It was the second time the record-setting daughter of Smart Strike--Taste the Passion (Wild Again) had triumphed over males. Sent off at odds of 4-5 against eight rivals, she became the first filly to win the Gottstein at Emerald Downs. The 1 1/16-mile test for 2-year-olds has been run at the Auburn, Wash., oval 12 times.
Winning trainer Doris Harwood said the next race for Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms Kentucky homebred could be the 1 1/16-mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park, N.J.
"Tom Robbins of the selection committee said we had a good shot (to get into the Breeders' Cup)," Harwood said.
Smarty Deb was ridden out of the two hole by leading rider Ricky Frazier.
The filly broke behind the leader Leo the Cat, ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, setting fractions of :23 for the quarter-mile and :46 4/5 in the half.
"She's just a dream," said Frazier, who broke Emerald Downs record for victories in a season on Sept. 27. "I didn't want her back too far, but she had a lot of run in her."
Smarty Deb ran close behind the leader through the far turn after Leo the Cat completed six furlongs in 1:11 2/5. Once she turned for home, Smarty Deb ran down the gelding and finished the race three lengths ahead in 1:42 2/5.
"It's a big step to beat 2-year-old colts at this time of year," Frazier said. "I think she is as good as it takes to get where she needs to go."
Smarty Deb became the first 2-year-old filly to win three stakes at Emerald Downs.
The Gottstein Futurity victory was Harwood's 13th stakes of the Emerald Downs season, a new single-season stakes victory record.
Smarty Deb brought in $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40. Gallon finished second, paying $4 and $3. Margo's Gift rang up $3.20 for third.
The victory, worth $49,500, raised Smarty Deb's earnings to $121,050.