09/20/2005 11:00PM

Whosboyareyou lets his ability show


AUBURN, Wash. - It was evident that trainer Bonnie Jenne was taking an edge with the 2-year-old Whosboyareyou when she ran him for a $12,500 tag in his 4 1/2-furlong debut on Sept. 2. Just how big an edge she was taking wasn't clear until he ran back on Sunday at Emerald Downs.

Whosboyareyou won his debut at 12-1 by more than three lengths in a very rapid 51.20 seconds, but he was disqualified and placed last because another horse clipped his heels entering the turn. Jenne bumped him all the way up to the maiden special weight level on Sunday and he scored even more easily, drawing out by 7 1/2 lengths after 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.60.

"I thought we could get away with running him for $12,500 the first time because he hadn't worked fast," Jenne said. "I was trying to hold his shins together, so we never really let him run in the morning. He did outwork Nifty Zipper the one time we let him run a little, though, so I knew he had ability."

Nifty Zipper, a 2-year-old daughter of Beefchopper, won both of her starts at Emerald, including a victory over $20,000 males, before being sold privately. She is currently in training at Hollywood Park with trainer Doug O'Neill.

Jenne said she wasn't happy about her horse's disqualification in his debut, but had to admit that it worked out well in the end.

"He got to run against maidens twice, and the second time it was $5,000 more to the winner," Jenne said. "We'll also be glad we've got two races into him when we run him back on Washington Cup Day, because that will be a big test for him."

Jenne purchased Whosboyareyou, a Washington-bred son of the underrated Oregon-based sire Danjur, for just $3,500 at last December's WTBA sale, and she owns him in partnership with her husband, Wally; Craig and Jan Fredrickson; and Jeff Walters. Whosboyareyou earned $10,648 for his victory on Sunday, and will have a shot at the winner's share of a $40,000 purse when he goes next in the six-furlong Captain Condo Stakes on Washington Cup Day, Oct. 2.

Evening Escort impressive in debut

Another potential star was unveiled in Saturday's maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies. Evening Escort, a debuting daughter of Stephen Got Even, made a powerhouse move on the turn and drew out to score by five lengths after 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.60, the same clocking hung up by Whosboyareyou a day later.

Like Whosboyareyou, Evening Escort has the look of a notable bargain. Trainer Frank Lucarelli purchased her for Chris and Diane Randall at last September's Keeneland sale, paying only $5,000. The fact that Lucarelli entered her on the maiden special weight level was a tip-off that the trainer felt she could run, though she also sported a long string of fast workouts. Still, she went off at 4-1 in a well-credentialed field.

"I always liked her, and when I entered her I thought she had a big chance to win," Lucarelli said. "Then I looked at the Form and I wasn't so sure. It seemed like a really nice bunch of fillies, so that made her win all the more encouraging."

Evening Escort is a Kentucky-bred and therefore not eligible for the $40,000 Diane Kem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Washington Cup Day, so her future plans are uncertain.

"I'd like to find an allowance race for her here, but I can't be sure that anything will fill," Lucarelli said. "If nothing comes up, I'll probably send her to Ed Moger in northern California. It took a long time to get her ready, so I'd like to see her run at least a couple more times before we turn her out for the winter."

Memorial for Earl and Barbara Baze on Monday

Memorial services for Earl and Barbara Baze have been scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. in the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's sales pavilion.

Earl Baze died Sept. 11 at age 82 after a long illness; his wife, Barbara, died unexpectedly a day later at 77. The couple were members of Washington's first family of racing, which has produced dozens of trainers and riders. Earl and Barbara Baze owned and trained horses for many years, campaigning at Longacres, Exhibition Park, Playfair, and Yakima Meadows. Among their most successful runners were the marathon specialist Pharsong and the prolific winners Frisky Zeus and Katie Q.

The couple's daughter, Lisa Baze, is a trainer at Emerald Downs.

Itstufftobegood wins marathon finale

Itstufftobegood notched his sixth consecutive victory on Saturday when he won the 1 3/4-mile finale of the Harley H. Hoppe Marathon Championship Series under 128 pounds, the most ever carried by a horse at Emerald Downs.

Itstufftobegood, a 4-year-old trained by Neil Knapp, set a track record when he won the 1 1/4-mile leg of the series in 2:01, and equaled a track record when he won the 1 1/2-mile leg in 2:30.60. Saturday's race was the first to be run at 1 3/4 miles at Emerald, so his clocking of 3:02 was also a track record.

* Gary Baze resumes riding on Friday after being off seven weeks with torn muscles in his back. Baze, the state's all-time leading rider with 3,386 wins, was injured in a spill on July 29.