05/28/2010 11:00PM

Hastings 1-2 get rematch in handicap


AUBURN, Wash. - After finishing one-two in the Hastings Handicap in their last start, No Flies On Doodle and Hallelujah Trail are scheduled to meet again Monday in the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Handicap at Emerald Downs. A 6 1/2-furlong affair for older fillies and mares, it's the sixth event on a 10-race program that begins at 2 p.m. Pacific.

No Flies On Doodle has won 6 of 9 career starts, including both of her outings this year. She captured a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race April 9 and won the six-furlong Hastings on May 2, holding off a fast-closing Hallelujah Trail to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:08.20. It was the best effort to date for No Flies On Doodle, who began her career in a $12,500 maiden claimer in April 2009.

Trained by Vann Belvoir, the front-running 4-year-old will be ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, who has been aboard for each of her nine starts, including stakes victories last summer in the 1 1/16-mile Washington's Lottery Handicap and the nine-furlong Washington Oaks.

No Flies On Doodle was sent away as the 7-2 second favorite in the Hastings Handicap, with trainer Blaine Wright's Hallelujah Trail, a four-time winner at Golden Gate over the winter, the 3-5 choice. Expertly ridden by Mitchell, No Flies On Doodle made a quick move on the turn to take command and had enough left to hold off Hallelujah Trail, who raced in tight quarters on the backstretch. Those two figure to dominate the wagering in a seven-horse field Monday.

Hallelujah Trail, a close fourth behind Mona de Momma in the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita in her final California start, will have a new pilot. Juan Gutierrez, who had a narrow lead in the jockey standings entering the weekend, replaces four-time Emerald riding champion Ricky Frazier.

Frazier will ride Barbara's Love, who was a distant fourth behind No Flies On Doodle and Hallelujah Trail in the Hastings in her first start at Emerald Downs. A six-time winner in Southern California, Barbara's Love has earned nearly $300,000 in a 24-race career.

Also in the field are defending champion Gadget Queen, who will be making her first start since Jan. 8; Elusive Surprise, who was fifth, more than 10 lengths behind No Flies On Doodle, in the Hastings Handicap; She's All Silk, champion of the 2006 Washington Oaks; and Perfect Finish, recent winner of a first-level allowance race.