08/21/2009 12:00AM

Super Dixie class of field at Emerald


AUBURN, Wash. - With nothing on the stakes calendar until next week, a $21,500 allowance race for 3-year-old fillies will serve as the feature race Sunday at Emerald Downs. But while there's no added money on the line, there are some stakes-caliber horses in the field, and the likely favorite, Super Dixie, already has earned black type, having won the six-furlong Angie C Stakes last July.

Super Dixie, who is trained by Doris Harwood for long-time Northwest horseman Herman Sarkowsky, has won 3 of 7 lifetime starts. She went gate to wire in the Angie C in her second start last summer, and won an allowance dash, beating next-out stakes winner No Flies on Doodle, in her 2009 debut June 28. Second behind Hastings stakes winner What R the Odds in her most recent start two weeks ago, Super Dixie figures to be a prominent pace factor Sunday. Ricky Frazier, edging toward his third Emerald riding title in four years, has the call.

Victoriaslilsecret could muster the sternest challenge to Super Dixie in the field of six. Unraced at 2, she won a $30,000 maiden claimer in her second start in May, and then, after fading in the one-mile Irish Day Handicap, raced to an impressive victory in a $32,000 claiming sprint July 4. While she regressed in her most recent outing, when she finished third behind Dream Sweeper in a first-level allowance July 26, Victoriaslilsecret looks like a horse with a bright future. Trained by Jim Penney for owners Gaylin and Richard Landeis, she'll be ridden by Juan Gutierrez.

Dream Sweeper, well beaten by Super Dixie two weeks ago when she finished fifth, is eligible to make amends for trainer Steve Bullock. A two-time winner at the meeting, Dream Sweeper won her maiden in front-running fashion July 5, and then responded to rating tactics to defeat Victoriaslilsecret and five others July 26. A $122,000 Keeneland yearling owned by Rodney Orr, Dream Sweeper will be ridden for the first time by Saul Arias.

The field also includes Expressa, still a maiden after two starts; Topper's Gem, who defeated Expressa by a neck in a $30,000 maiden claimer Aug. 8; and Editorial, who will be making her first start following an 11-month layoff.

Editorial won her only start at 2, leading throughout on a sloppy track to defeat a quality maiden field. Trained by Tom Wenzel, she'll be ridden by Seth Martinez, who was aboard for her maiden victory.