17TH RUNNING, JULY 8, 2012
ONE MILE IN 1:34.48 :22.68, :44.64, 1:08.61, 1:21.23
JOCKEY JUAN GUTIERREZ, CLASS INCLUDED, WINNER: “I expected three horses to go to the lead, and I could just sit behind them. My filly was really relaxed. I felt comfortable on her the whole way. I was smooching at her a little on the turn to see what she had left. I could tell she had a lot of horse. She went by the leaders very easily. She’s a classy filly. She doesn’t play around.”
JOCKEY WILLIAM ANTONGEORGI, SWEET NELLIE BROWN, SECOND: “I’ve always liked this horse. We got along really well two races back, so I fought hard to get back on her today. I just tried to save ground and get her to relax. She’s one of the better horses in this race. She just might not be better than Class Included. I was really happy with the way she ran. At the quarter-pole, I thought we might win if Class Included faltered. That didn’t happen.”
NOTES: Class Included (13-7-6-0-$256,823)…Class Included has four stakes wins at Emerald Downs and five overall…A Classic Life, dam of Class Included, also won four stakes at Emerald Downs…Juan Gutierrez has four stakes wins this season and is No. 3 all-time with 42 stakes wins @ EmD…Jim Penney has two stakes wins this season and is now tied with Bud Klokstad for No. 2 all-time with 43 stakes wins at Emerald Downs…Class Included and Sweet Nellie Brown, both trained by Penney, have finished one-two twice this season at Emerald Downs. The first time was April 21 in a $21,500 allowance race.