EMERALD WRAP-UP FOR SATURDAY

Mike Man’s Gold

MIKE MAN’S GOLD KEEPS RIGHT ON WINNING

AUBURN, Wash. (July 21, 2018) – Mike Man’s Gold appears to be serious about becoming the all-time wins leader at Emerald Downs.

Showing no signs of slowing down, the 8-year-old gelding made it two straight wins and 19 all-time at Emerald Downs, rallying from slightly off the pace for a 1 ¼-length victory over Sorryaboutnothing in the $15,600 SVEDKA Vodka Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

With the victory, Mike Man’s Gold now has 19 career wins at Emerald Downs and is within two wins of West Seattle Boy on the track’s all-time list. West Seattle Boy retired in 2013 with 21 Emerald Downs’ victories.

Ridden by Rocco Bowen, Mike Man’s Gold ran one mile in 1:36.70 and paid $3, $2.20 and $2.10. Joe Toye is the trainer and co-owner with Greg Conley and Chuck Conley.

A Washington-bred by Liberty Gold-Chedoodle, Mike Man’s Gold has an overall record of 19-5-7 in 52 starts and earnings of $312,207. At Emerald Downs, his record is 19-4-6 in 44 starts with earnings of $291,481.

“He seems to be getting better with age,” said Bowen, the jockey in Mike Man’s Gold’s last nine wins. “He’s just a pleasure to ride.”

Mike Man’s Gold debuted with a victory on July 7, 2012, and has at least one win in each of the last seven seasons, including four stakes victories. He also ranks No. 15 all-time in Emerald Downs’ earnings, and No. 64 all-time in Washington earnings.

In his latest victory, Mike Man’s Gold stalked Trill Point through fractions of :23.03, :46.24 and 1:10.52, took command into the stretch and held off a late charge by Sorryaboutnothing for the victory, his fourth at the mile distance.

Sorryaboutnothing, second choice in the wagering at 3-1, lagged far back early, angled out into the stretch and nailed Trill Point for second place. Ridden by Jose Zunino, Sorryaboutnothing paid $3 and $2.10.

Trill Point, Gary Wales up, held third, followed by The Press, Most Determined and Gravel. Alley Boss was scratched.

Levitation

NOTES: Levitation ($15) used a ground-saving Bowen ride to edge Kota Copy in the $11,200 John Parker Racing Purse for 3-year-olds and up. Wine At Nine, 2017 Top Claimer at Emerald Downs, finished fourth. . .Bowen rode three winners—the ninth time he has had at least three wins in a day this season—and boosted his season total to 68 wins. . .Gary Wales and Eswan Flores rode two winners apiece, and Toye led the trainers with two wins. . .Profound Legacy, a 2-year-old Proud Citizen filly that debuted here with a romping victory last month, rolled by 4-½ lengths in a $43,000 allowance race Saturday at Ellis Park. Now trained by Ian Wilkes, Profound Legacy is co-owned by Mark Dedomenico, Mike Waters, Turf Stable Racing and Six Columns Stables. . . .Peter Redekop’s Alliford Bay ($2.80) defended her title with a three-length victory in the $50,000 California Cup Governor’s Handicap for fillies and mares at Sacramento. The 4-year-old City Zip filly now has five career stakes wins for trainer Blaine Wright, including the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes last month at Emerald Downs. . .Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser ($4.60) cruised to an easy victory in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (G2) for 3-year-olds and up at Del Mar, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.95. Defending champion Accelerate, also owned by Hronis Racing, was scratched. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and Fiesta Premio Esmeralda shirts to the first 5,000 fans. First post is 2 p.m. In the 1 1/8 mile Oaks, John & Janene Maryanskis Bella Mia is the 9-5 morning line favorite.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, July 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $20,000 $15,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight

 

EMERALD WRAP-UP FOR FRIDAY EVENINGS PROGRAM

Buckley Bay (No. 4) edges Blame It On Royce in the feature

BUCKLEY BAY PREVAILS IN FRIDAY FEATURE RACE

AUBURN, Wash. (July 20, 2018) – Buckley Bay would not be denied Friday evening at Emerald Downs.

Winning his second straight off the claim, the 4-year-old gelding held off 3 to 5 favorite Blame It On Royce by a head in the $15,200 feature race for 3-year-olds and up.

With Gary Wales riding, Buckley Bay ran one mile in 1:36.70 and paid $33, $10.40 and $5.40. Dan Markle is the trainer for owners Glyn Kelly and Anne MacLennan of Vancouver B.C.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Harbor the Gold, Buckley Bay is two for two since being claimed for $7,500 last month, and three for six overall with earnings of $23,820.

Blame It On Royce just missed a third straight win, dueling with the winner in a virtual match race through fractions of :23.95, :47.42, 1:11.44 and 1:23.90. The geldings entered the stretch side by side, with Buckley Bay finally gaining the upper hand in the final yards.

Blame It On Royce, ridden by Julien Couton, paid $2.60 and $2.20. The 6-year-old Blame gelding is 6-2-3 in 13 career starts at Emerald Downs.

Double A. Prospect, with Lorenzo Lopez riding, finished third and paid $3.40, and Pavelski, Cross Creek, Big Hat Charlie and Uzta Have Money completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Wales and Rocco Bowen rode two winners each on the seven-race card. . .Long shots fared well Friday with Charming Ruler ($52.40), Marymoor Park ($24.80) and Kenzie Blake ($19.80) also scoring at big prices. . .Trainer Manny Ortiz is on a 7 for 12 roll including a come-from-behind victory by Storm Stalker ($4.20) in Friday’s fifth race. Ortiz is 13 for 28 overall this season. . .Racing continues Saturday with first post 5 p.m. Sunday festivities include $50,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 mile, and the annual Fiesta Premio Esmeralda honoring Hispanics in Washington racing.
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EMERALD DOWNS Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, July 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $15,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, July 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 2 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 6 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300
Race 7 Washington Oaks $50,000
Race 8 Claiming – $3,500 $7,600
Race 9 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600
Race 10 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400

DIAMONDS R TAKES AIM AT $50,000 WASHINGTON OAKS

Diamonds R (right) scores a $28.20 upset over Bella Mia in the Irish Day Stakes

DIAMONDS R TAKES AIM AT $50,000 WASHINGTON OAKS

A bargain buy at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Diamonds R appears a top threat in Sunday’s $50,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles.

The 39th edition of the Oaks is likely to determine the track’s Top 3-Year-Old Filly of 2018. It marks the last of four open events for sophomore gals, a series that has already produced three different winners—Ima Happy Cat and Bella Mia each capturing a sprint, and Diamonds R coming to life in the two-turn Irish Day Stakes two weeks ago.

The field of seven includes the top four finishers from the Irish Day, in which Diamonds R rallied from slightly off the pace to edge a resilient Bella Mia in 1:42.96 for 1 1/16 miles. Diamonds R received a 70 Beyer, exactly the same as Ima Happy Cat earned in the Seattle and Bella Mia in the Kent.

A Kentucky-bred by Alternation-Epitome of a Lady, Diamonds R sold for $15,000 to George Todaro and has already earned $62,228. She is 3-0-0 in eight starts overall.

Diamonds R is from Alternation’s first crop while Epitome of a Lady spent the majority of her race career with racing for Todaro and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in California. A son of Distorted Humor, Alternation was a stone router, winning three times at nine furlongs, and had a pedigree that intrigued Todaro race manager Bob Cappelletti.

“Her half-sister (Chaybaby) sold for $975,000 to Bob Baffert, and I thought it was a good family,” Cappelletti said. “I thought Alternation had a chance to be a good sire.”

Diamonds R has a stalking style that suits the Oaks, a race that has produced eight gate-to-wire winners in 22 runnings at Emerald Downs. Bella Mia, Ca Dreamer and Spot On all figure to show speed, a scenario that bodes well for Diamonds R and hot-riding Leonel Camacho-Flores.

  • A Diamonds R victory would give Tom Wenzel a record fourth victory in the Oaks. He currently is tied with Larry Ross and Grant Forster with three wins apiece. Wenzel previously won with Rivoltella (2007), Stopshoppingdebbie (2013) and Princess Kennedy.
  • Owner George Todaro (Diamonds R) also has enjoyed good success in the Oaks, winning with Rivoltella and co-owning 2014 champion Lady Fifty Two.
  • Rocco Bowen (Ima Happy Dancer) bids for his third straight Oaks victory, and is tied with Ricky Frazier, Gary Baze and Leslie Mawing for most Oaks wins overall at three apiece.
  • Trainer Blaine Wright (Bella Mia, Downwind) already has seven stakes wins this season and is on pace to break the single-season record of 12 stakes wins set twice by Doris Harwood (2007 & 2009). Wright tied his own single-day track record Sunday with three stakes wins (Riser, Mt. Rainier; Baja Sur, King County Express; Top Quality, Boeing).
  • Washington-breds have won 6 of 14 stakes this season: Sippin Fire (2), Invested Prospect (1), Bella Mia (1), Dedicated to You (1) and Baja Sur (1).
  • Average field size is 7.1 runners in stakes races, average win payoff $9.60, and betting favorites 7 for 14.

The field for Sunday’s 39th running of the $50,000 Washington Oaks, 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles, Race 7, 5:07 p.m.:

1-Ima Happy Cat, Rocco Bowen, 121 lbs;

2-Princessof the Nyl, Kevin Orozco, 121;

3-Spot On, Austin Solis, 121;

4-Diamonds R, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 121;

5-Bella Mia, Julien Couton, 121;

6-Ca Dreamer, Javier Matias, 121;

7-Downwind, Gary Wales, 121.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Sunday, July 22 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 2 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 6 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300
Race 7 Washington Oaks $50,000
Race 8 Claiming – $3,500 $7,600
Race 9 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600
Race 10 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400

Final Entries

Saturday, July 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $18,500
Race 5 Claiming – $20,000 $15,600
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 7 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, July 21 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $18,500
Race 5 Claiming – $20,000 $15,600
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 7 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

Final Entries

Friday, July 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 3 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 4 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800
Race 5 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $15,200
Race 7 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600

EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-UP FOR SUNDAY

Riser (left) holds off Barkley (white face) in the Mt. Rainier

RISER DELIVERS BRILLIANT RACE IN MT. RAINIER STAKES,
WRIGHT TIES RECORD FOR MOST STAKES WINS

AUBURN, Wash. (July 15, 2018) – Riser authoritatively stamped himself as the top local candidate for the Longacres Mile, racing to a brilliant 2 ¼-length victory over Barkley in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

With Juan Hernandez riding at 124 lbs, Riser ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.08—a stakes record—and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for Chappell Alpine Farms of Sugar City, Idaho.

Wright, incidentally, saddled three stakes winners Sunday to tie his own track record for most stakes wins in one day. In addition to Riser, the 43-year-old Wright had wins with Baja Sur in the $50,000 King County Express and Top Quality in the $50,000 Boeing Stakes.

“It’s hard not to smile on a day like this,” Wright said. “It’s a great day for me and my crew.”

Riser’s winning time broke the mark of 1:40.20 set by triple Washington Horse of the Year Stryker Phd in 2014, and is just two ticks off Kid Katabatic’s track record 1:39 3/5 set in 1998.

Breaking alertly from the No. 5 post-position, Riser set fractions of :22.97, :45.87, 1:09.21 and 1:33.83, and had enough gas to hold off a strong challenge by Barkley through the final furlong. The victory was worth $27,500.

Riser has now finished first in all three stakes this season for older horses, and the Mt. Rainier helped make amends for a tough disqualification in last month’s Budweiser Stakes.

“The plan worked out today, and we didn’t muck out anybody at the start,” Wrights said. “Our ultimate goal is the next race. Let’s hope he pulls up well, and we’re on to the (Longacres Mile).”

An Ohio bred 4-year-old by Mizzen Mast, Riser is 6-1-1 in 13 lifetime starts with earnings of $177,313, and 5-1-0 in seven starts with earnings of $145,795 at Emerald Downs. In fact, Riser has only trailed one horse in seven races at Emerald Downs—stable mate Aqua Frio nailed him at the wire of the 2017 Seattle Slew Stakes.

Barkley, with Javier Matias riding at 120 lbs, ran a smashing race to easily finish second, and actually gave Riser a run for the money through the lane. Saving ground throughout, Barkley accelerated on the last turn and finished strongly to the wire, paying $4.40 and $2.60.

Earning $10,000 for second, Barkley is 8-4-1 in 16 lifetime starts with a bankroll of $242,900 for Rising Star Stable III.

Mach One Rules, ridden by Austin Solis at 120 lbs, held third and paid $2.40 to show. The 5-year-old gelding had the unenviable task of chasing Riser early, and gave way gradually through the stretch

Opportunistic and Dedicated to you completed the order of finish.

The 83rd running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 12, figures to have its usual assortment of shippers from California and Canada.

Northwest Factor (right) prevails over Aikman Juliet

NORTHWEST FACTOR PREVAILS IN $50,000 ANGIE C

A resilient Northwest Factor re-rallied and scored a three-quarter-length victory over even-money favorite Aikman Juliet in the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

With Julien Couton riding at 117 lbs, Northwest Factor covered 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.41 and paid $13.80, $4.20 and $2.80. Steve Bullock is the trainer for How We Roll #4, an ownership syndicate composed of David Israel, Joe Withee, Al Adams, Charlie Clark, Angela Wilson and Steve Pilgrim.

A Kentucky-bred by The Factor-East Side Charley, Northwest Factor earned $29,370 for her maiden victory. The gray filly had shown promise in three previous starts, but Sunday’s victory was a breakthrough.

“We’ve always been pretty high on this filly, and I though she might be stakes material,” Bullock said. “She really dug in today”

Northwest Factor raced between Sunshine Emily and Aikman Juliet into the lane, and appeared destined to finish in second place. Aikman Juliet swept past the leaders with a four-wide bid to gain a one-length lead past mid-stretch, but Northwest Factor responded gamely and surged late for the victory.

Bullock now has four wins at the meet, three in stakes races. Bullock also conditions Sippin Fire, currently the top current 3-year-old on the grounds, a Harbor the Gold gelding also owned by How we Roll #4.

A $15,500 buy at the 2017 WTBOA Sale, Northwest Factor is 1-2-1 in four starts with earnings of $39,545.

Aikman Juliet, ridden by Hernandez at 119 lbs, held second and paid $2.80 and $2.40. An Idaho-bred by Comic Strip, she is is 1-1-0 in two starts with earnings of $20,855.

Lady Campbell, ridden by Eswan Flores at 119 lbs, rallied from last to finish third and paid $3.80, while Senordiablo, Sunshine Emily and Lucy’s Eclipse rounded out the order of finish.

Twirling Devon and Money Inthe Starrs were scratched.

The $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes at six furlongs is next for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday, August 12.

Baja Sur by 10 1/2 lengths in King County Express

BAJA SUR RAZOR SHARP IN KING COUNTY EXPRESS

Based on his first two starts, the sales topper at last year’s WTBOA Summer Yearling Sale looks like a steal.

Baja Sur—purchased for $67,000 last August—scored a dominating 10 ½-length victory in the $50,000 King County Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Ridden by Erick Lopez, the bay gelding zipped 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.13—over a full second faster than fillies in the Angie C—and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Wright, winning his second of three stakes Sunday, trains Baja Sur for John and Janene Maryanski and Gail and Gerald Schneider.

A Washington-bred by Smiling Tiger-Premo Copy, Baja Sur is 2 for 2 with earnings of $34,650, including a $24,475 check for Sunday’s victory. His two wins are by a combined 15-¾ lengths.

“He’s the real deal and such a neat horse,” Lopez said. “Obviously he has a very bright future.”

Breaking from the No. 1 post-position, Baja Sur opened a clear early lead through fractions of:21.75 and :45.06, entering the lane 4 ½ lengths clear of Verynsky. He widened the margin through the stretch, finishing with the second biggest blowout in the 23-year history of the race.

Verynsky, with Gary Wales riding at 118 lbs, held second and paid $11.60 and $4.20, while Sky Confidential, ridden by Kevin Orozco at 118, finished third and paid $3.40. The Great Nation, Az Dreamer and Jack Van Berg completed the order of finish.

The Maryanskis now own or co-own three stakes winners at the meet: Invested Prospect (Hastings Stakes), Bella Mia (Kent Stakes) and Baja Sur.

The $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes at six furlongs is next for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Sunday, August 12.

Top Quality pours it on late

TOP QUALITY IMPRESSIVE IN BOEING STAKES

Top Quality asserted her considerable class through the stretch, powering home for a 3 ¾-length victory in the $50,000 Boeing Stakes for older fillies and mares.

With Kevin Orozco riding at 121 lbs, Top Quality ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.39 and paid $4, $2.80 and $2.40. Blaine Wright, winning his third stakes Sunday, is the trainer for Ten Broeck Farm (Dave Mowat, Medina, WA).

In sixth place early, Top Quality rallied four wide on the second turn and exploded to a three-length lead past mid-stretch.

It was a devastating move that capped the filly’s third career stakes win.

“I just let her do her thing,” Orozco said. “She kind of let me know when it was time to go, and she really responded.”

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Top Quality-Lemon Bay, Top Quality is 4-1-2 in 10 starts with earnings of $118,479. She now has two stakes wins at Emerald Downs and also won a stakes last month at Hastings Racecourse.

Reginella, ridden by Hernandez, held second and paid $5.80 and $3.80. A 4-year-old Ministers Wild Cat filly also from the Wright stable, set fractions of :23.10, :46.02 and 1:10.02 before yielding to Top Quality.

No Talking Back, with Erick Lopez aboard at 119 lbs, finished third and paid $4.20, while Jerre to Carrie, Blazinbeauty, Sheeza Sassy Girl and My Heart Goes On completed the order of finish.
The $50,000 Emerald Distaff at 1 1/8 miles is next for older fillies and mares on Sunday, August 12.

3 stakes wins for Wright

NOTES: Wright added a fourth winner Sunday as Fortunate Cookie ($5.20) prevailed in a $7,500 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies. . .The last four-win day by a trainer at Emerald Downs was Joe Toye on August 5, 2017. . . Wright, who had 11 stakes wins last season, now has seven at the 2018 meeting. . . Wright’s previous  triple stakes winning day was August 27, 2017. . .Riser joined Sippin Fire as the only double stakes winners at the 2018 meeting. . . Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was honorary steward for the Mt. Rainier Stakes. . . Owner Jared Chappell said Riser is named after a song by country singer Dierks Bentley. . .Riser accounted for $35,370 of $55,716 in the win pool. . .On the day France captured the 2018 World Cup, Frenchman Julien Couton rode three winners at Emerald Downs. . .Kevin Orozco also had three wins and Erick Lopez had two. . . Rocco Bowen had one win Sunday and tops the standings with 63 wins, while Couton and Orozco are tied for second at 41 wins apiece. . .The $0.50 all stakes Pick Four paid $22.65. . .Betting favorites had a good weekend, compiling a 12 for 25 mark over the three days. . .Party for One ($10.60) became a triple winner at the meet with a victory in race four. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m.

Hall of Fame Jockey Julie Krone at Emerald Downs.

  

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, July 15
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Mt. Rainier S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Angie C. S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 King County Express S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Boeing S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, July 20 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 3 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 4 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800
Race 5 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $15,200
Race 7 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600

EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-UP FOR SATURDAY

Sea Basket prevails in the Saturday feature race

SEA BASKET EDGES BRILLIANT BIRD IN FEATURE RACE

AUBURN, Wash. (July 14, 2018) – Sea Basket prevailed over Brilliant Bird in a race-long duel Saturday in the $20,500 feature race for 3-year-old and 4-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

With Rocco Bowen riding, Sea Basket edged clear for a one-length victory while covering six furlongs in 1:09.92. Trained by Charles Essex, the winner paid $10.60, $5.40 and $3.60.

A lightly raced Washington-bred by Coast Guard, Sea Basket has fired in all three starts this season, compiling a 2-1-0 record with earnings of $22,455 for owners Essex, Michael Pattison and Joe and Jingyi Crawford.

Saturday’s victory was hard earned as Sea Basket and Brilliant Bird slugged it out while setting fractions of :21.79, :44.60 and :56.82. The sophomore fillies raced as a virtual team into the lane, with Sea Basket finally gaining the upper hand past mid-stretch.

Brilliant Bird, ridden by Javier Matias, turned in a solid performance while finishing second and paid $4.20 and $3.20. Stakes-placed earlier in the meet, Brilliant Bird is 1-2-1 in five career starts.

Hold That Smile, with Austin Solis aboard, finished third and paid $4.40, and Assemble, Curious Rumor, Sassy Debs Firefly, Truth Matters and Tesla completed the order of finish.

NOTES: The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Seven paid $57,865 to one winning ticket Saturday, a record payout for the wager at Emerald Downs. The winning ticket, purchased through the NYRA hub, was alive to only one horse in the eighth race finale, A Little Romance, a 3-year-old Haynesfield filly that surged late under Julien Couton for the victory. . .Trainer Jeff Metz book-ended the card with Cruzin in Style ($3.80) and A Little Romance ($3.80), boosting his meet-leading total to 30 victories. . . Frank Lucarelli and Tim McCanna each had a winner Saturday, and McCanna still leads Lucarelli by one win (929-928) for No. 1 all-time trainer at Emerald Downs. . .Bowen and Eswan Flores each rode two winners Saturday.  . .Anne Sanguinetti was excused from her mounts due to soreness from a spill in Friday’s first race. . . Dontkissntell ($3.80) scored impressively in her Emerald Downs debut in race two, covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.79 for trainer Tom Wenzel and owner Karl Krieg. A 3-year-old British Columbia bred by Rosberg, Dontkissntell was runner-up in last year’s Arizona Juvenile Filly at Turf Paradise. . . .Racing continues Sunday with Mile Preview Day—featuring four stakes races—with first post 2 p.m.