The march to the Washington Oaks begins Sunday when 3-year-old fillies race 6½ furlongs in the $50,000 Seattle Handicap at Auburn’s Emerald Downs.

A field of eight will battle in the Seattle, with California shipper City by the Bay looking like the horse to beat.

City by the Bay is scheduled to make her first start since an 8½-length romp in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante Stakes at Fairplex Park in Pomona in September. The City Zip filly dominated a 10-horse field.

Unbeaten in two starts for trainer William Morey, City by the Bay earned 71 and 75 Beyer Speed Figures last year, better figures than any of her competitors Sunday.

Note

• The 128 members of The Emerald Racing Club, in which individuals could share horse ownership for $500, will get their first chance to cheer when Dancing Yodeler makes his long-awaited Emerald Downs debut for trainers Larry and Sharon Ross in the eighth race. Felipe Valdez is aboard the 6-year-old gelding.

From track reports