09/08/2009 12:00AM

Local stars lined up for Cup Day


AUBURN, Wash. - A $15,000 claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies headlines Thursday's card at Emerald Downs, a warm-up act to Washington Cup Day on Sunday.

A season-ending showcase for statebred horses, Washington Cup VII includes seven $50,000 stakes races. Seventy-nine horses, an average of 11.3 per race, were on the list of nominees released Monday. They include nine horses who have combined for 16 stakes victories at the current meeting.

Atta Boy Roy, one of the fastest sprinters in Northwest racing history, 2-year-old filly sensation Knight Raider, and 3-year-old filly star Ladyledue will be among the featured attractions.

Atta Boy Roy, who equaled the six-furlong track record of 1:07.40 in his Emerald Downs debut in early June and set a blistering pace in the Longacres Mile before yielding in the final yards, is scheduled to compete in the six-furlong Chinook Pass Sprint. In the Mile, Atta Boy Roy ran a half-mile in 44 seconds and six furlongs in 1:07.60 despite losing a shoe on the backstretch. With a fast track in the forecast Sunday, he could take a spirited run at the track record he shares with Starbird Road.

Knight Raider, a three-time stakes winner at the meeting, looms a prohibitive favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong Diane Kem Stakes as she seeks to sweep the season stakes series for juvenile fillies.

Ladyledue, a five-time stakes winner who suffered her first and only loss July 19 in the 1 1/16-mile Washington's Lottery Handicap, was named to two races, the one-mile John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, and the 1 1/16-mile Belle Roberts for older fillies and mares. Forced to miss the Aug. 15 Washington Oaks because of a foot injury, she worked six furlongs last Thursday in 1:10.80.

Wasserman, the 2008 Longacres Mile winner but winless in 2009, headlines the 1 1/16-mile Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.

Clair Annette, sidelined since June after undergoing throat surgery, would be trying a route for the first time if she starts in the Belle Roberts. A front-running 6-year-old mare, she captured the Hastings Park Stakes on May 17, running six furlongs in 1:08.60. Gadget Queen, who finished a close second behind Elusive Horizon in the nine-furlong Emerald Distaff on Aug. 16, figures to be the Belle Roberts favorite.

Noosa Beach, a two-time stakes winner at the meeting, was kept out of Monday's Emerald Derby and will run instead in the one-mile Trooper Seven Stakes on Sunday.

Hollywood Harbor, the likely favorite in the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sept. 26, tops the list of nominees for the 6 1/2-furlong Dennis Dodge Stakes for juvenile colts and geldings.