D'honorable One (No.4) and Makors Finale dead-heat in Auburn Handicap
D’HONORABLE ONE, MAKORS FINALE
HIT THE WIRE TOGETHER IN AUBURN ’CAP
AUBURN, Wash. (June 3, 2012) – For only the second time in 17 seasons and 571 races, a stakes event at Emerald Downs wound up in a dead-heat for first place.
D’honorable One, the 11-to-10 betting favorite ridden by Leslie Mawing, and Makors Finale, the 9-to-2 third choice ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, hit the finish line together, both running 6-½ furlongs in a stakes record 1:14.53 on a fast track.
D’honorable One, carrying high weight of 122 lbs, paid $2.60, $2.80 and $2.60. Blaine Wright is the trainer for Nelson Family Racing (Heidi Nelson, Bothell).
Makors Finale, carrying second high-weight of 120 lbs, paid $4.20, $4.80 and $3.20. Tom Wenzel is the trainer for owner-breeder Karl Krieg of Oak Harbor.
It was three lengths back to third-place finisher Brady’s Kat, a 40-to-1 long shot ridden by Javier Matias, and a $6.20 show payoff.
Makors Finale, whose previous seven races were all at Turf Paradise, sprinted clear immediately and set fractions of :22.22 and :44.31, but D’honorable One challenged outside Makors Finale into the stretch, and the two colts hooked up in a virtual match race to the wire.
D’honorable One appeared to have a slight lead past mid-stretch, but Makors Finale dug back in and got back to even terms at the finish.
“For a split second, I did pass him, but (Makors Finale) was game on the lead,” Mawing said. “Both Gallyn (Mitchell) and I rode our horses past the wire. We both thought the other had won, but I guess the wire couldn’t separate us.”
For Mitchell, the track’s all-time leader with 75 stakes wins, the outcome was in doubt, even on the gallop-out.
“I never really knew if we ever got back by the other horse,” he said, “but coming back (to the winners’ circle), I called it a dead-heat.”
D’honorable One and Makors Finale earned $18,750 apiece for their efforts.
A 3-year-old Florida-bred by D’wildcat, D’honorable One has compiled a 4-0-2 record in six career starts with earnings of $67,815. The Auburn Handicap was his first stakes victory.
A 3-year-old Washington-bred by Makors Mark, Makors Finale is 3-4-0 in eight starts with earnings of $63,352. He finished runner-up in two stakes at Turf Paradise, the one-mile Tempe Handicap on turf and the mile and one-sixteenth Turf Paradise Derby on dirt.
City Twister, the 3-to-1 second choice, finished fourth, and was followed by Brudda Clyde, Havanna Red, Johnski and First Last Chance.
NOTES: Light My Heart ($76.80) produced the biggest $2 win mutuel of the 25-day-old meet with a 37-to-1 triumph under Jose Zunino in the fourth race. Debbie Van Horne is the trainer for owner River Creek Farms…In the sixth race, Rainier Ice ($6.80) came off the bench to notch a three-length victory in 1:08.10 for six furlongs. Disqualified from first for causing interference in the 2011 Coca-Cola Handicap, Rainier Ice had been off since finishing seventh in the Seattle Slew Handicap last July. Tom Wenzel trains the 4-year-old Forestry colt for Northwest Farms and C and M Racing…Wasserman earned $2,565 for finishing third in the sixth, boosting the 10-year-old gelding’s track record earnings total to $543,431…Leslie Mawing recorded a second straight riding triple and, don’t look now, but the defending champion suddenly is tied with William Antongeorgi for fourth place at 23 wins apiece…Leading rider Juan Gutierrez rode two winners and finished the week with a 28-25 lead over Eliska Kubinova…Zunino and Mitchell also rode two winners on the 10-race card…Mitchell also was suspended two days, Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, for failure to maintain a straight course aboard Amazing Legacy in Saturday’s eighth race…Wenzel and Blaine Wright, whose horses dead-heated in the stakes race, both had two winners on the card…Ron Crockett Inc.’s Cielator improved to two-for-two lifetime with a 1-¼ length win over Perfect Pie in the eight race, a $17,100 purse for $32,000 claiming fillies and mares. The 4-year-old Delineator filly ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:14.85, and capped a two-for-two week for trainer Junior Coffey…At Hastings Racecourse, Taylor Said ($4.20) won his second straight stakes with a two-length victory over St Liams Halo in the $50,000 Sir Winston Churchill Handicap. The 4-year-old Stephanotis gelding ran 1-1/16 miles in 1:43.67 on a sealed track rated wet-fast…Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:15 p.m.