07/23/2002 11:00PM

'Screen Girl' starrer

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AUBURN, Wash. - Silver Screen Girl will head a compact field of five in Friday's top offering at Emerald Downs, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 3- and 4-year-old fillies eligible to be claimed for $25,000 to $20,000.

Silver Screen Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Silver Ghost from the barn of Doris Harwood, is coming off a 6 1/2-furlong race on the $50,000 optional claiming level on July 13, when she finished a creditable fourth to the highly regarded Lasting Light. Before that race, Silver Screen Girl led throughout to defeat $25,000 claimers by 2 1U2 lengths in a sparkling 1:15.60 for 6 1/2 furlongs. She figures to be on the lead again Friday, when she will be ridden by Gallyn Mitchell at 122 pounds.

Love a Bull closed for second behind Silver Screen Girl on June 30 and could pose a late threat if the likely favorite is forced to work harder than expected on the front end. Love a Bull has only a maiden win on the $25,000 level to show for 16 career starts, but she has been second six times and third three times for trainer Pat Mullens, who has named Juan Gutierrez to ride at 117 pounds.

Also a threat is Carrie's Wild Girl, who gets in under 113 pounds as the lone 3-year-old in the field. Carrie's Wild Girl, a Pembroke filly trained by Dave Forster, came from well back to score an authoritative two-length victory over maiden special weight company in June and has since been unplaced in two tries against optional claimers. Despite having to face older runners for the first time on Friday, the move in with $25,000 company represents at least a slight class drop and could result in an improved performance under leading rider Kevin Radke.

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