08/21/2001 11:00PM

Juveniles in spotlight


AUBURN, Wash. - With the 66th Longacres Mile now in the books, it's time for younger horses to take center stage at Emerald Downs. That is what will happen on Thursday's program, which is headed by a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies that has drawn an extraordinarily well-credentialed cast of nine.

Only two entrants in the event, which will go as the seventh of nine live races, have seen action before. Both Music to My Heart and Sugar Sleet have flashed talent. Music to My Heart finished second in the five-furlong Pierce County Stakes and fourth in the 6 1/2-furlong filly division of the NW Stallion Stakes, while Sugar Sleet has run third in four straight maiden special weight sprints.

The first-time starters include Paper Wings, a half-sister to Gottstein Futurity winner No Curfew by Belmont Stakes hero Editor's Note; Premo, a daughter of Washington-bred champion Soft Copy by Supremo; Cat's R.N. and Twinkling Katie, who are both by $2.8 million earner Marquetry; Dance With Carson, a daughter of multiple stakes winner Ladies Excuse Me by the exceptional juvenile sire Carson City; Pipsy Cola, a half-sister to $230,000 earner A Little Bit Tipsy by Petersburg; and Campanita, a half-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner Rings a Chime by Son of Briartic.

If the field doesn't include at least a couple future stakes stars, it won't be because it is lacking in pedigree power.

Thursday is also the beginning of expanded raceday simulcasting at Emerald Downs. As a result of new legislation, the track will offer a menu of full-card simulcasts, beginning with Saratoga at 10 a.m. Pacific and continuing with Arlington at 11, Sacramento at 1:15, and Del Mar at 2. Live racing starts at 6 p.m.