05/26/2010 11:00PM

Rescue Plan to be tested at Emerald

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AUBURN, Wash. - A well-matched field of seven 3-year-olds is scheduled to compete Saturday in the feature race at Emerald Downs. A first-level allowance with a $32,000 optional claiming price, the six-furlong feature is the eighth event on a nine-race program. Racing begins at 2 p.m. Pacific.

Five of the entrants already have won at the current meeting, and all five figure to attract considerable interest in the wagering. Rescue Plan raced to a seven-length victory in a $25,000 claimer May 21 and could be the betting favorite. His latest effort earned an 82 Beyer Speed Figure, about three lengths faster than anything posted by his six rivals in any of their previous races.

Rescue Plan is trained by Roy Lumm and will be ridden by apprentice Pedro Terrero, who won with 22 of his first 70 mounts at Emerald Downs through last Sunday.

Avram, an impressive front-running maiden winner April 24 in his only start, could join Rescue Plan in a heated pace battle. Trained by Vann Belvoir, Avram has worked smartly since his debut, topped by a five-furlong move in 59.60 seconds on a sloppy track last Sunday, the fastest of 26 works at the distance. Gallyn Mitchell has the riding assignment.

Berry Ledo won his first start at the meeting, capturing a maiden race as the 3-10 favorite, and then finished third behind the highly regarded Newfound Man in a first-level allowance sprint May 9. A Dan Markle trainee, Berry Ledo will be ridden by Deborah Hoonan-Trujillo.

Mobius will jump up in class after winning a $17,500 maiden claimer in his career debut April 17. An easy winner that day, he could be a factor Saturday from off the pace. Inoel Beato will ride for trainer Blaine Wright.

Blame the Jockey also has a victory at the meeting; he captured a $12,500 claimer April 16. But his most impressive effort came in a race he didn't win. He engaged in a spirited speed duel in his last start and finished gamely to be second, three lengths behind Newfound Man. Francisco Duran, who rode five winners at Emerald Down last Sunday, has the call for trainer Frank Lucarelli.

The other entrants are Street Haven, a maiden winner at Turf Paradise who will be making his first start following a four-month layoff, and Bogachiel, who was second in a first-level allowance race April 25, and then fifth behind Newfound Man in his last start.