05/21/2002 11:00PM

Mile's right for this filly


AUBURN, Wash. - Que Facil Corazon, the upset winner of last year's Kent Handicap for 3-year-old fillies, will make her 4-year-old debut at the $25,000 claiming level in Friday's one-mile feature at Emerald Downs.

Que Facil Corazon, a homebred daughter of Mr. Easy Money who races for Coal Creek Farm, won the one-mile Kent at 18-1 in her third start of the season, getting the distance in 1:38.40. Though she never has repeated that success, she did finish up her seven-race campaign with a good second to Knight Weave in a $32,000 optional claiming event at a mile, which appears to be her best distance.

It is never easy to succeed at first asking in a route race over the Emerald surface, but trainer Lyle Stark has prepared Que Facil Corazon with a lengthy string of long workouts, and he is entering her at the lowest level since her maiden win at 2, when she ran for a $16,000 claiming price. Apprentice Kris Prather rides at 113 pounds.

Kalowana Sunrise, who ran second in the 2000 running of the Kent, figures to vie with Que Facil Corazon for the favorite's role on Friday. Now 5, Kalowana Sunrise could not match strides with stakes runners in the Ropersandwranglers Handicap on opening day, April 19, but she responded with a wire-to-wire win when dropped to the $16,000 level on May 5, speeding 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.20 to prevail by a length.

Kalowana Sunrise, who is trained by Dan Kenney and will be ridden by Kevin Radke at 118 pounds, is the only member of Friday's six-horse field who is coming off a win, and she is the apparent speed of the race as well, so she may be able to parlay those advantages into her fifth win from 11 career outings.

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