09/04/2008 11:00PM

Will drop in class do the trick?


AUBURN, Wash. – Just Get’er Done heads a field of seven fillies and mares in Sunday’s Emerald Downs feature, a $17,500 claiming affair at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Just Get’er Done, a 4-year-old daughter of Slewdledo trained by Jim Penney, has never been entered so low on the class ladder. She spent most of last year in the stakes ranks, finishing third to Shampoo in the Washington’s Lottery Stakes in her best effort. This year she has started three times, running second against $25,000 claimers at six furlongs, fourth against optional $25,000 claimers at a mile, and third against $25,000 claimers at 6 1/2 furlongs. Though she has consistently run well, Just Get’er Done has not won since her juvenile campaign and seems to be dropping in class in order to end her win drought.

Just Get’er Done may get her sternest challenge from the sharp 3-year-old Avenue of Sorts, who is coming off a six-length victory over $7,500 fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 9. Claimed out of that race by trainer Bill Tollett, Avenue of Sorts will be meeting older rivals for the first time.

o Leading rider Kevin Radke is expected to miss the remainder of the meeting after breaking at least two ribs in a spill in Thursday’s sixth race. The horse Radke was riding, Tropic Gem, suffered a compound fracture in his left front leg while leading on the turn. Tropic Gem was euthanized.

Radke entered the week with 100 wins at the meet, seven more than Seth Martinez and eight ahead of defending riding champion Ricky Frazier. Frazier had two wins on Thursday to boost his total to 94 with 14 days of racing remaining at the stand.