SURFLINER SPRINGS AN UPSET IN EmD FEATURE,
GIVES OWNER ZABORAC NICE BIRTHDAY PRESENT
AUBURN, Wash. (September 14) – Surfliner overhauled Songandabullet in the closing strides and notched a big upset Sunday in the $12,700 Les Schwab Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Javier Matias, Surfliner ran one mile in 1:37.04 and paid $34.80, $11.40 and $6.40. Steve Koler is the winning trainer for Jack Zaborac, the longtime proprietor of Kent Bowl who celebrated his 89th birthday Sunday with a victory.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Silver Train, Surfliner has consistently outrun his odds, scoring wins at 23-to-1 and 16-to-1 and seconds at 11-to-1 and 10-to-1.
Sunday, Surfliner was last early, as Hard Slider led Songandabullet through fractions of :23.97, :47.81 and 1:11.99. Songandabullet, bidding for his fourth victory of the meet, drew 2 ½ lengths clear into the lane, but Surfliner responded to steady urging and wore down the leader for a 1 ¼-length victory.
Songandabullet, ridden by David G. Lopez, held second and paid $5.40 and $4.20 for place and show.
Somewhere With You, ridden by Jose Zunino, was three lengths back in third and paid $4. Jack the Pirate, Hard Slider, Sportive and Assessment completed the order of finish.
Long shots dominated Sunday’s nine-race card. In an oddity, five winners—Sharp Focus ($14.40), Regazze Cat ($15.20), Snow Bunny ($14.20) and Sollovino ($15.60) and Brilliant Thought—all won at odds of 6-to-1.
NOTES: The late $0.50 Pick 4 paid a season-high $6,887.20. . .With no winning tickets in the $0.50 Pick 5, the Friday carryover is $4,357. . .Decatur Princess—fourth in the 2013 Gottstein Futurity—won her 2014 debut in impressive fashion Sunday, rallying from last to win by 8 ½ lengths under Rocco Bowen in 1:10.28 for six furlongs. Owned by George Todaro and trained by Tom Wenzel, Decatur Princess ($5.60) is a Kentucky-bred by Broken Vow-Manda Island. . . Niftys Tee Time ($3) made it three straight wins and four wins at the meet with a one-length victory in race six for trainer/co-owner Martin Pimentel. A 4-year-old Washington-bred filly by Vitesse, Niftys Tee Time ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.73. . .Isaias Enriquez and Leonel Camacho-Flores rode two winners apiece Sunday. . .Leslie Mawing had one win and leads Bowen 95-66, with only six days left in the 2014 season. . .On the trainers’ side, Jeff Metz leads Frank Lucarelli 48-39. . .Del Rio Harbor and jockey Gallyn Mitchell finished third in Sunday’s $150,000 B.C. Derby won by Alert Bay ($5) and Rico Walcott in 1:49.12 at Hastings Racecourse. . . Prime Engine received an 83 Beyer for Saturday’s 10-length victory in 1:03.55 for 5 ½ furlongs. It’s the biggest 2-year-old Beyer here since Gallant Son’s 86 in the 2008 Gottstein Futurity. A Kentucky-bred by Northern Afleet-Gravy Train’s Song, Prime Engine is owned by Mark Dedomenico LLC and trained by Mike Puhich. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:45 p.m.