EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-UP FOR SATURDAY

Citizen Kitty

CITIZEN KITTY PREVAILS IN DRAMATIC HASTINGS STAKES

AUBURN, Wash. (May 20, 2017) – Citizen Kitty gradually wore down stable mate B C Z Middleton and notched a three-quarter-length victory Saturday in the $50,000 Hastings Stakes for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Eswan Flores at 117 lbs, Citizen Kitty ran six furlongs in 1:09.25 and paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.60.

Jeff Metz, who also saddled second-place finisher B C Z Middleton, is the winning trainer for owners Bruce and Cass Maller of Incline Village, Nevada. The Mallers, whose horses campaign under the nom de course Highlander Racing Stable LLC, previously won the Hastings with E Z Kitty en route to honors as Emerald Downs’ Top Older Filly or Mare of 2013.

Invested Prospect, the odds-on betting favorite, flipped in the starting gate and was a late scratch. The 4-year-old filly, younger sister of Citizen Kitty, was 1-to-5 at the time of the mishap, but she and jockey Juan Gutierrez both appeared to escape serious injury.

With the speedy favorite out of the race, the pace scenario changed drastically and B C Z Middleton proved a tiger on the front end. Ridden by Jose Zunino at 119 lbs, the 13-to-1 long shot nearly derailed the hopes of her more fancied stable mate, leading through fractions of :22.38, :45.40 and :57.11 before yielding to Citizen Kitty in the lane.

Flores said he and Citizen Kitty worked out a perfect trip, chasing B C Z Middleton from second place.

“When I talked to Jeff (Metz), we wanted Citizen Kitty to be somewhere close, and we had a good tactical trip,” Flores said. “She’s a brave mare with a big heart.”

A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Proud Citizen-No Constraints, Citizen Kitty earned $27,500 to push her career total to $114,915. She has five wins, three seconds and five thirds in 21 starts, including a win and two seconds in three starts this year. She finished third to Esteralla in the 2016 Hastings Stakes.

B C Z Middleton paid $8.60 and $5.40, and it was five lengths back to 26-to-1 Protective Shield and an $8 show payout. Perhaps a Pie, Listo, Princess Kennedy and Sweet Tashi completed the order of finish.

The June 17 Washington State Legislators Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs is next for older fillies and mares.

Isaias Enriquez

NOTES: Rocco Bowen bagged another three-win day and has extended his lead to 30-20 over Kevin Orozco atop the jockeys’ standings. Bowen already has six three-win days at the meet. . .

Isaias Enriquez hit the 200-win mark at Emerald Downs with a triumph on Lucky K J ($6) in Saturday’s third race, and added win No. 201 aboard Lucky Echo ($25.80) in race six. . .

David Jarvis, assistant general manager of Hastings Racecourse, served as honorary steward for the Hastings Stakes. . .

Trainer Kurt Calton saddled his second winner in as many days as Yes It’s Snowing ($7) caught Topper’s Ghost in Saturday’s nightcap. . .

3-year-old filly Little Dancer ($25) produced her second straight long shot victory under a rail-skimming ride by Erick Lopez in Saturday’s eighth race. Owned by Ron Schmid and trained by Doris Harwood, Little Dancer broke her maiden two weeks ago at 19-1. . .

11-year-old gelding Thermal Wave ($6) became the oldest winner at the meet, rallying under Bowen to win Saturday’s fourth race for trainer Felimon Alvarado. Thermal Wave is by the great California sire Unusual Heat, who died this week at age 27. . .

The Cartel Hawk ($6.80) ridden by Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa and EZ Frosty Morn ($13.60) ridden by Lorenzo Lopez prevailed in the first two Quarter Horse races of the meet, producing an early $2 double worth $92.20. .

.A couple of Northwesterners–trainer Mike Chambers and jockey Gary Stevens–combined with Wood Machine ($21.80) to win Saturday’s 11th race at Santa Anita. .

.Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,00 Governor’s Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs. First post is 2 p.m. In an Emerald Downs’ first, there also will be non-wagering camel and ostrich races.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden $3,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance $3,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Hastings S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Overnight Overnight

 

FAST IMPROVING RANSOM THE MOON RALLIES TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES

Ransom The Moon a3 200

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2017)–In his initial voyage into graded stakes waters, trainer Phil D’Amato’s rapidly improving Ransom the Moon rallied from off the pace to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, Ontario, Canadian-bred Ransom the Moon got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.12.

Fifth and full of run midway around the far turn, Ransom the Moon rallied extremely wide turning for home and finished up like a top sprinter.

“Last time, he was really high before the race, with the pony, going to the gate and he didn’t stand well in the gate either,” said Prat, who guided him to an easy allowance win at the same distance here on April 30.  “He won, but he’s definitely improved a lot from that last race.

“He was much better today.  He was more focused, he broke well and then he settled really nicely down the backside and around the turn.  Once I asked, he made a nice move.”

Off at 7-2 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Ransom the Moon, a 5-year-old full horse by Malibu Moon, broke from post position six and paid $9.80, $5.20 and $3.20.

Owned by Agave Racing Stable and Jeffry Wilke, Ransom the Moon, in his first-ever stakes start, collected $120,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $290,829.

Primarily a turf horse before making his first start for D’Amato on April 30, Ransom the Moon improved his overall record to 17-4-5-1.

“Every time I put him on the dirt, he trained like a good horse,” said D’Amato.  “More often than not with turf horses, they’ll train well on the dirt, but in the afternoon, they get lost out there.  This horse is just getting better and better.  Today, he sat behind those horses and kicked away.  He won the right way, like a good horse should.”

Head and head early, Moe Candy proved second best while finishing a half-length in front of favored Lord Simba.  Off at 11-1 with Santiago Gonzalez, he paid $10.40 and $5.40.

Breaking from post seven, Lord Simba was part of the early pace brigade and proved third best on the day, finishing 3 ¾ lengths in front of late running Kobe’s Back.  Off at 8-5 with Martin Garcia, Lord Simba paid $2.60 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.34, 44.90 and 1:08.88.

First post time for a nine-race card tomorrow is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Crystal Water S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $32,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Kona Gold S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Claiming – $32,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, May 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $30,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $23,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $35,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000

Final Entries

Sunday, May 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $8,000 $16,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $25,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 4 Allowance $56,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $56,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $100,000 $38,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 9 Fran’s Valentine S. $125,000

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $14,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $16,000 $14,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $27,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $8,000 $13,500 Overnight Overnight

 

HASTINGS WORKOUTS FOR SATURDAY

HASTINGS WORKERS PHOTO BY LISA THOMPSON
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Crafty Memory :26.40 H 4
Kihei Gal :24.40 H 1
La Reve :24.60 H 2
Mousey Mousey :24.60 H 2
Russian Thrill :27.20 H 6
Sharp Contrast :26.80 H 5
Spanish Dancer :27.20 H 6
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Bay’s Gal :35.60 H 3
El Noble :35.30 H 2
Green Dude :35.20 H 1
P G Star :38.60 H 4
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Barkeeper :49.00 H 8
Cherokee in Me :47.00 H 2
Chestnut’s Gold :49.20 H 10
Fourth in Command :46.60 H 1
Iama Better Cause :47.80 H 5
Is It Gold :48.20 H 7
Princess Katie :49.20 H 10
Run Harvey Run :47.80 H 5
She Spends My Lute :47.00 H 2
Susan’s Day :49.00 H 8
Valid Vow :47.00 H 2
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Bearslittlewhisper 1:01.40 H 10
Calgary Caper 1:00.80 H 5
Champagne Waltz 1:05.00 H 18
Exilda 1:02.80 H 17
Fire Beauty :59.60 H 1
Flemings Beach 1:00.60 H 4
Grayross Gracie 1:02.40 HG 14
Groot 1:01.00 H 7
Honor River 1:01.00 H 7
I’m So Happy 1:02.60 H 15
Knock Knock 1:00.00 H 2
Master Ewen 1:00.80 H 5
Miss Napoli 1:01.40 H 10
Morning Coffee 1:00.40 H 3
Myah’s Bling 1:01.00 H 7
Parity 1:02.60 HG 15
Touch of Green 1:01.60 H 12
Walk Free 1:01.80 H 13
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
6 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Opportunistic 1:12.20 H 1
Storm Cruiser 1:16.00 H 2
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
6 1/2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Irish Commander 1:22.00 HG 3
Opening Bid 1:22.00 HG 3
Sail On By 1:20.20 HG 1
The Grey One 1:20.20 HG 1

Northlands Park Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $7,000 $8,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $12,000 $11,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $7,000 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $15,000 $11,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $3,000 $6,900 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $11,100 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $7,000 $9,800 Overnight Overnight

 

Woodbine Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $19,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Starter Allowance – $20,000 $32,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance $74,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Optional Claiming – $40,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Eclipse S. $175,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Optional Claiming – $40,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Monday, May 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $16,600
Race 2 Optional Claiming – $40,000 $39,800
Race 3 Claiming – $20,000 $24,100
Race 4 Maiden Optional Claiming – $40,000 $34,000
Race 5 Claiming – $6,250 $16,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $62,300
Race 7 Optional Claiming – $40,000 $39,800
Race 8 Steady Growth S. $125,000
Race 9 Maiden Optional Claiming – $40,000 $34,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $61,000

MIKE AND DREW’S PICKS FOR SATURDAY

Race 1 4 – Zygo
1 – La Rondine
6 – Sweet Home
1 – La Rondine
4 – Zygo
2 – Forever Crystasl
Race 2 7 – Astartobe
3 – Cool Candy
2 – Prettier Than You
7 – Astartobe
3 – Cool Candy
6 – Free and Fast
Race 3 8 – Omega Victory
5 – Mighty Mesa
4 – We Found Gold
5 – Mighty Mesa
1 – Sunset Drive
8 – Omega Victory
Race 4 2 – Humphrey Lad
10 – Lucky Ending
3 – If You Can
2 – Humphry Lad
9 – Chase the Money
3 – If You Can
Race 5 5 – Power Corrupt
8 – Majestic Mark
2 – Ace Deuce
5 – Power Corrupt
2 – Ace Deuce
8 – Majestic Mark
Race 6 4 – Eco Charge
3 – Bombay
9 – Manhattan Fashion
3 – Bombay
4 – Eco Charge
9 – Manhatten Fashion
Race 7 7 – Bornatthetrack
4 – Prince Hotel
8 – Lassie’s Reward
1 – Slice of Red
6 – Merlot
3 – Sedin
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks