07/10/2008 12:00AM

McCanna has two contenders


AUBURN, Wash. - London Express and Way Too Much give trainer Tim McCanna a potent one-two punch in Saturday's Emerald Downs feature, a one-mile allowance that has drawn a field of seven 3-year-olds.

London Express has won 2 of 4 starts and has never finished worse than second. He is coming off a smart three-length score over $17,500 rivals at six furlongs on June 19 and will be trying two turns for the first time.

Way Too Much is one of only two in the field to have won around two turns, and he did so in his first attempt at a mile. Way Too Much, a son of Pleasant Tap, defeated maiden special weight rivals by 3 3/4 lengths in his second start on June 7 when he got a mile in 1:38.

Tahoe Blues, who will be making his local debut for trainer Ben Root, has twice won going long. Tahoe Blues defeated $10,000 rivals at 1 1/16 miles at Bay Meadows in March and scored over $12,500 foes going a mile over turf at Bay Meadows in May. He is coming off an eighth-place finish against allowance rivals in a mile turf race at Golden Gate Fields on June 22.

Anotation concedes experience to most of Saturday's field, but he has run well in both his starts and is exiting a sharp win over $30,000 maidens on June 28. Anotation, trained by Sharon Ross, is stretching out to a distance that would seem to suit his pedigree after two sprint preps.