07/20/2007 12:00AM

Shampoo likely to keep on rolling


AUBURN, Wash. - Shampoo will have seven challengers when she shoots for her fourth straight stakes win in the $65,000 Washington's Lottery Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles Sunday at Emerald Downs.

Shampoo, a daughter of Gulch who races for Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms, has run off wins at the meet in the six-furlong U.S. Bank Stakes, the 6 1/2-furlong Federal Way Handicap, and the one mile Irish Day Handicap. She will be a strong favorite on Sunday despite her high weight assignment of 121 pounds, and trainer Doris Harwood could think of no reason why she shouldn't prolong her win streak.

"She's doing just great," said Harwood. "She worked a half mile in 48 and change on Thursday with Ricky Frazier up, and Ricky said she worked like a million bucks."

Frazier, who was up for Shampoo's Irish Day Handicap score, will again have the mount on Sunday.

Shampoo will concede four pounds to the second highweight, Retreat After Me, who is also trained by Harwood. Retreat After Me, a daughter of Liberty Gold who races for Mark Malnati and Robert McKay, has won 3 of 9 starts, including a one-mile allowance test on June 23, when she got the distance in 1:36.20. She comes off a close third-place finish against $40,000 optional claimers in a six-furlong test on July 7 and should appreciate the move back to a mile. Sandi Gann will take over the mount from Frazier, who of course elected to ride Shampoo.

The biggest threat to Shampoo's dominance is probably Firetrail, who is the probable pacesetter. Firetrail, who races for Charlie Dunn's Dunn Bar Ranch, showed the way before weakening to finish third in the Irish Day, and that was just the second start of her form cycle. She figures to be fully fit for her second attempt around two turns and might not stop if left alone for too long. Trainer Junior Coffey has named Macario Rodriguez to ride at 114 pounds.

Also a possibility is Angie's Top Dot, who comes off an impressive 3-year-old debut in which she defeated $32,000 claimers by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:09 for six furlongs. Angie's Top Dot, a daughter of He's Tops from the barn of trainer Tim McCanna, has now won 2 of 4 outings and would seem to have a great deal of room for further improvement.