06/02/2010 12:00AM

Mizzen You gets class relief in sprint

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AUBURN, Wash. - A $17,500 claimer for older fillies and mares and a $12,500 claimer for 3-year-old fillies share top billing Friday at Emerald Downs. The seven-race program begins at 6 p.m. Pacific.

Bettors are sure to be intrigued by Mizzen You in the fourth race, a six-furlong dash for $17,500 claimers who have not won two races. After winning a $20,000 maiden claimer in her 2010 debut on May 1, Mizzen You ran second behind Cee the Lady in an open $17,500 claimer May 22. While the claiming price remains the same Friday, Mizzen You could find the nonwinners-of-two crowd much more to her liking.

Dan Markle, who trains Mizzen You for owner Frank Krysinksi, is off to a fast start at the meeting, hitting the board with 26 of his first 34 starters. Emerald Downs newcomer Inoel Beato rode Mizzen You in her first two starts and has the call again Friday. In a six-horse field, Mizzen You figures to be a short-priced favorite.

Top challengers include Shameonya, an impressive maiden winner in April 2009 who has yet to find her best form in two starts at the meeting; Cliff's Secret, a $50,000 Keeneland yearling who dominated $5,000 maiden claimers in his first start May 15; and Expressa, who finished less than two lengths behind Mizzen You in her last start May 22.

In the sixth race, the aforementioned $12,500 claimer for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, Amber O, a two-time winner at the meeting, will be a popular choice as she makes her first start around two turns. Amber O, trained by Vann Belvoir and ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, raced to a front-running victory in a $7,500 claimer in her last start May 22.

Feels Like Rain is another leading contender. The Doris Harwood trainee gets significant class relief, dropping from a $25,000 claimer for older fillies and mares into a $12,500 claimer for 3-year-olds. Apprentice Pedro Terrero, in a four-way tie for the lead in the jockey standings with 23 victories, has the riding assignment.

Others in the field are Speak Frankly, who has finished last in her two starts at the meeting; Wild Gypsie, whose only start at a mile resulted in a nose victory in a $12,500 maiden claimer at Golden Gate last November; Raebella, who defeated Amber O by a head in her only start at the meeting May 8; and Soul Patch, who has 2 wins in 5 starts for defending Emerald training champion Tim McCanna.