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$50,000 Seattle Handicap tests sophomore fillies | Emerald Downs
For the Reporter
Chu and You, nearly invincible as a 2-year-old, attempts to rediscover her winning ways in the $50,000 Seattle Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday, June 1.
At 6½ furlongs, the Seattle Handicap is the first stop for sophomore fillies en route to the Aug. 9 Washington Oaks and the lone sprint of the four-race series.
Eight horses are nominated to the Seattle, topped by Chu and You, last year's state and track champion 2-year-old filly after running the table for juvenile fillies at Emerald Downs. Owned and bred by Mike and Amy Feuerborn, Chu and You won three stakes, all gate-to-wire, and earned $87,884.
Chu and You has dropped two straight races, however, including a sixth in her 2014 debut in the Ross McLeod Stakes at Hastings Racecourse.
Trained by Robbie Baze, Chu and You is the most accomplished of the local runners, a group that includes stake-placed fillies Strawberry Dawn, Belladiva and Sunpenny.
Lotta Attitude, already a double winner at the meet for trainer Blaine Wright, is improving rapidly and earned a 72 Beyer while defeating optional claimers at 5 ½ furlongs on May 10. Just a Love, from the Jim Penney barn, scored a game victory vs. maiden special weights at six furlongs on May 10 and also appears to have a bright future.
Northern California-based City by the Bay would be an obvious contender if she runs. Trained by Billy Morey, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip is unbeaten in two career starts, including an 8¾-length triumph in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante Stakes last September at Fairplex Park.
$50,000 Seattle Handicap, Sunday, June 1
3-Year-Old Fillies, 6½ Furlongs
Horse, owner, trainer
Belladiva (3-WA), Jeff Cissell, Junior Coffey
Chu and You (3-WA), Michael & Amy Feuerborn, Robbie Baze
City by the Bay (3-KY), Martin Bach & Jack Owens, William E. Morey
Just a Love (3-WA), Just Loving Life, Jim Penney
Lotta Attitude (3-KY), John & Janene Maryanski/Riverbend Farm, Blaine Wright
Mylast Sweet Pea (3-WA), Bill & Betty Stiles & Valerie M. Johnson, Robbie Baze
Strawberry Dawn (3-WA), Sue & Tim Spooner, Dan Markle
Sunpenny (3-WA), Z Thoroughbred Racing Partners III, Frank Lucarelli