06/01/2010 11:00PM

No Flies On Doodle heads Belvoir road show


AUBURN, Wash. - No Flies On Doodle is movin' up and movin' out.

A courageous winner of the 6 1/2-furlong Washington State Legislators Handicap at Emerald Downs on Monday, the 4-year-old filly is scheduled to start next in the one-mile King County Handicap here on July 4, trainer Vann Belvoir said. After that, she will be shipped to Minnesota for a race at Canterbury Park, and then to Oklahoma, where Belvoir plans to keep a string of horses at Remington Park.

Some of Belvoir's top runners, including Forener and Elusive Schemes, are expected to join No Flies On Doodle on her barnstorming tour of the Midwest.

No Flies On Doodle, who has won 7 of 10 starts since making her debut in a $12,500 maiden claimer last April, was nominated for the six-furlong, $75,000 The Glass Slipper on July 24 at Canterbury. One of six races in the national Claiming Crown series, the Glass Slipper is restricted to fillies and mares who have started for a claiming price of $16,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2009.

In addition, Belvoir nominated Elusive Schemes, winner of the Longacres Mile Consolation last August, to the $100,000 Emerald at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. That race is restricted to horses who have started for $25,000 or less in 2009-10. Belvoir and co-owner Gloria Ballestrasse claimed Elusive Schemes, a 5-year-old Elusive Quality gelding, for $25,000 last July, and he ran second in the Mount Rainier Handicap in his first start after the claim.

Remington Park's meeting begins Aug. 19 and runs through Dec. 11. Belvoir, 36, has stopped in Oklahoma City before, sending out six starters in 2007. The location affords easy access to tracks in Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Iowa, and gives Belvoir more options for horses such as Forener, a speedy 3-year-old who has run out of one-turn stakes races at Emerald Downs.

"You're pretty much centrally located and go can anywhere you want," Belvoir said. Remington's turf course is highly appealing, Belvoir said, particularly for No Flies On Doodle, who has earned $161,052 for owners Phil Sanken of Seattle and Keith and Jan Swagerty of Enumclaw, Wash.

"I'd really like to try this filly on the grass," Belvoir said. "She's got the ideal foot for it. She's not really a router, but she might be able to route on the grass."

Mullens at a loss

There was no mistaking the anguish on trainer Pat Mullens's face Monday after his 7-year-old mare, She's All Silk, broke down during the Washington State Legislators Handicap. About a half-hour after the race, Mullens wandered along the trackside apron, trying to come to terms with the loss of a horse who four years earlier gave him his greatest moment in racing.

"They told me she broke a leg," Mullens said. "I couldn't go down there and see that."

The injury was devastating. She's All Silk suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of the left front fetlock joint and was euthanized. Her career spanned 38 starts and included 7 victories, 3 stakes wins, and $218,454 in earnings for owner Ed Zenker of Lakewood, Wash.

Mullens, 83, trained She's All Silk from the beginning. After winning twice at 2, she reached her career peak the following season, capturing the Washington Oaks -- the 3-year-old filly championship at Emerald Downs -- and the restricted John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes. At 4, she won the Washington State Legislators and placed in three other stakes before tailing off.

All told, She's All Silk made 23 stakes appearances at Emerald Downs, third most in track history behind Wasserman (30) and Handy N Bold (24).

"When she won the Oaks, that was the highlight of my training life," Mullens said.

He did his best to keep a stiff upper lip Monday, but it was a losing battle.

"This hurts," he said. "It hurts real bad."

Include the Baby not quite ready

Include the Baby was absent from the list of 12 horses nominated for Sunday's one-mile, $50,000 Irish Day Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.

A resounding maiden winner in her first career start April 11, Include the Baby flipped in the starting gate before the Federal Way Handicap on May 9 and was scratched. Though she and jockey Juan Gutierrez avoided major injury, the Jim Penney-trained runner suffered a cut on a front leg and was given three weeks to rest and recuperate.

"She's okay -- it's just taken a while to get her back," said Kay Cooper, who runs day-to-day operations in Penney's barn. "It was all superficial. She took five stitches on her stifle, and that's a hard place to heal. She was a little stiff and sore, but we were very, very lucky."

Include the Baby breezed three furlongs Monday in her first workout since the mishap. Owned by Mike and Amy Feuerborn of Maple Valley, Wash., she could start next in the

1 1/16-mile Washington's Lottery Handicap on July 11, the final stakes stepping-stone to the Washington Oaks on Aug. 14.