07/29/2004 12:00AM

Seattle Slew first local try for 'Texan'


AUBURN, Wash. - Flamethrowintexan will make his Emerald Downs debut on Saturday when he takes on nine other 3-year-olds in the $65,000 Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

Flamethrowintexan, a Florida-bred son of Way West and Willalady, by Citidancer, was claimed by owner Paul Heist out of his last start, a win against $62,500 rivals at Hollywood Park June 24. Heist sent him to the barn of local trainer Jim Penney early this month, and Flamethrowintexan has since logged four works in preparation for the Seattle Slew, his first start around two turns.

Flamethrowintexan, a confirmed front-runner, has won five of his eight career outings at distances from 5 1/2 to seven furlongs.

Flamethrowintexan will not have to face the top two finishers in last month's Tacoma Handicap at a mile, as the winner Random Memo is sidelined with a bruised hoof and runner-up Pool Boy was entered in an allowance sprint Friday.

Jablunkov Pass, third in the Tacoma, is trained by Penney for owners Lyle and Sue Malick. He will go in the Seattle Slew but will not be coupled in the wagering with Flamethrowintexan.

Another intriguing addition to the Seattle Slew cast is Pure American, who twice finished second against maiden special weight company here last season before moving to the Midwest, where he has won two of seven outings. Pure American, trained by Grant Forster, is coming off a second-place finish in the one-mile Native Dancer Stakes at Arlington on June 27.