07/07/2003 11:00PM

Claims do right by Lumm


AUBURN, Wash. - Trainer Roy Lumm is at it again.

Last year, Lumm claimed Colterkind for $12,500 and launched him on a three-race win streak climaxed by a victory in the $60,000 Governor's Handicap and a berth in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

This year, it's Rightbyu, whom Lumm claimed for $3,200 at Golden Gate in February. Rightbyu, a 4-year-old daughter of Grade 1 NYRA Mile winner Flying Chevron, has since won 6 of 8 starts, including a front-running score in Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong feature race, which she won by more than a length over Hastings Park stakes winner Lilsisterlightning in 1:16.40.

The win was the fifth at the current meet for Rightbyu, and it left her just one victory shy of Super Writer's record of six wins at the 2000 Emerald meet. With the current 92-day meet having just passed the half-way mark, she stands a strong chance of setting a new standard.

"We got lucky," said Lumm, who co-owns Rightbyu with Zola Newman and Art Mass. "She has done all right, but I'll probably keep her about where she's at. She's not ready for stakes quite yet."

Lumm credited his partners for picking out Rightbyu, saying they liked her breeding. If that was the case, his partners did their research. Rightbyu is from the second crop of Flying Chevron, a Carson City stallion, and she is the first foal from her winning dam, Leo Larla. Her second dam, Larla, has produced 11 winners from as many foals to race, including three stakes horses.

Alfurune's next start undecided

Assistant trainer and part-owner Diane Garrison said Alfurune came out of his smashing win in the 1 1/16-mile Independence Day Handicap in good order, but nothing has been decided regarding his next start.

Alfurune, who sizzled the Independence Day distance in 1:40.40 to score by 1 1/2 lengths over fellow longshot Poker Brad, will be pointed for Grade 3 Longacres Mile Aug. 24. The debate is whether he will prep in the Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup at nine furlongs July 27 or the Governor's Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs Aug. 3.

"We always thought he was at his best between 6 1/2 furlongs and a mile, but he ran so big in the Independence Day that we might have to reconsider," Garrison said. "To look at him, you would think he was a distance horse. And he is by a Danzig stallion and from a mare by Effervescing, who is by Le Fabuleux, so there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree. Maybe he'll handle 1 1/8 miles."

Moonlight Meeting on mend

Defending champion Moonlight Meeting was scratched from the Independence Day with a sore back, but trainer Sharon Ross said he is responding to treatment.

"We have been alternating ice and heat on him, and we have had a couple of chiropractors work on him," she said. "He'll be fine. He just had a little tenderness above his hips. We could have run him, but he has always had a little trouble with the turns here and we didn't want to tear him up in this race. It makes more sense to wait until he is 100 percent and run him in the Mt. Rainier at nine furlongs, which is really his best distance. That will be his prep for the Mile."

Sariano in right barn

The local crop of 2-year-old fillies will get their first taste of stakes action Saturday in the six-furlong Angie C. Stakes, and the place to look for a likely winner is in the barn of trainer Steve Bullock. Bullock trained the 2-year-old filly champ at the last two Emerald meets, Ashbecca and Calldara, and he feels he has a chance to make it three in a row with Sariano.

Sariano, a bay daughter of Rubiano who races for Dr. Rodney Orr, broke at least a dozen lengths behind her field in her debut against maiden special weight company June 21, but closed with a rush under rider Juan Gutierrez to win by two lengths in 59 seconds for five furlongs.

"I thought her race was over at the break, and so did Juan," Bullock said. "He said he thought about pulling her up, but when he nudged her she started running and when he nudged her again she just took off. It was pretty amazing."

* Aunt Sophie, who won the Paragon Handicap here two years ago, scored a two-length win in last Saturday's $50,000 Alameda County Fillies and Mares Handicap at Pleasanton, completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.39. Dr. Charles Barth, who bred and owns Aunt Sophie, said the 5-year-old may return here for the $100,000 Emerald Breeders' Cup Distaff Aug. 24.

* U.S. Bank Stakes winner Bisbee's Prospect has been sent to Washington State University to undergo throat surgery for a second time and will miss the remainder of the Emerald meet, according to trainer Bob McMeans. The filly's juvenile campaign was cut short by a breathing problem last year.

* The Washington Horse Racing Commission will meet Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the city council chambers at Auburn City Hall. Following a break for lunch, the commission will reconvene at 1 p.m. to hear a number of appeals.