Hawthorne Drops Race Dates, Cuts Fall Stakes

Hawthorne Drops Race Dates, Cuts Fall Stakes

Photo: Four Footed Fotos – Hawthorne Race Course

The Illinois Racing Board July 31 approved a request from Hawthorne Race Course to drop 13 racing dates from its fall schedule and slash its stakes program.   The request, approved unanimously and with the consent of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, came amid concerns about the horse population likely to be available for fall races. And that, in turn, is reflective of the sorry financial condition of the state’s racing.
“This year, we hope to have 1,500 horses for the fall meet,” said Hawthorne president Tim Carey. “More and more people are moving to other states because of the purse structure and the lack of movement by the legislature” on a bill allowing slot machines at tracks.
As recently as three years ago, Carey said, the track had 2,700 stall applications.
ITHA executive director Glen Berman agreed the shortage of horses makes a reduced racing week the least-bad option for horsemen. “Fewer racing days means more racing opportunities because the races will fill,” he said.   Berman also agreed the horse shortage is driven by declining purses, fueled by competition from states where gaming supports racing. “We have horses shipping out daily to other states,” he said, mentioning Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa.   Hawthorne cut live racing scheduled for Oct. 1-2 and eliminated all 13 Sunday programs slated to be run from October through December. The stakes schedule drops all open stakes except the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), which will be run for a $250,000 purse. The limited state-bred stakes program also will see purse reductions.   Carey said the elimination of stakes such as the Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap, “which is named for my grandfather, was a painful decision. We’re doing this to support the overnight purse structure and keep as many of the horsemen here as we can and prevent them from moving to other states.”   Underlying concerns about purse structure and racing dates is a looming confrontation between horsemans’ groups for rights to negotiate contracts with Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne.

IRB Chairman William Berry said he hopes at next month’s board meeting to lay out protocols for developing rules to decide any such conflict. He acknowledged, however, that an ongoing dispute could lead to serious and lengthy legal entanglements.   The next IRB meeting is Aug. 14 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, coincident with harness racing at the fair’s grandstand.
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Del Mar Once Again Shifting Races Off Turf

Del Mar Once Again Shifting Races Off Turf

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced it will be moving its turf races to the main track through the upcoming weekend  after another breakdown on the newly installed course July 31.
Serious, a 35-1 shot in the seventh race—an allowance/optional claiming dash at five furlongs—broke down on the turn and was removed from the course by van with serious injuries. There was no immediate word on the condition of the 4-year-old filly trained by Vince Smith.
It was the fifth breakdown on the course, which was expanded during the offseason to accommodate larger fields, since the meet opened July 17. The earlier breakdowns, which all resulted in the horses being euthanized, led Del Mar to shift its races off the turf course July 27 for maintenance. The course was aerated and given extra water, and the temporary rail was shifted to 18 feet out to make use of fresh sod.

Del Mar installed a new turf course for the 2014 season, widening it to 80 feet and installing all new grass, a hybrid Bermuda strain invented by the golfer Greg Norman.

One horse broke down July 17 on the course and three more suffered catstrophic injuries July 25-26. Four races were conducted on the course July 30 and earlier July 31 without incident. Five races will be affected by the cancellation of turf racing this weekend.
In a statement Thursday, DMTC said it “feels deep sorrow and great concern following a further injury on our turf course.”
The statement added: “We continue to be of the belief that Del Mar’s turf course is safe for our horses and riders. Our crews have performed extensive maintenance measures to enhance that safety and those measures—and the course itself—met with the approval of safety officials from the California Horse Racing Board this past Tuesday (July 29).
“Nonetheless, given this additional injury on our turf course, we now will discontinue racing on it for the remained of this week. We will continue efforts to improve the course during this down time and hope to resume racing on it in the near future.
“Further, we also will continue our communication with all our partners in the racing community—the California Horse Racing Board, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers and the Jockey Guild—in attempts to understand and solve this serious problem.”
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MARIO WATCH

 

MARIO GUTIERREZ

MARIO GUTIERREZ

Mario Gutierrez
Entries
August 1 – Del Mar
 
Spring for It Wgt-118 Race 4 Maiden Special Weight
August 2 – Del Mar
 
Jeffery’s Pride Wgt-122 Race 10 Claiming $8,000
August 3 – Del Mar
 
Remo Wgt-118 Race 6 Maiden Special Weight
Bad Read Sanchez Wgt-119 Race 8 Best Pal S.
August 4 – Hastings
 
Cederberg Wgt-113 Race 1 British Columbia Cup Nursery S.
Pretty Reckless Wgt-116 Race 2 British Columbia Cup Distaff H.
Fire Beauty Wgt-112 Race 4 British Columbia Cup Dogwood H.
The Gov Wgt-112 Race 5 Redekop British Columbia Cup Classic H.
Ya Kula Wgt-113 Race 6 British Columbia Cup Debutante S.
Gypsy Magic Wgt-116 Race 9 Starter Handicap $8,000

Results
July 31 – Del Mar
Jo’s Approval finished 4th beaten 9 1/4 lengths Race 2 View Chart    
Classy and Sassy finished 7th beaten 9 lengths Race 6 View Chart 

HASTINGS WORKOUTS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 31ST

 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Caljay :38.80 H 2
Devon Way :35.80 H 1
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

After Court :47.00 H 1
Artisticimpression :51.80 H 6
Easter Sunday :47.40 H 2
Ice Rules :48.60 H 4
If We Knew Then :51.40 H 5
Officer Mary :47.40 H 2

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

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Results

Thursday, July 31

Race# Race Type

Purse

 

 

 

Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000

$77,000

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Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000

$25,000

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Race 3 Claiming – $16,000

$29,000

Summary

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Race 4 Maiden Special Weight

$75,000

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Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $62,500

$42,000

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Race 6 Starter Allowance – $40,000

$43,000

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Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000

$77,000

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Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $20,000

$25,000

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Early Entries

Sunday, August 3

Overnight

 

Race# Race Type

Purse

Race 1 Claiming – $25,000

$31,000

Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500

$80,000

Race 3 Claiming – $16,000

$33,000

Race 4 Maiden Special Weight

$75,000

Race 5 Claiming – $20,000

$38,000

Race 6 Maiden Special Weight

$75,000

Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500

$80,000

Race 8 Best Pal S.

$200,000

Race 9 Maiden Special Weight

$75,000

 


 

Final Entries

Friday, August 1

 

Race# Race Type

Purse

Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000

$38,000

Race 2 Claiming – $25,000

$31,000

Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $20,000

$25,000

Race 4 Maiden Special Weight

$75,000

Race 5 Claiming – $8,000

$20,000

Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000

$77,000

Race 7 Real Good Deal S.

$200,000

Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $20,000

$25,000

 

Handle Declines at Churchill-Owned Tracks

Handle Declines at Churchill-Owned Tracks

Despite an increase in racing days during the first six months of this year, total pari-mutuel handle at Churchill Downs, Inc.-owned tracks fell 9.7%, from $1.06 billion in 2013, to $958.3 million, according to figures included in the quarterly report issued July 30.
As reported July 30 when the financial reports were released, despite the downturn in handle, CDI registered a 4% increase in net revenues from its racing operations for the first six months, from $192.4 million in 2013 to $199.4 million this year. That includes a 2% improvement in revenues from pari-mutuel handle, thanks to increased revenues from handle at Churchill Downs racetrack and a handle increase at CDI’s advance-deposit wagering outlet TwinSpires.com.
Also, second quarter racing revenues rose 1% to $159.4 million, from $157.4 million.
The company reported that during the first half of 2014, there were 206 live Thoroughbred racing days at CDI tracks, compared with 180 during the first half of last year. During the second quarter of 2014—Jan. 1-June 30—there were 10 fewer live racing days at CDI-owned tracks, from 124 to 114, with handle down 17% during that period.
Churchill Downs operates its flagship track in Louisville, Ky., Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans, La., Arlington International near Chicago, Ill., and Calder Casino and Race Course in South Florida.
CDI has a corporate policy in which its tracks do not report wagering or attendance on a regular basis, except for major race days such days when the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and night racing takes place. Some of the tracks’ handle numbers have been reported after being obtained from records the tracks are required to file with regulators, but the quarterly report provides the first overview of the wagering trend at the racetrack- and casino-operating company.
By track, Churchill Downs‘ handle fell by $52.25 million during the first half of the year, from $461.4 million to $409.2 million; Arlington handle was down 13%, from $246.9 million to $215.6 million; Fair Grounds handle declined 9% from $195.0 million to $177.7 million; and Calder fell only 1% from $157.6 million to $155.8 million.
But Churchill Downs racetrack registered a 7 percent increase ($2.848 million) in revenues from pari-mutuel wagering, thanks to improved handle on Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) weekend and the increased takeout rate generating more revenue for the track. Commissions for the Churchill meet were up from 8.8% last year to 10.6% this year.

No other track reported increased revenue, although CDI’s advance-deposit wagering saw a 6% increase in handle and 7% increase in net pari-mutuel revenues, up $5.72 million this year to $86.413 million. Pari-mutuel handle for Churchill’s online business reached $449,286,000 in the first six months of the year, up $28.99 million compared with last year. Churchill said those online numbers do not include its Isle of Man, high-end player, Velocity Wagering Services.
During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, CDI entered into an agreement with Gulfstream Park to lease and manage the live racing operations of Calder. Previous to that pact, the two South Florida tracks had engaged in head-to-head live racing competition.
The CDI earnings report said 214 full-time positions at Calder were eliminated as a result of the Gulfstream-Calder agreement, which provides that Churchill continue to operate the Calder casino.

In its written analysis of the six-month and second quarter handle trends, CDI said the wagering downturn was “primarily due to the loss of Calder hosting revenues and declines in Florida wagering, and from field-size challenges impacting business levels at our Churchill Downs and Arlington locations.”
According to The Jockey Club Information Systems, there were an average 7.29 runners per race during the 38-day Churchill Downs spring meet, compared with 7.78 per race during the same 38-day meet a year ago. At Arlington, fields have average 7.68 per race during the first 52 days of the 2014 meet, compared with 8.01 for the same number of days in 2013.
The Horseplayers Association of North America had called upon its members and other bettors to boycott Churchill Downs, and other CDI tracks, after the flagship track hiked takeout rates—the amount taken out of each $1 wagered before the rest is returned to the bettors—for the spring meet.
In a release, the company said the strong overall corporate results for the second quarter were due to the acquisition of a casino in Oxford, Miss., and an $8.8 million increase over 2013 in revenues from Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) week.
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Keeneland September Catalogs More Than 4,000

 Keeneland September Catalogs More Than 4,000

Keeneland officials announced July 31 that 4,181 yearlings have been cataloged for the 70th annual Keeneland September yearling sale to be held Sept. 8-21.

September Sale catalogs will be available online at Keeneland.com beginning Tuesday, Aug. 5. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of Aug. 18.

To date this year, 84 September sale graduates have won 102 graded/group stakes. Among the 14 grade/group I stakes winners are Belle Gallantey (Delaware Handicap), Danza (Arkansas Derby), Fashion Plate (Santa Anita Oaks and Las Virgenes Stakes), Game On Dude (Santa Anita Handicap), Judy the Beauty (Madison Stakes), Majestic Harbor (Gold Cup at Santa Anita), Palace Malice (Metropolitan Handicap), Stopchargingmaria (TVG Coaching Club American Oaks), Sweet Reason (TVG Acorn Stakes), Tom’s Tribute (Eddie Read Stakes) and Wicked Strong (Twinspires.com Wood Memorial).

“Without question, the September sale is where America and the world come to buy graded stakes winners,” said Keeneland vice president of sales Walt Robertson. “No other sale comes close to offering the concentration of quality individuals that are found at Keeneland during these two weeks.”

The 2013 September sale concluded with strong indicators of  resurgence in the Thoroughbred market: gross sales of $280,491,300, the  highest since 2008; the sale of 18 yearlings for $1 million or more, the  most since 2008; and active participation from a globally deep buying  bench that fueled double-digit gains in gross and average price, and a  record median.

Keeneland reports that the strength of the 2013 September sale  catalog, coupled with a new sale format that put more buyers in play  from the outset, drew enormous crowds that packed the sales grounds  through the final day of selling. Demand was high and competition was  spirited at all levels as buyers responded to a fair, realistic market.

2014 Keeneland September schedule

The September sale will encompass 13 sessions this year versus 12 in 2013.

Week 1 (Book 1): Monday-Thursday, Sept. 8-11; sessions begin at noon ET daily.  The premier Book 1 catalog will span the entire opening week with a  total of 762 yearlings cataloged alphabetically by dam over the four-day  period.

Friday, Sept. 12: The traditional “dark day;” no sale will be conducted.

Weekend (Book 2): Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13-14; sessions begin at 10 a.m.

Week 2 (Books 3-6): Monday-Sunday, Sept. 15-21; sessions begin at 10 a.m.

Yearlings representing 246 of the world’s elite stallions are cataloged for 2014, headlined by Arch  , Awesome Again  , Bernardini  , Blame  , Danehill Dancer, Dansili, Distorted Humor  , Dubawi, Empire Maker, Eskendereya  , Fastnet Rock, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway  , Hard Spun  , Harlan’s Holiday, High Chaparral, Kitten’s Joy  , Lemon Drop Kid  , Lonhro  , Lookin At Lucky  , Lucky Pulpit  , Malibu Moon  , Mastercraftsman, Medaglia d’Oro  , Montjeu, More Than Ready  , Oasis Dream, Pioneerof the Nile  , Pulpit, Quality Road  , Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O’Connor, Scat Daddy  , Sea The Stars, Smart Strike  , Speightstown  , Street Cry  , Street Sense  , Super Saver  , Tale of the Cat  , Tapit  , Tiznow  , Unbridled’s Song, War Front  , and Warrior’s Reward  .

Also cataloged are yearlings by such freshman stallions as Archarcharch  , Cape Blanco  , Desert Party  , Drosselmeyer  , Gio Ponti  , Girolamo  , Haynesfield  , Munnings  , Paddy O’Prado  , Sidney’s Candy  , Tizway  , Trappe Shot  , Twirling Candy  , Uncle Mo  , and Wilburn  .

Of the total 4,181 yearlings cataloged, 2,215 are colts, 1,962 are fillies, and four are geldings.
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Wise Dan Won’t Run in Fourstardave

Trainer Charlie LoPresti said July 31 that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will not make his comeback in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course, an event the 7-year-old gelding has won the past two years.

Wise Dan, a six-time Eclipse Award winner and back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) victor, has been back in training after undergoing colic surgery May 16. He has had two starts of the year—repeat wins in the April 11 Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland and in the May 3 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

“I want to do what’s right for this horse and I kind of feel like it was maybe just wishful thinking to try and make this race,” LoPresti said of the Fourstsardave Aug. 9. “Don’t get me wrong, there’s not a thing wrong with him; I just need more time. he’s not dragging (exercise rider) Damien (Rock) around like he should yet, and maybe we’ve been pushing too hard to try to make this race.”

LoPresti said the Aug. 30 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT), near the end of the Saratoga meet, is still an option for Morton Fink’s homebred son of Wiseman’s Ferry  . Or he could wait until the Sept. 14 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) at Woodbine, a race he has also won the past two years.

“The Bernard Baruch might be an easier comeback race for him, but between that, the Shadwell (Turf Mile, gr. IT, Oct. 4 at Keeneland) and the Woodbine Mile, those are three nice options for my horse that give me a little more time to catch my breath with him,” LoPresti said.

“He doesn’t owe me anything and the worst thing I can do is press on him and have him get beat when I know he wasn’t ready. I’d never forgive myself. I don’t want to be under the gun with him and this way I can space his works out a litlte bit and not push on too hard.”

Wise Dan has breezed three times since returning to training—four furlongs at Keeneland July 11 in :50 2/5, four furlongs over the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga in :49.12 on July 18, and five furlongs on the same course July 25 in 1:03.72.

Bred in Kentucky out of the Wolf Power mare Lisa Danielle, Wise Dan currently has a record of 21 wins—10 of them in grade I events—and two seconds from 29 starts for earnings of $6,802,920.
Read more on BloodHorse.com:  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86474/wise-dan-wont-run-in-fourstardave#ixzz396EGPRRZ

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

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Early Entries

Monday, August 4 Overnight  
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 British Columbia Cup Nursery S. $50,000
Race 2 British Columbia Cup Distaff H. $50,000
Race 3 David Forster Hall of Fame S. $32,000
Race 4 British Columbia Cup Dogwood H. $50,000
Race 5 Redekop British Columbia Cup Classic H. $75,000
Race 6 British Columbia Cup Debutante S. $50,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $8,000
Race 8 British Columbia Cup Stellar’s Jay H. $50,000
Race 9 Starter Handicap – $8,000 $20,000
Race 10 Claiming – $4,000 $8,500

Final Entries

Sunday, August 3    
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $5,000 $10,000
Race 2 Allowance $21,500
Race 3 Claiming – $16,000 $16,000
Race 4 Allowance $21,500
Race 5 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $16,000
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $16,000
Race 7 Allowance $21,500
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $8,000

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

 

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EMERALD DOWNS’ MID-TERM REPORT CARD, CHAMPIONSHIP RACES BEGIN NEXT WEEKEND With no stakes races this weekend, your intrepid reporters thought this a perfect time to assess the various division races this season at Emerald Downs.
The month of August, after all, is our equine version of March Madness with championships decided in virtually every category but the 2-year-old divisions.
The 79th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) is set for Sunday, August 24, in a double-header that also features undefeated Stopshoppingdebbie in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff.
And next weekend, sophomore fillies are center stage in the $65,000 Washington Oaks on Saturday, August 9, and Noosito and Del Rio Harbor continue their blossoming rivalry in the 3-year-old colts & geldings division in the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby on Sunday, August 10.
With no further ado, here’s our mid-season report card. Reminder: the official year-end honors will be announced Sunday, September 28.
Horse of the Meeting Vince Bruun—Stryker Phd: Not to knock Stopshoppingdebbie because obviously she’s great, but in two starts Stryker Phd has turned in two stakes records and posted the fastest times at both one mile (1:34.15) and 1 1/16 miles (1:40.20). Even more impressively, Stryker Phd has been doing it the hard way, rallying from far back on a track that generally accentuates speed. Jacob Pollowitz—Stopshoppingdebbie: The rest of the nation is waiting impatiently for Emerald Downs to share this undefeated filly with the outside world. For now, the track will enjoy her stellar campaign for at least one more race when she runs in the Emerald Distaff. She gets the slight edge over Stryker Phd having won three stakes races this season to his two.
Top Older Horse Vince B—Stryker Phd: In the Mt. Rainier Handicap, Stryker Phd was the only closer to make any impact in the race, and he still won rather easily. Jacob P—Stryker Phd: Styker Phd’s fashionably late entrance into the older horse circuit has been a breath of fresh air to what was a wide-open division. It’s clear that this 5-year-old Bertrando gelding has matured into a graded-stakes quality runner and could be favored in this year’s Longacres Mile.
Older Filly or Mare Vince B—Stopshoppingdebbie: She might be good enough to beat the boys in the Longacres Mile, if Northwest Farms and trainer Tom Wenzel would elect to go that route. But it sounds like they plan to run in the Emerald Distaff and, if all goes well, invade Southern California with an unblemished record. Jacob P—Stopshoppingdebbie: It might be a stretch to call Stopshoppingdebbie the Northwest’s version of Zenyatta, but I’ll reach there anyways. Track announcer Robert Geller said last month that she’s the best filly or mare that he’s ever called at Emerald Downs and that’ s good enough for me. Top Sprinter Vince B—I Keep Saying: Why Not Be Perfect set a stakes record in the Governor’s Handicap and Stopshoppingdebbie was awesome winning the Hastings Handicap, but 5-year-old gelding I Keep Saying set a world record for 6 ½ furlongs of 1:12.94 last week and is 2-2-0 in four sprints at the meet, the losses coming to Mike Man’s Gold and Disruption. Jacob P—Stopshoppingdebbie: Sensing a pattern here? Stopshoppingdebbie is the only horse on the grounds with two sprint stakes wins at the meeting and might be good enough to hold water with some of the best filly or mare sprinters in North America.
Top 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Vince B—Noosito: Trainer Doris Harwood has two sensational sophomores in Noosito and last year’s state champion 2-year-old Del Rio Harbor. Noosito leads the season series 2-1 but the overall series is tied 3-3. The Emerald Downs Derby at 1 1/8 miles figures to decide the title. Jacob P—Noosito: Fully disclosing my bias toward this handsome dark bay, but nonetheless Noosito is the right choice. If the vote were who is the best 3-year-old overall, the answer would be a tie. However, Noosito has won two stakes races to Del Rio Harbor’s one and that’s the only difference. There’s still another chapter to this storied rivalry, and that will be written in The Derby.
Top 3-Year-Old Filly Vince B—Find Your Spot: With three different winners in three stakes, say the Washington Oaks will decide this division. Canadian invader Ole’s Miss impressed in winning the Kent Handicap, but a horse must race here at least twice to be eligible for year-end honors. Find Your Spot already has run three times, winning the Irish Day Handicap and an allowance race before finishing fourth in the Kent. Jacob P—Find Your Spot: This is probably the only possible answer in, ironically, the most muddled division. With City By The Bay, winner of the Seattle Handicap, and Ole’s Miss, winner of the Kent Handicap, ineligible for this honor, that leaves Find Your Spot with her victory in the Irish Day Handicap as the top choice.
Top 2-Year-Old  Colt or Gelding Vince B—Trackattacker: The 2-year-old divisions are barely under way, and generally aren’t decided until the big races in September, but Trackattacker has been awesome for trainer Frank Lucarelli. By Harbor the Gold, Trackattacker already has two wins by a combined 20 lengths, one track record, one stakes record, and Beyers of 74 and 76. Trackattacker is one of the most exciting prospects in Emerald Downs’ 19-year history. Jacob P—Trackattacker: What a perfect name for a Thoroughbred that has torched the Emerald Downs oval in two career races. Trainer Frank Lucarelli announced last week that Trackattacker would stay at Emerald Downs for the meet’s final three 2-year-old races—the WTBOA Lads, DRF Dennis Dodge Stakes on WA Cup Day and the Gottstein Futurity—setting up for the first 2-year-old to sweep the division in track history.
Top 2-Year-Old Filly  Vince B—Ethan’s Baby: Ethan’s Baby also is unbeaten in two starts including a 6 ¼-length romp in the Angie C Stakes, and looks like a nice homebred for Todd and Shawn Hansen.  Jacob P—Ethan’s Baby: Ethan’s Baby made short work of her opposition last week racing gate to wire in the Angie C Stakes, yet she probably has more proving to do than her male counterpart. Expect more challengers to take this filly on in the Barbara Shinpoch, where she may have to apply a more tactical approach to her running style.
Top Claimer Vince B—He’s a Cruiser: With five wins in eight starts, the 5-year-old gelding has a good chance to win the award. However, Cha Cha Latte, Charlie’s Gold and Mr. Top Kat have four wins apiece, and 10 horses have won three races each. Jacob P—Mr. Top Kat: The obvious choice, based on wins, would be He’s a Cruiser. However, my selection is purely based on the premise of  ‘what have you done for me, lately?.’ Mr. Top Kat has four wins and has yet to finish off the board. In his two defeats, he hopped at the start and still managed to finish within two lengths of the winner.
Top Training Achievement Vince B—Monique Snowden, Disruption: Full credit to Snowden and owner Heidi Nelson to bring this talented 4-year-old back from a serious knee injury to a possible start in the Longacres Mile. Jacob P—Vince Gibson: Veterans He’s a Cruiser and He’s All Heart combined for one win last year, yet this season, the pair have eight victories—more than any stable mate combination this season. Furthermore, Gibson’s 16-for-60 record bests all trainers with a 27 percent strike rate.
Top Riding Achievement  Vince B—Leslie Mawing: Mawing ranks first in wins, earnings and stakes wins, and has mounts on top horses like Stryker Phd, Trackattacker and Noosito. Mawing also has a five-win day and swept three stakes in one weekend.  Jacob P—Gallyn Mitchell: Many figured that Mitchell would have retired after suffering a major heart attack in April last year. And while he missed most of 2013, Mitchell has come back this season as the same old “Booger.” He’s riding 22 percent winners and is just outside the top-5 in the jockeys’ standings despite spotting the other riders at least 65 mounts.

Children stomping grapes during last year’s Italian Day at Emerald Downs.

MAMA MIA! ITALIAN DAY RETURNS SUNDAY @ EmD Emerald Downs will don the vertical pales of green, white and red on Sunday as the track celebrates its third annual Italian Day.
Complemented by a 10-race card, Italian Day feature traditional Italian festivities including wine tasting, Bocce Ball, a spaghetti-eating contest, and much more. Courtesy of KZOK 102.5 FM, renowned Italian Danny Bonaduce is expected to make a special appearance.
“Italian Day is growing into a big event,” said Joe LaDuca, who runs the track’s Newcomer’s Center and has spear-headed Italian Day. “We really have a lot of fun, and I’m so happy we can collaborate with Emerald Downs to celebrate the Italian heritage.”
Dr. George Todaro, an original Emerald Downs investor, will be the event’s honorary steward. Todaro has been one of the nation’s most successful Thoroughbred owners and still has dozens of horses competing up and down the coast with Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Speaking of Italian horsemen, many have had tremendous success already this season. Frank Lucarelli, a 5-time training champion at Emerald Downs, ranks second in this year’s trainers’ standings with 31 wins, including a stakes victory with 2-year-old superstar Trackattacker. Lucarelli’s younger brother, Vito, is a jockeys’ agent at Emerald Downs and books mounts for this year’s leading rider, Leslie Mawing, and defending riding champion Isaias Enriquez. And Emerald Downs’ trip handicapper Victor “The Predictor” Cozzetti has been offering up a healthy dose of winners this season and his syndicate Vic-Tory Stables has three wins with hard-knocking veteran He’s All Heart.
Race fans interested in a full Italian Day package can enjoy the full compliments in the track’s View Room on the fourth floor. For $30, adults will receive admission, a Race Program and tip sheet, reserved seating in the View Room and double entrée buffet and service charge and tax. It’s half-price for children, ages 5-10, and free for children under the age of five. For more information, call Group Events at 253-288-7700.

NOTES: Weekly honors: Jockey-David G. Lopez (17-5-1-2); Trainer-Bill Tollett (7-4-0-0); Owner-John E. Parker (2-2-0-0); Groom-Jorge Robles (Blaine Wright); Washington-bred-I Keep Saying (breeders Jill Fabulich & Kay Cooper). . .

I Keep Saying earned a career-high 89 Beyer for his world record performance Sunday at Emerald Downs. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Yankee Gentleman-Arco Iris, I Keep Saying ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:12.94 to break Sabertooth’s track and world record of 1:13.00. The world record remains in the Jim Penney barn, as Penney conditioned Sabertooth when the then 7-year-old gelding set the former mark on May 22, 2005. . .

Ethan’s Baby earned a 56 Beyer for her 6 ¼-length triumph in the Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. By Offlee Wild-Hope and Vow, Ethan’s Baby has won her two starts by a combined 11¾ lengths, and joins 2-year-old gelding Trackattacker as clear-cut leaders in the tracks respective 2-year-old divisions. . .

Trainer Mike Puhich debuts two promising 2-year-old colts Saturday in the $17,950 maiden special weight at five furlongs: Legion of Boom—named after the Seahawks’ ferocious secondary is a full brother to multiple stakes winners Del Rio Harbor and Couldabenthewhisky, both state champions and Emerald Downs’ champions as 2-year-olds. Wine At Nine, an $115,000 Keeneland purchase, is a half-brother to Fantasy Stakes (G2) runner-up Manuka Honey, and gets leading Leslie Mawing for his debut. Dr. Mark Dedomenico owns Wine At Nine and co-owns Legion of Boom with Glen Todd (North American Thoroughbred Racing Co.). . .

Puhich and Mawing also team Saturday with 4-year-old Carving in the $20,475 feature race for $50,000/$40,000 claimers at one mile. The five-horse field includes Jebrica, Assessment, Calculated Chaos and Rocky’s Quest. . .

Stopshoppingdebbie returned to the worktab Monday, breezing four furlongs in :50.00 in preparation for a likely start in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff on Sunday, August 24. Goin to the Window (:48.60) and Blueberry Smoothie (:49.40) also breezed Monday for trainer Tom Wenzel, as they gear up for another crack at their undefeated stable mate in the Distaff. . .

Also Monday, trainer Doris Harwood worked top 3-year-olds Noosito and Del Rio Harbor five furlongs each as the rivals prepare for a showdown in the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby on Sunday, August 10. Noosito was timed in 1:02.60 (breezing) while Del Rio Harbor was timed in 1:00.40 (handily). . .

The claiming game was in full swing last week, including Hetty being red-tagged for a meet-high $25,000 by trainer Bill Tollett and owner John Parker. A 4-year-old Cahill Road filly, Hetty earned a career-high 74 Beyer while defeating Beautranda by 4 ½ lengths in 1:08.13 for six furlongs. Also last week, 3-year-old fillies Point Da Harbor and Quiet Wisdom were both claimed for $15,000, and 3-year-old first-time starter Ain’t Tellin was claimed for $12,500. .

.Alert Bay, trained by Blaine Wright and owned by Peter Redekop, is 7-to-2 on the morning line in the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for California-breds Friday at Del Mar.  . .

The Jim Penney-trained Come Away Home seeks a second straight win at Hastings Racecourse and fourth straight overall in a $16,000 starter allowance Sunday for 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less in 2014. . .Warm weather prevails this weekend at Emerald Downs, with high temperatures of 88 on Friday, 87 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday…

Emerald Downs extends a Happy Birthday greeting to track announcer Robert Geller, who turned 55 on Thursday. Geller has called races all 19 seasons at Emerald Downs.

Early Entries

Sunday, August 3 Overnight  
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $17,850
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,225
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $8,925
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $8,925
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $5,300
Race 6 Claiming – $2,500 $5,900
Race 7 Claiming – $7,500 $9,800
Race 8 Claiming – $20,000 $14,800
Race 9 Allowance $22,575
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $5,500

Final Entries

Saturday, August 2    
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $2,500 $5,100
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $17,850
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $8,925
Race 4 Claiming – $4,000 $6,400
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $5,900
Race 6 Claiming – $2,500 $5,700
Race 7 Claiming – $2,500 $5,100
Race 8 Claiming – $50,000 $20,475
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $5,500