05/30/2002 12:00AM

Maiden winner gets tested


AUBURN, Wash. - Just Outrageous, who made a spectacular debut against $16,000 maidens here on May 11, will be tested for class when he takes on seven other 3-year-olds in Saturday's feature at Emerald Downs, $40,000 optional claiming race at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Just Outrageous went off at better than 9-1 in his surprising debut, but covered six furlongs in a sizzling 1:08.80 to win by four lengths over Latest Chapter, who had more than seven lengths on the third-place finisher. Just Outrageous, a Pennsylvania-bred son of Press Card who races for Frank and Phyllis Gaunt, will meet much tougher competition in his first start against winners, but seems likely to be favored under leading rider Kevin Radke at 118 pounds.

Heading the opposition is Slew's Carousel, who also took a big edge in his maiden win. Slew's Carousel came out for a modest $12,500 tag on April 21 and overcame trouble to win by a half-length in 1:02.60 for 5 1/2 furlongs.

Returning on May 17 for a $16,000 claiming price, Slew's Carousel won by three-quarters of a length in 1:09 for six furlongs. He was claimed by trainer Frank Lucarelli, who has retained Gallyn Mitchell to ride at 118 pounds.

Also dangerous is Tickletime, who is coming off an impressive 5 1/2 length victory over maiden special weight company in his second start on May 18. He raced 6 1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:15.80 under Ben Russell, who retains the call from trainer Junior Coffey at 118 pounds.

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