$50,000 SEATTLE HANDICAP TESTS SOPHOMORE FILLIES
AUBURN, Wash. (May 25, 2014) – 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 6 ½ furlongs, the Seattle Handicap is the first stop for sophomore fillies en route to the August 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 stakes-place 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 8 ¾-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, 6 ½ 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