Emerald Downs Wrap-Monday, May 29

Oh Marvelous Me


AUBURN, Wash. (May 29, 2017) – Oh Marvelous Me unleashed a torrid wide rally and drew off for a 4 ¼-length victory Monday in the $15,200 Les Schwab Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Jose Zunino, Oh Marvelous Me zipped six furlongs in 1:09.06 and paid $15.40, $5.40 and $5. Blaine Wright is the trainer for owners Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, Wash.

A 5-year-old Bluegrass Cat gelding, Oh Marvelous Me tracked the leaders, as Capital Expense, Blame It On Royce and Swingshift Deputy dueled through sizzling splits of :21.28 for the quarter-mile and :43.90 for the half. Launching a four-wide bid on the turn, Oh Marvelous Me swept past the leaders into the lane and drew away for a convincing victory.

Oh Marvelous Me is 2-0-1 in three starts at the meet, and 3-2-2 in 13 lifetime starts with earnings of $36,193.

Mister Breeze, ridden by Natasha Coddington, rallied from last to takes second place and paid $10.60 and $5, while Valid Keiki, Isaias Enriquez riding, finished third and paid $4.60.

Blame It On Royce, Capital Expense and Valid Keiki all tired from their early efforts and finished fourth, fifth and sixth.


See N Red

NOTES: Sea N Redd ($14) prevailed in the first 2-year-old race of the meet, leading gate-to-wire under Erick Lopez in :52.78 for 4 ½ furlongs. Owned by John Parker and trained by Candi Tollett, Sea N Redd is a California-bred filly by Trappe Shot-Decatur and was coming off a sixth in her debut last month in Phoenix. Sea N Redd and runner-up Bellastime were the only two fillies in the race, although Bellastime was disqualified and placed sixth for interference in the stretch. . .

Juan Gutierrez rode his 1,299th and 1,300th Emerald Downs’ winners Monday, and is 119 wins away from Gallyn Mitchell’s track record of 1,419 wins. . .Jose Zunino also rode two winners Monday while Jeff Metz was the lone trainer to double on the 10-racrd card. . .

In the trainers’ race, the win by Oh Marvelous Me pushed Blaine Wright to a 13-12 lead over Frank Lucarelli. . .

93-year-old trainer Arturo Arboleda made it two wins in three days as She’s Informed ($13.20) captured the Memorial Day opener. . .

G.G. Ryder ($23.80) prevailed in a four-horse blanket finish in Sunday’s $100,000 All American Handicap (G3) at Golden Gate Fields. A 6-year-old California-bred by Chhaya Dance, G.G. Ryder is 13-for-36 lifetime with earnings of $651,195 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Dr. George Todaro of Seattle. The top four finishers—G.G. Ryder, Flamboyant, even-money favorite Alert Bay and Street Lad—were separated by two heads and a nose. The winner ran one mile on Tapeta in 1:37.48. Point Piper, the 2016 Longacres Mile winner, finished seventh. . .

Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m., and includes a $3,583 carryover in the $0.20 Pick 7.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity


Monday, May 29
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $10,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $8,000 $9,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $15,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight



Mario Gutierrez
June 1Santa Anita

Flower Heart Deer Wgt-119 Race 8 Maiden Claiming $50,000
June 2 – Santa Anita

Patience Ofa Saint Wgt-121 Race 3 Maiden Claiming $50,000
Hit the Seam Wgt-122 Race 6 Maiden Special Weight

May 29 – Santa Anita
Majestic Vixen finished 1st by a nose Race 3 Chart
She Began Again finished 5th beaten 3 1/2 lengths Race 4 Chart
Radish finished 4th beaten 15 1/4 lengths Race 5 Chart
Heart’s Passion finished 10th beaten 21 lengths Race 7 Chart
B Squared finished 6th beaten 3 3/4 lengths Race 8 Chart


S Y Sky cb1 200


ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2017)–Nick Alexander’s homebred S Y Sky, heavily favored at 2-5, repelled a tenacious Miss Sunset after a protracted stretch duel to take Monday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes by a half length.  Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Joe Talamo, S Y Sky got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:44.69.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Miss Sunset showed the way to the far turn, was collared by the winner turning for home, but proved a most-worthy adversary as she grudgingly gave way well inside the sixteenth pole.

When asked about the psychology of facing Smith in such circumstances, Talamo responded, “I just wish he’d retire, that sonuvagun!  Mike’s filly really tried hard, but my filly is so nice.  She’s getting better with every race and she kept to her task and fought that other filly off.”

Dispatched at 2-5 in a field of six California-bred or sired 3-year-old fillies, S Y Sky, a 3-year-old filly by Grazen, paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.  S Y Sky now has two wins, both stakes, from three starts.  With the winner’s share of $110,000, she now has earnings of $234,560.

“Joe didn’t rush her, but Miss Sunset, she’s no slouch,” said D’Amato.  “She won the Cal-bred stake up north (Campanile at Golden Gate Fields on April 30) and she fought.  It was a great battle down the stretch.”

When asked if he was going to “retire the Melair Cup,” given the fact he’s won the last three runnings of the race named for the great multiple stakes winning Melair, D’Amato responded, “I need the Cal-bred wins, because Bob (Baffert) is too strong everywhere else.”

For his part, Alexander, who owns Grazen and S Y Sky’s dam, Sky Marni and is known to millions of Southlanders from his Nick Alexander Imports radio jingle that states “Nick can’t say no,” he was glad to see recent equine fortunes reversed.

“We’ve had three favorites in a row get their asses kicked, but I could tell our filly was running.  She’s something special.”

Miss Sunset, who finished 8 ½ lengths in front of Queen Bee to You, was off at 3-1 and paid $3.00 and $2.20.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Queen Be to You, who was off at 7-1, paid $2.60 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.51, 46.95, 1:11.39 and 1:37.62.


 Marckie's Water a1 200


ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2017)–A joint fourth heading into the Club House turn, Little Red Feather Racing’s Marckie’s Water, under patient handling from Joe Talamo, bided his time around the far turn, swung five-wide turning for home and exploded late to take Monday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 3-year-old Tribal Rule colt got a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf in 1:46.45.

“We had a perfect trip,” said Talamo, who was aboard for the first time.  “Billy Koch (Little Red Feather Racing) pretty much told me about the horse and how he likes to run.  I basically just followed Mario (Gutierrez, aboard favored B Squared, who finished sixth) around the turn and when Edwin (Maldonado, aboard third place finisher Dr. Troutman) angled out, I had a ton of horse and just swung outside of him.

“He’s the kind of horse you have to stay after.  The harder you ride him, the more he gives you.”

A maiden winner over the course at the same distance on April 22, Marckie’s Water, a 3-year-old Tribal Rule colt, out of the Stravinsky mare Russian River, was off at 11-1 in a field of 11 California-bred or sired three year olds and paid $25.00, $10.80 and $8.80.

Bred in California by Frank Mermenstein and Tom McCrocklin, Marckie’s Water picked up his second win from six starts and with the winner’s check of $110,000, he increased his earnings to $155,585.

“This is very exciting for us,” said Gary Fenton, on behalf of Little Red Feather.  “It feels really good.  We don’t like to be overly aggressive, but this horse was doing well and we decided to take a shot.”

The Snow Chief was unfortunately marred by an incident inside the sixteenth pole, in which Calli Way, who was forwardly placed early went wrong inside the sixteenth pole under Rafael Bejarano, who escaped serious injury.  Like the winner, Calli Way was trained by Baltas.

“This is tough, tough, tough,” said Baltas.  “It’s kind of hard to celebrate with something like that.  I thought the other horse (Calli Way) might be doing better than the horse that won.”

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Alsatian rallied late for the place and returned $9.00 and $7.60.

Dr. Troutman, the longest shot in the field under Maldonado at 53-1, held third by a nose over Accountability and paid $25.60 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.51, 46.69, 1:10.84 and 1:34.68.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity


Monday, May 29
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $50,000 $43,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $16,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Melair S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Snow Chief S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Thursday, June 1 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $35,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $23,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 6 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $16,000 $56,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Friday, June 2 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 4 Starter Handicap – $10,000 $22,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000


Wrap-up For May 28

It was a day a lot like yesterday, but even more so; the sky was blue, the sun loomed large, the fields were small. Nine scratches, mostly due to a cough that is moving through the barns, did not help.  The crowd was mid-range but, amazingly, the investors found $533,647 worth of propositions they were willing to buy into.

Once again, the track played better for horses on or close to the pace, although it did allow for some closers to win, including one of the deep variety. The track appeared to get a little faster as the day went on, but form held up well with four favorites and two second-choices winning on the eight-race card.  Longest priced winner of the day paid $13.30.

The First: Boundary Bay


As the first was a Maiden Special Weight we will say it was the feature, and there appeared to be some pretty nice two-year-olds in it. After two scratches, five ended up running.  One of them was Boundary Bay ($3.30) who won as many had anticipated, but not before a hammer-and-tongs battle down the lane with Take the High Road.  The race went in 40.19 over a track that was not surrendering fast times easily.

Boundary Bay was hustled along the inside to a clear lead before Take the High Road, who was last early, put in an eye-catching move on the outside that had him at the winner’s throat mid-way of the turn. They hit the top of the stretch side by side, switched leads simultaneously and fought all the way to the wire where Boundary Bay, with a very bellied down David Lopez in the saddle, was a head better after being briefly headed himself coming home.  European who had attracted some support against the odds-on Boundary Bay did not break all that well, but mid-way down the backstretch she appeared to cotton on to the idea and finished well to be third.  This race could contain a stakes winner or two.

The winner is a Washington bred by Harbor the Gold out of Flying Memo (CHI) owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trained by Glen Todd.   Boundary Bay is a full brother to OB Harbor who won 3 stakes at Emerald Downs last year.   It was Glen Todd’s first trip to the Winner’s Circle as a trainer since 1985 (he has not trained in the interim), although he did know the way due to visits made in other capacities.

The Second: Fire Beauty

Fire Beauty ($8.70) tries hard every time she is sent over and she laid it down once again on Sunday to beat a field of open $25,000 older claiming fillies and mares in a 6 ½ furlong dash that went in 1:17.86. Fire Beauty had to contend Susan’s Day who gave her no peace on the front-end without ever being able to get by.  Cherokee in Me closed well but late to be third.

It was a two-horse race all the way. Susan’s Day came out of the gate to lead briefly before Fire Beauty established herself as the front runner.  Susan’s Day never stopped trying and was making another run at the winner when the wire intervened with her a half-length in arrears to Fire Beauty.

Mel Snow trains Fire Beauty for himself, Fran Snow, and Coyote Creek Racing Stable. The winner was bred in British Columbia by R. J. T. Thoroughbreds.  Fire Beauty has now won 6 races in 30 starts and over $100,000 in her career.

The Third: Riding On the Wind

Riding On the Wind ($4.30) had no difficulty in controlling the pace and cruising to a comfortable front-running score against an abbreviated field of 8K conditioned (non-winners of 3) fillies and mares.   Donttellmyhusband closed from last to be second and Rosie’s Up ran evenly to be third, well ahead of Yzitmyfault in fourth after paying the price for chasing the winner.  There was no one in fifth.

Riding On the Wind is owned by Maralee Walters and trained by Tracy McNeil. Riding On the Wind provided leading jockey David Lopez with his second win of the day.  She is a Kentucky bred.

The Fourth: Crater Lake

After a full 6 ½ furlongs of head-to-head combat, Crater Lake ($13.30) edged a half-length past odds-on favorite Remembermesoftly deep in the stretch to break his maiden for owner/breeder Helen Klimes, owner Lorie Henson and trainer Steve Henson. Remembermesoftly was well clear of Cherokee War Chant in third.

Crater Lake was bred in British Columbia. He is by Storm Victory who also sired, Storm Stalker winner of the sixth.  Crater Lake was ridden by Romario Saunders and it was the first of two for him as well as he also rode Storm Stalker to a win two races later.

The Fifth: Valid Vow

Justifying the public support that made her an 8-5 favorite, Valid Vow ($5.20) overcame a three-wide trip around the first turn by collaring the pace setters going down the backstretch, opening up a clear margin on the last turn and maintaining it all the way home, a series of events spread over 6 ½ furlongs and 1:18.46, start to finish. Riojana chased most of the way in second and finished there, a little more than 2 lengths ahead of Queen of Barn I who came along for third.

Amadeo Perez rode Valid Vow for Canmor Farms, owner of the Kentucky bred daughter of Broken Vow who is trained by Mark Cloutier.

The Sixth: Storm Stalker

The fastest 6 ½ furlongs of the day (7 races were run at that distance) was turned in by Storm Stalker ($7.80) who had her head down at the perfect time to win by the shortest of noses over a charging She Spends My Lute. They hit the finish line together in 1:17.36 and the miracle of modern photography was required to separate them.  In the end, Storm Stalker prevailed over She Spends My Lute who ran far too well to lose but did.  Hippie was well back in third after setting the early fractions.  Romario Saunders rode the winner, his second of the day.

Storm Stalker was bred in BC by Helen Klimes (a breeding double) and Sharon Marie Pring. She is owned by Barry and Henrica Tyrer and trained by Jodi Rawson.  Storm Stalker was the second winner on the card by Storm Victory who stands at Klimes Farm.

The Seventh: Touch of Green 

Touch of Green ($6.10) closed from last and far back to take the seventh, a split of the fifth with both being conditioned events for 4k older fillies and mares. Ariki Princess ran a non-threatening second while having a less than perfect trip, and in turn was not in any danger from Lady Cash who hung on to third after getting to the lead after a half-mile, only to have the top two run by her.

Amadeo Perez rode for owner/breeder George Gilbert and trainer Philip Hall. It was Perez’s second win of the day.

The Last: Tapatio

The card opened and closed with four-horse fields of maidens, the last being for three-and-ups willing to run for a $25,000 claimer price tag. It was won by Tapatio ($6.10) with Skyler White Shield doing the steering for owners Robert and Sheena Maybin.  The odds-on favorite Sanawar ran second, a head better than Fire Boss who set all the fractions before tiring late and settling for third.  The final time of 1:17.67 was quite decent.

Robert Maybin trained the winner who went to a new barn following a photo session in the Winner’s Circle.

Also Noteworthy:

Ten race days in, David Lopez leads all riders with 14 wins, two more than Richard Hamel in second and four ahead of Enrique Gonzalez who is in third with 10. Silvino Morales and Amadeo Perez with 9 and 8 respectively occupy fourth and fifth.

Philip Hall continues to top the trainer standings, having won 10 races in ten days. Greg Tracy remains in second with 6 wins, one better than Mark Cloutier who has 5.  There is a half-dozen trainers with four wins.

Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd. and North American Thoroughbred Company, Inc. have each won 5 races to lead the owners list. Swift Thoroughbreds and Robert and Sheena Maybin are tied for third with 3 wins.