Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, Sept. 13

Parade to post for Race 1, June 20, 1996

SATURDAY MARKS MILESTONE AT EMERALD DOWNS

Saturday marks the 2,000th day of live racing at Emerald Downs, a milestone that includes nearly 23 seasons and over 17,000 races.

It all began 2:32 p.m, June 20, 1996, when Strawberry Morn captured the first race in track’ history, rolling to a 10-length victory in the $35,000 U.S. Bank Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Since then, an additional 17,431 races have been run at the Auburn oval, including 507 this season.

  • 1st Day: June 20, 1996
  • 1,000th Day: July 4, 2006
  • 2,000th Day: Sept. 15, 2018
  • Total races (thru Sept. 9): 17,432

Only six days of live racing remain in 2018–September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Sunday, September 23 is Fan Appreciation Day with several $1 Specials and a stakes quadruple-header.

RACING THIS WEEK

Friday, September 14
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday

Saturday, September 15
5 p.m. (8 races)
September Saturdays
The Retros (perform after races)

Sunday, September 16
2 p.m. (9 races)
Emerald Rewards Day

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, September 15 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 2 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $18,500
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

Final Entries

Friday, September 14
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $4,000 $6,800
Race 2 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600
Race 3 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200
Race 4 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300
Race 5 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 6 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600
Race 7 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400

Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, September 9

Hit the Beach and jockey Jose Zunino

HIT THE BEACH SCORES UPSET IN TRIBAL CLASSIC

AUBURN, Wash. (September 9, 2018) – Hit the Beach overhauled Buckley Bay past mid-stretch and drew off for a 3 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and up.

The third and final week of Xpressbet.com Washington Cup also featured the $50,000 WA Cup Filly and Mare Stakes, in which Fly Far Away rolled from behind for a 9 to 1 upset over Dontkissntell.

Ridden by Jose Zunino at 120 lbs, Hit the Beach ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.14 and paid $18.20, $10 and $6. H.R. Mullens—becoming the oldest trainer to wins a stakes at Emerald Downs—is trainer and co-owner with Ed Zenker of Tacoma and Richard Larson of Snohomish.

Claimed for $25,000 last year, Hit the Beach has now won three times in 2018, and with Sunday’s score 91-year-old Mullens surpassed Don Munger as oldest trainer to win a stakes at Emerald Downs. Munger, who died last year, was 88 when Roveing Patrol won the Diane Kem Stakes in the 2012 Washington Cup.

Hit the Beach turned in an awesome performance Sunday. Biding his time behind a dueling Buckley Bay and Mike Man’s Gold, the winner was angled off the rail into the stretch and exploded past the leaders to win convincingly.

“The hole inside didn’t open, so I went outside and he did the rest,” Zunino said. “He was very strong today.”

A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Hit a Star, Hit the Beach is 4-4-3 in 16 career starts with earnings of $83,055, including $25,850 for Sunday’s triumph. His sire now has eight stakes wins at the meeting and 64 lifetime at Emerald Downs, far and away No. 1 all-time.

Buckley Bay also ran a big race Sunday, shaking off heavily-favored Mike Man’s Gold into the stretch and turning aside all challengers except Hit the Beach. Ridden by Gary Wales at 118 lbs, Buckley Bay paid $14.60 and $12.20.

Hey Sequoia, a 3-year-old ridden by Kevin Orozco at 116 lbs, flew late to finish third and paid $8.40 to show, while Elliott Bay, the other 3-year-old in the race, finished fourth.

Mike Man’s Gold, bidding for his 20th career victory at Emerald Downs, dueled with Buckley Bay through fractions of :23.43, :46.70 and 1:10.04, but gave way into the stretch and finished fifth. The 8-year-old gelding has now competed in six Washington Cups, a ledger that includes a victory in the 2014 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.

Grinder Sparksaglo, Pulpits Power and Double A. Prospect rounded out the order of finish.

Fly Far Away (left with blue shadow roll) and jockey Austin Solis

FLY FAR AWAY RALLIES IN WA CUP FILLY & MARE STAKES

Fly Far Away powered past Dontkisssntell and Gazing in the final yards and scored a 1 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $50,000 WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes presented by Xpressbet.com.

Ridden by Austin Solis at 118 lbs, Fly Far Away covered 1 1/16 mile in 1:43.06 and paid $20.60, $10.60 and $6.40. Blaine Wright is the trainer for owner/breeder Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, Wash.

For the connections, the victory was notable on several fronts:

  • It was the first career stakes win for Solis, 25-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.
  • For the Hansens, it was their second victory in the last three years in this race; Ethan’s Baby, also a homebred, won in 2016.
  • And for Wright, Fly Far Away capped an unlikely sweep that saw him capture all five older filly and mare stakes this year with different horses: Invested Prospect, Alliford Bay, Top Quality, Reginella and Fly Far Away.

A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Pleasantly Perfect-Maytown Mistree, Fly Far Away has been a picture of consistency at Emerald Downs this season, compiling a 3-1-1 record in five starts with the losses by a head and a neck. Her overall mark is 4-4-2 in 17 starts with earnings of $74,883, including $24,750 for Sunday’s victory.

Patiently ridden by Solis, Fly Far Away saved ground through the last turn,
angled out into the stretch, and wore down Gazing and a resilient Dontkissntell for the victory.

Solis, who has 20 wins in his first season at Emerald Downs, said the milestone
victory was especially meaningful.

“A stakes race ison my bucket list,” he said. “It shows dream do come true.”

Dontkissntell, one of two 3-year-olds in the race, nearly became the first horse to win two Washington Cup races in the same season. Same as in the WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes two weeks ago, Dontkissntell tried taking the field gate-to-wire, dueling with Brilliant Bird through fractions of :23.43, :46.66 and 1:10.54. Dontkissntell saved something for the stretch, brushing aside all but Fly Far Away in the final furlong.

Ridden by Eswan Flores at 119 lbs, Dontkissntell paid $8.80 and $6.40 to place and show, while Gazing, with Rocco Bowen aboard at 120 lbs, finished third and paid $7.40.

Guardian One, Brilliant Bird, No Talking Back, Exit Sixty Slew, Sailingforthsun, Tomorrow’s Fine and I Double Dare You rounded out the order of finish. No Talking Back, the 9 to 5 favorite, was last early and raced wide on both turns.

NOTES: Wright has nine stakes wins overall this season and is now tied with Tim McCanna for No. 7 all-time with 31 stakes victories at Emerald Downs. . .Wright’s two wins Sunday pulled him within five, 43-38, of Jeff Metz in the trainers’ race. . . Wright also won an older filly or mare stakes in Vancouver this weekend with Reginella capturing the $50,000 Delta Colleen Handicap at Hastings Racecourse. . .Javier Matias and Julien Couton rode three winners apiece on Sunday’s 10-race card. . .2-year-old filly Forty Six Carats ($4.80) debuted nicely with a victory for co-owners Bob Rondeau and Dr. Mark Dedomenico, running six furlongs in 1:10.60. The winner is a Kentucky-bred by Gemologist-Look Who’s Ritzy. . .Trainer Mike Puhich had two wins Sunday: Forty Six Carats and Are Rated ($11.40). . .Before Sunday’s races, the Washington Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was officially inducted in a ceremony adjacent to the winner’s circle: Doris Harwood (trainer), Juan Gutierrez (jockey), Mustard Plaster (horse), Penney Family (trainer) and George Todaro (lifetime achievement) are the 2018 honorees and career highlight of all winners are available on YouTube. . .Harwood, coincidentally, bred Muckleshoot Tribal Classic winner Hit the Beach. . .The two remaining stakes in 2018 are the $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes for 3-year-olds and $50,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds, both on Sunday, September 23. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m., including a $6,502 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7.

2018 WA RACING HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

The 2018 WA Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on September 9.

The inductees:

HORSE – MUSTARD PLASTER

Mary Farley, the granddaughter of the horses owner Fraser Morrison accepted the plaque. Mustard Plaster was a top horse in the 1960s. THE WA-bred won the 1964 Californian at Hollywood Park.

JOCKEY – JUAN GUTIERREZ

TRAINER – DORIS HARWOOD

BREEDER – PENNEY FARMS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – DR. GEORGE TODARO

THE 2018 WASHINGTON RACING HALL OF FAME CLASS

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, September 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 WA Cup Filly and Mare S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, September 14 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $4,000 $6,800
Race 2 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600
Race 3 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200
Race 4 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300
Race 5 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 6 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600
Race 7 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400

Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, September 8

Awesome Return and Julien Couton

AWESOME RETURN PREVAILS IN SATURDAY FEATURE

AUBURN, Wash. (September 8, 2018) – Awesome Return out-finished Oldtimers Vision and posted a 2 ¾-length victory Saturday in the featured Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum Purse at Emerald Downs.

With Julien Couton riding, Awesome Return ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.09 and paid $5.20, $2.60 and $2.20. Candi Tollett is the winning trainer for owner John Parker, who with the victory took over sole possession of first place in the owners’ standings. With seven days left in the 2018 season, Parker leads Saratoga West 16-15.

A 7-year-old California-bred by Decarchy, Awesome Return has three wins at the meet and improved to 8-7-6 in 42 career starts with earnings of $458,476. The bay gelding won three stakes in 2014 including the $250,000 Snow Chief at Santa Anita in which Alert Bay finished third.

Oldtimers Vision, ridden by Javier Matias, held second and paid $3.40 and $3. The 7-year-old Pollard’s Vision gelding now has 17 exacta finishes in 42 career starts at Emerald Downs.

Long Game, longest shot on the board at 30 to 1, finished third under Patrick Henry Jr. and paid $6.20, while Jackson Teller, Ryan Walt, My Chief and Credit Line rounded out the order of finish.

NOTES: Rocco Bowen was off his mounts following a training mishap Saturday morning. Bowen, the meet’s leading with 97 wins, hopes to resume riding Sunday. . .

Mr. Frank ($6.60) prevailed in the $18,500 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds, running 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.48 and withstanding a stewards’ inquiry and trainer’s objection for the victory. The winner, a Kentucky-bred by Blame-La Lodola, was ridden by Javier Matias for Frank Lucarelli and co-owners Chris RandallNick RossiDennis Snowden. . .

Party for One ($11.80) scored his fourth win of the meet, rallying to take race three under Leonel Camacho-Flores for trainer Rigoberto Velasquez. Party for One is a 5-year-old Washington-bred by Desert Party. . .

Trainer Larry Ross saddled Candorosa ($13.20) and Zanab to a one-two finish in the Saturday opener. The winner, a 5-year-old Harbor the Gold mare, and the runner-up, a 7-year-old Kitalpha mare, are both triple winners at the meeting. . .

Trainer Chris Stenslie also had a cold exacta with Uzta Have Money ($6.60) and Only the High Road in race five. . .

Eight different jockeys and trainers had victories on the eight-race card, with Party for One the lone winner to pay double digits. . .

Lots of stakes action Saturday at Hastings in Vancouver: Sky Promise ($4.70) collared Weekend Wizard late to win the $150,000 BC Derby in 1:51.71 for 1 1/8 miles; Here’s Hannah ($3.80) led gate-to-wire in the $100,000 BC Oaks, and Emerald Distaff winner Reginella ($8) held off Notis the Jewell in the $50,000 Delta Colleen Handicap for older fillies and mares, with Top Quality finishing third. . .

Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m., featuring the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and up and $50,000 WA Cup Filly & Mare. Also Sunday, the 2018 Washington Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held prior to the first race.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, September 8
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight

 

EMERALD WRAP-UP FOR FRIDAY NIGHT

Opportunistic (right) holds off Hot Bobby (No. 3) in the Friday feature

OPPORTUNISTIC PREVAILS IN FRIDAY FEATURE RACE

 

AUBURN, Wash. (September 7, 2018) – Opportunistic took command into the lane and held off Hot Bobby for a head victory Friday in the $11,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Rocco Bowen, Opportunistic ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.10 and paid $16.20, $8 and $5. Mike Puhich is the winning trainer for owners Dr. Mark Dedomenico and North American Thoroughbred Racing Co.

For Opportunistic, who handed Barkley his first career defeat in the 2016 Emerald Downs Derby, the victory snapped a 12-race losing streak dating to a victory in the Winston Churchill Derby Trial in Vancouver on August 22, 2016. Opportunistic did it the hard way, too, dueling with Don’tbeshywillie through six furlongs in 1:10.41, shaking clear into the lane, and having just enough gas to hold off Hot Bobby in the final yards.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred by Sky Mesa, Opportunistic is 5-0-1 in 21 lifetime starts with earnings of $132,416.

Hot Bobby, ridden by Eswan Flores, rallied late to just miss the victory and paid $5.80 and $3.80, while Sorryaboutnothing, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Jose Zunino, rallied from last to finish third and paid $2.60 to show.

Archie Graham, Remembertobreathe, Guardingthemoney, Don’tbeshywillie and Snowball’s Chance rounded out the complete order of finish.

NOTES: Bowen (left) rode two winners Friday, boosting his season total to 97 wins in 59 days. He also moved into sole possession of fifth place all-time with 563 wins at Emerald Downs, two more than Frank Gonsalves. . .

Jeff Metz had two wins Friday—Intermix ($21.60) and Shahalie Shari ($9.40)— and opened an eight-win lead over Blaine Wright, 43-35, atop the trainers’ standings. Metz is on pace for his fourth Emerald Downs’ training title and first since 2015. . .

Wright leads in trainers’ earnings with over $710,000. . .

With the victory abaord Shahalie Shari, Gary Wales (right) hit the 50-win mark in his first season at Emerald Downs. . .

Gary “Trifecta King” Dougherty threw a ringer as the celebrity thrower in Friday’s weekly Horseshoe Toss, becoming the second track employee in a month with a ringer. Employees, however, are ineligible for the $1,000 prize. . .

Only eight days of live racing left in 2018, beginning with an eight-race card Saturday at 5 p.m.

EMERALD DOWNS RESULTS FOR FRIDAY

Results

Friday, September 7
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, September 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $18,500
Race 2 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 3 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 6 WA Cup Filly and Mare S. $50,000
Race 7 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300
Race 8 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic S. $50,000
Race 9 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800