08/18/2005 12:00AM

Cee's Irish invades for Oaks


AUBURN, Wash. - Cee's Irish heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $100,000 Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks at 1 1/8 miles, the headliner on a 10-race Emerald Downs card that also includes the $40,000 Knights Choice Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the $40,000 Strong Ruler Stakes for juvenile colts and geldings.

Cee's Irish, a daughter of Cee's Tizzy from the barn of trainer Doug O'Neill, rates top billing off her stellar record of 4 wins and 5 seconds from 13 starts for over $400,000 in earnings. The biggest chunk of that bankroll was earned in the $259,000 Sunland Oaks on April 2, when Cee's Irish led throughout to score by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:44.60 for 1 1/16 miles.

Cee's Irish has since run third in the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks and second in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows, but she is coming off a very dull seventh in the Fleet Treat at Del Mar on July 23. That uncharacteristic effort, combined with another sub-par effort in her only prior try at the Del Mar meet, probably explains why O'Neill elected to send Cee's Irish north.

Heading the opposition are Gins Majesty, who won the 1 1/16-mile Kent Handicap in her last outing, and A Classic Life, who was named the top 2-year-old filly at Emerald after winning all three of her starts here last year.

A Classic Life was unplaced in her first three starts at 3, but she regained her winning stride on July 31 when she defeated allowance rivals.