08/08/2006 11:00PM

Yavapai track report


Twinpost had little trouble validating her status as the 2-1 favorite in Sunday's $15,000 Helen Anthony Memorial. Trained by F.C. Frazier, Twinpost was coming off a disappointing run in the July 10 Monrow Stakes. That day, going a mile as the 4-5 favorite, the 3-year-old daughter of Wild Deputy set the pace, opened up, but was erratic through the lane and ended up third behind Along Came Jones and Brighton Book.

In the Helen Anthony, Twinpost moved back to a sprint and that made all the difference. She stalked the pace, took over into the lane, and powered home to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Snowbound in Rio and Queen Razyana, who battled on the pace all the way, ended up second and third, respectively. Along Came Jones and Brighton Book were no factors this time, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

Twinpost covered the six furlongs in a fast 1:08.08 under Jocelyne Kenny. She paid $6.20.

* General manager Jim Grundy reports that handle figures at the meet have increased, allowing the track to implement a 10-percent across-the-board purse increase.

Grundy pointed to several factors, including an increase in the number of state offtrack betting facilities from 50 last year to 63 this season.

Racing continues with a Saturday through Tuesday schedule through Sept. 5 with simulcasting offered at the track daily.

* A limited number of spots remain for the only qualifier to be held in Arizona this year for the 2007 Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas. It will be held as two separate tournaments on Aug. 19-20. For more information or to get an entry blank call the track at (928) 775-8000 or go to the track's website at www.yavapaidownsatpv.com.