08/14/2007 11:00PM

Mare going for sixth straight win


AUBURN, Wash. - Victory Script will shoot for her sixth win in as many starts at the meeting in Friday's Emerald Downs feature, a six-furlong test for $40,000 optional claimers that has drawn a field of eight fillies and mares.

Victory Script, a 5-year-old daughter of Game Plan and former Washington Oaks winner Staff Wind, won her first four starts at the stand for owner Ron Crockett and trainer Tim McCanna. Trainer Roy Lumm and Janet Johnson claimed her for $20,000 on July 8, then brought her back at the $50,000 optional claiming level on Aug. 4 for her fifth win of 2007, a two-length score after 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.

Victory Script, a front-runner, faces strong early challenges from Hit a Star and Light My Ducks. Hit a Star, a winner of 9 of 20 starts, dueled with Victory Script Aug. 4 before settling for second. Light My Ducks won twice at the $15,000 claiming level before jumping into the 1 1/16-mile Boeing Stakes on July 28, when she dueled for the early advantage with She's All Silk before finishing fourth, beaten less than six lengths.

The speedsters will need to keep an eye out for Evening Escort, who will be making her first start at Emerald Downs since winning her debut here as a 2-year-old in 2005. Evening Escort has since won four more races, including a pair of stakes at Turf Paradise earlier this year. Evening Escort, who is trained by Mike Hill, has not raced since May 5, when she ran second in a one-mile turf stakes.