06/24/2009 11:00PM

Get You set to go out front


AUBURN, Wash. - A couple of competitive claiming races for older horses will share the spotlight Friday at Emerald Downs during an eight-race program that begins at 6 p.m.

The fifth race, an open $25,000 claimer at six furlongs, attracted only five starters, but it's a quality bunch. Immigration, a 5-year-old trained by Howard Belvoir, has finished first or second in 11 of his 23 starts at Emerald while earning $141,472. Sea Speaker was one of the track's top 3-year-olds last summer, when he won two allowance races and finished fourth in the $100,000 Emerald Derby for trainer Pat Mullens. Kalgoorlie, a Kentucky-bred who began his racing career in England, has won 5 of 15 career starts and was claimed for $15,000 in his most recent outing. Vann Belvoir is his new trainer.

While a case could be made for any of those three, most of the wagering is likely to center on Elusive Schemes and Get You. Elusive Schemes, trained by Mike Chambers, overcame a troubled trip to beat a similar field in his most recent start, running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.40. Get You was an easy winner over $17,500 claimers at 2-5, running six furlongs in 1:09. Get You, who is trained by Jim Penney, figures to set a quick pace Friday, with Elusive Schemes and the others trying to run him down.

The seventh race, a 6 1/2-furlong, $15,000 claimer for fillies and mares, features a field of seven topped by Full Court Press, a two-time winner at the meeting for trainer Charles Essex. She won for $10,000 in her season debut, lost by a nose for $12,500 in her second start, and won going away racing for $20,000 in her most recent outing. The last victory, the 12th of her career, vaulted Full Court Press over the $100,000 mark in career earnings.

Miss Fast Dancer edged Full Court Press when they met May 15 and could be her chief nemesis again Friday. Miss Fast Dancer, trained by Blaine Wright, has been first for second in each of her three starts at the meeting.

Malia Sofia, a stakes winner at Turf Paradise last fall, figures to attract wagering support. She will be making her second start at the meeting for trainer Mike Chambers, who has won with 35 percent of his starters in 2009. Malia Sofia is a late-running sprinter who could benefit from the presence of several speed horses in the lineup.