10/12/2005 11:00PM

Three try to sew up juvenile title


AUBURN, Wash. - Championship honors will be on the line in Saturday's $100,000 Gottstein Futurity, a 1 1/16-mile race that has drawn a field of 10.

With no two-time stakes winners among the 2-year-olds this year at Emerald, any of three stakes winners in the Gottstein field would be assured of a divisional title with another score on Saturday. The three are Tom Two, a front-running winner of the 6 1/2-furlong Strong Ruler Stakes in August, and the Jim Penney-trained duo of Schoolin You and Chestnut Lady, both winners of one-mile stakes here last month.

Schoolin You and Chestnut Lady will race coupled in the wagering and seem certain to be favored. Schoolin You, a son of You and I, scored his initial win when making his fifth start in the Sept. 11 WTBA Lads Stakes, which was his first start around two turns. Chestnut Lady, a daughter of Horse Chestnut and the lone filly in the field, is undefeated after two starts and is coming off a victory over her own kind in the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes on Sept. 10.

Tom Two appears to be the speed of Saturday's field and should set the early fractions. Tom Two, a son of Free at Last from the barn of trainer Eulia Bishoff, showed the way in the Lads before settling for fourth behind Schoolin You, Raise the Bluff, and Coastal King, all of whom were entered back in the Gottstein. In his most recent outing, Tom Two ran second throughout behind runaway winner Fast Parade in the six-furlong Captain Condo Stakes on Oct. 2.