07/06/2006 11:00PM

A Classic Life near perfect on this track


AUBURN, Wash. - A Classic Life will attempt to improve her already-sterling Emerald Downs record on Sunday when she takes on seven rivals in the $40,000 King County Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile.

A Classic Life, a 4-year-old daughter of Sky Classic who races for Mike and Amy Feuerborn, comes into the King County with a 6-for-7 record over the track. She won all three of her starts here as a juvenile en route to 2-year-old filly of the meeting honors. She won 2 of 3 local starts last year, including the nine-furlong Washington Oaks, and scored a nose victory over Queenledo in the June 11 Washington State Legislators Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs, which was her first start at the current meet. Trainer Grant Forster has named Ricky Frazier to ride A Classic Life, who will carry high weight of 119 pounds.

Queenledo, a 4-year-old daughter of Slewdledo from the barn of trainer Tim McCanna, edged A Classic Life for 3-year-old filly of the meeting honors here last year. In five starts at the meet, Queenledo won three stakes and ran second in two others. She also ran second to Monashee in the B.C. Oaks at Hastings, and earned more than $100,000 for the year. Queenledo lost the tightest of photos to A Classic Life in the

Washington State Legislators while carrying 118 pounds. She will carry the same weight on Sunday, but A Classic Life picks up a pound off her recent stakes score. McCanna has again given the call to Sandi Gann.

Also carrying 118 pounds is Karis Makaw, who was named the top older filly or mare at Emerald in 2005. Karis Makaw, a 5-year-old daughter of Charismatic who is trained by Bob Meeking, won 3 of her 5 Emerald Downs outings last year, including the King County and the Kent Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. She is winless in three sprint attempts at the current meet, but she was second in the Hastings Park Handicap at six furlongs and third in the Washington State Legislators. Karis Makaw, like A Classic Life and Queenledo, has a history of improving with distance and should appreciate the opportunity to go around two turns. Kevin Radke will ride.

The speedy 3-year-old Diamond Dollars, who gets in under only 110 pounds, is an upset possibility. Diamond Dollars posted three straight impressive wins before finishing a troubled eighth in the one-mile Irish Day Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on June 25.