07/21/2004 11:00PM

Hanselina invades for Boeing


AUBURN, Wash. - Hanselina has arrived from Hastings Park to run in Saturday's $40,000 Boeing Handicap at Emerald Downs, a 1 1/16-mile race that has drawn a field of eight fillies and mares.

Hanselina, a 4-year-old daughter of Hansel and High Talent, was purchased late last month in New York by trainer Steve Bryant for owner Ross McLeod. She made her Northwest debut in the 1 1/8-mile Senate Appointee Handicap on

July 11 at Hastings and won by a length over that track's divisional leader, Dancewithavixen, and Defrere's Image, who dead-heated for second.

Before her purchase, Hanselina won a mile allowance test at Belmont in June over Holiday Lady, a Nick Zito trainee who ran third to Elloluv and Lady Tak in last year's Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland. Holiday Lady returned to win a seven-furlong allowance test at Belmont on June 27.

Other invaders in the Boeing field are Defrere's Image, who was stakes placed at Hastings in her last two starts, and Mavoreen, who has been competing in the Midwest for trainer Grant Forster. Mavoreen, a front-running daughter of Sir Cat, won back-to-back allowance races this spring at Oaklawn Park and Hawthorne.

Heading the local forces is Cascade Corona, an extremely impressive 4 1/4-length winner of last month's King County Handicap here at a mile. Lasting Code and Aunt Sophie, who finished second and third behind Cascade Corona in the King County, have also been entered back in the Boeing.

Lasting Code won the 6 1/2-furlong Hastings Park Handicap here in May, while Aunt Sophie won the June 6 Washington State Legislators Handicap.