02/04/2005 12:00AM

Typhoon Aaron freshened for Emerald meet


PORTLAND, Ore. - Typhoon Aaron, who stretched his win streak to four with an easy score in last Saturday's Flying Lark Stakes at Portland Meadows, will remain undefeated for at least several more weeks.

"I'm going to turn him out for a month," said trainer Jim Fergason. "I can't keep him in training 12 months a year, and if I turn him out now I'll have him fresh for the Emerald Downs meeting. I may bring him back for one more race at the end of the meeting, though, just to make sure he's tight."

If Fergason does race Typhoon Aaron again at this meet, he may get a better idea about where to run him at Emerald. Many local stakes winners have to run for a claiming price to be competitive at Emerald, and some have to run for less than a $10,000 tag. Others, such as Mishill and Fergason's own Crimson Design, who won last year's Auburn Stakes, fit snugly with stakes company in Seattle.

"It's hard to say how Typhoon Aaron compares with Crimson Design," said Fergason. "Crimson Design was very impressive here last season, but Typhoon Aaron won the Flying Lark in a fast time [1:11.83] and he wasn't even asked. It's hard to know how good they are until they get beat."

Typhoon Aaron, a 3-year-old son of Danjur, has a ways to go to equal the best opening act at Portland Meadows. The Fergason-trained Back Street Gal won her first five races here in 2002-03, and the Donna Davis-trained Greek Native won his first nine races, including five at Portland Meadows, in 1985-86.

Extended rest for One Fast Trick

The meet's top 3-year-old Quarter Horse will also be going on vacation. One Fast Trick, who notched her eighth win from nine starts in last Saturday's Memorial Stakes at 350 yards, is not scheduled to run again at this meeting.

"I'm going to give her a little rest now, then I'll try to run her in a filly and mare challenge race at Sun Downs in May," said owner and trainer Ron Raley of the Kennewick, Wash., track. "I don't like to run her against older mares, but Kennewick is close enough that I'm willing to try. I'll let that race be a measuring stick for her, then I'll try to map out a plan for the rest of the year."

One Fast Trick's only loss came when a $100,000 bonus was on the line in the Northwest Futurity here on Oct. 30. She ran second to One Fast Okie, but Raley has no regrets.

"She has given me everything she has in every race, and that's all I could ask," he said. "She is certainly the best horse I have ever had, and she has been a joy to work with."

Gordon won't rush Miz Donna May

Trainer Jim Gordon unveiled a nice prospect in Miz Donna May, who won last Saturday's maiden special weight race for 3-year-old fillies by a widening 6 1/2 lengths. She earned a 56 Beyer Speed Figure.

Miz Donna May, a Kentucky-bred by Wild Escapade, is one of only two horses Gordon has in training.

"I bought her from Eric Jensen when she was a yearling," said Gordon. "Eric bred her, but she had a blind spot in one eye and she was a stallwalker, so he was willing to sell her for my kind of price."

Gordon said Miz Donna May has always shown ability, but she has been something of a trial.

"She is about as mean as they come, and she will try to kick you or bite you every chance she gets," he said. "The good thing about her personality, though, is that she's not afraid of anything."

Despite Miz Donna May's impressive debut, Gordon said he isn't tempted to throw her into stakes company any time soon.

"There just wasn't enough education in the race she ran, and I don't want to discourage her by running her over her head," he said. "Two or three races down the road, if she still looks good, then I might think about running her in a stakes."

Jockeys target March return

Injured jockeys Debbie Hoonan and Juan Gutierrez are both expected to resume riding in about a month, according to their agent, Keith Drebin.

Hoonan, who was the meet's leading rider before suffering a broken collarbone in a spill on Dec. 3, had hoped to return much earlier, but she received medical advice to wait until the bone is completely healed.

Gutierrez, who was the leading rider at last year's meeting, is rehabilitating his knee after undergoing elective surgery in late December.

Hollendorfer brings string to Emerald

Emerald Downs opened for training on Monday in preparation for the 101-day meeting that begins April 16, and by midweek there were more than 400 horses on the grounds, according to director of racing Paul Ryneveld.

The most significant addition to the equine population is a contingent of 32 horses from the powerful stable of northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.