06/02/2010 11:00PM

Enumerator takes steep class drop


AUBURN, Wash. - Eight older horses are scheduled to compete Saturday in the feature race at Emerald Downs, a $12,500 claimer for nonwinners-of-three races. The six-furlong feature is the eighth of nine races on a program that begins at 2 p.m. Pacific.

Much of the betting will focus on Enumerator, who plunges in class following a pair of sharp efforts for $25,000. He finished second, four lengths behind Destinys Roar, in his first start at the meeting April 10, and was fourth, 3 1/2 lengths behind Snake Attack, on April 24.

Enumerator won the restricted Strong Ruler Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2008 but hasn't won since. He returns Saturday from a six-week layoff with blinkers added. Ricky Frazier has the riding assignment for trainer Doris Harwood.

Burgundy Road, who finished fourth behind Enumerator in the 2008 Strong Ruler, could offer a stern challenge. Trained by Blaine Wright, Burgundy Road returned from an 11-month layoff to win a $12,500 claimer in front-running fashion April 18. Though he was outrun for the lead in his next start May 14, Burgundy Road could be quickest from the blocks Saturday. Juan Gutierrez will ride.

Recent maiden winners Seattle Shoofly and Bleu Tarp will get tested for class in their first start against winners. Seattle Shoofly captured a $10,000 maiden claimer by 5 1/2 lengths in his season debut for trainer Larry Ross. Bleu Tarp trounced $5,000 maiden claimers by 7 3/4 lengths. He was claimed by trainer Frank Lucarelli and will make his first start for the new barn. Seth Martinez is scheduled to ride Seattle Shoofly, and apprentice Pedro Terrero has the call on Bleu Tarp.

Passion Lives Here, runner-up in his past two starts for $12,500, is another contender. He will be ridden by Inoel Beato for trainer Dan Markle.

Thirteengoldhearts, Musical Trick, and Fast Tacticts complete the field.

* Kevin Krigger, who won the 2005 Emerald Downs riding title and finished second the following season, was named on four horses Saturday. Krigger hasn't ridden in the United States since last July at Indiana Downs, where he won with 5 of 94 starters. Most recently, he was riding in his native St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where he rode two winners Sunday.

Krigger rode 126 winners at Emerald Downs in 2005 and 78 winners in 2006, when Frazier won the title with 88. All told, Krigger has won 274 races at Emerald Downs.