08/28/2007 11:00PM

Shampoo to take on the boys


AUBURN, Wash. - This year's 70th renewal of the $100,000 Emerald Derby, which will be run on Monday for a purse of $100,000, is shaping up to be among the best ever. The list of 14 nominees includes a worthy California invader in Leesider, winner of the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes, plus Canadian shipper Sir Gallovic, an impressive winner last time out at Hastings Park. Set to defend the local honor are stakes winners Call on Carson, Wild Cycle, and Mulcahy, plus the undefeated and untested Song of Pirates.

What will make this season's derby truly special, however, is the presence of Shampoo, who will attempt to become the first filly to win the race since the legendary Smogy Dew in 1964, when it was called the Longacres Derby.

Shampoo, a daughter of Gulch who races for Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms, has the credentials to be taken very seriously. She dominated her division at this meeting, winning four straight stakes before faltering to finish fifth to Rivoltella in the Washington Oaks, which was run over a sloppy track.

"She just didn't handle that surface at all," said trainer Doris Harwood. "Her previous two wins came over sloppy tracks, but those tracks had a firm base. On Oaks Day, it rained during the races and there was no chance to seal the track. As a result, the track was very deep, and Shampoo just hated it. After the race, she was mad because she didn't get a real chance to run."

She will get what will probably be her last chance to run as a 3-year-old on Monday, providing it doesn't rain.

"We're going to turn her out after this meeting, but before we do that we'd like to run her once more on a fast track," said Harwood. "We really didn't think she handled the sloppy tracks very well even in the races she won. She got a 94 Beyer when she won the Washington's Lottery, but the rider came back and said she was laboring over the surface. We want to see what kind of filly she is now on a fast track, so we'll enter her in the derby. If it rains, we'll scratch her."

Mile winners stay hot

The Great Face's gallant win in the Grade 3, $400,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 19 has produced quite an afterglow for his connections, who remained hot through the first post-Mile week of racing. Rider Juan Gutierrez won with 7 of his 18 mounts last week to move into a tie with Leslie Mawing for second in the jockey standings with 66 wins apiece. Owner Ron Crockett won with 2 of his 3 starters, both promising debut runners, to widen his lead in the owner standings with 17 wins. And trainer Tom Wenzel posted 4 wins, 1 second and 1 third from 7 starters to move up to sixth in the trainer standings with 23 wins.

Wenzel's most noteworthy winner was the rapidly improving Fathoms Revenge, who won Friday night's allowance feature to boost his record to 3 wins from 4 starts. Fathoms Revenge, a 3-year-old son of Snowbound who races for owners Dan and Cindy Newport, stalked the pace of multiple-stakes-winning sprinter Immigration through a half-mile in 44.60, then wore that rival down to prevail narrowly in 1:08.20 for six furlongs under Gutierrez.

Wenzel said Fathoms Revenge, a Washington-bred, will be pointed toward the Sept. 16 Washington Cup Day program, but it is not yet clear whether he will contest the six-furlong $45,000 Chinook Pass Sprint against older rivals or the one-mile $45,000 Trooper Seven against 3-year-olds.

As for The Great Face, Wenzel confirmed that he will start next in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at 1 1/16 miles on Washington Cup Day.

Military Deputy goes the distance

There was no need to break out the calculator to figure out who won this year's Harley H. Hoppe and Associates Marathon Championship Series. Military Deputy, with a third in the initial 1 1/8-mile leg and a win in the 1 1/4-mile second leg, was a close second to Crowning Event in the point standings going into Sunday's 1 1/2-mile finale. He ensured the series win by drawing off late to defeat Crowning Event decisively, and he set a track record in the process. Military Deputy got the 12 furlongs in 2:29, eclipsing the mark of 2:30.60 that was held jointly by Keen Line and Itstufftobegood.

Military Deputy, a 5-year-old son of Santa Anita Derby winner The Deputy, earned the $11,000 winner's share of the $20,000 purse for his owners, Blue Diamond Stable and Richard Lortie. Trainer Roy Lumm, who races under the banner of Blue Diamond Stable, also picked up a $1,000 bonus for saddling the series champion.

Distaff winner has kin in sale, too

A recent listing of the stakes runners who raced here on Longacres Mile weekend with younger siblings in Tuesday's WTBA summer yearling sale omitted a horse.

Gemstone Rush, who won the $100,000 Emerald Distaff on Mile Day, has a half-sister by Muqtarib who will sell as Hip No. 180 in the sale. Like Gemstone Rush, the filly was bred by Landis T. L. Penry, who also bred last season's champion sprinter at Emerald Downs, Starbird Road.