07/14/2004 11:00PM

High Beyer gives 'Prize' the edge


AUBURN, Wash. - Positive Prize heads a field of seven 2-year-old colts and geldings in Saturday's $48,000 Emerald Express Stakes at six furlongs.

Positive Prize, a son of Prized from the barn of trainer Tim McCanna, won his only start June 26 when he got five furlongs in 58 seconds to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths over Seattles Best Joe in a $40,000 maiden race. The clocking earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 66, easily best in the Emerald Express field and second only to Packy's 74 in the division. Packy, who raced only 12 days ago, is skipping Saturday's stakes.

Both Positive Prize and Seattles Best Joe, who also runs in the Express, were supplemented to the Emerald Express at a cost of $4,000 apiece.

Positive Prize may get his sternest challenge from Billy Stark, who equaled Positive Prize's clocking, but not his Beyer, when he defeated maiden special weight company by three-quarters of a length in his second start here on July 5. Billy Stark, a fast-finishing son of Cahill Road, is trained by Frank Lucarelli.

Trainers Howard Belvoir and Bud Klokstad each send out two in the Emerald Express, but neither pair will be coupled owing to separate ownership. Belvoir saddles Seattles Best Joe and Pelly Pinecone, a winner over maiden special weight company June 19. Klokstad will field Hav'n a Tizzy Fit, who ran second to Packy in his only start, and Sky Harbor, who has run second in each of his three starts at the meeting.

Rounding out the field is Aarons Last Dance, who will make his first start on Lasix after going unplaced in two prior outings.