06/08/2011 3:17PM

Emerald Downs: No Flies On Doodle out to end long drought

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AUBURN, Wash. -- No Flies On Doodle, 0 for the past 12 months, will try to get back on the winning track Friday in the feature race at Emerald Downs. She headlines a field of five fillies and mares in a first-level optional $25,000 claimer at one mile. It’s the sixth race on an eight-race card beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific.

No Flies On Doodle faded to finish last after setting a pressured pace in the six-furlong Hastings Handicap in her last start. In the start before that, however, she held on well to finish second behind Dream Sweeper in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race, a sharp effort that should set her up nicely for Friday. Trained by Vann Belvoir for West Coast Racing, No Flies On Doodle is an accomplished router, having taken the 1 1/16-mile Washington’s Lottery Handicap and the 1 1/8-mile Washington Oaks in back-to-back starts in 2009.

No Flies On Doodle won 7 of her first 10 starts but has lost eight in a row since her victory in the 6 1/2-furlong Washington State Legislators Stakes on May 31, 2010. Six of those losses took place last year in the Midwest, where she started at Prairie Meadows, Canterbury, and Remington Park during a late-summer campaign. Given six months off over the winter, she figures to be both fresh and fit for her third start in 2011. Javier Matias has the riding assignment.

The other four entrants are legitimate contenders, with Include the Baby perhaps the most appealing to bettors. A lightly-raced 4-year-old, she has just 1 victory in 4 starts, but was a close second behind next-out stakes winner You Me and Ema B in her 2011 debut and is bred to love the distance in Friday’s race. Include the Baby’s dam, Bianconi Baby, won her only two starts around two turns and capped her career with a front-running victory in 2004 Washington Oaks. Leslie Mawing, who began the week with a 36-30 lead over Juan Gutierrez and Joe Crispin in the Emerald jockey standings, has the call for trainer Jim Penney.

Jenjor, second in a $40,000 starter allowance on the turf at Golden Gate in her last start, could be a factor from off the pace. Both the first- and second-place finisher s from that start returned to win the next time out, and Jenjor has been competitive at route distances. Gutierrez will ride for trainer Roger Stevenson.

Greenback Forest, making her first start around two turns, and stakes-placed router Private Fortune complete the lineup.