06/21/2007 11:00PM

Shampoo win streak in hands of new jockey


AUBURN, Wash. - Shampoo won the six-furlong U.S. Bank Stakes under Kevin Radke and she won the 6 1/2-furlong Federal Way Handicap under Mick Ruis. On Sunday, it will be up to Ricky Frazier, the leading stakes rider at Emerald Downs in each of the last three seasons, to keep her streak alive in the $45,000 Irish Day Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at a mile.

"We had an opportunity to get Ricky to ride, and we couldn't turn it down," said Doris Harwood, who trains Shampoo for Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms. "Mick did a good job for us, but Ricky is such a money rider. He makes good decisions, and with this being a new distance and a new challenge, he just might make the difference."

The mile distance will be a new challenge for just about all of the Irish Day entrants, but Shampoo seems better suited than most to meet that challenge. She is by Gulch, who sired Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, and out of Taste of Passion, who won route stakes over this very track. According to Harwood, she also has the right temperament for route racing.

"She is real relaxed, and she is manageable both in the mornings and in her races," she said. "We just wanted an easy maintenance work last week, and she gave us five furlongs in 1:01.80. When we want to sharpen her up, she'll work faster. She'll do anything we ask of her, and that makes her a pleasure to train. It's the same in her races. We can place her anywhere, and we can ask her to run at any time. I couldn't be happier with her."

Stretching out suits Zaylaway

Shampoo will need to be at her very best to extend her winning streak because she faces a formidable challenge from Zaylaway. A stakes winner last year at Hastings Park, Zaylaway finished with a rush to fall a half-length shy of Shampoo in the Federal Way.

"We were really pleased with her race last time," trainer Janet Armstrong said. "She is really coming along nicely. She has improved with each of her races."

Zaylaway finished eighth in a 5 1/2-furlong optional claiming test in her seasonal bow, then ran a good third against the same kind at six furlongs before her strong effort in the

6 1/2-furlong stakes. Armstrong feels the fact that her improvement has coincided with additional distance is no accident.

"Six furlongs was too short for her, and 6 1/2 was almost too short," she said. "She is not a real big filly, but she loves to rate and that will be a big asset for her in the longer races. She will sit and wait until you ask her to run, then she will give you everything she has."

Zaylaway is a daughter of Brahms and the Pulpit matron Zaylah, who was purchased by Sid Belzberg's Budget Stable at Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2001 for $25,000. She never raced and Zaylaway is her first foal. Zaylaway's sire was a noted miler on turf and her damsire has become an important source of stamina.

"There is no question she is bred to go long, and we've been anxious to send her long," Armstrong said. "She is plenty fit now and she has been working well, so we're hoping for the best."

Firetrail aims to conserve energy

The new shooter in Sunday's lineup is Firetrail, who graduated at Golden Gate in February in her second start with a sparkling Beyer Speed Figure of 84. She came back to win again as the heavy favorite in her six-furlong local debut on May 25, but she prevailed by only a neck over allowance rivals with a Beyer of 68.

"She was fresh for that race and I think she just got a little too anxious," trainer Junior Coffey said. "She had been relaxing just off the pace in California, but she went to the front in her race here and she just got tired. She is a big, muscular filly, and it is important that she conserve her energy. I think she'll do that now that she is not so fresh."

Provided she does relax, Coffey feels that Firetrail, who is the apparent speed of Sunday's field, will last a mile.

"I have my own ideas about how to train them so I can tell if they will route, and this filly hasn't disappointed me," he said. "I think she'll be okay with the distance, and she is doing very well. It's just a question of whether she is good enough."

Judicature resumes training

Trainer Bill Tollett reported that Judicature, a double stakes winner here last season as a juvenile, should be able to rejoin the stakes ranks before the meeting ends. Judicature banged her head in the gate before running eighth in the U.S. Bank Stakes and is believed to have suffered a concussion.

"I think she was about half knocked out when she was running that race," said Tollett. "We gave her plenty of time off, though, and she is coming back around now. She worked a half-mile in 46.20 on Wednesday, and that was the first time she really looked like her old self."

Kissntheboysgoodby out until 2008

Trainer Charles Essex said Kissntheboys-goodby underwent surgery to remove bone chips from both ankles and will be out of action until next year. Kissntheboysgoodby, a 5-year-old daughter of Tropic Lightning who won last year's Hastings Park Handicap at Emerald, finished second in this year's renewal of the Hastings Park and third in the recent Washington State Legislators Handicap.

"I'm sorry to lose her before she had a chance to go long, but she'll be fresh for next year's meet," said Essex. "We'll just have to be patient."