UNMACHABLE DEBUTS WITH STAKES VICTORY
AUBURN, Wash. (September 8, 2019) – Unmachable, a first-time starter, passed the entire field in the final three furlongs and scored a 13 to 1 upset in Sunday’s $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Presented by Elysian Brewing Company.
Ridden by Alex Anaya at 120 lbs, Unmachable ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.72 on a wet-fast track and paid $29.20, $15.20 and $9.80. Jack McCartney is the winning trainer for owner Tawnja Elison of Eagle, Idaho.
It was the first stakes victory at Emerald Downs for the jockey, trainer and owner.
Last of 10 midway on the turn, Unmachable gathered momentum into the lane, swung outside and rallied strongly to sweep past the leaders in the final yards. The official winning margin was 1-¼ lengths.
“I’ve been working this horse for quite a while, and I knew he had a lot of talent,” said Anaya, a 20-year-old Kansas native. “He got into the bit at the three-eighths (pole), and I just kept him out of trouble.”
A Washington-bred by Macho Uno-Point of Reference, Unmachable earned $24,750 for the victory. Her dam earned $328,687 and finished runner-up in three straight stakes here in 2009.
Love the Vino gained command past mid-stretch but was overtaken late and settled for second place. Ridden by Ryan Barber at 120 lbs, Love the Vino paid $9.80 and $6.40.
Forty Smooches, ridden by Kevin Orozco at 120 lbs, overtook Gold Crusher and Code Charlie in the stretch but was out finished late and paid $6.
Wicked Winnings, Gold Crusher, Harbors Rule, Wilson to Lockett, Riggski, Stanley’s Wave and Code Charlie completed the order of finish.
Code Charlie sprinted clear early, set fractions of :21.85 and :44.26, but gave way when challenged by Gold Crusher and Harbors Rule into the stretch.
WINDY POINT SHARP IN WA CUP JUVENILE FILLY
In the $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Filly Presented by Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center, Windy Point had her consistency rewarded with a 3 ½-length victory over You Go Girl.
Ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 119 lbs, Windy Point splashed 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.34 on a wet-fast track and paid $4.80, $2.60 and $2.40. Jose Navarro saddled the winner for owners/breeders Jean Harris of Naches, Wash. and Michelle Beaumaux of Yakima, Wash.
Coming off runner-up finishes in the Angie C Stakes and Barbara Shinpoch Stakes, Windy Point enjoyed clear sailing Sunday. Breaking sharply from the No. 2 post, she dueled with Known Value and Miss Prospector through fractions of :21.92 and :44.84, shook off the latter in upper stretch and widened to the wire.
A Washington-bred by Coast Guard-Windy Sails, Windy Point earned $24,750 for the victory, and is 2-2-0 in four starts overall with earnings of $55,427.
You Go Girl, ridden by Kevin Krigger at 120 lbs, rallied from mid-pack to take second and paid $3.20 and $2.60. The runner-up, also sired by Coast Guard, now has three seconds and a third in five starts with $25,836 in earnings.
Discreet Demon, a 71 to 1 long shot, finished third under Connie Doll and paid $13.80 to show, while Smashing Success, Miss Prospector, For You Only, Pinchalinch, Salty Little Lass, Known Value and Lovefliesonwings completed the order of finish.
With the victory, Gutierrez upped his record Washington Cup victory total to 21, and his 64 stakes wins overall rank No. 3 all-time.
Coast Guard has sired two stakes winners at the meet—Show Me the Mints (King County Express and Windy Point—and his 15 overall wins rank third this season.
NOTES: Sunday’s $0.50 Pick 5 paid a track record $37,972 to one winning ticket, breaking the previous mark of $29,739.60 set April 28. . .The track was labeled sloppy for races 1 through 5 and wet-fast races 6 through 10, marking the first time in 61 days this season the track wasn’t labeled fast at the beginning of the day. . .Juan Gutierrez rode four winners Sunday, giving him an even 50 for the season, and he’s now 49 wins from tying Gallyn Mitchell’s all-time record of 1,419 wins at Emerald Downs. Gutierrez is the seventh rider with a four-bagger at the meeting. . .In Sunday’s $18,500 allowance/optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up, come backing Owner’s Prestige ($18.80) held off stable mate Oh Marvelous Me to give trainer Blaine Wright a one-two finish. . .Exiting four straight stakes at Emerald Downs, Donnybrook Stable’s Paddy’s Secret ($4.40) rallied past Diamonds R to win the $18,500 Roger Kaczor Memorial Purse for fillies and mares. . .Alex Anaya had his first two-win day at Emerald Downs, and both were aboard debuting 2-year-olds—Unmachable in the WA Cup Juvenile and Race Home ($9.40) in an $18,500 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds. . .Jess Candy Lips ($5.20) prevailed in the Sunday opener for Quarter Horses, running 300 yards in :16.38. . .Live racing resumes Friday at 6:30 p.m.
LUCARELLI REWRITES EMERALD DOWNS RECORD BOOK
AUBURN, Wash. (September 7, 2019) – Trainer Frank Lucarelli added another chapter to his record-breaking season Saturday evening at Emerald Downs.
Lucarelli swept the first five races on an eight-race card while breaking the single-season record for most wins at Emerald Downs with 67.
Gentle Prince and jockey Javier Matias capped the remarkable run with a narrow victory in race five, giving Lucarelli his 67th victory in 60 days and eclipsing the mark of 66 wins set by Tim McCanna in 2008 and Jeff Metz in 2015.
The five straight wins are a track record for one card, and also tied the track and state record for most wins by a trainer in a day.
The tracks’ all-time leader in wins and earnings, Lucarelli recently became the first trainer to win 1,000 races at Emerald Downs and has virtually clinched his sixth training title.
Lucarelli, however, was not on hand to witness the record-breaking night. He was en route back from Vancouver, B.C., where he saddled Washington Oaks winner Killarney Lass to an eighth-place finish in the $100,000 B.C. Oaks at Hastings Racecourse. Attempting to earn a $25,000 bonus for a sweep of the Washington Oaks and B.C. Oaks, Killarney Lass showed early speed before fading as Amazonian rallied for a $24 upset over the bullring.
Lucarelli also had runners in races 6, 7 and 8 and almost bagged a sixth win, but This Great Nation edged Lucarelli’s No Harbor in Sight in the $16,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds. Lucarelli added another second in the nightcap with That Dog Will Hunt, who chased 1 to 5 favorite Zippin Wine from gate to wire, and Lucarelli finished the night with a 5-2-1 mark in nine starts.
Old School Ike and Crest Drive are owned by Chad Christensen, who also is on pace for a single-season record for wins at Emerald Downs. Swag Stables with 27 wins in 2009 owns the record for most wins by an owner, with Christensen next at 26. Christensen needs two wins over the final seven days for the record.
Frank Lucarelli Saturday wins:
1st-Patricia K, $14.20
2nd-Flat Out Fine, $2.60
3rd-Crest Drive, $3.40
4th-Old School Ike, $3
5th-Gentle Prince, $10.80
Five Win Days @ Emerald Downs
Frank Lucarelli (9-5-2-1) Sept. 7, 2019
Doris Harwood (7-5-0-0) Aug. 8, 2009
Tim McCanna (6-5-0-0) July 8, 2010
Jeff Metz (8-5-2-0) April 12, 2014
Jim Penney* (6-5-1-0) Sept. 6, 1998
*Penney also won five races at Longacres, Aug. 11, 1968
Single Season Wins @ Emerald Downs
Frank Lucarelli 67 (2019)
Tim McCanna 66 (2008)
Jeff Metz 66 (2015)
Tim McCanna 63 (2009, 2010)
NOTES: Upset winner of the 2018 WTBOA Lads Stakes, This Great Nation ($8.80) has won two straight for trainer Jorge Rosales and owner Art McFadden, and Rosales and jockey Eddie Martinez are a combined 20 for 62 at the meeting. . .Gary Wales and Javier Matias dominated action with three wins apiece Saturday. Wales tops the standings with 93 wins while Matias is third with 52 wins; both are winning at over 22 percent for the season. . . In the $250,000 B.C Derby, Five Star General ($5.90) and Mario Gutierrez prevailed by a nose over Explode, giving North American Thoroughbred Horse Company a Derby/Oaks sweep. . .North American Thoroughbred Horse Company (Glen Todd) added a third stakes wins as He’s the Reason ($5.40) led coast to coast in the S.W. Randall Plate Handicap for 3-year-olds and up. Emerald Downs’ shipper More Power to Him finished fourth under Kevin Orozco for trainer Kay Cooper. . .Live racing continues Sunday with a Washington Cup doubleheader featuring the $50,000 Juvenile Colt & Gelding Presented by Elysian Brewing Company and $50,000 Juvenile Filly Presented by Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation. First post 2 p.m.
|Saturday, September 7|
LIGHTS OUTAGE CAUSES EARLY CANCELLATION
AUBURN, Wash. (September 6, 2019) – A bank of lights extending from mid backstretch to the quarter-pole lost power Friday evening, forcing Emerald Downs to cancel the final three races on the seven-race card.
According to Emerald Downs’ President Phil Ziegler, impending darkness would have placed horses and riders at risk, and made cancellation a necessity.
Full refunds are available on all advance wagers on Races 5, 6 and 7.
Also, Saturday’s eight-race card will begin at 4:25 p.m., 35 minutes earlier than usual, to ensure the completion of the card.
Only eight days remain in the 2019 season: September 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.
NOTES: Rosso’s Gatto ($6) became a five-time winner at the meet with a gate to wire victory in Friday’s third race. A 3-year-old Courageous Cat filly owned by Marjorie Avery and trained by Jorge Rosales, Rosso’s Gatto joins Das Bear and General Mach Four as five-time winners, and Rosales trains all three. . .Mark Dedomenico’s Motion Emotion, last seen finishing ninth in the Kentucky Oaks, returns to action as the 5 to 2 morning line favorite in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Los Alamitos. . .Emerald Downs’ regular Gordy Jarnig enjoyed a big day at Golden Gate, scoring back to back victories with first-time starter Big Maria ($9) and Rebarules Again ($4.80), the latter co-owned with Eric Schweiger and Ken Marshall. A 6-year-old mare, Rebarules Again is out of 2009 Washington Horse of the Year Reba Is Tops. . .Live racing continues Saturday with a special first post of 4:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON CUP JUVENILE DOUBLEHEADER SUNDAY
Time for Week 2 of the Xpressbet Washington Cup, and this time 2-year-olds take center stage for a Sunday doubleheader featuring the $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile presented by Elysian Brewing Company and $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Filly presented by Pegasus Training & Rehabilitation.
Both the Juvenile Colt & Gelding and Juvenile Filly are 6 1/2 furlongs in distance, and both drew fields of 10. If all 20 horses start, it would boost the average stakes field size to 8.5 this season.
Scott Stevens, who has enjoyed tremendous success in limited action this season at Emerald Downs, rides Harbors Rule for trainer Chris Stenslie in the Juvenile Colt & Gelding. Harbors Rule and Stevens nearly pulled of a 31 to 1 upset in the WTBOA Lads three weeks ago, but were tagged by Muncey in the final jumps of the six-furlong stakes. Improving with every start, Harbors Rule (Harbor the Gold-Felice the Cat)is a full brother to Trackattacker, who won this race by 9 1/4-lengths as a 1 to 20 favorite in 2014, accounting for over $520,000 of a record $554,000 show pool.
Stevens is 5-3-2 in 15 starts at the meet including three stakes wins. He rode 5-year-old mare No Talking Back to a pair of stakes wins for Stenslie, and 3-year-old filly Alittlelesstalk to a victory in the Washington Cup Sophomore Filly last week.
In the Juvenile Filly, Windy Point, You Go Girl and For You Only–second, third and fourth in the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes three weeks ago–square off at 6 1/2 furlongs. Windy Point is 1-2-0 in three starts with earnings of $30,677, and has fired in all three starts including seconds to For You Only in the Angie C Stakes and Cakewalk in the Barbara Shinpoch.
The field for the Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes presented by Elysian Brewing Company (Race 8 , 5:30 p.m.):
1-Gold Crusher, Gary Wales, 120 lbs;
2-Riggski, Connie Doll, 118;
3-Love the Vino, Ryan Barber, 120;
4-Unmachable, Alex Anaya, 118;
5-Stanley’s Wave, Juan Gutierrez, 118;
6-Forty Smooches, Kevin Orozco, 118;
7-Code Charlie, Kevin Krigger, 120;
8-Wilson to Lockett, Eddie Martinez, 120;
9-Wicked Winnings, Lorenzo Lopez, 118;
10-Harbors Rule, Scott Stevens, 118.
The field for the Washington Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes presented by Pegasus Training & Rehabilitation Center (Race 6, 4:30 p.m.):
1-Known Value, Gary Wales, 117 lbs;
2-Windy Point, Juan Gutierrez, 119;
3-You Go Girl, Kevin Krigger, 117;
4-Miss Prospector, Javier Matias, 117;
5-Salty Little Lass, Jose Zunino, 119;
6-For You Only, Jennifer Whitaker, 119;
7-Pinchalinch, Ryan Barber, 117;
8-Discreet Demons, Connie Doll, 117;
9-Smashing Success, Scott Stevens, 117;
10-Lovefliesonwings, Eddie Martinez, 119.
MAKAH LANE COAST TO COAST IN WA CUP SOPHOMORE
AUBURN, Wash. (September 1, 2019) – Makah Lane put his considerable speed to good use Sunday at Emerald Downs, leading all the way for a 5 ½-length victory over My Grandpa in the $50,000 Washington Cup Sophomore Colt & Gelding presented by Muckleshoot Casino.
With Juan Gutierrez riding at 119 lbs, Makah Lane covered a mile in 1:36.21 and paid $4.20, $2.40 and $2.40. Bonnie Jenne is the winning trainer and co-owner with husband Wally Jenne and Doug and Nancy McPhee of Maple Valley.
Unraced since an eighth in the Seattle Slew Stakes seven weeks ago, Makah Lane was hammered at the windows and a surprising betting favorite over My Grandpa. He didn’t disappoint, dictating the pace through fractions of :23.47, :46.93 and1:10.74, turning back My Grandpa into the stretch and winning with total authority.
A Washington-bred by Atta Boy Roy-Dark Diva, Makah Lane earned $26,400 for the victory and is 2-1-1 in five starts with earnings of $42,663. He’s Not Bluffin, also out of Dark Diva, won the 2012 Washington Cup Sophomore Colt & Gelding.
Bred by Carnation Racing Stables and Ron Crockett, Makah Lane sold for $6,000 at the 2017 WTBOA Summer Yearling Sale.
My Grandpa, ridden by Jorge Carreno at high weight of 124 lbs, edged Unleash the Tiger by a head for second and paid $2.40 and $2.20. Winner of the Muckleshoot Derby last month, My Grandpa had another awkward break, challenged the winner from the outside into the stretch and gamely held the place.
Unleash the Tiger, ridden by Kevin Krigger at 121 lbs, was a head back in thid and paid $4.60. It was seven lengths back to Time ’n Time Again in fourth place, while El Borracho, Docktarri and Rocket Power completed the order of finish.
For Gutierrez, who rode three winners Sunday, it was his 63rd stakes win at Emerald Downs and record 20th in the Washington Cup.
Jenne has five Washington Cup wins and 12 stakes wins overall.
ALITTLELESSTALK PREVAILS IN WA CUP SOPHOMORE FILLIES
In the $50,000 Washington Cup Sophomore Filly presented by Freight NW, the ultra-consistent Alittlelesstalk asserted her class and edged Magical Spell by a half-length in 1:37.26 for one mile.
The only 3-year-old filly with two stakes wins at the meet, Alittlelesstalk was ridden by Scott Stevens at high-weight of 123 lbs, and paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10. Roddina Barrett is the trainer for owners Tim Floyd of Spokane, Kelly Dougan of Mountlake Terrace and Stephanie Loffredo of Las Vegas.
A Washington-bred by Demon Warlock-Trainingat the Bar, Alittlelesstalk earned $26,950 for the victory and upped her life mark to 4-3-0 in 10 starts with earnings of $92,875. She is 3-3-0 in seven starts at the 2019 meeting, and her $85,625 in earnings rank third behind Law Abidin Citizen ($96,800) and Anyportinastorm ($88,000) have earned more.
The victory, however, was far from easy, as Magical Spell simply wouldn’t go away. The fillies alternated for command, setting fractions of :23.77, :47.47, 1:11.74 and 1:24.24, racing head and head from start to finish. In the end, though, Alittlelesstalk refused to lose, finally edging away in the final yards.
Magical Spell, ridden by Ryan Barber, paid $4.20 and $2.60. It was quite an effort, considering the daughter of Include had never raced beyond 6 ½ furlongs and was coming off a her maiden victory vs. $25,000 claimers.
Suddenly Awesome, with Kevin Krigger riding at 121 lbs, was three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $2.40 to show. Both the runner-up and third-place finisher are trained by Kay Cooper and bred and co-owned by Rick and Debbie Pabst.
Lulu’s Lightening, Miss Monique and Fortune in Silk completed the order of finish.
The rider of Magical Spell lodged an objection vs. the winner, alleging interference in the stretch, but the stewards disallowed the foul claim.
Stevens, who rides mainly in Arizona, has five wins at the meet including three stakes wins.
Xpressbet Washington Cup continues next Sunday with the $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Colt & Gelding Stakes presented by Elysian Brewing Company, and $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Filly presented by Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center.
NOTES: Trainer Candi Cryderman and owner John Parker combined for two wins Sunday—Kopitar ($4.40) and Cahill Cat ($4.20)—upping Parker to 18 wins in the standings. . .Chad Christensen, who leads with 24 wins, had no starters Sunday. . .Cherokee Louise ($6) won her fourth straight race Sunday, storming from behind to defeat starter allowance foes in race eight. A 4-year-old Nationhood filly, Cherokee Louise races for Dreamscape Farm and trainer Charles Essex. . .The victory on Cherokee Louise was the fourth win Sunday for Gary Wales, and with nine days remaining he owns an 89-58 lead over Kevin Orozco atop the standings. . .Rally Cat ($4.40) wore down Celtic Warrior and prevailed in the $18,200 Joe & Sally Steiner Appreciation Purse for allowance 3-year-olds, running six furlongs in 1:09.22. Trained by Blaine Wright and owned and bred by Fleur De Lis Stables, Rally Cat is 3 for 8 lifetime, and also missed by a neck to stable mate Perfect Dude in the Seattle Slew Stakes. Champagneandcaviar, dam of Rally Cat, won the 2012 Washington Oaks and was the track’s champion 3-year-old filly. . .As part of the Italian Day festivities, owner Dean Mazzuca called Sunday’s second race won by Mika the Mistress ($2.20). . .In winning the $8,000 maiden claimer for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, Mika the Mistress equaled the lowest $2 win pay of the meet, accounting for $22,338 of $30,614 in the win pool. . . Hunters Vow ($13.40) edged Johnny Five in race six and gave veteran trainer Sam Dronen his first win of the meet. . .The sixth race was named in honor of long-time trainer George Colello Sr. , who passed away last year at age 78. His son, George Colello Jr., works on the Emerald Downs’ gate crew. . .Former University of Washington Athletic Director Mike Lude, still going strong at age 97, attended Sunday’s races and was interviewed in the paddock by Joe Withee. . .At Canterbury Park, Mr. Jagermeister ($2.80) coasted by 5-¼ lengths in the Minnesota Sprint Championship, running six furlongs in 1:09.87, for his seventh career stakes win. Although bred in Minnesota, Mr. Jagermeister is a 4-year-old colt by Washington sire Atta Boy Roy, who stands at El Dorado Farms in Buckley and also sired Makah Lane. In the post-race interview trainer Valorie Lund said Mr. Jagermeister is headed to the $150,000 Ack Ack, a one mile Grade 3 at Churchill Downs on Saturday, September 28. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m.