06/22/2004 12:00AM

Echo Weaver meets two he just beat


AUBURN, Wash. - An evenly matched group of nine 3-year-old fillies, each eligible to be claimed for $12,500 or $10,000, will race at a mile in the featured seventh Thursday at Emerald Downs.

Four of the entrants are exiting a race run under the same conditions on June 11, including the top three finishers that day. Echo Weaver took advantage of a blistering pace to come from a dozen lengths back and win that race by a half-length over Jewelette, who took the lead passing the furlong marker.

Winning Weave finished third, only a neck behind Jewelette, and she probably had the most demanding trip after stalking the leaders from close range in fractions of 22.40 and 45 seconds.

Andoras Attitude finished fifth, beaten less than three lengths, despite breaking a step slowly and racing wide around the turn.

Those who find it impossible to separate the horses who raced on June 11 might land on Pete's Dolly, who is cutting her claiming price in half, after finishing third in a 6 1/2-furlong race on June 13. Pete's Dolly, trained by Tim McCanna, will be making her first start around two turns. She is a half-sister to Dolly's Hit Lady, who won the 1 1/16-mile Kent Handicap for McCanna in 2002. She might appreciate the added ground.

Also intriguing is Lady Latifa, who defeated modest $8,000 maidens by a nose in a 6 1/2-furlong race on May 23. Lady Latifa came back to run a surprisingly strong second with $15,000 claimers at 6 1/2 furlongs in her first start against winners, on June 4, and appears to be improving rapidly.