old Do's Buckshot, trained by Debbie Van Horne, has won all three of his starts under $3,500 starter conditions at the meet, including a 6 1/2-furlong race in his last start on July 28. The main suspense on Thursday will be in seeing whether Do's Buckshot can maintain his form while going nine furlongs under 124 pounds, which is six to 12 pounds more than his rivals will carry.

Do's Buckshot has run nine furlongs only once before in his 20-race career, but that effort was most encouraging. He ran fifth to Poker Brad in the 2003 edition of the $100,000 Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap, earning a lofty 92 Beyer Speed Figure.

Do's Buckshot, who is one of the biggest horses on the grounds, has carried 124 pounds once and 123 pounds twice in his career. He won all three of those races, albeit at shorter distances.

Should Do's Buckshot win on Thursday, he will become the second horse to win six times at the meeting. Halonator scored her sixth win a week ago.

Do's Buckshot might receive his sternest challenge from Weepinbell, another former class horse, who was claimed out of his most recent outing by red-hot trainer William Smith.