07/10/2008 11:00PM

Super Dixie has a familiar look to Harwood


AUBURN, Wash. - Trainer Doris Harwood knows what it is like to train an exceptional 2-year-old filly, having campaigned the brilliant Smarty Deb last year. She thinks she may have another of that ilk in Super Dixie, who will likely be favored in Sunday's $50,000 Angie C. Stakes at six furlongs.

"She is well named," said Harwood. "She is super. She is just so smart and so classy, she has impressed everyone who has been around her. At this stage, I'd say she is very comparable to Smarty Deb."

"At this stage," of course, is the operative phrase. Smarty Deb improved from race to race throughout her 2-year-old campaign, which culminated in a very creditable fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Monmouth Park in October. All Super Dixie has done to date is win her 4 1/2-furlong debut by 2 1/4 lengths against maiden special weight company on May 31.

Still, there is a great deal of promise in Super Dixie's pedigree. She is by double Grade 1 stakes winner Dixie Union and out of Youcan'ttakeme, who was named horse of the meeting at Emerald Downs after winning all four of her starts here as a 3-year-old in 2003. Owner Herman Sarkowsky bred Super Dixie, just as he bred and raced her sire and her dam. Sarkowsky had her broken in Florida by Robbie Harris, who recommended that she be sent to one of the nation's premiere tracks for her 2-year-old campaign. Instead, Sarkowsky sent her to Harwood.

"Herman wanted to be able to watch her race and train," said Harwood. "He was here for her workout on Tuesday, as a matter of fact. I told him she was just going to do an easy five-eighths, and then she went out and worked in 59 flat. It was easy, though. She came off the track wagging her head and dancing around. She wasn't even breathing hard."

Harwood will also saddle Le Weaver for the Angie C. Le Weaver, a daughter of Basket Weave owned in part by breeders Ron and Nina Hagen, won her May 30 debut against $20,000 males by 9 1/4 lengths. The runner-up in that race, Ex Tremely Cool, flattered her effort by returning to graduate by more than seven lengths.

"She is a very nice filly, too," said Harwood. "She's not too pretty right now, because she thinks it is April and she is shedding her winter coat. Her coat is just awful, in fact, but she is training beautifully."

Le Weaver worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Thursday. Both Le Weaver and Super Dixie worked in company, but they did not work together.

"I didn't want to work them together," said Harwood. "They meet on race day."

Lucarelli has three for Angie C.

Trainer Frank Lucarelli will also have multiple starters in the Angie C. Lucarelli entered Owhatablast, who graduated on the $30,000 level; Light of a Star, who earned her diploma for a $20,000 claiming price; and She's a Sweetie, who ran third to Owhatablast before returning to run third again against maiden special weight company on June 28.

"Owhatablast probably gives us our best shot at this point," said Lucarelli. "I thought she ran a big race in her debut. She was wide all the way, but she ran down a pretty nice filly on the lead."

Owhatablast collared Known as Lu, a British Columbia-bred daughter of Stephanotis who returned to post an impressive win over $30,000 maidens.

Owhatablast is a daughter of the young A. P. Indy stallion Olmodavor and Briartic Blast, who won 11 races and nearly $125,000 from 1995 through 1999. Lucarelli purchased Owhatablast for Donnybrook stable from last summer's WTBA yearling sale for $16,000.

"I had Briartic Blast for part of her career, and I really liked her, so that was part of the reason we wanted to buy Owhatablast," said Lucarelli. "Briartic Blast was just a real tough mare. She was sound and durable, and she tried hard. I hope Owhatablast will be like her mother. So far she hasn't done anything wrong, so we're pretty happy with her."

Klokstad goes partners in filly

The only maiden special weight winner besides Super Dixie in the Angie C. field is Cherokee Echo, who won her debut by more than five lengths on June 28 with five furlongs in 57.80 seconds. Cherokee Echo, a daughter of Cherokee Run and Silver Echo, is another graduate of last summer's WTBA sale. Trainer Bud Klokstad said he bought Cherokee Echo on his own for $42,000, but soon sold half of the filly to longtime client Art McFadden.

"I called Art on my way home from the sale and said I just bought a nice filly, do you want in?" recalled Klokstad. "He did, so we're partners. Usually Art likes to buy his own yearlings, but this one was different. I trained her mother and I always liked her. Jerre Paxton claimed her from me for $25,000 and turned her into a broodmare.

"I bought her first two foals. Neither really worked out, but I have a good feeling about this filly. She has done everything right so far."

* In its meeting on Thursday, the Washington Horse Racing Commission approved Emerald's new satellite wagering site in Yakima. Susie's Bourbon Street Bistro and Bar, which is located at 1023 N. 1st Street, will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday.

* Southern California rider Tyler Baze was married to Christina Waugh at Calamigos Ranch near Ventura, Calif., on Monday, according to Earl Baze, the groom's father. The elder Baze said the ceremony was performed by racetrack chaplain Richard Mena.