04/25/2007 11:00PM

Fast works may point to Soft Lite

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AUBURN, Wash. - Soft Lite, a winner of three straight races at last year's meet, might be a slight favorite on Saturday when she takes on five rivals in the featured seventh race at Emerald Downs. The feature is a 5 1/2-furlong affair for fillies and mares eligible to be claimed for $40,000.

Soft Lite, a 4-year-old daughter of Slewdledo from the barn of trainer Bud Klokstad, began her 3-year-old campaign last year with a troubled fifth-place finish to $25,000 claimers here in May. She then ran off wins in three straight sprints while climbing the class ladder from the $17,500 claiming level into allowances. Her win streak came to an end when she was stretched out to nine furlongs for the Washington Oaks on Aug. 19, and she raced only once more in 2006, finishing third to $32,000 sprinters at Bay Meadows in November.

Soft Lite has logged six works, including a bullet five-furlong drill in 58.80 on April 16, and should prove hard to handle if she has improved at all from 3 to 4.

Soft Lite might get her sternest competition from Star Amethyst, a 6-year-old daughter of Slewdledo with seven victories. Star Amethyst, trained by Robbie Baze, posted wins over $32,000 optional claimers and $20,000 claimers at last year's stand and is another who has been training very well for her yearly debut.

The field includes two from the barn of trainer Pat Mullens, who will send out Musical Wine and Gold Deville. The two have separate owners and will not race coupled.