05/24/2002 11:00PM

Flying Notes looks fastest in sprint


AUBURN, Wash. - There are three stakes winners among the six 3-year-olds entered in Monday's $45,000 Pepsi-Cola Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs, but they will all take a back seat in the wagering to Flying Notes, an impressive winner of two allowance races from as many starts at the Emerald Downs meeting.

Flying Notes, a speedy son of French Deputy who races for Johnny and Ruth Lewis, won one of two starts here last year at 2, with his only loss coming after he broke extremely slowly in an allowance race in September. This year he debuted with a 2 3/4-length win at 5 1/2 furlongs on April 20, then posted a seven-length victory after sizzling six furlongs in 1:08.20 on May 4.

That same day, Bold Ranger won the six-furlong Auburn Stakes for 3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths over Colony Lane in 1:08.80. Both Bold Ranger and Colony Lane are back to challenge Flying Note on Monday, along with Melcapwalker and Kenny Hawk, both stakes winners here last year.

The final entrant in the field for the Pepsi-Cola is All in One, a come-from-behind winner against maiden special weight company here May 4 in his only start, when he got six furlongs in 1:09.60.

* Monday's Memorial Day card will mark the departure of rider Frank Gonsalves, who has ridden at Emerald since its inception in 1996 and last year became the first rider to win 500 races at Emerald. He intends to ride at Colorado's Arapahoe Park, which runs June 7 through Sept. 2.