09/20/2007 11:00PM

Tough choosing a spot for Victory Script's next

EmailAUBURN, Wash. - Victory Script made it made it seven wins in a row here last Saturday, when she blew away four overmatched rivals by six lengths in a $20,000 starter allowance affair at 6 1/2 furlongs. She needs one more win to equal the mark of eight wins in a single Emerald Downs season set by Halonator in 2005, but trainer Roy Lumm isn't sure she will get the opportunity.

Victory Script, a 5-year-old daughter of Game Plan, did not start below the $17,500 level this season, so she won't be eligible for a $15,000 starter allowance race on Stanislaw Ashbaugh Claiming Challenge Day, Sept. 30. She is eligible to run in the five-furlong Owners' Handicap on the same program, but she would have to meet male competition under riders' weights.

"That would be a real test for her, but I'm seriously considering it," said Lumm. "I've got a stakes picked out for her at Bay Meadows on Oct. 13, and that would be a good prep for her. The way she has been running, I don't think she would be overmatched, either."

The Bay Meadows stakes Lumm has targeted is the $60,000 Luck Be a Lady for fillies and mares at six furlongs. The distance suits Victory Script, who has only sprinted this season, though Lumm feels she may be equally adept at routing.

"I really do think she will route, but she has been sprinting so well I haven't wanted to change anything," said the trainer. "Her mother was better routing, though, and she relaxes very well. I'd be open to routing her if the opportunity arises."

Victory Script is out of the Staff Writer mare Staff Wind, who won the Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles in 1990.

Frazier nears another record

Ricky Frazier set a single-season earnings record for a rider at Emerald Downs last week when he zoomed by Kevin Krigger's 2005 mark of $1,385,173, and he has another riding record in his sights. With eight days of racing remaining in the 91-day meeting, Frazier entered this week with 139 wins. That is just nine wins shy of Vann Belvoir's mark of 148 wins, which he set at the 100-day 1996 meet.

Frazier had also hoped to reach the personal milestone of 3,000 career wins before this meeting ends, but that now seems unlikely. He had 2,980 wins through last Sunday's racing.

Mulcahy headed to California

Trainer Howard Belvoir opted to run Mulcahy in last Sunday's $45,000 Trooper Seven Stakes for Washington-breds, a race he won smartly, rather than the Grade 3, $250,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sunday. Belvoir said Mulcahy, who has now won three stakes in a row, is not finished with his 3-year-old campaign.

"I'll take him down south to run at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate," said the trainer. "He's too sharp to turn out, and I'd like to try him on the turf. He already runs like a turf horse, the way he accelerates, and he has a brother who won on the turf in Southern California."

Mulcahy's half-brother Cool Cadillac won a $50,000 claiming race on the turf at Del Mar in 1995, when he got nine furlongs in 1:49.60 to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

Belvoir, who has spent his winters in the Bay Area for the last 20 years, will have lots of local company this year. Trainers Frank Lucarelli, Bud Klokstad, Kay Cooper, Roy Lumm, and Bill Tollett all plan to take sizable strings to Bay Meadows or Golden Gate Field after the Emerald meeting ends on Sept. 30.

* An earlier mention of the B.C. Derby included a claim that no horse had completed a sweep of the local Derby and the B.C. Derby since the Jim Penney-trained Irish Bear turned the trick in 1987. In fact, Roscoe Pito repeated the feat in 2003. Apologies to trainer John Snow and his ownership partners Wildcard Stable, Punjab Foods, G. Gomes, and Raj Mutti.