06/11/2007 11:00PM

She's All Silk: Flashy speed and more


AUBURN, Wash. - Ricky Frazier gunned She's All Silk out of the gate in Sunday's 6 1/2-furlong Washington State Legislators Handicap for older fillies and mares, and She's All Silk responded with an opening half-mile in an astonishing 43.80 seconds.

"If I had run seventh today, I know a lot of people would have been second-guessing my ride," said Frazier. "But we ran seventh last time, and I know I was second-guessing the way I rode her that day."

"Last time" was in the six-furlong Hastings Park Handicap on May 20, and Frazier conceded the lead to Dinner at Arlene's while attempting to find a stalking gear in She's All Silk's transmission. Dinner at Arlene's never slackened, winning off by nearly three lengths, while She's All Silk never appeared comfortable and gave up the chase after a half-mile.

"She doesn't like being in the crowd," said Pat Mullens, who trains She's All Silk for owner Ed Zenker. "She's okay if she can see them all, but she has to come from way out of it or be in front."

When a horse has sub-44-second speed for a half-mile, it is usually easier to be in front. That's where She's All Silk was on Sunday, and she seemed to enjoy the wind in her face. Having run her pursuers off their feet by the time she hit the stretch, She's All Silk cruised home unthreatened to prevail by nearly two lengths over longshot Sudden Departure in 1:15.80.

"She just has an awful lot of talent, and I think we've got her figured out now," said Mullens. "As long as she gets away from the gate in good shape, we'll try to put her on the lead."

She's All Silk, a 4-year-old daughter of Delineator, was named the top 3-year-old filly on the grounds last year after winning the $100,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles, which raises an interesting question. Just how many horses are there at Emerald Downs who can smoke a half-mile in 43.80 seconds in one race and stretch their speed to nine furlongs in another? Flamethrowintexan is one, and She's All Silk is obviously another, but after those two the list is awfully short.

Virus sets back Flamethrowintexan

Flamethrowintexan's name was conspicuously absent from the list of nominees to this Sunday's $60,000 Budweiser Emerald Handicap at a mile. Kay Cooper, assistant trainer to her father, trainer Jim Penney, reported that Flamethrowintexan fell victim to the virus that has affected so many horses at Emerald this year, including several horses in the Penney barn.

"We've had a black cloud hanging over our barn all meeting, and I wish it would go away," said Cooper. "It's getting pretty old."

Flamethrowintexan won last year's Grade 3 Longacres Mile after prepping in the Budweiser Emerald and the 1 1/8-mile Mt. Rainier, which will be run this year on July 29, and his connections planned to follow the same route to the Aug. 19 Mile this year. Flamethrowintexan's setback will necessitate a new plan.

Going to the same well

If it worked once, why not try it again? That describes the thinking of trainer Dan Markle and the partnership of owners Bruce Cudahy, Rob Sutherland, and Janet Schimke-Crist, who claimed Call on Carson for $12,500 at Golden Gate in February. Call on Carson, a 3-year-old son of Lord Carson who was bred and owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, has since won all three of his starts at this track, including the Auburn Stakes and the Pepsi Cola Handicap.

The same connections struck again last Friday. Acting through Northern California trainer Duane Offield, they claimed Carson's Melody for $20,000 out of his career debut, in which he finished fourth as part of the favored entry. Carson's Melody, a 2-year-old son of Lord Carson, was bred and owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.

"We're hoping that lightning strikes twice," said Markle. "I had Duane look him over for us, and he called me back and said the horse looked like a plain brown suit. I said that makes him a dead ringer for Call on Carson, so we went ahead and claimed him."

A California rule will prevent Carson's Melody from racing out of state in anything other than a stakes until 60 days after the end of the Golden Gate meeting last Sunday, but Markle said the colt will not tarry in California.

"Our plan is to have him gelded, then bring him up to Emerald Downs," said Markle. "We'll just take our time with him and hope to have a good campaign in the fall."

Izzacopy looks headed for stakes

Izzacopy stamped himself as one of the sharpest older sprinters on the grounds with his second straight win over tough optional claiming company in last Friday's feature. Izzacopy, a 4-year-old son of Cee's Tizzy from the barn of trainer Bud Klokstad, sped six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:09.40 to defeat $32,000 optional claimers by 4 1/2 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 91. In his previous outing, Izzacopy beat $50,000 optional claimers by nearly two lengths after six furlongs in 1:07.60, earning a Beyer Figure of 92. Is he ready to join the stakes ranks?

"I don't think we'll have much choice," said Klokstad. "He has won four races now, so he is about out of conditions."

Izzacopy could jump into the stakes program on July 29, when the Governor's Handicap will be run at 6 1/2 furlongs.