|Saturday, June 3|
|Saturday, June 3|
|Race 1||Claiming – $16,000||$16,000|
|Race 2||Maiden Claiming – $8,000||$12,000|
|Race 3||Strawberry Morn H.||$50,000|
|Race 4||Maiden Claiming – $16,000||$14,500|
|Race 5||Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000||$25,000|
|Race 6||Claiming – $4,000||$12,000|
|Race 7||Claiming – $16,000||$16,000|
EXIT SIXTY SLEW BAGS THIRD STRAIGHT IN THRILLER
AUBURN, Wash. (June 3, 2017) – Exit Sixty Slew held off a resilient McDove and notched a head victory Saturday in the $15,600 Stella Artois Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.
With the victory, Exit Sixty Slew became the first horse this season to win three races but it wasn’t easy, as Exit Sixty Slew and McDove raced head-and-head the length of the stretch in a furious driving finish.
Ridden by Rocco Bowen, Exit Sixty Slew ran one mile in 1:36.66 and paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Charles Essex is the winning trainer for owners Joe Crawford and Jingyl Zhuang, however Below The Rim Stables and Mediocre Racing claimed Exit Sixty Slew for $20,000 Saturday, with Blaine Wright the new trainer.
A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Abraaj, Exit Sixty Slew is 5-3-3 in 17 career starts with earnings of $54,248, and 3-for-3 this year with victories for claiming prices of $8,000, $15,000 and $20,000. Her previous wins this season were sprints, which she won by 6 ¼ and 3 lengths, but Exit Sixty Slew had no issues handling the additional two furlongs.
McDove, ridden by Javier Matias, took the early lead, setting fractions of :24.31, :47.76 and 1:11.55, but Exit Sixty Slew was in a stalking position and moved up outside to challenge midway on the turn for home. From there it was a virtual match race, the 4-year-old fillies alternated back and forth through the lane with Exit Sixty Slew winning the head-bob.
Even though she missed the victory, the 200-member Emerald Racing Club rewarded McDove with a big round of applause for an outstanding effort in defeat. Second choice at 5-2, McDove paid $3 and $2.20.
First Heritage was three lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show while Diamond Cut and Cup of Soup completed the order of finish.
NOTES: Tondasarh ($103) pulled off the meet’s biggest upset to date in the Saturday nightcap, racing gate-to-wire under Francisco Diaz-Lopez at odds of 50-to-1. A 6-year-old Polish Miner mare trained by Brian Lusk, Tondasarh had finished out of the money in seven previous starts. . .
The mammoth upset triggered carryovers of $21,714 in Sunday’s $0.20 Pick 7 and $5,884 in the $0.50 Pick 5. . .Making Fire at $153 on May 31, 2015 is the biggest $2 win payout in track history. . .
Rocco Bowen was back in the groove Saturday with three wins on the nine-race card, extending his lead to 43-24 over apprentice Kevin Orozco atop the riders’ standings. .
.Bowen already has eight three-win days this season. . .
The husband and wife team of trainer Kurt Calton and owner Janis Calton improved to 4-1-0 in five starts as Copper Creek ($7) rallied from last to win race five under Kevin Orozco. .
.Rigoberto Velasquez saddled back-to-back winners, as 8-year-old gelding Hello Brown ($11.80) prevailed in race seven and 7-year-old mare Winninginfashion ($6.20) collared Perfect Meeting late to win race eight. .
.Jockey Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa and trainer Hector Magallanes continue to dominate Quarter Horse racing, as L Bar D Bonnie Lee ($3.60) raced to an easy maiden victory in the Saturday opener. Gutirerrez-Sosa and Magallanes have combined to win three of the first four Quarter Horse races this season. . .
While Exit Sixty Slew is the first horse to win three races this season, 18 horses are double winners at the meet: Parkers Delight, Jazz Queen, Rallying Market, Vistarella, Say Neigh, Wine At Nine, Hunters Vow, Our Silver Lining, Oh Marvelous Me, She Got Away, Raging Warrior, Lofty Cause, Lovethisbar, Arviat Bay, Calcualted Chaos, Little Dancer, Jerre to Carrie and One More Orman. . .
Bruce and Cass Maller, owners of Hastings Stakes winner Citizen Kitty, scored a maiden win at Santa Anita with 3-year-old gelding Cammy’s Music ($6.60). . .
In the $50,000 Strawberry Morn Handicap at Hastings Racecourse, Snuggles ($4.60) defeated Dear Lilly by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:45.94 for 1 1/16 miles. .
.Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings, with Riser the 5-to-2 morning line favorite. First post is 2 p.m.
|Saturday, June 3|
|Race 2||Maiden Claiming – $15,000||$11,000|
|Race 3||Claiming – $7,500||$8,600|
|Race 4||Claiming – $20,000||$15,600|
|Race 5||Claiming – $2,500||$6,400|
|Race 6||Claiming – $2,500||$6,400|
|Race 7||Waiver Claiming – $5,000||$8,800|
|Race 8||Claiming – $10,000||$11,200|
|Race 9||Maiden Claiming – $5,000||$6,400|
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 3, 2017)–It was a match race on paper and Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile developed into one on the track, as Victor Espinoza seized the initiative going into the Club House turn aboard favored Stellar Wind and prevailed by a neck in a desperate stretch duel with Vale Dori and Rafael Bejarano. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC and trained by John Sadler, Stellar Wind got the mile in 1:36.14 and is now, at age five, unbeaten in two starts this year.
Reduced by a pair of scratches to a field of three older mares, Vale Dori, as expected, rocketed to the lead from her rail post position and Finest City, Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter from 2016, broke sharply and was sitting second heading to the first turn, but Espinoza would have none of it aboard Stellar Wind.
“Victor said Mike out-broke him a little bit and he didn’t want to let Vale Dori get away with an easy lead,” said Sadler. “She’s so tough. She doesn’t lose photos. This was closer than I thought it was going to be but that other mare (Vale Dori) is really a top mare now. We’ll probably look at the Clement Hirsch (Grade I, 1 1/16 miles on July 30) next at Del Mar, just like last year.”
With win wagering only, Stellar Wind, who was off at 1-2, paid $3.00 to win.
Voted America’s Eclipse Champion 3-year-old filly in 2015, Stellar Wind twice defeated the race’s namesake, four-time Eclipse Champ Beholder, last year.
“The other two broke in front of me so I thought I could follow them” said Espinoza. “Mike took a hold of his horse going into the first turn so I wanted to find an opening and just let her run. I let her go and just put her right next to Vale Dori…I had confidence in her. She’s always like that in the stretch.
“She won’t do much on her own. She’s amazing, she’s an incredible mare, but I have to do my job. She always wins by enough. I have to encourage her to go forward…She has so much power that it’s hard for any other horse to beat her when it comes to head and head down the lane.”
Fresh off victory in the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park April 14, Stellar Wind notched her fifth Grade I victory in the Beholder and improved her overall mark to 14-9-2-1. With the winner’s check of $240,000, she increased her earnings to $2,053,200.
“Our whole deal with bringing her back this year was if she was healthy and training well,” said co-owner Kosta Hronis. “She’s back. Victor’s early move here was the key to the race. This reminded me of running against Beholder…We’re really proud of her.”
In search of her seventh consecutive win, six of them graded stakes, Vale Dori was gallant in defeat and finished 4 ¾ lengths in front of Finest City, who was never a factor after Espinoza’s bold early move.
Fractions on the race were 24.12, 47.64, 1:11.36 and 1:23.44.
First post time for a nine-race card at Santa Anita on Sunday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For complete racing information, please visit santaanita.com.
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 3, 2017)–Fifth and rolling midway around the far turn, Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali ran down favored pacesetter Heart to Heart and held off a fast finishing Farhaan to win Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf) in a rapid 1:32.22. Ridden by “Big Money” Mike Smith for the first time and trained by Richard Mandella, Bal a Bali registered his second Grade I win to go along with three Group I wins in his native Brazil.
“The horses that I thought would be in front of me were,” said Smith. “Although, I did think I would get an inside trip but was given an outside trip. I thought it was a good spot to be in and it was for sure.
“Mr. Mandella had this horse double ready today. He’s been training this way and he ran that way today. I’m glad I finally got to ride him. I’ve worked him for everybody else, so it’s nice to finally get him to myself. He’s got a natural high cruising speed.”
Most recently fifth in a 1 1/8 miles Grade I turf stakes at Churchill Downs on May 6, Bal a Bali, a seven year old full horse, was off at 3-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up and paid $8.20, $4.20 and $3.00.
“Mike rode him perfectly and he’s actually worked him quite a few times, so he’s familiar with him,” said Mandella. “I like winning. He’s always had a habit of hanging out, more this year than last year. But he would come down that hill (at Santa Anita) and see the gap to go home and it wasn’t a good thing for him last year. The mile kind of seems like his race and I’m going to stick to it.
“The Breeders’ Cup Mile (Nov. 4 at Del Mar) will be the long term goal. It’s very gratifying but you expect him to win every time because he’s a great horse. He’s had a few things that didn’t materialize, but with the setbacks that he’s had…the industry needs to give him the credit due that he overcame it and came back to be such a good horse.”
Owned by Calumet Farm, Bal a Bali picked up $240,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $1,257,923. A winner over the course of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile two starts back on March 11, Bal a Bali is now 25-15-1-4 overall.
Last until the field turned for home, Farhaan, under Flavien Prat, flew late toward the middle of the course and just touched Heart to Heart by a nose for the place.
Off at 5-2, Farhaan paid $3.80 and $2.80.
“We had a good trip,” said Prat, who rode Farhaan for the first time. “We sat behind the winner and when he made his move down the lane, we followed him. He ran hard, no excuses.”
Breaking from the rail, Heart to Heart quickly took charge, with What a View in close early attendance. Although he spurted clear turning for home, Heart to Heart, who shipped west from his Belmont Park base for trainer Brian Lynch, was no match for the winner late and had to settle for third money, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Free Rose.
The 5-2 actual favorite with Julien Leparoux, Heart to Heart paid $3.00 to show.
“He broke sharp and made the lead pretty easy,” said Leparoux. “We were getting pressure, but he was comfortable. Turning for home, I thought we could win it. He tried very hard.”
Fractions on the race, all set by Heart to Heart, were 22.67, 45.07, 1:08.21 and 1:20.16.
SATURDAY HASTINGS PREVIEW
The racing action at Hastings Racecourse resumes this afternoon with a seven race card that will feature the classiest fillies and mares on the grounds going a mile and a sixteenth in the $50,000 Strawberry Morn named for the Hall-of-Fame filly who campaigned for Aubrey and Jenny Roberts of Campbell River and was skillfully trained by another Hall-of-Fame inductee Allan Jack. Dave Wilson (another in the Hall) was aboard the daughter of Travelling Victor (oh ya, another resident of the Hall-of-Fame) for most of her career victories.
On the inside is the current queen of the older mare division DEAR LILLY who races in the colours of the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and Mark DeDomenico. The daughter of Graeme Hall has taken home the top prize in the first two stakes races this year. She will have to carry her speed a quarter-mile farther but she has never been this good so if she is ever going to win at this trip it will be today. David Lopez will be at the controls for trainer Sandi Gann.
Peter Redekop’s CASTELLANI has turned in a couple of good efforts sprinting finishing third beaten two lengths in both of her starts in stakes company since arriving in Vancouver. Her best performances have been going this distance so she could turn the tables on DEAR LILLY today. She is a major player. Enrique Gonzalez rides for leading trainer Phil Hall.
Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ MORNING COFFEE didn’t get the best of trips over a sloppy course in her 2017 debut. She has been freshened up and working stylishly for her first try going long. Her best races since coming to Hastings have been at this mile and a sixteenth trip so she is one that is eligible to rebound with a much better showing. Silvino Morales will get a leg up from trainer Mike Anderson.
The reigning Hastings Horse-of-the-Year SNUGGLES will be looking to improve on her fourth place finish last time out for the Swift Thoroughbreds. She didn’t seem all that happy to be out there as she put up a big fuss getting to the gate then was slowly away but did rally to be fourth and with some racing luck at the head of the lane could have been second. She is the best filly at this distance but will need to be at her best to get the job done. Rico Walcott is back in town for trainer Dino Condilenios.
Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ PRINCESS O’PRADO was stakes placed last year at this trip. She closed up good ground in her first sprint start finishing fourth beaten three lengths. She is getting tested for class today and will get Jose Asencio at a feathery 109 pounds for trainer Mike Anderson.
The Swift Thoroughbreds also send out the speedy filly CHIANTI who regressed in her second start after a brilliant runner-up effort in her debut. She is likely better at six and a half furlongs although she does own a second place finish behind her stablemate SNUGGLES in the BC Cup Dogwood last summer. Jeff Burningham will be in charge of harnessing her good speed for trainer Dino Condilenios.
The live program begins at 1:50 p.m. and the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 carryover is getting interesting and currently sits at $4,990.