$50,000 GOVERNOR’S DRAWS NINE NOMINATIONS,
$50,000 HASTINGS DRAWS 12 NOMINATIONS
AUBURN, Wash. (May 15, 2017) – Emerald Downs’ stakes action shifts into high gear with the weekend of May 20-21.
The road to the Longacres Mile (G3) begins Sunday, May 21 with the $50,000 Governor’s Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, and the road to the championship Emerald Distaff begins Saturday, May 20 with the $50,000 Hastings Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Dr. Mark Dedomenico’s Prime Engine is the horse to beat in the Governor’s. The 5-year-old Northern Afleet gelding turned in a sharp 2017 debut in an April 22 allowance sprint, racing to a 3 ¾-length victory over Barkley in 1:01.10 for 5 ½ furlongs and earning a career-high 95 Beyer. Barkley, Emerald Downs’ 3-year-old champion of 2016, and Mach One Rules, Emerald Downs’ and Washington champion 2-year-old of 2015, also are high caliber sprinters.
The Hastings drew a dozen nominations topped by John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm’s Invested Prospect, Washington’s champion sophomore filly of 2016 and unbeaten in seven career sprints.
$50,000 Governor’s Stakes 6F, Sunday, May 21
Horse. . . . . . . .Owner. . . . . . .Trainer
Arrom Bear (5-WA) Saratoga West Jeff Metz
Barkley (4-KY) Rising Star Stable III Howard Belvoir
Ishaq (4-KY) St. George Stable LLC Efren Loza Jr.
Mach One Rules (4-WA) R.E.V. Racing LLC Frank Lucarelli
Prime Engine (5-KY) Mark Dedomenico LLC Mike Puhich
Sabado Alegre (5-CHI) Copper Water Thoroughbred Ltd. Craig MacPherson
The Press (4-WA) Howard Belvoir Howard Belvoir
Togrammashousewego (4-WA) Shirley, Don & Derek MacKenzie Charles Essex
Viewingthegold (4-WA) Big Bill and Co. & Clemans View Farm Jose Navarro
$50,000 Hastings Stakes 6F, Saturday, May 20
Horse. . . . . .Owner. . . . . . Trainer
B C Z Middleton (4-KY) William Burns and Rebecca Turcott Jeff Metz
Citizen Kitty (5-WA) Highlander Racing Stable LLC Jeff Metz
Dear Lilly (7-FLA) M Dedomenico & N American Tbred Co Mike Puhich
Elusive Riches (5-CAL) John & Janene Maryanski Blaine Wright
Invested Prospect (4-WA) John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm Blaine Wright
Listo (4-WA) Horse Haven Creek Farm & C Lumley Rosie Simkins
Little Dume (4-KY) Alice Bamford Neil Drysdale
Perhaps a Pie (5-FLA) One Horse Will Do, Brewer & Stenslie Chris Stenslie
Princess Kennedy (4-KY) David Thorner Tom Wenzel
Protective Shield (4-KY) Tom Grether Farms Inc. Robert Lawrence
Sweet Tashi (4-WA) Debra Pabst and Anne Bustion Kay Cooper