07/21/2008 11:00PM

Wright keeps filly at one mile


AUBURN, Wash. - Miss Fast Dancer will try to make it two wins in a row on Thursday at Emerald Downs when she takes on seven other fillies and mares in a $25,000 optional claimer at a mile.

The 4-year-old Miss Fast Dancer is coming off an authoritative 4 1/2-length victory over $20,000 claimers at a mile on June 19. That was her first start for trainer Blaine Wright, who claimed her out of a narrow miss against $20,000 company at 6 1/2 furlongs on June 5.

Wright, whose father, Richard, trained Miss Fast Dancer earlier in her career, wasted no time in stretching her out to what is unquestionably her best distance. Miss Fast Dancer boasts a career record of 3 wins and a second from 4 tries at one mile.

Miss Fast Dancer, a confirmed front-runner, figures to face intense pace pressure from Cottingham, who has the advantage of the rail post, and Full Court Press, who has posted front-running wins in seven of her last eight sprint attempts.

Should the three speedsters battle each other too hard, the door may swing open for Wave Her On, who appears to be the best closer in the field. Wave Her On, a 5-year-old trained by Pat Mullens, is dropping out of a fourth-place effort to subsequent King County Handicap winner Firetrail in a $50,000 optional claiming race at a mile on June 8.

Wave Her On will race as part of a Ron Crockett-owned entry with Angie's Top Dot.