06/13/2005 11:00PM

Red-hot Queenledo may skip one


AUBURN, Wash. - Queenledo will likely take a little break after getting her third straight stakes win in Sunday's one-mile Irish Day Handicap, according to trainer Tim McCanna.

"I'm leaning toward skipping the next stakes for her," he said, referring to the $60,000 Kent Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on July 10. "She has had three hard races in a row, and the next one is a Northwest Race Series stakes, so she won't be eligible for all the money. It seems like a good time to rest her."

Not that Queenledo looked like she needed a rest on Sunday. Under Ricky Frazier and a highweight package of 122 pounds, she sat well off a slow pace through six furlongs in 1:12.20, then circled all four of her opponents and coasted home to win by two lengths over runner-up entrymate Gins Majesty in 1:36.60.

"It was really something for her to explode by horses like that after sitting behind such a slow pace," said Frazier. "Those horses in front of her still had a lot left, but she made them look bad."

Queenledo's quick move was reminiscent of the moves she produced in winning the six-furlong U. S. Bank Stakes and the 6 1/2-furlong Federal Way Handicap earlier in the meet, but this time it came in a one-mile race. Queenledo, a daughter of Slewdledo, was supposed to be at least questionable around two turns, but she dispelled all doubts between the quarter pole and the three-sixteenths marker, when she swallowed her rivals in just a few strides.

Frazier and McCanna never doubted their filly could get a mile, and neither, apparently, did the vast majority of those who bet on the Irish Day Handicap. The McCanna-trained entry paid $2.40 to win, which equaled the lowest win payoff in the 10-year history of Emerald Downs. The entry also drew $46,297 of the $50,022 wagered to show on the race. It cost the track $7,351 in the form of a minus show pool.

McCanna was full of praise for Queenledo, whom he called "a special filly" and "the most intelligent horse I've ever trained." And he was almost as excited about Gins Majesty, a daughter of Go for Gin who was making her stakes debut after defeating maiden special weight and allowance company in two previous starts this meeting.

"She is still immature, and she had a little trouble in this race because she was squeezed back on the first turn," he said. "There's a lot more to her than what we've seen. Kevin Krigger has ridden her every time, and he thinks he's on the best filly."

Gins Majesty, who is owned by Quadrun Farm LLC - an ownership group of which McCanna is a member - will likely run in the Kent.

Flamethrowintexan does the expected

Salt Grinder equaled the track record for six furlongs in his 2005 debut, and Sabertooth set a world record for 6 1/2 furlongs in his second start back from a 19-month layoff, so expectations were high as trainer Jim Penney's third handicap star, Flamethrowintexan, was making his 4-year-old bow in a 6 1/2-furlong optional claiming race on Saturday's card.

Flamethrowintexan didn't disappoint, either. Though he needed 1:14.80 to get the distance, almost two seconds more than Sabertooth needed in the FSN Handicap, he scored by an authoritative three lengths over the ultra-consistent Best on Tap and seemed to promise better things to come.

"He was just going to go as fast as he needed to go to be in front," said regular rider Ricky Frazier. "He showed me he can handle older horses, and I'm looking forward to riding him all year."

Penney was delighted to get a race for Flamethrowintexan before he will be asked to take on older stakes horses, including his stablemates. Flamethrowintexan was not nominated to this Sunday's Budweiser-Emerald Handicap - to which Sabertooth was nominated - but he could join the stakes parade in the Independence Day Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on July 3.

Wasserman ready for stakes try

Owner and trainer Howard Belvoir pronounced Wasserman ready to join the 3-year-old stakes ranks after he got his second impressive win in as many starts in a six-furlong allowance race on Sunday. Though tested through a hard-fought half mile in 44.20 seconds, Wasserman drew away through the stretch to win by nearly four lengths over Another Bob in 1:08.80.

"I think he's ready for the stakes horses now," said Belvoir. "Anyway, we might not have much choice. I'm not sure there will be any other races for him."

Belvoir said Wasserman, a homebred son of Cahill Road and Share the Knight, was too big to race at 2, though he was in training in northern California.

"He posted a black-letter workout down there last year, so I knew he could run," he said. "He has always seemed like a very classy individual. He just does everything right, and I think he'll run all day."

Belvoir said that Wasserman was named for the doctor who helped his partner, Vicky Potter, survive cancer.

Wasserman will likely race next in the one-mile Tacoma Handicap on June 26.

* Emerald's version of Alex's Lemonade Stand, a popular fixture at many tracks on Belmont Stakes Day, raised $5,005 for pediatric cancer research.