06/26/2013 4:03PM

Emerald Downs: Daisy Clover, Hot N Sauci to show speed in Friday feature


AUBURN, Wash. – The speedy 4-year-old fillies Daisy Clover and Hot N Sauci headline the feature at Emerald Downs on Friday, a $12,500 claiming race for fillies and mares that have never won two races. The six-furlong feature attracted six entrants and will go as the sixth race on a seven-race program beginning at 6:45 p.m. Pacific.

Daisy Clover has yet to finish worse than second in three starts for trainer Blaine Wright, who began the week with 12 winners from 37 starters at the meeting – a strike rate of 32 percent that has made him Emerald Downs’s most efficient trainer.

Wright, who spends part of each week with his string of horses in Northern California, and assistant trainer Mark Rheinford have had Daisy Clover on edge for each of her starts. After missing by a neck in her career debut April 28, Daisy Clover scored a front-running victory in an $8,000 maiden claimer May 12, then was second behind Meet Sela in a $12,500 claimer June 9 in her first try against winners.

Daisy Clover will break from post 4, with speedy rivals to her left and right.

Hot N Sauci, who will start from the outside post with jockey Javier Matias, dueled briefly with Daisy Clover in her first start of the year before fading through the stretch. That was Hot N Sauci’s first start in more than 10 months, and she is likely to deliver an improved effort Friday for veteran trainer Larry Ross.

In her best effort to date, Hot N Sauci opened up a five-length lead on the turn en route to a 7 1/2-length victory against $10,000 maiden claimers last July, her final start before going to the sidelines.

Agoodlawyer Willdo will start from post 3 and is another entrant with a quick turn of early foot. A 3-year-old trained by Chris Stenslie, Agoodlawyer Willdo will have the riding services of Juan Gutierrez, who began the week tied with Isaias Enriquez atop the jockeys’ standings with 44 wins.

In her most recent outing, Agoodlawyer Willdo finished a distant fourth after pressing the pace in a $25,000 claiming sprint. She’ll face softer company Friday.

Others in the field are Ronda Rocks, a disappointment as the betting favorite in her first start of the year; Singing Yankee, a maiden winner at Portland Meadows in October; and likely longshot Bullys Blond Girl, who’s been outrun in two starts for $12,500 tags since returning from a 15-month layoff.