07/17/2008 11:00PM

Enumclaw Girl eyeing third stakes win of meet


AUBURN, Wash. - Enumclaw Girl will shoot for her third stakes win of the meeting on Sunday when she heads a field of nine 3-year-old fillies in the $60,000 Washington's Lottery Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

Enumclaw Girl, a homebred daughter of Katowice who races for Doris Konecny, began her campaign with a 2 1/2-length decision in the six-furlong U.S. Bank Stakes on May 10. After dropping a tough nose decision to California invader Startjumpin Marnie in the 6 1/2-furlong Federal Way Handicap, she came back to win last month's one-mile Irish Day Handicap by an authoritative 3 1/2 lengths over Naturally Perfect in 1:37. Enumclaw Girl has since logged two extremely sharp drills for trainer Rosie Simkins and appears set for another big try under regular rider Gallyn Mitchell at 121 pounds.

Elusive Horizon may have the best chance to upset Enumclaw Girl, as she is the apparent speed of Sunday's field, and she drew the rail to complement that asset. Elusive Horizon, a daughter of Elusive Quality from the barn of trainer Doris Harwood, has won 2 of 6 starts, and it may not be coincidental that her two wins came on the two occasions that she established a daylight lead. She is coming off a gate-to-wire score over allowance rivals on June 15, when she got 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.40 under Juan Gutierrez. Elusive Horizon will be making her route debut in the Washington's Lottery and figures to be tough to collar if she can stay the 1 1/16 miles. Gutierrez again has the mount.

Naturally Perfect will return to try Enumclaw Girl again. Though she could not threaten that rival in the Irish Day, she finished strongly to edge Canadian shipper Light Up the Lane for second. Naturally Perfect, a daughter of Wild Event trained by Kathy Schenk, will be making her third Emerald Downs start after going 2 for 4 in California.

"We were really pleased with her effort last time," said Schenk. "We're hoping that the extra distance will play to her advantage and that she can make it a little closer on Sunday."

Another who figures in the top flight is Dana's Beau, who will be stepping up to the stakes level after winning two of her last three starts on the $30,000 claiming level. In her only loss this year, Dana's Beau finished second to Elusive Horizon in that one's 5 1/2-length allowance win on June 15.