06/08/2010 11:00PM

Cee the Lady reclimbing class ladder


AUBURN, Wash. - Cee the Lady tops a field of eight 4-year-old fillies scheduled to compete in Friday's featured seventh race at Emerald Downs, a first-level optional $32,000 claimer at six furlongs.

Cee the Lady began her racing career against top-level horses in Northern California in 2009 but tumbled down the claiming ladder last fall and into 2010. She ran for $4,000 in her final start at Golden Gate Fields in March, finishing fourth, and was entered for $5,000 in her first start at Emerald Downs on April 18. The change of venue worked wonders; Cee the Lady sped six furlongs in 1:09 to win by 11 3/4 lengths.

Cee the Lady changed barns after the race --Vann Belvoir claimed her for owner Jerry Elrod -- and didn't miss a beat in start No. 2 on May 22, leading throughout to beat $17,500 claimers by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:09.80.

With those efforts still fresh, Cee the Lady will be the horse to beat Friday. She earned strong Beyer Speed Figures in her two starts (an 80 and a 75) and retains the services of apprentice Pedro Terrero, who won with 26 of his first 97 mounts at the meeting (27 percent).

Stakes winner Super Dixie and stakes-placed runners Crocodile Tuff, Seeking Ema, and Glo Bou Liza are the top challengers.

Super Dixie captured the six-furlong Angie C as a 2-year-old in 2008, won two allowance races at Emerald last summer, and was second, beaten a nose, in a $25,000 claimer in her last start May 15. She will be ridden by Ricky Frazier for trainer Jim Penney.

Crocodile Tuff has just one victory but finished third in two stakes in 2009, the one-mile Irish Day Handicap and the 1 1/16-mile Washington's Lottery Handicap. In her only 2010 start, she rallied to finish second in a 5 1/2-furlong, first-level allowance April 24. Trained by Dan Markle, she will be ridden by Deborah Hoonan-Trujillo.

Seeking Ema, still a maiden after 11 starts, has earned $45,592 on the strength of two runner-up efforts and a third-place finish in stakes. A late-running daughter of former Emerald sprint star Ema Bovary, Seeking Ema is trained by Doris Harwood.

Glo Bou Liza, trained by Charles Essex and ridden by Troy Stillwell, finished third in the Federal Way Handicap last May and edged Super Dixie in her last start May 15.