Racing resumes tonight with an eight race card that will feature two $50,000 CTHS Sales stakes races and two allowance events for three year olds.

The Monday opener is the $50,000 CTHS Sales for two year old fillies at six and a half furlongs and only three were originally nominated and all entered.

Drawing the inside is Tony and Pat Hepburn’s LARGO who was the sales topper at $50,000 last September. The daughter of Lookin At Lucky checked in third in her three and a half furlong debut. She will undoubtedly like this longer trip and will go on the Lasix program. Amadeo Perez rides for Mark Cloutier.

The Pooli Thoroughbreds’ BRECHIN’S COMMAND had a wide trip in her debut going six panels. She has a couple of good workouts in preparation for this dash and will get David Lopez in the tack for Greg Tracy.

Completing this tiny field is High Field Stock Farm and Landry’s STREET MADE who was recently third in the $60,000 Princess Margaret Stakes in Edmonton. She is the only one that has stepped into the winner’s circle and is definitely the one to beat. She turned in a smart drill (48 4/5) shortly after arriving at Greg Tracy’s Hastings barn. Her regular pilot Rico Walcott is in town for the ride.

Race five (6:56 p.m.) is the $50,000 CTHS Sales stake for two year colts and geldings and this one drew a field of eight.

The rail belongs to Julie Wicks and Rob Thacker’s STORM ROCKET who missed the break in his debut and finished in mid-pack going three and a half furlongs. This family excels at longer distances and Romario Saunders gets the call from trainer Julie Wicks.

The Riversedge Racing Stables’ WEEKEND WIZARD was very impressive in his debut finishing second in a very quick heat going three and a half furlongs. He has had two solid works since that race and will be on Lasix for the first time tonight. Enrique Gonzalez is back aboard for trainer Craig MacPherson.

The My Greyson Syndicate’s MY GREYSON is the most experienced of the bunch and got caught up in a pace duel last time which led to his fifth place finish. He has previous races that are good enough to win today. David Lopez rides for trainer Pat Jarvis.

Brian Albertson, Blair Law and Phil Hall’s WISE MARKET has turned a couple of second place efforts since being fitted in blinkers. He has good speed and is a top threat in this wide open affair. Amadeo Perez will get a leg up from Phil Hall.

Len Houweling, Doug Corsan and Mel Snow’s SLEW’S DA BOSS was a true professional in his debut rallying from off the pace to win going six furlongs. He should get a decent pace to run at which will make him dangerous. Antonio Reyes will be in the saddle for trainer Mel Snow.

Nick and Pauline Felicella’s MR. FINCH is coming out of three very tough maiden races. There have been numerous winners and stakes placed runners come of those three races. He has shown good speed in all three of his previous starts. Sahin Civaci gets the call from Anita Bolton.

The Swift Thoroughbreds’ EUROPEAN has been unlucky to to win a race so far this year. He has not missed the board but one or two seem to run a bit better than him on each occasion. He is another that is exiting the toughest two year old races and this one has come up easier. He will likely be the favourite and Richard Hamel re-rides for trainer Dino Condilenios.

C and H Duggan Farms’ LOCKED AND LOADED showed good speed in his win at the $16,000 maiden level. He will have to carry his around two turns and will get Skyler White Shield for trainer Greg Tracy.

The first post is at 5:00 p.m. and there is a $3,400 carryover in the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6.

Good luck to all !!!


Race 1 1 – Largo
3 – Street Made
2 – Brechin’s Command
1 – Largo
3 – Street Made
2 – Brechin’s Command
Race 2 7 – Rock Concert
3 – Ambidextrous Duke
5 – Cowboy Phil
5 – Cowboy Phil
3 – Ambidextrous Duke
1 – Adams River Run
Race 3 1 – Yukon Belle
2 – Babys Got Track
5 – Good Luck to You
1 – Yukon Belle
2 – Baby’s Got Track
5 – Good Luck to You
Race 4 2 – The Odds R Good
6 – Corky’s Luck
1 – Bornatthetrack
6 – Corky’s Luck
1 – Bornatthetrack
4 – Burnum
Race 5 7 – European
2 – Weekend Wizard
5 – Slew’s Da Boss
7 – European
5 – Slew’s Da Boss
2 – Weekend Wizard
Race 6 5 – Laguna Blaze
10 – Peace Arch
2 – Perfectly Reckless
5 – Laguna Blaze
10 – Peace Arch
8 – Santa Fe Trail
Race 7 4 – Driller
7 – Hunters Appeal
6 – Handsome Chef
7 – Hunters Appeal
4 – Driller
3 – Strate Remark
Race 8 3 – Oh So Quick
11 – Seagold
8 – Cashspiel
3 – Oh So Quick
8 – Cashspiel`
10 – O Dani Oh
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks


Sunday, August 20, 2017
2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Discreet Smoke :25.00 H 1
Nu Lady :27.60 HG 3
Our Violet :26.40 HG 2
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Bowchickawowwow :36.40 HG 2
Frosty Finish :37.60 HG 3
Thermal Wave :35.20 H 1
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Belli Girl :49.80 H 8
Dhatzit :50.00 H 9
Fetisov :48.20 H 6
Irish Lass :47.00 H 2
Kermode :46.80 HG 1
Second Time Around :50.60 H 11
Shayla’s Rose :50.00 B 9
Sunspa :47.20 H 3
Susan’s Day :47.80 H 5
Swagger Cat :49.20 H 7
Ware’s My Jennie :47.60 H 4
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Brother Brian 1:03.60 H 11
Gold Treasure 1:00.80 H 5
Hippie :59.00 H 1
Is It Gold :59.60 H 2
Kataliah 1:01.40 H 6
Mayfair Lady :59.60 H 2
Notis the Jewell :59.80 H 4
Seven Chances 1:02.80 H 9
Sunscape 1:01.60 H 8
Tapit Dance 1:04.40 H 12
Too Hot to Handle 1:02.80 H 9
Zygo 1:01.40 H 6

Xpressbet Washington Cup-nominations

Mach One Rules


AUBURN, Wash. (August 20, 2017) – Sixty-three horses including a trio of runners from last week’s Longacres Mile have been nominated to the Xpressbet Washington Cup, to be run Sunday, August 27 at Emerald Downs.

The Xpressbet Washington Cup features six stakes exclusively for Washington/B.C.-bred or sired runners with an aggregate $300,000 in purses. Now in its 15th year, the Xpressbet Washington Cup includes male and female stakes races for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses.

The $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for older horses at 1 1/16 miles drew nine nominations led by Mach One Rules, Dedicated to You and Stryker Phd—second, third and sixth-place finishers in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

Mach One Rules could clinch Horse of the Meeting honors with a victory, as the 4-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding is 2-2-1 in five starts with two stakes wins and $108,225 in purses at the meet.

The Muckleshoot Tribal Classic is likely to be Stryker Phd’s final career start. The 8-year-old Bertrando gelding is among the top runners in state history—the only two-time Longacres Mile winner at Emerald Downs, and already has a record three victories in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic. His overall record is 11-5-7 in 33 starts with $631,011 in earnings.

Citizen Kitty, also in the hunt for Horse of the Meeting, aims for her fourth stakes victory this season in the Filly & Mare Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. The 5-year-old Proud Citizen mare comes off a 1 ½-length victory in last week’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff.

The Juvenile Colts & Gelding Stakes drew a healthy 15 nominations led by the top three finishers in the August 6 WTBOA Lads Stakes—Elliott Bay, Sippin Fire and Brown Tiger. Boundary Bay, full brother to 2016 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting O B Harbor, is expected to invade from Vancouver for the Juvenile Colts & Geldings.

Bella Mia, already a double stakes winner at the meet, tops 10 nominees to the Juvenile Filly Stakes.

Entries will be drawn Thursday at the Quarter Chute Café with horses allowed to enter only one race.

$50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes (2YO C&G, 6F)
Horse. . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
Aliante (2-WA) Peter Redekop BC Ltd Blaine Wright
Attercop (2-WA) Kent Chisman & Tricia Nix Candi Tollett
Boundary Bay (2-WA) North American Thoroughbred Mike Puhich
Brown Tiger (2-WA) Art McFadden Jonathan Nance
Cle Elum Phil (2-WA) Neil Knapp & Aaron Bresko Neil Knapp
Dylan J.T. (2-WA) BKLR & Estate of Del Kelly Roy Lumm
Elliott Bay (2-WA) Rising Star Stable II Howard Belvoir
Hemi Cat (2-WA) Blue Diamond or Janet Johnson Roy Lumm
Huggy Bear (2-WA) Susan Hopp Frank Lucarelli
Prime Copy (2-WA) North American Thoroughbred Mike Puhich
Sippin Fire (2-WA) How We Roll #4 Steve Bullock
Stay in Power (2-WA) Alan Bozell & Rolando Veliz Alan Bozell
Trump Itz (2-WA) Maryanski & Riverbend Farm Blaine Wright
Upshift (2-WA) Alan Bozell & Mike Phillips Alan Bozell
Wheel Rally (2-WA) Allaire Farms Robert Meeking

$50,000 WA Cup 2 Year-Old Filly Stakes (2YOF, 6F)
Horse. . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
A Filly Can Dream (2-WA) Pegasus Too Howard Belvoir
Bella Mia (2-WA) John & Janene Maryanski Blaine Wright
Faith Flys Again (2-WA) Swag Stables – Gallo Stables David Martinez
Fortune’s Freude (2-WA) Blue Ribbon Racing #15 Kay Penney
Frisky Bear (2-WA) Sabers Drawn & Lucarelli Racing Frank Lucarelli
Goldie’s Darlins (2-WA) Aaron Bresko Neil Knapp
Manny’s Way (2-WA) Manny Ortiz Manny Ortiz
Oh Yes I Did (2-WA) Doug Walker & Candice Tollett Candi Tollett
Runmissnatalia (2-WA) Swag Stables – Gallo Stables David Martinez

$50,000 WA Cup Sophomore Stakes (3YO, 1M)
Horse. . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
Atta Boy Dougie (3-WA) Where We At Kay Cooper
Buckley Bay (3-WA) Ron Crockett & Griffin Tom Wenzel
Double A. Prospect (3-WA) Code Four Stable Tom Wenzel
Keller’s Gold (3-WA) Lucky Larr Stable Felimon Alvarado
Kota Copy (3-WA) On The Rocks Gary Lonctot
Mike Man’s Bro (3-WA) Horseplayers Racing C & Barrett Roddina Barrett
Pulpits Power (3-WA) Below The Rim and Woodway Blaine Wright
Rifle Gernade (3-WA) Estate of Don Munger Niccolo Troiani

$50,000 WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes (3YOF , 1M)
Horse. . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
Coastal Road (3-WA) T Youngman or P Youngman Martin Pimentel
Gazing (3-WA) William Sandeman Terry Gillihan
Grace Bay (3-WA) Billy Speed Racing Stable Frank Lucarelli
I Double Dare You (3-WA) John Sneesby Manny Ortiz
Miss Wine Topper (3-WA) Carol Henning H R Mullens
No Talking Back (3-WA) One Horse Will Do & Hubbird Chris Stenslie
Retreat Yourself (3-WA) Mark Malnati Doris Harwood
Targa (3-WA) R.E.V. Racing LLC Frank Lucarelli

$50,000 WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes (3&UP F&M, 1-1/16 M)
Horse. . . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
Arlington Lady (4-WA) Robert Donnell Kay Cooper
Citizen Kitty (5-WA) Highlander Racing Stable Jeff Metz
Dreamer S. (4-WA) Darrin Paul Frank Lucarelli
Exit Sixty Slew (4-WA) Below The Rim, Mediocre & Wright Blaine Wright
Guardian One (4-WA) Tony and Brenna Loften Chris Stenslie
My Heart Goes On (4-WA) Coal Creek Farm David Martinez
Princess Katie (4-BC) Ernest Chu Robert Gilker
Pyscho Sister (4-WA) Royal Victory Thoroughbreds Tim McCanna
Sugarseeker (4-WA) Darrin Paul Frank Lucarelli
Sweet Tashi (4-WA) Debra Pabst and Anne Bustion Kay Cooper
Three Forks Gold (4-WA) David Greenshields Rosie Simkins
Trinni (4-WA) Highlander, Horseplayers, Woodway Jeff Metz

$50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (3&UP, 1-1/16 M)
Horse. . . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
Betrbegone (5-WA) G Conley, C Conley & Terra Firma Joe Toye
Dedicated to You (5-WA) Coal Creek Farm David Martinez
Grinder Sparksaglo (6-WA) Richard Senna Robbie Baze
Hit the Beach (4-WA) Zenker, Mullens and Larson H R Mullens
Hoody (6-WA) Donnell, Clark & Vital Signs Kay Cooper
Mach One Rules (4-WA) R.E.V. Racing LLC Frank Lucarelli
Mike Man’s Gold (7-WA) G Conley, C Conley & Terra Firma Joe Toye
Stryker Phd (8-WA) Jim & Mona Hour Larry Ross
The Press (4-WA) Howard Belvoir Howard Belvoir

Secretly Fast Scores Bank of America Stunner

Secretly Fast (No. 6) holds off Lebron 6 (No. 2)


AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 20, 2017) – Secretly Fast—the longest shot in the 11-horse field—rolled to a stunning gate-to-wire victory Sunday in the $59,670 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge for Quarter Horses at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Leonardo Gonzalez at 124 lbs, Secretly Fast covered 440 yards in 22.10 seconds and paid $123, $25 and $7.40. Ernesto Olmos is the winning trainer for owner Ernesto Ruiz of Auburn, Wash.

The winner had clear sailing throughout, avoiding some serious bumping and jostling from the inside, and prevailed by a head over Lebron 6.

“My horse felt really strong going to the gate,” Gonzalez said. “He broke well and said ‘bye-bye’ to everyone.”

A 4-year-old Oregon-bred gelding by No Secrets Here, Secretly Fast earned $26,852 to raise his career total to $38,796. Sunday’s race was his first since a sixth in a $10,000 handicap last December in Portland, and raised his overall record to 3-1-2 in 14 starts.

“We gave him six months off, and he’d been training very well,” Olmos said. “We said, let’s give it a shot and see what happens.”

The $123 win mutuel is the largest of the meet and fifth largest in track history—Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses. It also broke No Giveaway’s stakes mark of $122 set in the 2005 Longacres Mile.

Lebron 6, the second-place finisher, was disqualified and placed last for veering out severely shortly after the break.

Los Alamitos shipper Air Force Won, the 1-to-2 betting favorite, was promoted from third to second, and L Bar D Genuine Red was promoted from fourth to third.

Defending champion Sorelli finished fifth, but was only beaten three heads and a nose for all the money.

Rounding out the official order of finish were Tic Tac Attack, Flyin Rocks, Jesses Claim Ta Fame, Separatefromdarest, Surf N Turf Dude, Gone Fast and Lebron 6.

Rare Ed (No. 2)

In Sunday’s other Quarter Horse stakes:

In the $18,720 Distance Challenge, odds-on favorite Rare Ed overcame a poor start and scored a neck victory over Hes a Bugin, covering 870 yards in :45.82 seconds. Ridden by Osvaldo Gonzalez at 124 lbs, Rare Ed paid $2.80 and earned $9,360 for owner Martin Marin. A 6-year-old Illinois-bred trained by Roddina Barrett, Rare Ed has a career record of 6-9-5 in 30 starts with earnings of $102,797.

In the $20,160 John Deere Juvenile Challenge, Cm Boom Shakalaka drew clear for a one-length victory over I Deliver in :17.95 seconds for 350 yards. Ridden by Luis Gonzalez at 125 lbs for owner/breeder Randy Dickerson and trainer Nick Lowe, Cm Boom Shakalaka paid $6.40 as the favorite A 2-year-old Oregon-bred, the winner is 3-0-0 in four starts with earnings of $13,681.

NOTES: Frank Lucarelli became the second trainer in Emerald Downs’ history with 900 wins as Grace Bay ($7.60) scored her maiden victory in Sunday’s fifth race. . . Tim McCanna is No. 1 at Emerald Downs with 924 wins. . .Betting On Dr Bow at $103.80 on June 18 was the previous high for a $2 win pay this season. . .Erick Lopez and Julien Couton rode two winners apiece Sunday. . .Al & Sandee Kirkwood’s Blackjackcat  scored a $19.60 upset in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile (G2) on the turf at Del Mar. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m., including carryovers of $15,260 in the $0.20 Pick 7 and $10,063 in the $0.50 Pick 5 . .The Emerald Downs’ grandstand is open 9-11 a.m. Monday for the great Solar Eclipse. Admission is free but patrons must provide their own protective sunglasses.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, August 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Distance Challenge S. $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 John Deere Juvenile Challenge S. $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $4,000 $6,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $18,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $7,500 $8,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Starter Allowance – $5,000 $8,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge S. $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Claiming – $2,500 $6,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, August 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400
Race 2 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000
Race 3 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 4 Claiming – $5,000 $8,800
Race 5 Starter Allowance – $3,500 $7,600
Race 6 Claiming – $15,000 $13,600
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400

Blackjackcat Surprises in Del Mar Mile

Blackjackcat © Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Al and Sandee Kirkwood’s Blackjackcat, sent off at 8-1 odds under Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, barely held off the late challenge of Vyjack to win Sunday’s Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile for older horses over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Blackjackcat, winner of the restricted Wickerr Stakes a month ago, wore down pacesetting Midnight Storm, the 2-1 favorite, to take command in midstretch and then was severely tested to the wire by Vyjack, ultimately winning by a diminishing head. Leading rider Flavien Prat was aboard Vyjack.

Om and Gary Stevens were third, a length behind Vyjack and a half-length in front of fourth-place Midnight Storm, the 2016 winner of the Del Mar Mile. Completing the line-up were Le Ken and Bal a Bali, the latter a disappointing sixth and last.

Blackjackcat, a four-year-old gelding by Tale of the Cat trained by Mark Glatt, was timed in 1:34.06 for his fifth success in 13 career outings. First money of $120,000 pushed his earnings to $353,270.

The winner paid $19.60, $8.80 and $3.60. Vyjack, who was second to Blackjackcat in the Wickerr, paid $5 and $3.20, while third-place Om returned $3.

Del Mar’s stewards conducted an inquiry into the stretch run concerning a bumping between Vyjack and Om, but ruled the incident did not warrant a change of placings.

There were no perfect tickets in Sunday’s Pick Six so Wednesday’s card will feature a carryover of $147,012. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m.

KENT DESORMEAUX (Blackjackcat, winner) – “I rode to my instructions. I was told to get into Midnight Storm’s jock and not get out. I did. He ran great.”

GARY STEVENS (Om, third) – “They (stewards) asked me (on phone after race) if I was going to be second (he finished third after a bumping incident in the stretch with second-place finisher Vyjack): I told them I can’t say I was, but I can’t say I wasn’t (going to be). He (Vyjack) came over and hit me; threw my horse off stride and made me hit the saddle. Enough is enough.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO (Midnight Storm, fourth) – “I think he was a little confused out there. He’s gone from dirt to grass and it seemed to take him some time to get his feet under him. But he ran well and he’ll be better next time.”

MARK GLATT (Blackjackcat, winner) – “We gave him a nice break after his 3-year-old campaign, got a couple races in him at Santa Anita and finally settled on his best distance, which seems to be a flat mile. Last year we were in contention to win some of the Derbies we tried, but at a mile and an eighth they were just a hair too far for him. With a little rest after that 3-year-old campaign he’s come back stronger and carries his weight better and he has proven me right.”

FRACTIONS: :23.16 :46.88 1:10.32 1:22.11 1:34.06

The stakes win was the second of the meet for rider Desormeaux, but his third in the Del Mar Mile. He now has 78 stakes wins at Del Mar, ninth-best all time.

The stakes wins was the third of the meet for conditioner Glatt, but his first in the Del Mar Mile. He now has five stakes wins at Del Mar.

Winning owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood are from Ridgefield, WA.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, August 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $42,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $26,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $60,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $50,000 $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Del Mar Mile H. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $60,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance $62,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, August 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $26,000
Race 2 Starter Allowance – $25,000 $38,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $60,000
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $34,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $60,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $62,000
Race 7 Tranquility Lake S. $75,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $23,000

Woodbine Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, August 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $27,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Sky Classic S. $175,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $62,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Breeders’ S. $400,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Optional Claiming – $40,000 $39,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight