06/08/2006 11:00PM

'Kissntheboys' seeks third straight win


AUBURN, Wash. - Kissntheboysgoodby will shoot for a third straight win when she heads a field of 10 in Sunday's $40,000 Washington State Legislators Handicap for older fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Kissntheboysgoodby, a 4-year-old daughter of Tropic Lightning from the barn of trainer Charlie Essex, won her Emerald Downs debut in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race on April 22, then came back to score her initial stakes victory in the six-furlong Hastings Park Handicap on May 14. In both races, Kissntheboysgoodby came from just off the pace to score convincing victories under rider Kate Repp, who again has the mount at 119 pounds. Kissntheboysgoodby has beaten most of her Sunday rivals and seems likely to be no worse than second choice in the Washington State Legislators.

The rival who could edge Kissntheboysgoodby in the wagering is Karis Makaw, who will carry a co-highweight assignment of 119 pounds with Kevin Radke riding. Karis Makaw, a 5-year-old daughter of Charismatic trained by Bob Meeking, lost to Kissntheboysgoodby in both of her starts at the meeting, but she closed with a rush to be beaten less than a length in the Hastings Park and should appreciate Sunday's added sixteenth. Last year, Karis Makaw won two stakes en route to being named top older filly or mare at the meeting.

Two other local champions will grace the accomplished field. Queenledo, who finished fourth in the Hastings Park Handicap, was last year's top 3-year-old filly at Emerald Downs on the strength of three stakes wins. A Classic Life, who will be making her seasonal debut on Sunday, was named the meet's top juvenile filly here in 2004.

A Classic Life, a daughter of Sky Classic from the barn of trainer Grant Forster, should not be overlooked on Sunday despite a preference for two-turn racing. A Classic Life has won five of her six starts at Emerald, and trained brilliantly for her return to her favorite track.

Also in the Washington State Legislators field is the coupled entry of Debbie's Assault and Dinner at Arlene's. Though the two 4-year-old fillies have different trainers - Debbie's Assault is trained by Bob McMeans and Dinner at Arlene's by Doris Harwood - both are owned by Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms. Both fillies exit a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race on May 28 that was won in front-running fashion by Dinner at Arlene's, who got the distance in a rapid 1:15.40.