09/01/2004 12:00AM

'Orange' seeks 4th sprint win


AUBURN, Wash. - Count Orange will aim for his fourth sprint win at the meeting on Friday, when he takes on seven other 3-year-olds under $40,000 optional claiming conditions in the 6 1/2-furlong feature.

Count Orange, a son of Count the Time from the barn of trainer Aubrey Villyard, won in similar spots in June and July, then had his win streak snapped when he failed to get the 1 1/16-mile distance in the Seattle Slew Handicap on July 31. Returned to a sprint in his last outing, on Aug. 21, Count Orange sped six furlongs in 1:08.60 to prevail by a half-length over $40,000 optional claimers.

"I thought he'd be tired after running that fast, but that wasn't the case at all," said Villyard. "I honestly think he is just now coming into himself."

Among Count Orange's challengers are On the Ave and Eastern Accent, who finished second and third behind Count Orange in his last outing, and No Giveaway.

No Giveaway, a full brother to last season's horse of the meeting, Youcan'ttakeme, is coming off an impressive win Aug. 14 over first-level allowance company in just his third start. In that 6 1/2-furlong affair, No Giveaway won by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:15.20 despite having to wait for running room.

Also dangerous is the Rick Terry-trained entry of Execptional Game and Northwest Attitude. Execptional Game has won three of his last four sprint tries, and Northwest Attitude won the 6 1/2-furlong Pepsi-Cola Handicap this meet.