FIND YOUR SPOT CONTINUES TO ROLL,
EDGES CHU AND YOU IN IRISH DAY ’CAP
AUBURN, Wash. (June 29) – Find Your Spot and Where We At are on serious rolls at Emerald Downs.
The former, a 3-year-old Washington-bred filly, made it four wins in a row with a hard-earned 1 ¼ -length victory over Chu and You in Sunday’s $50,000 Irish Day Handicap at Emerald Downs. The latter, the ownership syndicate that owns Find Your Spot, capped a weekend sweep that included Jebrica’s victory in Saturday’s $18,900 feature race and Find Your Spot’s triumph in Sunday’s Irish Day Handicap.
In fact, Where We At—Paul Heist of Auburn and Jack Fabulich of Edgewood—is 6-0-1 with its last seven starts, and apparently has the track’s best sophomore filly to boot.
Ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 118 lbs, Find Your Spot ran one mile in 1:35.78 and paid $7.20, $3.40 and $2.60. Jim Penney is the trainer.
Claimed for $25,000 from her career debut last September, Find Your Spot has developed nicely, reeling off four straight wins—one apiece at Golden Gate and Santa Anita and two at Emerald Downs. Her overall mark is 5-1-2 in eight starts with earnings of $99,820.
The Irish Day victory was worth $27,500, and she earned every penny, engaging Chu and You and Belladiva in mid-stretch and gradually edging clear for the victory.
“We had a meeting this morning; the owners, trainers, jockeys, everybody,” Enriquez said. “We discussed a couple plans about how the race would develop, and it developed exactly like we planned.
“I just wanted to follow Chu and You. That was the horse I wanted to have a target on. After that, I said ‘If I beat that horse, I’m going to win this race.’ ”
Chu and You, ridden by Juan Gutierrez at high weight of 119 lbs, once again was gallant in defeat. She won a long pace battle with Belladiva, digging in through the lane for her second straight runner-up finish in a stakes.
The even-money betting favorite, Chu and You paid $2.60 and $2.40.
“She always breaks well, and she relaxed in first part of race,” Gutierrez said. “She had a little pressure on the backside but the pace was comfortable, not too fast. First time at a mile, I was happy with her race. She always tries hard, and I know she's going to do that.”
Chu and You is 4-2-0 in eight starts with earnings of $107,884, including a $10,000 runner-up check for the Irish Day.
Belladiva, a 12-to-1 long shot ridden by Ronald Richard at 118 lbs, finished third and paid $4 to show. Belladiva finished a neck behind Chu and You, after those two dueled through fractions of :24.04, :47.34, 1:10.73 and 1:22.95.
Mylast Sweet Pea, Papa’s Flashy Girl, Cheeky Stone, Quiet Wisdom and Timeless Pleasure completed the order of finish.
NOTES: Mr. Top Kat ($9.80) became the meet’s third four-time winner, edging Storming Kentucky for a head victory in race seven. A 5-year-old Washington-bred ridgling owned and trained by Alan Bozell, Mr. Top Kat is 9-0-1 in 23 lifetime starts. . . Stephanie Plum ($8.40) romped in the $18,900 sub-feature for older fillies and mares, running one mile in 1:35.30 under Leonel Camacho-Flores for trainer H.R. Pat Mullens and owners Swede Larson and Ed Zenker. The hard-hitting 6-year-old mare is 6-for-15 the last two meets at Emerald Downs. . .Fire the Trainer ($11) debuted with a strong stretch rally under Leslie Mawing to win the $17,850 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds in :58.01 for five furlongs. A Kentucky-bred by Majestic Warrior, Fire the Trainer is owned by Chris Randall and Nick Rossi and trained by Frank Lucarelli. . .Mawing and Rocco Bowen each rode a winner Sunday, and through 33 days of racing Mawing owns a 46-36 lead over Bowen atop the jockeys’ standings. . .In the trainers’ race, defending champion Jeff Metz leads Lucarelli 32-20. . .Trainer Nick Lowe and owner/breeder Randy Dickerson swept the early Quarter Horse daily double with Cm Undertainfluence ($6) and Cm Jess Ta Tandy ($6.60). . .Live racing resumes Thursday with the annual Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by Carl’s Jr. First post is 4:30 p.m.