|Sunday, June 25|
|Sunday, June 25|
|Race 1||Maiden Special Weight||$20,000|
|Race 2||Claiming – $16,000||$16,000|
|Race 3||Emerald Downs H.||$50,000|
|Race 4||Claiming – $4,000||$12,000|
|Race 5||Claiming – $4,000||$12,000|
|Race 6||Claiming – $4,000||$12,000|
|Race 7||Claiming – $25,000||$20,000|
|Race 8||Maiden Claiming – $4,000||$11,000|
TOP QUALITY IMPRESSIVE IN IRISH DAY STAKES
AUBURN, Wash. (June 25, 2017) – Lightly-raced Top Quality made a looping move to the lead and poured it on late and scored a sharp 3 ¾-length victory over Blazinbeauty in the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 118 lbs, Top Quality raced one mile in 1:34.88 and paid $11.40, $6.20 and $4.80 as third betting choice in the field of 10. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for owner Dave Mowat of Medina, Wash.
Top Quality’s winning time was just shy of the stakes record 1:34.74 set by Stopshoppingdebbie in 2013.
Sunday’s race was only the fourth career start for Top Quality, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Quality Road who sold for $280,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale. Her previous three starts were in California with trainer Simon Callaghan, including a maiden special weight victory June 3 at Golden Gate Fields. Her overall record is 2-0-0 in four starts with earnings of $43,790.
Blazinbeauty, ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 119 lbs, rallied to finish second and paid $4.20 and $3.20. The gray daughter of Tale of Ekati now has a second and two thirds in the first three stakes in the sophomore filly division.
Retreat Yourself, ridden by Javier Matias, nosed out Reginella for third and paid $4.60 to show.
Risque’s Legacy, the 9-to-5 betting favorite, led through six furlongs in 1:10.97, but gave way under high weight of 123 lbs and finished eighth. Winner of the Kent Stakes last month, Risque’s Legacy is 3-1-0 in five career starts.
Top Quality raced in fifth place as Risque’s Legacy set the pace under heavy pressure from Sheeza Sassy Girl. The winner rallied four wide on the turn, gained the lead into the stretch and drew off to win with authority.
“When I asked her, she exploded,” Gutierrez said of Top Quality. “I hadn’t been on her in the morning, but she is a very nice filly.”
The $75,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles is next for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday, July 23.
NOTES: Wright has now won two of the first three stakes for 3-year-old fillies; Peter Redekop’s Alliford Bay romped by 3 ¼ lengths in the May 7 Seattle Stakes. . .
Wright and Gutierrez also combined to the fifth race with Kiss My Lulu ($3.20). . .Wright tops the trainer’s standings in both wins (23) and stakes wins (3). . .
Gutierrez is No. 3 all-time with 61 stakes wins at Emerald Downs, including a record four in the Irish Day Stakes. . .
Rocco Bowen rode three winners and leads Kevin Orozco 61-32 atop the jockeys’ standings. Bowen’s win on That’s Your Story ($5) in race six was his 400th at Emerald Downs. He’s the 13th rider to hit that milestone. . .
Luz Atticus ($5.60) helped give Bryson Cooper a happy 66th birthday with a 1:08.46 clocking for six furlongs in race nine for $10,000 claimers. Kay Cooper-Penney trains the 7-year-old gelding for Grasshopper Racing Stable. . .
Veteran jockey Connie Doll guided Pure Brightness ($12.20) to a gate-to-wire in race two for Tom Grether Farms and trainer Robert Lawrence. A 3-year-old Washington-bred filly by Pure Prize, Pure Brightness has wins this year at Turf Paradise, Sun Downs and Emerald Downs. . .I
n race three, Chorizo Y Papas crossed the finish line first but was disqualified and placed second for impeding Gravel ($10.80) in the stretch run. . .
Memphis Mobster ($3.80) made it two straight wins and 21 for his career with a victory in race five for jockey Leonel Camacho-Flores and trainer Rigoberto Velasquez. The 10-year-old California-bred gelding is 21-11-7 in 75 lifetime starts. . .
Daz Lin Dawn ($2.20) was a 7-length winner in the $50,000 Emerald Downs Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Hastings Racecourse, running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.58. . . .
Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 25, 2017)–Bright-eyed at 4′ 9″, she tacks a feathery 105 pounds. And, at 21 years of age, apprentice Laura Werner, a native of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, registered her first-ever Santa Anita win on Sunday aboard 26-1 longshot Night’s Watch in Sunday’s eighth race, a starter allowance, optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up. Head and head with El Super and Martin Pedroza down the backside, Night’s Watch, a 3-year-old gelding trained by Leonard Powell, surged to the front midway around the far turn and coasted to a 2 ½ length victory while getting a mile in 1:37.26.
“I’ve been working a couple horses for Leonard, but this was the first time I’ve been on this horse,” said Werner, who won a quarter horse race last night at Los Alamitos and had won four Thoroughbred races in Australia prior to today’s triumph. “I came to Southern California in December and spent a few months at San Luis Rey (Downs, Training Center), to familiarize myself with how things are done here.
“I’ve been here at Santa Anita three months now and I’ve been working horses every morning here and at Los Alamitos. This is absolutely awesome! Evin (Roman, the meet’s leading apprentice, who ended up winning four races on the day) has been doing so well, so maybe now I can knock him off his perch a bit.”
With a physique similar to the likes of the legendary Bill Shoemaker, Werner looked like a seasoned veteran coming down the lane as she hand-rode her mount to victory. Represented by former racing broadcaster Carolyn Conley, Werner said that in addition to working horses at Santa Anita, she also travels to Los Alamitos one morning a week to get on horses for trainers Art Sherman and Marty Jones.
When asked if any over her family members were employed at the racetrack “back home,” she blurted, “No, they all think I’m mad! But, they’re able to watch online at home and I think they’re beginning to realize I can do this.”
Here’s hoping that Werner, who happens to share the same hometown as one William Shakespeare, can begin writing a career script that will lead her to a limitless future in American Racing.
|Sunday, June 25|
|Race 1||Maiden Special Weight||$61,000|
|Race 3||Optional Claiming – $40,000||$39,800|
|Race 5||Claiming – $10,000||$20,000|
|Race 6||Maiden Claiming – $20,000||$21,700|
|Race 7||Claiming – $20,000||$24,100|
|Race 8||Bold Ruckus S.||$125,000|
|Race 9||Optional Claiming – $40,000||$39,800|
|Race 10||Maiden Claiming – $8,000||$16,600|
SUNDAY HASTINGS PREVIEW
Hastings Racecourse continues its weekend of racing action with an eight race card that features the $50,000 Emerald Downs Handicap for three year old fillies sprinting six and a half furlongs.
There is a field of five signed on and on the rail is the Riversedge Racing Stables’ SAIL ON BY who broke her maiden impressively in her first start of the year. She gets a much tougher assignment today and if she repeats her last race she will likely be on the board. Leading jock David Lopez will get a leg up from trainer Cindy Krasner.
The Shot in the Dark Racing Corp, C and H Duggan Farms, Don Danard and Curtis Landry’s SOMETHING BETTER is running back in a week after a tough trip in an allowance race last week. She has excellent speed and is drawn nicely for her style but she will need to be much better if she is going to threaten for the win. Newcomer Kerron Khelawan rides for Greg Tracy.
Peter Redekop’s recent $25,000 claim JAZZ LADY will make her first start for her new connections in this stakes race. She was ridden hard early last time and was caught in the stretch finishing a close fourth. She will need careful handling if she is going to win today. Lightweight jockey Lenny Seecharan (102 pounds) gets the call from Phil Hall.
JDP Holdings, Nancy Betts and the Deltin Stable own the budding superstar DAZ LIN DAWN who has been absolutely spectacular this spring. She will be the heavy favourite to capture her third straight stakes victory. It is unlikely that anyone in the lineup can best her but it is a horse race and she still has earn it on the track. Richard Hamel will be in the irons for what will probably be another breathtaking performance.
JDP Holdings’ MORNING BLURS turned in a solid effort in her last race against older mares in a conditional $16,000 claimer. She is not as talented as her more celebrated stablemate but is as good as any of the other fillies in here. Jeff Burningham will be at the helm for Nancy Betts.
Racing begins at 1:50 p.m.
Wrap-up For June 24
It was a glorious day at historic Old Hastings Racecourse. The sun was shining unimpeded, Burrard Inlet was sparkling, the mountains framed the scene and a respectable crowd was on hand to take it all in. The featured stakes race provided a dramatic finish that required a photograph to definitively establish the winner. The all sources handle of 482K was up considerably from the comparable day last year, as was the on-track action. The seven-race card produced two favorites and several mid-range payoffs. There was profit there for the taking.
The River Rock Casino Handicap: A. P. Zona
Just when it looked like he could not possibly validate the odds-on favoritism the fans had bestowed upon him, A. P. Zona ($3.40) reached down for something more, found it, and got by a dead game Driller at the wire with a short head to spare to take the River Rock. Fall At Last set all the early fractions and finished third, a length-and-half back of the top two but well clear of the others. The final 6 ½ furlong time was a solid 1:16.10 over a fast track that accommodated a mix of speed types and closers without favoring either.
A.P. Zona was in the three-path most of the way for jockey Enrique Gonzalez while Driller was enjoying a ground-saving run down on the rail. When A. P. Zona launched his run from well back outside the quarter-pole, Driller was asked by Silvino Morales who took him off the rail and ensured that the winner continued to give up ground around the final turn. They both collared Fall At Last after 6 furlongs in a stiff 1:09.12 and for a while it looked like Driller was going to get there. It was not to be. A. P. Zona managed to find that little extra and edge Driller who ran far too well to lose, and the same could be said for Fall At Last who set the pace only to set the table.
It was the second consecutive Hastings stakes win for A. P. Zona who was tagged out of a 40K claimer at Santa Anita by his owner, Peter Redekop. Philip Hall trains and it was the first of two wins on the day for him.
The opener went to Our Bonita Rose ($11.40) with Antonio Reyes in the irons to win in his first start after coming back from an injury that had him missing several weeks of the 2017 season. Pat Jarvis trains the winner that was bred and is owned by Jarvis and Blue Willow Dairy, Ltd. It was the first half of a training double for Jarvis who also sent out Declayes ($25.80), the longshot winner of the fourth. Richard Hamel rode that one for owner/breeders Dr. Bryan Anderson and James Eccott.
Zygo ($4.40) took the second half of the early double for owners G.O. Stables and trainer Erick Gutierrez. Silvino Morales rode, as he has for all of Zygo’s 11 starts, the last three of them being wins.
The leading rider, David Lopez, and the leading trainer, Philip Hall, combined to win the fifth, the day’s only route race, with Citron Kid ($11.50) for owners Praven Sorenson and Brian Albertson. It was the second on the day for Philip Hall who had earlier won the River Rock.
Jockey Enrique Gonzalez completed a riding double in the sixth with P G Star ($14.80) for owner/breeder Martin Miller and trainer John Snow.
The seventh and last was won by Prettier Than You ($9.50) with Skyler White Shield serving as the pilot on behalf of owners Minnaloushe Stables and Richard and Barbara Yates. The winner was bred by Elton Gunther and is trained by Your Humble Correspondent. As they say in the tropics, even a visually challenged monkey stumbles across the occasional banana. Actually, my assistant, Brian O’Riordan gets the credit for this one. Prettier Than You is by Storm Victory who sired two winners on the card, having scored in the first with Our Bonita Rose. Storm Victory stands at Klimes Farm.
PHIL HALL’S HOT STREAK
CONTINUES TO SIZZLE AT HASTINGS
Vancouver, B.C. (June 24/17) – At the conclusion of last year Phil Hall ranked seventh overall in the final trainers standings at Hastings Racecourse. After 66 starts, he had made an honest but modest 17 trips to the winner’s circle.
Today, after just 17 race dates into the 2017 season, Hall has been part of 16 celebration photos. Pretty simple mathematics: he’s already just one shy of his total wins of a year ago.
Hall was a double winner Saturday but the one that really mattered was A.P. Zona’s thriller over Driller in the $50,000 River Rock Casino Handicap in a 6 ½ furlong sprint for three-year-olds.
With Enrique Gonzalez in the irons, A.P. Zona left the sun-drenched matinee crowd in suspense when the photo sign went up with what appeared to the naked eye as having been a possible dead-heat involving A.P. Zona and Driller, ridden gallantly by Silvino Morales.
“It was a heart-stopper,” A.P. Zona owner Peter Redekop said later. “We had to sweat it out just like everybody else.”
It was A.P. Zona’s second stakes win of the season, having won the Jim Coleman Province in his first start for Hall on May 22. “It’s strange,” Hall said Saturday. “He’s laid back and not aggressive in the mornings but shows up at race time.”
A.P. Zona, claimed by Redekop in California in March for $40,000, paid $3.40, $2.50, $2.10. Final time was 1:16.10.
Live racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse Sunday at 1:50 p.m. with the feature being the $50,000 Emerald Downs for three-year-old fillies.