EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-UP FOR SATURDAY EVENINGS CARD

Grinder Sparksaglo and Juan Gutierrez

GRINDER SPARKSAGLO SHOW HIS STUFF IN FEATURE

AUBURN, Wash. (July 20, 2019) – The classy Grinder Sparksaglo took command into the stretch and scored a 1 ½-length victory Saturday in the $18,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

Scoring his 14th career victory, Grinder Sparksaglo covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.40 and paid $6.80, $3.40 and $2.60. Juan Gutierrez is the winning rider for trainer Robbie Baze and owner Richard Sena of Federal Way, Wash.

Grinder Sparksaglo powered past Boundary Bay into the stretch, quickly opened a two-length lead, and held off Upo and The Press for the victory. A Washington-bred 8-year-old, Grinder Sparksaglo finished third and fourth to Anyportinastorm in the Governor’s Stakes and Budweiser Stakes and was dropping in class Saturday.

Baze, who has conditioned Grinder Sparksaglo throughout a 55-race career, said the gelding would be nominated to the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 11.

Upo, ridden by Franklin Ceballos, finished strongly and edged The Press for second place and paid $3.80 and $2.80. The Press, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, finished third and paid $4.60 to show, while Boundary Bay, Trump Itz and Leroy rounded out the order of finish.

A dark bay by Grindstone-Cule Flyer, Grinder Sparksaglo is 14-11-12 from 55 starts with $234,192 in earnings. His wins are distributed evenly between Portland Meadows and Emerald Downs, scoring seven victories at each track, including a triumph in the 2018 Portland Meadows Mile.

Cross Creek edges Golden Cowboy

MIKE COMES UP SHORT IN RECORD BID

In his first try at establishing a new track record for most wins, Mike Man’s Gold finished sixth as the 9 to 5 favorite in Saturday’s sixth race. It was the first out of the money finish in four starts at the meet for the 9-year-old gelding, and he also was claimed for the fourth straight time and goes back to trainer Joe Toye and Greg and Chuck Conley for $25,000.

For now, West Seattle Boy and Mike Man’s Gold remain tied at 21 wins apiece.

Cross Creek, ridden by Javier Matias, prevailed by a head in 1:09.50 and paid $19.20 to win. Trainer Frank Lucarelli and owner Chad Christensen finished first and second with Cross Creek and Golden Cowboy.

Frank Lucarelli

NOTES: Lucarelli had his fifth three-win day of the season and opened a 40-26 lead on Blaine Wright in the trainers’ standings. The track’s all-time leading trainer, Lucarelli is 16 wins from reaching the 1,000 mark at Emerald Downs. . .Jockey Ryan Barber had his first riding triple at Emerald Downs, scoring with Angelofmontgomery ($4.80) and Scout Patrol ($5) in races four and five, and Vietoria Secret ($23.20) in race eight. . .Gary Wales stretched his consecutive winning days streak to 28 with a victory on Fortune in Silk ($3.40) in race three. The meet’s leading rider with 61 wins, Wales is on pace to tie Kevin Radke’s track record of 30 straight winning days Friday, July 26. . .For the fourth straight time and sixth in seven career starts at Emerald Downs, 3-year-old filly Jadey At the Bar finished second, this time runner-up to Fortune in Silk in a $15,000 maiden claiming race. . .At Sacramento, Alliford Bay was beaten a head by Shasta Star ($27.80) in the $50,000 California Governor’s Handicap for older fillies and mares. . .Live racing continues Sunday with Fiesta Premio Esmeralda and Mile Preview Day, featuring four $50,000 stakes races: Mt. Rainier, Boeing, King County Express and Angie C. First post 2 p.m.

Results

Saturday, July 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $16,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $30,000 $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight

 

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, July 19
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $7,500 $9,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, July 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 3 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $16,600
Race 5 King County Express S. $50,000
Race 6 Angie C. S. $50,000
Race 7 Boeing S. $50,000
Race 8 Mt. Rainier S. $50,000
Race 9 Claiming – $25,000 $15,000
Race 10 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000

Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, July 18

Oh Marvelous Me (left) scores allowance victory, August 26, 2017

STAKES QUADRUPLE HEADER SUNDAY AT EMERALD DOWNS

Four stakes races including the final local prep for the Longacres Mile are featured Sunday on a 10-race card at Emerald Downs.

The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes for older horse and the $50,000 Boeing Stakes for older fillies and mares share the spotlight with a pair of stakes for 2-year-olds–the $50,000 King County Express for colts and geldings and the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for fillies.

The four stakes drew a combined 37 entries; nine apiece for the Mt. Rainier and Boeing, 11 for the Angie C, and eight for the King County Express.

The Mt. Rainier at 1 1/16 miles is the final tune-up for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) and features an interesting sub-plot with Peter Redekop’s Anyportinastorm skipping the race. Trained by Blaine Wright, Anyportinastorm recorded the fastest 6 and 6 1/2 furlongs of the meeting–1:07.54 and 1:14.35–while notching blowouts in the Governor’s Stakes and Budweiser Stakes.

But with Anyportinastorm being trained into The Mile on works, including an easy three furlongs in :36 3/5 Monday, the Mt. Rainier is a more competitive race. In fact, the largest $2 win pay in the last 15 runnings is $7 by Assessment in 2009, and in the 23-year history of the race only two winners reached double digits: Poker Brad, $14.20, 2003; Timely Stitch $75, 1997.

Oh Marvelous Me, second in both the Governor’s and Budweiser, is the probable favorite, but California shippers More Power to Him and Respect the Hustle both have good histories around two turns. More Power to Him is 3-2-1 in 10 career starts with over $100,000 in earnings in 1 1/16 mile races, while Respect the Hustle is 2-1-0 in three starts at the distance and just scored vs. allowance company at Pleasanton.

El Huerfano didn’t fire as the second choice in the Budweiser, but the 7-year-old gelding also has a good history in routes and gets a new rider, Agapito Delgadillo, on Sunday.

  • Sunday marks the first of two stakes quadruple headers this season. Championship Sunday on August 11 features the $200,000 Longacres Mile, $50,000 Emerald Distaff, $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby and $50,000 Washington Oaks.

The field for the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes, 1 1/16 Miles (Race 8, 5:39 p.m.): 1-Oh Marvelous Me, Jorge Carreno, 118 lbs; 2-Elliott Bay, Javier Matias, 120; 3-Many Roses, Franklin Ceballos, 120; 4-Hit the Beach, Jose Zunino, 120; 5-El Huerfano, Agapito Delgadillo, 124; 6-Vicente’s Shadow, Scott Stevens, 118; 7-Concur, Eddie Martinez, 118; 8-More Power to Him, Kevin Orozco, 120; 9-Respect the Hustle, Gary Wales, 120.

2019 LONGACRES MILE SERIES
June 2: $50,000 Governor’s Stakes, Anyportinastorm ($2.40) 6F/1:07.54/91 Beyer
June 30: $50,000 Budweiser Stakes, Anyportinastorm ($2.40) 6 ½ F/1:14.35/94 Beyer
July 21: $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes, 1 1/16 Mile
Aug. 11: $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), 1 Mile

2018 Emerald Distaff champion Reginella

$50,000 BOEING DRAWS SEVEN STAKES WINNERS

Similar to the older handicap division, the first two winners of the older filly and mare series–Ima Happy Cat and Best of Me–will skip the transition to two turns in the $50,000 Boeing Stakes.

Nevertheless, the nine-horse field features seven Emerald Downs’ stakes winners–Blazinbeauty, Reginella, Dontkissntell, Fly Far Away, Little Dancer, No Talking Back and Bella Mia.

As usual, trainer Blaine Wright is loaded in the older filly or mare division. Luigi or Diana DiPietro’s Reginella captured the 2018 Emerald Distaff, Todd and Shawn Hansen’s Fly Far Away won the 2018 Washington Cup Filly and Mare, and John and Janene Maryanski’s Bella Mia finished second to Ima Happy Cat in the Hastings Stakes and runner-up to stable mate Best of Me in the Washington State Legislators Stakes.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Bella Mia is 5-4-1 in 12 starts lifetime with earnings of $160,923. She also was stakes-placed in routes twice last year at age 3.

Darlyne and Karl Krieg’s Dontkissntell also enters the fray in good form. A 4-year-old Rosberg filly, she finished third in both the Hastings and Washington State Legislators, and before that scored by eight lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race. She also has a good history in routes, winning last year’s Washington Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes and finishing second two weeks later vs. her elders in the Washington Cup Filly and Mare Stakes.

The field for the $50,000 Boeing Stakes, 1 1/16 Miles (Race 7, 5:09 p.m.):1-Blazinbeauty, Javier Matias, 119 lbs; 2-Reginella, Kevin Orozco, 119; 3-Paddy’s Secret, Agapito Delgadillo, 117; 4-Dontkissntell, Ryan Barber, 119; 5-Fly Far Away, Jorge Carreno, 119; 6-Little Dancer, Eddie Martinez, 119; 7-No Talking Back, Scott Stevens, 117; 8-Guardian One, Gary Wales, 117; 9-Bella Mia, Franklin Ceballos, 119,

2019 EMERALD DISTAFF SERIES
May 27: $50,000 Hastings Stakes, Ima Happy Cat ($10.80) 6F/1:08.73 79 Beyer
June 23: $50,000 WA State Legislators S, Best of Me ($6.60) 6 ½ F/1:16.04 79 Beyer
July 21: $50,000 Boeing Stakes, 1 1/16 Mile
Aug 11: $50,000 Emerald Distaff, 1 1/8 Mile

KING COUNTY EXPRESS/ANGIE C DRAW LARGE FIELDS

Two-year-old stakes action also begins Sunday with the $50,000 King County Express for colts and geldings and the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for fillies. Both are carded at 5 1/2 furlongs, and the first of seven stakes overall for 2-year-olds, the series ending with the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sunday, September 22.

The field for the $50,000 King County Express, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Race 5, 4:07 p.m.): 1-Brett, Eddie Martinez, 118 lbs; 2-Northland Cable, Franklin Ceballos, 118; 3-Haveulostyourmind, Jose Zunino, 118; 4-Show Me the Mints, Kevin Orozco, 118; 5-Reddy to Star, Javier Matias, 120; 6-Race Office, Jennifer Whitaker, 118; 7-Coleinator, Gary Wales, 120; 8-Harbors Rule, Scott Stevens, 118.

The field for the $50,000 Angie C Stakes, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Race 6, 4:38 p.m.): 1-Jaded Tiger (s), Kevin Orozco, 119 lbs; 2-Informed Lady, Eddie Martinez, 119; 3-Back to Mischief, Ryan Barber, 117; 4-Sigrid’s Gold, Jose Zunino, 119; 5-Windy Point, Juan Gutierrez, 119; 6-Miss Prospector, Denny Velazquez, 117; 7-Devilish Diva (s), Scott Stevens, 119; 8-Abraa Jabraa, Jorge Carreno, 119; 9-You Go Girl, Julien Couton, 117; 10-For You Only, Jennifer Whitaker, 117; 11-Lovefliesonwings, Gary Wales, 119. (s) supplemental nomination

2-YEAR-OLD COLTS & GELDINGS SERIES
July 21: $50,000 King County Express, 5 ½ F
Aug. 18: $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes, 6 F
Sept. 8: $50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Colt & Geldings Stakes (WA-Bred), 6 ½ F
Sept. 22: $100,000 Gottstein Futurity, 1 1/16 M

2-YEAR-OLD FILLIES SERIES
July 21: $50,000 Angie C Stakes, 5 ½ F
Aug. 18: $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes, 6 F
Sept. 8: $50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes (WA-Bred) 6 ½ F
Sept. 22: $100,000 Gottstein Futurity*, 1 1/16 M
*Open to Colts & Geldings & Fillies

Smiling Tiger

2019 STAKES @ EMERALD DOWNS
Stakes 10 Total Horses 83 Average Field Size 8.3
Average $2 Win: $9.80
Favorite: 6 for 10
2nd Favorite: 1 for 10
Largest $2 Win: $32.60, Twirling Devon (Irish Day Stakes)
Smallest $2 Win: $2.40, Anyportinastorm (Governor’s Stakes)
Winner Bred: Washington 4, Florida 3, Kentucky 2, California 1
Winning Sire: Smiling Tiger 3, City Zip 2, Mucho Macho Man 1, Demon Warlock 1, Super Saver 1, Twirling Candy 1, Majesticperfection 1
Trainer Wins: Blaine Wright 7, Roddina Barrett 1, Dan Markle 1, Manny Ortiz 1
Jockey Wins: Franklin Ceballos 3, Juan Hernandez 3, Kevin Orozco 2, Lorenzo Lopez 1, Gary Wales 1

Mike Man’s Gold

AMAZING MIKE MAN’S GOLD GOES FOR RECORD

Mike Man’s Gold bids for track history in Saturday’s sixth race, a $25,000 claimer for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

With a victory, Mike Man’s Gold would move into sole possession of first place on the track’s all-time wins list; the 9-year-old gelding enters the race tied with West Seattle Boy at 21 wins apiece.

Mike Man’s Gold is 2-1-0 in four starts at the meet, scoring victories at six furlongs and one mile—the latter a four-length score on June 29 from which he was claimed for a third straight time. Currently owned by Inittowinit, Mike Man’s Gold is trained by Rigoberto Velasquez, who also trained West Seattle Boy for 17 of his 21 victories at Emerald Downs.

West Seattle Boy’s final Emerald Downs’ start was a victory at age 12 on September 25, 2011, while Mike Man’s Gold debut came July 7, 2012, when he rallied for a $42.80 upset under Javier Matias.

With Gary Wales electing to ride Blue Law, Eddie Martinez takes over the mount on Mike Man’s Gold.

West Seattle Boy

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Sunday, July 21 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 3 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $16,600
Race 5 King County Express S. $50,000
Race 6 Angie C. S. $50,000
Race 7 Boeing S. $50,000
Race 8 Mt. Rainier S. $50,000
Race 9 Claiming – $25,000 $15,000
Race 10 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000

Final Entries

Saturday, July 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 2 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $6,800
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $16,600
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $30,000 $18,500
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, July 20 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 2 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $6,800
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $16,600
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $30,000 $18,500
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

Final Entries

Friday, July 19
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $7,500 $9,300
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 5 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

Mile Preview Day-Nominations

Oh Marvelous Me

MILE PREVIEW DAY FEATURES FOUR STAKES RACES  

AUBURN, Wash. (July 14, 2019) – A stakes quadruple-header featuring the final local tune-up for the Longacres Mile is set for Sunday, July 21, at Emerald Downs.

The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles is the final stop heading into the 84th renewal of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 11. Older fillies and mares also try two turns in the $50,000 Boeing Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, and 2-year-olds jump into the fray with the $50,000 King County Express for colts and geldings and $50,000 Angie C Stakes for fillies, both at 5 ½ furlongs.

With Anyportinastorm—easy winner of both the Governor’s Stakes at 6 furlongs and Budweiser Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs—passing the Mt. Rainier to await the The Mile, Todd and Shawn Hansen’s Oh Marvelous Me is a logical favorite. Runner-up to his stable mate in both the Governor’s and Budweiser, Oh Marvelous Me has finished first, second or third in 16 of 17 starts at Emerald Downs, including a third in the 2018 Longacres Mile.

Trainer Blaine Wright nominated a trio of Emerald Downs’ stakes winners—Bella Mia, Fly Far Away and Reginella—to the Boeing Stakes.

$50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes 1 1/16 M, Sunday, July 21
Horse. . . . . .Owner. . . . . .Trainer
Concur (4/KY) Tim Bankers Manny Ortiz
El Huerfano (7/CA) Peerenboom-Bowyer Racing Chris Stenslie
Elliott Bay (4/WA) Chad Christensen Frank Lucarelli
Grinder Sparksaglo (8/WA) Richard Sena Robbie Baze
Hit the Beach (6/WA) Zenker, Mullens & Larson H.R. Mullens
Many Roses (6/CA) Chad Christensen Frank Lucarelli
More Power to Him (5/CA) Brett Mason Faith Taylor
Oh Marvelous Me (7/KY) Todd & Shawn Hansen Blaine Wright
Respect the Hustle (4/KY) Carpenter, Desimone, Maclennan Tim McCanna
The Press (6/WA) Howard Belvoir Howard Belvoir
Trump Itz(4/WA) John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm Blaine Wright
Upo (4/KY) Todd & Shawn Hansen Blaine Wright
Vicente’s Shadow (4/KY) Satchell Stevens Satchell Stevens

Bella Mia

$50,000 Boeing Stakes, 1 1/16 M, Sunday, July 21
Horse. . . . . .Owner. . . . . .Trainer
Bella Mia (4/WA) John & Janene Maryanski Blaine Wright
Blazinbeauty (5/KY) Darrin Paul Frank Lucarelli
Boomerang Miss (6/NJ) Ed Zenker or Terra Firma Farm Joe Toye
Dontkissntell (4/BC) Darlyne or Karl Krieg Tom Wenzel
Fly Far Away (6/WA) Todd & Shan Hansen Blaine Wright
Guardian One (6/WA) Tony and Brenna Loften Chris Stenslie
Jerre to Carrie (6/KY) Inittowinit Rigoberto Velasquez
Little Dancer (5/KY) Ron Schmid Doris Harwood
No Talking Back (5/WA) One Horse Will Do and Shimizu Chris Stenslie
Paddy’s Secret (5/KY) Donnybrook Stable Frank Lucarelli
Reginella (5/CA) Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro Blaine Wright

Perfect Dude, Twirling Devon Score Stakes Wins

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Perfect Dude (blue blinkers) edges Rally Cat in Seattle Slew Stakes

PERFECT DUDE COLLARS RALLY CAT IN SEATTLE SLEW,
TWIRLING DEVON PREVAILS IN IRISH DAY

AUBURN, Wash. (July 14, 2019) – Perfect Dude had his consistency rewarded Sunday, edging past stable mate Rally Cat in the final strides for a neck victory in the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

With Kevin Orozco riding at 117 lbs, Perfect Dude covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.19 and paid $8.20, $4.20 and $2.60. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for owners/breeders Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, Wash.
Rally Cat, the 8 to 5 favorite ridden by Juan Hernandez at 117 lbs, paid $3.40 and $3, while My Grandpa, a 34 to 1 long shot ridden by Jorge Carreno at 120 lbs, held third and paid $9 to show.

The outcome marked the fourth time this season that Wright has saddled the first and second place finishers in a stakes race, and upped his meet-leading total to seven wins in the first 10 stakes. In fact, the stable has so much depth that even with unbeaten Baja Sur sidelined Sunday, Wright still managed to saddle the top two finishers.

Orozco, meanwhile, swept both stakes Sunday—including a 15 to 1 upset on Twirling Devon in the Irish Day Stakes—and won 1 1/16-mile stakes races from post-positions 11 (Twirling Devon) and 12 (Perfect Dude).

A Washington-bred by Majesticperfection, Perfect Dude is a Hansen home bred out of the stakes winner Gadget Queen, a daughter of Flying With Eagles who gave Wright one of his first stakes wins as a trainer in 2008.

Sunday’s stretch run was a virtual match race with Rally Cat and Perfect Dude rallying in tandem to the wire. They swept past Makah Lane and My Grandpa in mid-stretch, and battled head and head to the finish with Perfect Dude proving narrowly best.

Sky Confidential, third choice at 9 to 2, finished fourth, followed by El Borracho, Frolic and Detour, Free Speech, Makah Lane, Time ’n Time Again, Rocket Power, Devil Dog and Fuzzy Dolphin.

Prior to Sunday, Perfect Dude finished third to Baja Sur in both the Auburn Stakes and Coca-Cola Stakes, and had battled through the stretch in both races. Sunday’s victory, worth $23,650, boosted Perfect Dude’s bankroll to $49,230 with an overall record of 2-0-2 in six starts.

The Hansens rank No. 1 at the meet in earnings, $143,180, including stakes wins by Best of Me and Perfect Dude, and runner-up finishes by 7-year-old gelding Oh Marvelous Me in the Governors Stakes and Budweiser Stakes.

The $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby at 1 1/8 miles is next for 3-year-olds on Sunday, August 11.

Twirling Devon (No. 11) nips Mucho Amor in Irish Day Stakes

TWIRLING DEVON SCORES AN IRISH DAY UPSET

Rallying from last in the 11-horse field, Twirling Devon collared odds-on Mucho Amor in the final strides for a neck victory in the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

With Orozco riding at 116 lbs, Twirling Devon ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.81 and paid $32.60, $9.20 and $5.40. Manny Ortiz saddled the winner for owner Tim Bankers of Rancho Mirage, Calif.—the first Emerald Downs’ stakes victory for both trainer and owner.

Although wide on the first turn, Twirling Devon saved ground the final six furlongs and burst through inside and wore down Mucho Amor for the victory.

A Florida-bred by Twirling Candy-Just Say Hey, Twirling Devon is 3-2-0 in seven career starts with earnings of $75,421, including $24,200 for Sunday’s victory. She previously won the Arizona Juvenile Filly last year at Turf Paradise.

Mucho Amor, the 3 to 5 choice ridden by Juan Hernandez at 122 lbs, overhauled Lady Campbell into the lane, was 1-½ lengths clear past mid stretch and just failed to last. She now has a win and two seconds in the first three stakes for 3-year-old fillies, and an overall mark of 3-2-0 in seven starts with earnings of $110,990.

Mucho Amor paid $2.60 and $2.20, while Northwest Factor finished 2 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $4.80 to show. Senoradiablo, also trained by Ortiz and owned by Bankers, finished fourth, and was followed by Alittlelesstalk, Lady Campbell, Above All Names, Someday Special, If you Want It, La Principessa and Lasting Light.

Although a Florida-bred, Twirling Devon was an $8,500 purchase at the 2017 Washington Summer Yearling Sale.

The $50,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles is next for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday, August 11. It’s one of four stakes to be run on the initial Championship Sunday at Emerald Downs.

NOTES: Karen and Mickey Taylor, owners of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, were honorary stewards for the Seattle Slew Stakes. . .Only four jockeys won races on the nine-race card: Franklin Ceballos leading the way with three, while Orozco, Eddie Martinez and Gary Wales rode two winners each. . .Wales leads Orozco 56-37 atop the standings, and now has wins on 26 consecutive race cards. . . Orozco has 10 career stakes wins at Emerald Downs. . .Turntheclocktozero ($2.60) scored a gate to wire victory in the $18,500 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds, running 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.31. Ridden by Juan Gutierrez for Grasshopper Racing and Kay Cooper, Turntheclocktozero is by Harbor the Gold-Emmy’s Storm and brother to three $100,000 earners. . .At Hastings Racecourse, He’s the Reason ($13.90) captured the $50,000 Lieutenant Governor’s Handicap for 3-year-olds and up in 1:44.06 for 1 1/16 miles. . .Live racing resumes Friday with a seven-race card at 6:30 p.m.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, July 14
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Irish Day S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Starter Optional Claiming – $15,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Seattle Slew S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, July 19 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $7,500 $9,300
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000
Race 5 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

EMERALD DOWNS RESULTS & WRAP-UP FOR SATURDAY EVENING

Tesla and jockey Ryan Barber

TESLA ALL THE WAY IN SATURDAY FEATURE RACE

AUBURN, Wash. (July 13, 2019) – Tesla, nicely rated by jockey Ryan Barber, led all the way for a 3 ¼-length victory Saturday in the $13,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

A 5-year-old Papa Clem mare, Tesla ran a mile in 1:36.98 and paid $11.20, $5 and $3.40. Alan Bozell is the winning trainer and co/owner with Helios Stables.

Sprinting to the lead immediately, Tesla set fractions of :24.53, :48.52, 1:12.44 and 1:24.53, and held Semi Sweet safe to the wire. She now has two straight wins and is 5 for 13 overall with earnings of $36,335.

Semi Sweet challenged into the lane, but couldn’t gain on the winner in the stretch run. Ridden by Gary Wales, Semi Sweet paid $5 and $2.40. Goldie’s Darlin’s, the 7 to 5 favorite, held third and paid $2.20 to show, and Fortune’s Freude and Lesedi rounded out the order of finish. Papa Mambo was scratched.

Barber and Bozell also clicked for a $42 upset with Rough and Ready in race four and have combined for seven wins at the meeting.

NOTES: Gary Wales rode two winners and extended his streak to 25 consecutive days with a win; Kevin Radke owns the record of 30 straight winning days. . .Forbidden Maria ($9) clicked in race five to give trainer Gregory Moore his first win of the meeting. . .Jose Zunino rode back to back winners in races five and six—Forbidden Maria and Mister Breeze ($24.80). . .Live racing continues Sunday with a nine-race card on Irish Day, featuring the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings and $50,000 Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. First post is 2 p.m., and there are carryovers of $17,800 in the $0.50 Pick 5 and $13,906 in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7.
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Results

Saturday, July 13
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $7,500 $9,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Starter Optional Claiming – $7,500 $9,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Starter Optional Claiming – $15,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight

 

EMERALDS DOWNS RECAP FOR FRIDAY

He’s Not Grey and jockey Gary Wales

HE’S NOT GREY CONTINUES TO ROLL

AUBURN, Wash. (July 12, 2019) – He’s Not Grey held off a late bid by Iron Rob and scored a two-length victory Friday in the $13,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

With Gary Wales riding for trainer Candi Cryderman and owner John Parker, He’s Not Grey zipped six furlongs panels in 1:08.14 and became the first four-time winner this season at Emerald Downs. The prohibitive 1 to 9 favorite, He’s Not Grey paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.

A 4-year-old Slew’s Tiznow gelding, He’s Not Grey is 4-0-1 in five starts this season and seven for his last eight dating to last season. His overall record, which includes a victory in the 2017 King County Express, is 8-1-2 from 13 starts with $76,727 in earnings.

He’s Not Grey set pressured fractions of :21.96; :44.09 and :55.80, shook off Guardingthemoney in mid-stretch, and held Iron Rob safe in the final furlong.

Iron Rob, ridden by Jose Zunino, rallied from last to finish second and paid $2.80 and $2.10, while Guardingthemoney held third and paid $2.10 to show. Tumac Mountain and Attercop rounded out the five-horse field.
Wales, Cryderman and Parker also combined with Awesome Return ($5.60) to win Friday’s third race, extending Wales’ consecutive winning days streak to 24.

NOTES: Parker now leads Chad Christensen 12-8 atop the owners’ standings. . .He’s Not Grey accounted for $65,376 of an $87,904 show pool. . . Anyportinastorm owns the fastest six furlongs of the meet, 1:07.54, in the Governor’s Stakes last month. . .Five horses have won three races at the meet: All Star Allie, Das Bear, Flatter Cat, Mystical Image and Rosso’s Gatto, and all but Das Bear are entered this weekend at Emerald Downs. . .Franklin Ceballos also rode two winners Friday. . . Including a victory by Spun Tiger ($11.20) in the Friday opener, trainer Jorge Rosales is on a 9 for 26 roll and has jumped to third overall with 15 wins. . .Ronton ($14) rallied from far back in the nightcap to give trainer Jeff Metz his first win of the meeting. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 5 p.m., and includes an $11,407 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7.
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