08/25/2005 11:00PM

Inside post good news for Jaybo


AUBURN, Wash. - Jaybo looms as the one to beat in Sunday's Emerald Downs feature, a 1 1/16-mile race for $25,000 claimers that has drawn a field of six.

Jaybo, a 5-year-old from the barn of trainer Steve Bullock, comes off a pair of solid one-mile tries against tougher company. He was beaten just a neck by Road Afleet when third in a $25,000 optional claiming affair on July 30, then came back to run second to Go Devil Go in a $25,000 starter allowance race on Aug. 13. Jaybo raced wide in both of those efforts, but he figures to save ground early after breaking from post 2 under Juan Gutierrez.

Those who like Jaybo will have to take a long look at Castillonis as well. Though he will be doubling the asking price on Sunday, Castillonis hung up about the same clocking as Jaybo on Aug. 13, when he led throughout to defeat $12,500 claimers with a mile in 1:36. Jaybo was beaten about four lengths in a race run in 1:35.20 that day. Castillonis, trained by Sharon Ross, may again be the one to catch under Debbie Hoonan.

Also dangerous is Les's Legacy, a troubled third to $25,000 optional claimers in his one-mile local debut on May 21. Les's Legacy, who is trained by Mark Rheinford, came back to run eighth under the same conditions on June 11, but he has since been freshened and has worked very well for his return.

* There will be no more live racing on Thursdays, as Monday racing begins on Labor Day and will continue through the end of the meet on Oct. 16.