Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, May 19

Iron Rob and jockey David Martin

IRON ROB RALLIES TO VICTORY IN SATURDAY FEATURE

AUBURN, Wash. (May 19, 2018) – Iron Rob rallied from last place and romped home for a 2 ¾-length victory over Mixo in Saturday’s $11,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

With David Martin riding, Iron Rob ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.89 and paid $10.80, $5.60 and $3.20, Ken Elison is the winning trainer and co-owner with Vicky Jo Elison.

A 5-year-old Florida-bred by Twirling Candy, Iron Rob tipped his hand in his Emerald Downs debut last month, finishing with a fast closing second to Daytona Beach at 5 ½ furlongs.

Saturday, Iron Rob took advantage of a speed duel between Daytona Beach and Twirling Cinnamon—who sizzled through fractions of :21.82 and :44.22—rallied four wide into the lane, gained the lead inside the eighth pole and quickly drew off.

Iron Rob has a career mark of 7-4-1 in 34 starts with earnings of $245,900. His biggest victory was in the 2016 Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita.

Mixo, with Kevin Orozco riding, rallied strongly for second and paid $9 and $4.80, while Royal Privacy, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Rocco Bowen, finished third and paid $3.

Twirling Cinnamon tired from his early efforts to finish fourth, and was followed by Thorn Legacy, There’s No Doubt and Daytona Beach. Alley Boss was scratched earlier in the day.

NOTES: Rocco Bowen and Kevin Orozco dominated action with three riding wins apiece on the eight-race card. Bowen tops the standings with 19 wins and is 15 wins shy of 500 at Emerald Downs. . .Trainer H.R. Pat Mullens—92 years young—is off to a great start with three wins in seven starts, including a second straight victory by Ryan Walt ($16.40) in the Saturday nightcap. . .Trainer Frank Lucarelli is continues his march toward becoming the first trainer with $10 million in purse earnings at Emerald Downs. Including a victory by Curious Rumor ($4.60) in the Saturday opener and a third-place finish by Little Joker in race two, Lucarelli upped his total to $9,955,972. . .Lucarelli is No. 2 all-time with 914 wins at Emerald Downs. . .Racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. First post is 2 p.m.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, May 19
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight

 

EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-UP FOR FRIDAY NIGHT

Frisky Bear and jockey Julien Couton

FRISKY BEAR PREVAILS IN MUCKLESHOOT PURSE

AUBURN, Wash. (May 18, 2018) – Frisky Bear collared Allotment past mid-stretch and rolled to a one-length victory in Friday’s $15,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

With Julien Couton aboard, Frisky Bear covered 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.63 and paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.40. Frank Lucarelli is the winning trainer and co-owner with Friday Friends Stable and Daniel Sargent.

In third place early, as Come Find Me and Allotment dueled through fractions of :22.38 and :46.21, Frisky Bear rallied into the lane, drew even with Allotment at the eighth pole and powered home for the victory.

A Washington-bred by Nationhood-Cascade Corona, Frisky Bear was stakes-place as a 2-year-old, finishing runner-up to track and state champion Bella Mia in the Washington Cup Juvenile Fillies. Facing males and routing for the first time in the Gottstein Futurity, Frisky Bear finished a respectable fifth. Her overall mark is 2-1-0 in five starts with earnings of $28,423.

Allotment, making her first start at Emerald Downs, held second and paid $5.60 and $3.60, while Shopping Tizzy finished well for third and paid $6.60.

Lucarelli, No. 2 all-time with 912 wins at Emerald Downs, is now within $50,000 of becoming the first trainer in track history with $10,000,000 in purse earnings.

NOTES: In the $15,200 co-feature for older fillies and mares, Fly Far Away ($8.60) scored a half-length victory over Guardian One in 1:04.61 for 5 ½ furlongs. Jose Zunino rode the 5-year-old Pleasantly Perfect mare for trainer Blaine Wright and owners/breeders Todd and Shawn Hansen. . . Trainer Roy Lumm made it 23 straight seasons with at least one win at Emerald Downs, as Private Boss ($8.40) rallied for a victory in Friday’s fourth race. Lumm is No. 6 all-time with 427 wins at Emerald Downs. . .After winning just 5 of 42 races the last two weeks, betting favorites went 4 for 7 Friday. . .Julien Couton swept the late double on Frisky Bear ($4.40) and Will Not ($4.60) and was the only jockey with multiple wins Friday. . .Rocco Bowen managed a victory on Uncle Ackie in race three and has wins on the first nine cards this season. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2 p.m. The Preakness simulcast is between Races 4 and 5 at Emerald Downs, with post time 3:48 p.m. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be on the track immediately following the Preakness. There also is a $3,326 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, May 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $15,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $32,000 $18,500
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600
Race 3 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 4 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 6 Seattle S. $50,000
Race 7 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 8 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Sunday, May 20 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $32,000 $18,500
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600
Race 3 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 4 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 6 Seattle S. $50,000
Race 7 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 8 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800

Final Entries

Saturday, May 19
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $18,500
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $10,000 $11,200
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $3,500 $6,800

$50,000 SEATTLE STAKES TESTS 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES

Bella Mia

AUBURN, Wash. (May 13, 2018) – Bella Mia, track and state champion 2-year-old filly of 2017, is among 10 sophomore fillies nominated to the $50,000 Seattle Stakes on Sunday, May 20.

A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold trained by Blaine Wright, Bella Mia won three stakes and over $90,000 for owners John and Janene Maryanski last year. In fact, Bella Mia led every step while reeling off four straight wins, including scores in the Angie C, Barbara Shinpoch and Washington Cup Juvenile Stakes, and was unanimously voted Emerald Downs’ champion 2-year-old filly.

At six furlongs, the Seattle is the first of 29 stakes worth $1,630,000 to be run this season, and kicks off the four-race series for sophomore fillies that includes the June 10 Kent Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, July 1 Irish Day Stakes at one mile and July 22 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 mile.

Although Bella Mia has earned the marquee, talent runs deep in the 3-year-old filly division.
Wright and owner Peter Redekop, who teamed with Alliford Bay to win the 2017 Seattle, appear to have another exciting prospect with Toni Ann’s Miracle. A Florida-bred by Hear No Evil, Toni Ann’s Miracle compiled a 4-3-1 record in 11 starts and over $120,000 in earnings in her home state, and comes off a 5 ¼-length win (78 Beyer) vs. allowance foes at Gulfstream Park.

Sue and Tim Spooner’s Ima Happy Cat comes off a sparkling maiden special weight victory at Golden Gate Fields, running six furlongs in 1:09.80 and earning a 74 Beyer. Her dam, Infernal McGoon, was a multiple Emerald Downs’ stakes winner and state and track champion in 2004. Blue Ribbon Racing #16 also has a top prospect in Spot On, a daughter of Nationhood-Sudden Departure that raced to a four-length victory vs. maiden special weights in her debut here last month.

Carol Duby’s Stay in Grace was a multiple stakes winner last winter at Portland Meadows, and Paul Treasure’s Im the Queen was stakes-placed twice this spring at Turf Paradise and finished third to Diamonds R and Brilliant Bird in a May 5 allowance race.

$50,000 Seattle Stakes, Sunday, May 20
3-Year-Old Fillies, 6 Furlongs
Horse. . . . . Owner. . . . .Trainer
Bella Mia (3/WA) John & Janene Maryanski Blaine Wright
Brilliant Bird (3/WA) Ron Crockett Inc. Terry Gillihan
Come Find Me (3/KY) Coal Creek Farm David Martinez
Diamonds R (3/KY) George Todaro Tom Wenzel
Gold Supply (3/WA) Penny L. Jensen Larry Pierce
I’m the Queen (3/ID) Paul Treasure Paul Treasure
Ima Happy Cat (3/CA) Sue & Tim Spooner  Dan Markle
Spot On (3/WA) Blue Ribbon Racing #16 Kay Cooper
Stay in Grace (3/ORE) Carol M. Duby Linda Northam
Toni Ann’s Miracle (3/FLA) Peter Redekop BC Ltd. Blaine Wright

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, May 19 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $18,500
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $10,000 $11,200
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $3,500 $6,800

Final Entries

Friday, May 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $15,200
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $5,000 $8,800
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $15,000
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,000

Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, May 13

Barkley edges Mach One Rules in $21,500 allowance feature

BARKLEY BACK IN WINNER’S CIRCLE, EDGES MACH ONE RULES

AUBURN, Wash. (May 13, 2018) – Barkley turned in a sensational 2018 debut Sunday at Emerald Downs, unleashing a powerful stretch run and notching a one-three-quarter-length victory over archrival Mach One Rules in the $21,500 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up.

With Javier Matias riding at 120 lbs, Barkley ran 5 ½ furlongs in a meet-fastest 1:02.94 and paid $7.60 and $3. Howard Belvoir trains the winner for Rising Star Stable III.

Mach One Rules, 2017 Washington Horse of the Year and Emerald Downs’ Horse of the Meeting, rallied strongly along the rail but was outfinished by Barkley through the final furlong. It was the sixth time in nine meetings that Barkley has finished ahead of Mach One Rules.

The 1-2 favorite ridden by Julien Couton at 120 lbs, Mach One Rules paid$2.20 to place. So Lucky, also trained by Belvoir, finished third, while Grinder Sparksaglo finished fourth. C R Bullitt was scratched earlier in the day.

A prep for the $50,000 Governor’s Stakes on June 3, Sunday’s race unfolded as many envisioned, with the speedster So Lucky leading through fractions of :22.28 and :45.12.
Barkley trailed the field from the inside, but was only three lengths off the pace. Angled out into the lane by Matias, Barkley accelerated powerfully and overhauled So Lucky and Mach One Rules for the victory.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred by Munnings, Barkley is 8-2-1 in 13 career starts with earnings of $219,150, including $11,825 for Sunday’s victory.

Mach One Rules ran well in defeat, slipping through inside into the stretch and finishing strongly to the wire. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Mach One Rules is 7-8-2 in 20 starts with earnings of $291,026.

Sunday’s race sets up a dandy rematch in the six-furlong Governor’s. Last year, Barkley edged Mach One Rules by a neck in 1:07.92.

NOTES: Barkley’s victory was a great birthday present for Washington Hall of Fame Trainer Howard Belvoir, 74 Sunday. . .

Hit the Beach ($8.80) nailed Oh Marvelous Me in the final strides to capture the $18,500 co-feature for 3-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs. A 5-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding, Hit the Beach covered 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.09 with Eswan Flores riding for trainer H.R. Mullens. . .

Rocco Bowen rode two winners and tops the jockeys’ standings with 15 wins, while Flores Gary Wales and Kevin Orozco are tied for second with seven wins apiece. . .

Racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m. The race week includes Saturday’s simulcast of Justify in the Preakness Stakes and Sunday’s annual exotic animal races.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, May 13
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $21,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, May 18 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $15,200
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $5,000 $8,800
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $15,000
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $6,000

Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, May 12

Bet the Harbor and jockey Jose Zunino

BET THE HARBOR SCORES AGAIN IN SATURDAY FEATURE

AUBURN, Wash. (May 12, 2018) – Bet the Harbor swept past the leaders into the lane and romped to a 4 ¾-length victory Saturday in the $15,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Jose Zunino, Bet the Harbor ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.45 on a fast track and paid $12.40, $6.20 and $4.80. Mary Pirone is the trainer for owners Mike Dale and Gary Borman.
With the victory, Bet the Harbor joined Dudley Studley and Rojo Bou Peep as the only horses with two wins at the meet.

Hot Bobby, a ridden by Eswan Flores, rallied inside and edged Estiqaa for second place and paid $13.20 and $6.80. Estiqaa, ridden by Rocco Bowen, held third and paid $4.20 to show, and The Press, the 7-5 betting favorite ridden by Jennifer Whitaker weakened to fourth place. Guardingthemoney, Tiz Jolie, Salty Minnow and Remembertobreathe completed the order of finish.

Winless in five starts this winter in Arizona, Bet the Harbor is two-for-two since blinkers were removed prior to his win here April 28. Saturday, he stalked Guardingthemoney and The Press through fractions of :23.11 and :45.87, rallied three wide past the leaders into the stretch, and drew clear for an easy victory.

A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Harbor the Gold-Stormy Bet, Bet the Harbor is 4-6-2 in 24 starts with earnings of $60,830 including $8,580 for Saturday’s victory.

NOTES: Dudley Studley ($8.20) won his second straight at the meet, running six furlongs in 1:10.71 under Eswan Flores in Saturday’s fourth race. The victory gave owner Tawnja Elison her meet-leading fifth win. . .

Jeff Metz saddled two winners and already has four two-win days this season. Metz owns a 9-6 lead on Frank Lucarelli atop the trainers’ standings. . .

Flores and Rocco Bowen rode two winners each on the eight-race card. Bowen has at least one win on all seven cards and leads Kevin Orozco 13-7 in the jockeys’ standings. . .

Trainer Sandi Gann is off to a hot start, compiling a 2-1-0 record with her first three starters including a victory by Sorryaboutnothing ($3.40) in Saturday’s sixth race. A 5-year-old Repent gelding, Sorryaboutnothing ran one mile in 1:36.53 and was claimed by owner Michael Pollowitz for $10,000. . .

Racing resumes Sunday with a nine-race card at 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Mach One Rules (6-5) and Barkley (8-5) make their 2018 debuts in Race 3, a $21,500 allowance for 3-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs. So Lucky (5-2), Grinder Sparksaglo (8-1) and C R Bullitt (15-1) round out the five-horse field.