05/08/2002 11:00PM

Got It to Go moves up on a roll


AUBURN, Wash. - Got It to Go will shoot for his fourth straight win on Saturday when he heads a field of eight 3-year-olds, all eligible to be claimed for $32,000 or $25,000, in the six-furlong feature at Emerald Downs.

Got It to Go, a front-running son of Petersburg, caught fire last summer with a maiden win at 5 1/2 furlongs over modest $8,000 company by a gaudy 10 1/2 lengths. He came right back to defeat $14,000 winners at six furlongs in his final start as a 2-year old, then won in his first start at this meeting, posting a 4 1/2-length victory over $16,000 rivals in 57 seconds flat for five furlongs on opening day.

Leading trainer Tim McCanna is doubling the asking price for Got It to Go on Saturday, which could be seen as a sign of confidence, but handicappers might be puzzled by the absence of rider Kevin Radke, who was aboard for Got It to Go's tally. Radke is represented by the trainer's brother, Boone McCanna, but despite the family tie he will be riding a rival while apprentice Kris Prather picks up the mount on Got It to Go.

Radke rides the Bud Klokstad-trained Change of Plans, who will be making his seasonal debut after compiling a rather sluggish work tab. Change of Plans scored his maiden win on the $40,000 level last season and was last seen running a close second to Stamper in a six-furlong race for $25,000 claimers in September.

The sleeper in Saturday's field could be Beef'n Brew, a maiden special weight winner last summer at Canterbury Downs. Beef'n Brew finished a distant seventh against $50,000 optional claimers on April 20, when he raced extremely wide after being bumped hard at the start.

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