07/31/2008 11:00PM

Gallon and Fear No Evil in rematch


AUBURN, Wash. - Gallon and Fear No Evil head a field of seven 3-year-olds in Sunday's $60,000 Seattle Slew Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

Gallon and Fear No Evil, the co-highweights at 119 pounds, have staged two memorable stretch duels at the meeting. The first came in the six-furlong Auburn Handicap in May, when Fear No Evil held off the late charge of Gallon to prevail by a head in 1:09.60. Gallon got his revenge in the June 29 Tacoma Handicap at a mile, getting to his rival in the final strides to take a neck decision in 1:36.60.

Fear No Evil, a son of Trust N Luck trained by Frank Lucarelli, came back to win a one-mile allowance race on July 19 by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:36.40. Gallon, a Victory Gallop gelding from the barn of trainer Jim Penney, skipped that engagement. Juan Gutierrez will retain his regular seat aboard Gallon, while Gary Baze will ride Fear No Evil.

Topping the opposition to the top-rated pair is Anotation, a lightly raced son of Memo trained by Sharon Ross. Anotation has raced only three times, but he is coming off back-to-back wins over maiden and allowance company. He graduated by 1 1/2 lengths after 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.20 on June 28, then came back to defeat allowance rivals by a length with a mile in 1:36.80 on July 12. Anotation was assigned 116 pounds and will be ridden by Debbie Hoonan-Trujillo.

A newcomer to Emerald Downs is Seattle Tuesday, a son of Empire Maker who races for Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms. Seattle Tuesday is still a maiden after two starts at Gulfstream and a pair of outings at Arlington Park, yet trainer Doris Harwood calls him her "secret weapon."

"I don't think he has raced over a surface he likes yet, but he likes our track," said Harwood. "I have worked him twice now, and he just flew around the track. He worked a half-mile in 46.60 on Wednesday. He is a big, strong colt, and I think he is just a whole lot better than he looks on paper."

Reel Prime, Gentleman Lawyer, and Jimmy Da Brick complete the field.

Mickey and Karen Taylor, the Washington natives who campaigned Seattle Slew throughout his career before standing the great stallion throughout his many years at stud, are scheduled to serve as honorary stewards for Sunday's stakes.