05/26/2005 11:00PM

Toye pair both look ready


AUBURN, Wash. - Trainer Joe Toye will saddle two in Sunday's feature race at Emerald Downs, a mile claiming race for $20,000 fillies and mares, and the way Toye has been going, bettors have to take both seriously.

Toye has won with 7 of his 17 starters, most of whom arrived here fit and ready after campaigning at Turf Paradise. That description also fits Bobbie Wagner and Darling Silver, who will race uncoupled Sunday because of separate ownership.

The 4-year-old Bobbie Wagner capped her Phoenix campaign with a one-mile grass win over $12,500 claimers on April 9. Switching to dirt for her return to Emerald on April 23, Bobbie Wagner again defeated $12,500 company by more than four lengths. Bobbie Wagner will have to break from the outside post in Sunday's field of nine, but she does have good speed and may be able to gain a forward position before reaching the first turn.

The 4-year-old Darling Silver will be returning to Emerald after racing mainly on grass at Turf Paradise, where she won 3 of 10 starts.

Toye's two fillies may face their sternest challenge from Time for Magic, who is stretching out to a mile after a pair of even sprint preps. In her last race at a mile, the Robbie Baze-trained Time for Magic ran second in the John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes here last September.