Emerald Downs Announces 2019 Race Dates

Live racing returns Saturday, April 20

EMERALD DOWNS ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES

Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino has announced a 67-day live racing season in 2019, with opening day Saturday, April 20, and continuing through Sunday, September 22.

The 2019 race dates were approved Friday at the Washington Horse Racing Commission monthly meeting at Emerald Downs, and are nearly identical to last season’s 67-day meeting.

Opening day, April 20, is the lone racing day Easter weekend, followed by Saturday/Sunday racing April 27-28 and May 4-5. Friday racing begins May 10 and continues the remaining 20 weeks of the season.

Post times also remain the same as last season: 2 pm Sundays, 6:30 pm Fridays, and either 2 pm or 5 pm Saturdays. The first eight Saturdays, April 20 thru June 8, feature a 2 o’clock post and the final 15 Saturdays, June 15 thru September 21, feature a 5 o’clock post. The annual Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 3, also begins at 5 pm.

The 84th Longacres Mile (G3) will be run Sunday, August 11, with the complete 2019 stakes schedule released in January.

2019 Emerald Downs Live Race Days

April (3): Saturday, April 20, 2 pm; Saturday, April 27, 2 pm; Sunday, April 28, 2 pm

May (13): Saturday, May 4, 2 pm; Sunday, May 5, 2 pm; Friday, May 10, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 11, 2 pm; Sunday, May 12, 2 pm; Friday, May 17, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 18, 2 pm; Sunday, May 19, 2 pm; Friday, May 24, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 25, 2 pm; Sunday, May 26, 2 pm; Monday, May 27, 2 pm; Friday May 31, 6:30 pm

June (14): Saturday, June 1, 2 pm; Sunday, June 2, 2 pm; Friday, June 7, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 8, 2 pm; Sunday, June 9, 2 pm; Friday, June 14, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 15, 5 pm; Sunday, June 16, 2 pm; Friday, June 21, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 22, 5 pm; Sunday, June 23, 2 pm; Friday, June 28, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 29, 5 pm; Sunday, June 30, 2 pm

July (13): Wednesday, July 3, 5 pm; Friday, July 5, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 6, 5 pm; Sunday, July 7, 2 pm; Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 13, 5 pm; Sunday, July 14, 2 pm; Friday, July 19, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 20, 5 pm; Sunday, July 21, 2 pm; Friday, July 26, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 27, 5 pm; Sunday, July 28, 2 pm

August (14): Friday, Aug 2, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 3, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 4, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 9, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 10, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 11, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 16, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 17, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 18, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 23, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 24, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 25, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 30, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 31, 5 pm

September (10): Sunday, Sept 1, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 6, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 7, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 8, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 13, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 14, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 15, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 20, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 21, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 22, 2 pm

2018 Emerald Downs Season Honors

Sippin Fire and Rocco Bowen both dominated in 2018

SIPPIN FIRE 2018 HORSE OF MEETING

AUBURN, Wash. (September 24, 2018) – Sippin Fire was voted Horse of the Meeting, Top 3-Year-Old and Top Washington-bred as Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino announced its 2018 season honors Monday.

Trained by Steve Bullock, Sippin Fire won a meet-high four stakes and earned $115,425 for owners How We Roll #4. He becomes only the third sophomore to win Horse of the Meeting, and is the third consecutive Harbor the Gold gelding to win the honor (Sippin Fire, 2018; Mach One Rules, 2017; O B Harbor, 2016).

Rocco Bowen, regular rider on Sippin Fire, topped the 100-win mark for the third consecutive year while becoming the first jockey to win three straight titles at Emerald Downs. Bowen led in wins (109), stakes wins (6) and earnings ($1,065,618).

Jeff Metz with 43 wins won his fourth straight training title, while Blaine Wright led in stakes wins (9) and earnings ($787,191). Wright also trained four different 2018 champions—Riser (Sprinter and Older Horse), Reginella (Older Filly or Mare), Bella Mia (3-Year-Old Filly) and Baja Sur (Juvenile Male).

John Parker and Saratoga West tied for Leading Owner with 17 wins apiece, giving Parker his third straight title in that department.

Northwest Factor, upset winner of the Gottstein Futurity, was voted Top 2-Year-Old Filly. Her owners, How We Roll #4, won six stakes and were No. 1 in owners’ earnings with $211,800.

Papa Mambo, the meet’s only five-time winner, was voted Top Claimer. A 6-year-old mare by Papa Clem, Papa Mambo was 5-0-0 in six starts for trainers Manny Ortiz, Candi Tollett and Joe Toye.

H.R. Pat Mullens was honored with Top Training Achievement after becoming the oldest trainer to win a stakes at Emerald Downs at age 91. In fact, Hit the Beach won both the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes and won four races overall for Mullens.

Barkley’s thrilling victory over Alert Bay in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) was voted Race of the Meeting, and Barkley also was the meet’s top earner with $144,475.

Riser

Emerald Downs 2018 Season Honors
Horse of the Meeting: Sippin Fire
Top Washington-bred: Sippin Fire
Top Older Horse: Riser
Top Sprinter: Riser
Top Older Filly or Mare: Reginella
Top 3-Year-Old Male: Sippin Fire
Top 3-Year-Old Filly: Bella Mia
Top Juvenile Male: Baja Sur
Top Juvenile Filly: Northwest Factor
Top Claimer: Papa Mambo
Race of the Meeting: Longacres Mile
Leading Jockey Wins: Rocco Bowen (109)
Leading Jockey Stakes Wins: Rocco Bowen (6)
Leading Jockey Earnings: Rocco Bowen ($1,065,618)
Leading Trainer Wins: Jeff Metz (43)
Leading Trainer Stakes Wins: Blaine Wright (9)
Leading Trainer Earnings: Blaine Wright ($787,191)
Leading Owner: tie-John E. Parker (17), Saratoga West (17)
Leading Owner Earnings: How We Roll #4 ($211,800)
Leading Horse Wins: Papa Mambo (5)
Leading Horse Stakes Wins: Sippin Fire (4)
Leading Horse Earnings: Barkley ($144,475)
Race of the Meeting: Longacres Mile
Top Riding Achievement: Rocco Bowen, first jockey to win three straight titles
Top Training Achievement: H.R. Pat Mullens, wins stakes at age 91
Leading Apprentice: Francisco Orduna-Rojas (12)
Durkan Award: Vince Gibson
Lindy Award: Lorenzo Lopez

EMERALD DOWNS FINAL DAY WRAP-UP OF THE 2018 LIVE RACING SEASON

Yulong Warrior and Evin Roman

YULONG WARRIOR SPRINGS UPSET IN $100,000 GETAWAY DAY

AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 23, 2018) – Yulong Warrior invaded Emerald Downs and rolled from behind for a 1 ¼-length victory over Weekend Wizard in the $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday, closing day of the 2018 season.

Boundary Bay finished third while Sippin Fire, bidding for a fifth consecutive stakes victory, finished fourth as the 6-to-5 favorite.

With Evin Roman riding at 124 lbs, Yulong Warrior ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.61 and paid $14.80, $5.60 and $5.20. Doug O’Neill is the winning trainer for owner Zhang Yueshang of Shuozhou, China.

A Florida-bred by Street Cry, Yulong Warrior earned $53,350 to boost his life total to $247,931. His overall record is 3-3-1 in 10 starts.

A stakes winner in Dubai, Yulong Warrior had raced only once previously in North America, finishing fourth in the $100,000 Shared Belief last month at Del Mar. O’Neill said via text that Niall Daulton and Michael Donohoe, representatives of the owner, made the decision to run at Emerald Downs.

Assistant trainer Leandro Mora, who handled saddling duties Sunday, said the connections hold the winner in high regard.

“I was in Dubai when this horse race, and we’ve always liked him,” Mora said.

Yulong Warrior saved ground while racing off a fairly fast pace, as Boundary Bay led through six furlongs in 1:10.50. Angled out into the stretch, Yulong Warrior swept past Boundary Bay and Weekend Wizard and won going away. The winning time was second fastest of the meet for 1 1/16 miles; Riser won the Mt. Rainier Stakes in 1:40.08.

“We broke a little slow, but he’s a smart horse and was very relaxed,” said Roman, the Eclipse Award-winning Apprentice of 2017. “When I asked him, he really ran a big one today.”

Weekend Wizard overtook Boundary Bay into the lane but was unable to withstand the winner and finished second. Ridden by Rico Walcott at 124 lbs, the runner-up paid $3.60 and $2.80.

Weekend Wizard earned $19,400 for finishing second and an additional $10,000 for finishing in the top three in all three legs of the Northwest Triple (Muckleshoot Derby, B.C. Derby, Getaway Day Stakes). Weekend Wizard finished second to Sippin Fire in the Muckleshoot Derby, second to Sky promise in the B.C. Derby, and second to Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Day.

Boundary Bay, ridden by Javier Matias at 122 lbs, held third and paid $8.20. Younger brother of 2016 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting O B Harbor, Boundary Bay placed in five stakes this season at Emerald Downs.

Sippin Fire raced in striking position to the head of the lane but lacked his customary punch under Rocco Bowen and finished fourth. Nevertheless, the Harbor the Gold gelding was voted 2018 Horse of the Meeting, Top 3-Year-Old and Top Washington-bred.

Hey Sequoia, Canadian Game, Elliott Bay and Not Yet completed the order of finish.

O’Neill now has two wins at Emerald Downs—Sky Jack in the 2003 Longacres Mile and Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Stakes. And Roman also has two wins at Emerald Downs—Gold Rush Dancer in the 2017 Longacres Mile and Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Stakes.

Northwest Factor (No. 8) and Gary Wales

NORTHWEST FACTOR SPRINGS GOTTSTEIN UPSET

Although Sippin Fire didn’t get the top prize in the Getaway, the ownership group How We Roll #4 still had plenty to cheer about Sunday.

Northwest Factor, owned by How We Roll #4 and trained by Steve Bullock, wore down Time ’n Time Again for a head victory in the $89,500 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds.

With Gary Wales riding his first stakes winner at Emerald Downs, Northwest Factor covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.99 and paid $50.80, $18.40 and $8.40. She became the 14th filly to win the Gottstein in the 81-year history of the race, and the fourth at Emerald Downs.

With the victory, Northwest Factor became a double stakes winner at the meet and clinched honors as Top 2-Year-Old Filly. A Kentucky-bred by The Factor, Northwest Factor is 2-2-2 in six starts with earnings of $95,700, including a hefty $47,850 for the Gottstein.

Northwest Factor earned the victory Sunday. Prominent throughout, she gutted it out through the stretch and finally pushed past Time ’n Time Again in the last few jumps.

“I hadn’t won a stakes all meet, so this is really nice,” Wales said. “I’ve been watching this filly and I knew she wanted to run long.”

Time ’n Time Again, ridden by Julien Couton, finished second but was disqualified and placed last for interfering with Frolic and Detour past mid-stretch. Frolic and Detour and jockey Eswan Flores were attempting to rally inside and went down hard in the mishap, but both the jockey and rider appeared to escape the incident uninjured.

Palladium, ridden by Evin Roman, was promoted from third to second place and paid $4.20 and $3.80. The outcome gave O’Neill a win and a second with his two Southern California shippers.

Fuzzy Dolphin, with Kevin Orozco riding, finished fourth but was moved up to third and paid $6.80 to show. Winner of the Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings three weeks ago, Fuzzy Dolphin set fractions of :22.84, :46.08 and 1:10.79 before yielding to Time ’n Time Again into the stretch. Mr. Frank, Forty Six Carats, Ally On Fire, Emily’s Gold, Reno Roy and Hardy Chisel completed the order of finish.

For Bullock, the victory gave him his sixth stakes wins this season; four with Sippin Fire and two with Northwest Factor.

Hit the Beach and Eswan Flores

HIT THE BEACH PREVAILS IN PETE PEDERSEN

Hit the Beach continued his late-season assault with a powerful 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

Ridden by Eswan Flores at 122 lbs, Hit the Beach ran 6-½ furlongs in a meet-best 1:13.99 and paid $28, $11.20 and $5.60. H.R. Pat Mullens—the oldest trainer ever to win an Emerald Downs’ stakes at age 91—is the conditioner and co-owner with Ed Zenker of Tacoma and R.A. Swede Larson of Snohomish.

Hit the Beach finished the season with three wins in his last four starts, including the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and the Pete Pedersen, and finished with four wins overall. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Hit the Beach earned over $64,000 this season.

Saving ground throughout, Hit the Beach sat behind sizzling fractions of :21.75, :43.48 and 1:07.73, reeled in Oh Marvelous Me past-mid-stretch and won going away.

Mixo, with Kevin Orozco riding at 118 lbs, edged Oh Marvelous Me for second and paid $12.20 and $6.60. A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Abraaj, Mixo compiled a 1-3-1 record in five starts at the meet.

Oh Marvelous Me, the 8 to 5 favorite ridden by Julien Couton at 120 lbs, finished third while rallying into a hot pace and paid $2.60 to show. A 6-year-old Bluegrass Cat gelding, Oh Marvelous Me was coming off a third in the Longacres Mile and is now 6-3-4 in 14 career starts at Emerald Downs.

Mike Man’s Gold, bidding for his 20th Emerald Downs’ victory, finished fourth and was followed by Strate Remark, Conquest Cobra, Royal Privacy, Bistraya, Cross Creek and Kaabraaj.

Kaabraaj held the previous mark for fastest 6 ½ furlongs of the meeting with a 1:14.31 clocking on July 8.

No Talking Back and Jose Zunino

NO TALKING BACK DOMINATES FAN APPRECIATION DAY

No Talking Back capped a strong season with a 2 ¼-length victory in the $25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Stakes for older fillies and mares.

Beginning the season a maiden, No Talking Back compiled a 3-1-2 record in seven starts and earned $59,350 for owners Jody Peetz of Issaquah and Steve Shimizu of Bellevue.

Ridden by Jose Zunino at 119 lbs, No Talking Back ran one mile in 1:35.98 and paid $10.80, $5.60 and $3.20. Chris Stenslie is the winning trainer.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Flatter-Talk to My Lawyer, No Talking Back is stakes-placed three times at the meet, but was coming off an uncharacteristic sixth in the Washington Cup Filly and Mare two weeks ago. She got a perfect trip Sunday and notched her first stakes win, sitting behind a hot and contested pace before bounding to the lead into the lane.

No Talking Back has an overall record of 3-5-3 in 16 starts with earnings of $86,742.

Blazinbeauty, ridden by Javier Matias at 117 lbs, closed strong to finish second and paid $9.80 and $5.20, and Fly Far Away, the 5 to 2 favorite ridden by Austin Solis, finished third and paid $3.40 to show.

Camano Comet, the leader through six furlongs in 1:10.23, finished fourth and was followed by Brilliant Bird, Little Dancer, Jerre to Carrie, Gazing, Retreat Yourself, McDove and Guardian One.

Talk to My Lawyer, dam of No Talking Back, won the 2011 Gottstein Futurity while Blazinbeauty won the 2016 Gottstein.

NOTES: The $0.50 All Stakes Pick Four paid $5,487.10. . .The $0.50 Pick 5 paid a season-high $28,317. . .

Rocco Bowen became the first jockey to win three straight Emerald Downs’ riding title, finishing with 109 wins including two Sunday. . .

Jeff Metz edged Blaine Wright 43-41 for the training title, his fourth Emerald Downs’ crown and first since 2015. . .

John Parker and Saratoga West tied for leading owner with 17 wins apiece. It’s Parker’s third straight owners’ title. . .

2017 Longacres Mile winner Gold Rush Dancer paraded on the track between Sunday’s first and second races. Parker recently retired the 5-year-old Private Gold gelding. . .

Eswan Flores rode three winners Sunday. . .That’s a wrap for live racing in 2018. We’ll see you in 2019 for our 24th season!

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Results

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Pete Pedersen Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Getaway Day S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Gottstein Futurity $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight

 

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Sunday, September 23, 2018​

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Results

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Pete Pedersen Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Getaway Day S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Gottstein Futurity $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight

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Results

Saturday, September 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $25,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $3,500 $7,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Allowance $22,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100 Overnight Overnight

 

EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-UP FOR FRIDAY

Fats Dominus (No. 4) and jockey Austin Solis

FATS DOMINUS PREVAILS NARROWLY IN FRIDAY FEATURE

AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 21, 2018) – Fats Dominus held off Only the High Road for a neck victory Friday in the featured Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Austin Solis, Fats Dominus covered six furlongs in 1:08.90 and paid $18, $9.40 and $4. Joe Toye is the winning trainer and co-owner with Rick Kessler of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred by Dominus, Fats Dominus is finishing the season on a high note, compiling a 2-1-0 record in his last five starts. His overall mark is 3-1-0 in 11 starts with earnings of $17,693.

Fats Dominus earned the victory, dueling with Executive Decree through fractions of :22.00, :44.37 and :56.35, edging clear past mid-stretch and holding off Only the High Road in the final yards.

Only the High Road, ridden by Jose Zunino, closed steadily through the lane and just missed the victory, paying $6.60 and $3.20. The hard-luck runner-up now has five seconds and two thirds in 10 starts this season.

Executive Decree, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Leslie Mawing, finished third and paid $2.40, while Bernie, Don’tbeshywillie, Prikati and Bromance completed the order of finish. Distortedatthebar was scratched and is re-entered Sunday.

NOTES: Toye and Terra Firma Farm also connected with first race winner Carr Creek ($5.60) and now have 14 wins this season, trailing only Saratoga West (17 wins) and John Parker (16) in the owners’ standings. . .

With two days remaining in the season, Jeff Metz still leads Blaine Wright 43-40 atop the trainers’ standings. . .

Rocco Bowen has clinched the riding title with 106 wins including a victory on Please Be Me ($5.80) in Friday’s third race. . .

Old-timers book-ended the card with 10-year-old Carr Creek winning the opener and 11-year-old Trelawny ($9) taking the nightcap. Trelawny now has 22 career victories including five the last two years at Emerald Downs. . .

Julien Couton was the lone jockey with two wins Friday, his 65th and 66th of the meet. Couton is two back of Kevin Orozco in the battle for second place. . .Racing continues Saturday with a nine-race program at 5 p.m., and includes the final race of the $22,300 WHBPA & WTBOA Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles.

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Results

Friday, September 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $3,500 $7,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 4 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 5 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight S. $25,000
Race 6 Pete Pedersen Overnight S. $25,000
Race 7 Getaway Day S. $100,000
Race 8 Gottstein Futurity $50,000
Race 9 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200
Race 10 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 11 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000

Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, September 20

Sippin Fire and jockey Rocco Bowen

SIPPIN FIRE AIMS FOR RECORD BOOK IN $100,000 GETAWAY DAY

Sippin Fire heads a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes, the headliner on the 11-race closing day extravaganza co-featuring the $50,000 Gottstein Futurity and two overnight stakes.

With a victory in Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile Getaway, Sippin Fire would place the exclamation point on an already extraordinary 2018 campaign. Trained by Steve Bullock for How We Roll #4, Sippin Fire aims to tie Noosa Beach’s single-season record of five stakes wins set in 2010, and surpass Flying Notes’ single-season earnings record by a 3-year-old of $154,415 set in 2002.

David Israel, one of six members of How We Roll #4, said Bullock foresaw talent very early with Sippin Fire.

“Steve called (Sippin Fire) him Champ from the beginning, and he said the horse would make $100,000,” Israel said. “I don’t think he’s been too surprised.”

A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Sippin Fire has reeled off stakes wins at four different distances, earned over $108,000, and made a strong bid for Horse of the Meeting. He drew the No. 2 post Sunday with regular rider Rocco Bowen taking the mount at 124 lbs.

Sippin Fire has worked once since his 3 1/4-length victory in the Washington Cup, five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 last week, and Bullock said his gelding is ready to roll.

“He’s a smart horse out of a family of runners,” Bullock said. “He’s a pleaser, he does whatever you ask him to do.”

Regardless of Sunday’s outcome, Bullock said Sippin Fire will get the winter off before tackling older runners in 2019.

“He’s going to get a break, and hopefully be a (Longacres) Mile horse next year,” Bullock said.

In addition to Sippin Fire, Bullock and How We Roll #4 also have the stakes-winning filly Northwest Factor in Sunday’s $50,000 Gottstein Futurity. How We Roll #4 enters closing week first in owners’ earnings with $156,675.

3YO Single-Season Earnings
Flying Notes (2002), $154,415
Jumron Won (2001), $148,600
Mulcahy (2007), $135,059
Barkley (2016), $110,775
Sippin Fire (2018), $108,150
Gallon (2008), $105,775
Makors Mark (2000), $102,605

The field for the 1st running of the $100,000 Getaway Stakes:

1-Boundary Bay, Javier Matias, 122 lbs;

2-Sippin Fire, Rocco Bowen, 124;

3-Not Yet, Leslie Mawing, 122;

4-Yulong Warrior, Evin Roman, 124;

5-Hey Sequoia, Eswan Flores, 122;

6-Canadian Game, Mario Gutierrez, 122;

7-Elliott Bay, Jennifer Whitaker, 122;

8-Weekend Wizard, Rico Walcott, 124.

Weekend Wizard

WEEKEND WIZARD IN LINE FOR $10,000 BONUS

With a top three finish Sunday, Weekend Wizard earns a $10,000 bonus for finishing first, second or third in all three legs of the 2018 Northwest Triple, composed of the Muckelshoot Derby, B.C. Derby and Getaway Stakes.

Owned by Riversedge Racing Stables (Norman Castiglione, Okotoks, Alberta), Weekend Wizard ran sensational races while finishing second to Sippin Fire in the Muckleshoot Derby and second to Sky Promise in the B.C. Derby. A 3-year-old B.C.-bred by Rosberg, Weekend Wizard is 4-3-1 in 11 career starts with earnings of $119,700.

A $100,000 bonus is offered to any horse sweeping the Muckleshoot Derby, B.C. Derby and Getaway Stakes, but after winning the Muckleshoot Derby the connections of Sippin Fire chose to remain home and run in the Washington Cup Sophomore Colts & Geldings Stakes.

THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS SPONSOR!

Just a reminder that the Getaway Stakes is made possible by an anonymous sponsor who donated $180,000 to the 2018 stakes schedule at Emerald Downs—$100,000 for the Getaway Stakes and $80,000 to restore from $30,000 to $50,000 the Seattle Stakes, Auburn Stakes, Hastings Stakes and Governor’s Stakes.

Per the anonymous sponsor’s request, a portion of nomination, entry and starting fees for the Seattle, Auburn, Hastings and Governor’s stakes were donated to four different Thoroughbred aftercare programs, and all of the entry and starting fees to the Getaway Stakes will be donated to the same charities: Prodigious Fund, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms, and Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Leslie Mawing

  • Leslie Mawing, No. 4 all-time with 744 wins at Emerald Downs, rides all three days closing weekend including mounts on Not Yet in the Getaway Stakes and Emily’s Gold in the Gottstein Futurity. Mawing finished eighth with 27 wins at the Canterbury Park meeting that concluded Sunday.
  • Mario Gutierrez, two-time winner of both the Kentucky Derby and Longacres Mile, returns to Emerald Downs to ride Canadian Game in the Getaway Stakes and the filly Forty Six Carats in the Gottstein Futurity.
  • Evin Roman, victorious on Gold Rush Dancer in the 2017 Longacres Mile, rides Yulong Warrior in the Getaway and Palladium in the Gottstein for trainer Doug O’Neill.
  • Northlands Park riding champ Rico Walcott has the mount on Weekend Wizard in the Getaway Stakes.
  • The closing day weather forecast is promising; mostly sunny with a high of 67 degrees.

Fuzzy Dolphin

FULL GATE FOR $50,000 GOTTSTEIN FUTURITY

Also Sunday, 2-year-olds race 1 1/16 miles in the 81st renewal of the $50,000 Gottstein Futurity.

A full field of 12–led by Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings winner Fuzzy Dolphin–is entered in the meet’s only route stakes for juveniles.

Three fillies–Slingshot Mistress, Northwest Factor and Forty Six Carats–are entered in this year’s renewal. Fillies traditionally have fared well in the race, amassing 13 wins including three at Emerald Downs, most recently Blazinbeauty in 2016.

Trainer Doug O’Neill, who entered Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Stakes, ships in Palladium for the Gottstein. A Kentucky-bred by Graydar, Palladium comes off a second in a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer at Del Mar.

The field for the 81st running of the $50,000 Joe Gottstein Futurity: 1-Slingshot Mistress, Jose Zunino, 117 lbs;

2-Ally On Fire, David G. Lopez, 120;

3-Emily’s Gold, Leslie Mawing, 120;

4-Palladium, Evin Roman, 120;

5-Fuzzy Dolphin, Kevin Orozco, 120;

6-Mr. Frank, Javier Matias, 120;

7-Time ‘n Time Again, Julien Couton, 120;

8-Northwest Factor, Gary Wales, 117;

9-Forty Six Carats, Mario Gutierrez, 117;

10-Hardy Chisel, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 120;

11-Reno Roy, Rocco Bowen 120;

12-Frolic and Detour, Eswan Flores, 120.

$0.50 ALL STAKES PICK FOUR SUNDAY

In addition to the Getaway Day Stakes and Gottstein Futurity, Sunday’s 11-race card also features the $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 6 1/2 furlongs, and $25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile.

A special all-stakes $0.50 Pick 4 will be offered with past performances appearing nationwide in the Daily Racing Form. The $0.50 Pick 4, encompassing Races 5 thru 8, drew a combined 43 entries including three also-eligibles.

Race 5 (4:07 p.m.): $25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight Stakes

Race 6 (4:38 p.m): $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes

Race 7 (5:09 p.m.): $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes

Race 8 (5:39 p.m.): $50,000 Gottstein Futurity

RACING THIS WEEK

Friday, September 21
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday
Live Music (Track Level)

Saturday, September 22
5 p.m. (9 races)
$17,200 Distance Series Final Event
September Saturdays
2018 Season Honors
Sonic Funk Orchestra (after races)

Sunday, September 23
2 p.m. (11 races)
Fan Appreciation Day/Jersey Day
2018 Season Honors
$100,000 Getaway Stakes
$50,000 Gottstein Futurity
$25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes
$25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Stakes

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Sunday, September 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 4 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 5 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight S. $25,000
Race 6 Pete Pedersen Overnight S. $25,000
Race 7 Getaway Day S. $100,000
Race 8 Gottstein Futurity $50,000
Race 9 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200
Race 10 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000
Race 11 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000

Final Entries

Saturday, September 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 3 Claiming – $25,000 $15,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $18,500
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $15,000
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $3,500 $7,600
Race 7 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 8 Starter Allowance $22,300
Race 9 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100

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