09/08/2006 12:00AM

One good eye all Slewicide Cruise needs


AUBURN, Wash. - Trainer Robbie Baze said that Slewicide Cruise will join what is shaping up to be an outstanding cast for the six-furlong, $40,000 Chinook Pass Sprint on Washington Cup Day, Sept. 17, at Emerald Downs.

The 6-year-old Slewicide Cruise was named Emerald's sprinter of the meeting after winning the Chinook Pass Sprint in 2004, but he missed almost all of last year with an injury to his suspensory ligament. His attempt to come back from that injury was derailed when he charged the gate before the FSN Handicap on May 29, splitting his lip and severely injuring his right eye.

"He had a catheter in his eye for a month, and I couldn't train him during that period," said Baze. "Then when I started training him again I put goggles on him to protect his eye, and it has gradually gotten better. He still doesn't have full vision in that eye, but he can see well enough."

That was apparent on Sunday, when Slewicide Cruise made his second start back from the eye injury in a six-furlong race against $40,000 optional claimers. With Sandi Gann riding, Slewicide Cruise came through a narrow opening along the rail at midstretch en route to a 2 1/4-length victory over Wasserman in 1:08 flat, which equaled the fastest six-furlong clocking at the meeting.

"I'd have to say he is all the way back now," said Baze. "That was about as good as he can run. I just hope it is good enough to win the Chinook Pass."

Slewicide Cruise's main rivals in the Chinook Pass will be world-record holder Sabertooth, who is coming off back- to-back wins with six furlongs in 1:08.60 and 1:08.80, and Starbird Road, who won the six-furlong Seattle Handicap and the 6 1/2-furlong Governor's Handicap at this meeting.

Starbird Road was thought to be lost for the meeting when he came up lame one day before a scheduled start in the Aug. 20 Longacres Mile and X-rays seemed to indicate that he had a hairline fracture in his pastern. He was walking sound a few days later, however, and another set of X-rays revealed no fracture.

"As near as we can tell he just bruised his tendon sheath," said trainer Sharon Ross. "He went back into training last week, and he seems to be doing fine. I shouldn't have any problem getting him ready for the Chinook Pass."

Harwood revises plans for fillies

After she sent out Irene's Bonus Baby and Cascade Rose to run one-two in last Sunday's $100,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes, trainer Doris Harwood toyed with the idea of running both of her fillies back against males in the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 30. She has since abandoned that plan.

"It just makes a lot more sense to run Irene's Bonus Baby in the race for Washington-bred fillies on Washington Cup Day," she said, referring to the $40,000 Diane Kem Stakes at six furlongs. "That has to be a much easier spot."

As for Cascade Rose, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Giant's Causeway, Harwood said that owner Jerre Paxton wasn't keen on the notion of running her against the boys.

"Jerre wants to turn her out, so that's what we'll do," she said. "She doesn't have a pimple on her, but that's the way they should be when you send them home. She'll be a nice 3-year-old filly next year, and there are several route stakes for 3-year-old fillies. I hope to run her in all of them."

'Marianne' points to Fairplex stakes

Marianne Rose worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Thursday morning in preparation for an engagement at Fairplex Park. Trainer Richard Wright said Marianne Rose, a 2-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, will go in the $65,000 Bustles and Bows Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs on Thursday. He said trainer Jeff Mullins will saddle the filly, and regular rider Ben Russell will ride.

Matty G relocates to Washington

Matty G, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity and more than $443,000, will relocate to Ron and Nina Hagen's El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw, Wash., for the 2007 breeding season.

Matty G, a 13-year-old son of Capote, stood most recently at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky. He is the sire of six crops to race and at least 13 stakes horses, including graded stakes winners My Cousin Matt, Sinister G, Mayakovsky, and Deputy G.

Matty G will stand for a fee of $4,500.

* Assistant trainer Blaine Wright said that trainer Grant Forster and Brother Bobby left Wednesday afternoon for Prairie Meadows in Iowa, where Brother Bobby was scheduled to contest the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday. Regular rider Ricky Frazier was scheduled to fly in on Saturday to accept the mount.