07/30/2007 11:00PM

Storm Spotter fits well


AUBURN, Wash. - Storm Spotter seems to be nicely placed in Thursday's Emerald Downs feature, a six- furlong race for $25,000 claimers that has drawn a field of seven 3-year-olds.

Storm Spotter, a consistent son of Storm Boot from the barn of trainer Junior Coffey, has a win and 3 seconds from 7 starts. He was an impressive winner over $22,500 maidens on June 16, when he went six furlongs in 1:09.20 to win off by five lengths, then came back to run second in a $25,000 claiming race at six furlongs on June 29. Storm Spotter bobbled at the break before racing wide on the turn in his last outing and is eligible to improve with a better trip. Gallyn Mitchell will ride.

Onehundred Days can offer stern opposition to Storm Spotter with one of his better efforts. Onehundred Days, trained by Tim McCanna, was twice stakes-placed after winning his maiden for a $40,000 tag last year as a 2-year-old. He has not been as sharp through four starts this year, but he woke up to finish third behind the streaking Ogieoglethorpe on July 14. Onehundred Days was beaten only 3 1/2 lengths by Ogieoglethorpe, who was posting his fourth win at the meeting, in 1:15.40 for 6 1/2 furlongs.

Ooo Whata Storm could be the sleeper. Trained by Dave Bennett, Ooo Whata Storm has been learning how to rate in his last two outings, and his closing third against $17,500 runners on July 15 suggests he may be ready to employ that strategy effectively.