08/26/2004 11:00PM

Pat Day aboard 'Indian'


AUBURN, Wash. - Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will ride 2-year-old Indian Weaver in Sunday's $50,000 WTBA Lads Stakes at Emerald Downs.

Day is at Emerald to serve as the featured speaker at a dinner after the races to benefit the track chaplaincy. He will ride two mounts on the 10-race card.

Indian Weaver ran second in a pair of maiden special weight races in northern California before shipping to local trainer Frank Lucarelli's barn for the colt and gelding division of the Northwest Stallion Stakes on Aug. 7.

Indian Weaver won that restricted stakes by an authoritative 11 lengths.

Indian Weaver figures to get his sternest challenge in the one-mile Lads from Seattle's Best Joe, who won the six-furlong Emerald Express Stakes in 1:10 on July 17. The clocking was the fastest registered at the meeting by a 2-year-old. The performance prompted trainer Howard Belvoir and his partners, Dan Corby and Harley Hoppe, to supplement Seattle's Best Joe to Sunday's stakes at a cost of $5,000.

Also dangerous is Positive Prize, who defeated Seattle's Best Joe in his debut before running third to that rival in the Emerald Express. Positive Prize, a son of Prized, came back on July 31 to beat allowance rivals by five lengths after six furlongs in 1:10.40. He was sold after that outing and will race Sunday in the colors of Ross McLeod and Charles Ming, but Tim McCanna will remain the trainer.