CHU AND YOU ALL THE WAY IN SHINPOCH,
FEUERBORN FILLY REMAINS UNDEFEATED
AUBURN, Wash. (August 25, 2013) – The exceptionally quick Chu and You used her speed to bag another stakes victory Sunday at Emerald Downs.
With Juan Gutierrez riding at 119 lbs, Chu and You raced to a 2 ½-length victory over Strawberry Dawn in the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
Chu and You ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Robbie Baze is the trainer for owners/breeders Mike and Amy Feuerborn of Maple Valley, Wash.
In command throughout, Chu and You set fractions of :21.90, :44.54 and 1:10 en route to her third victory in as many starts, and with stakes triumphs in the Angie C and Barbara Shinpoch to her credit, the Washington-bred is the solid front-runner for season honors.
A Washington-bred by You and I-Bronze Charmer, Chu and You earned $27,225 to increase her bankroll to $59,249. She has yet to trail a horse and has won her races by 5 ¾, 4 ¾ and 2 ½ lengths.
“She’s really nice,” Gutierrez said in the Winner’s Circle. “I worked her in the mornings and she was training really well.
“She proved the last three starts that she’s good enough. The field today was the toughest that she’s faced, but she showed them how nice she is. She’s all professional.”
Speaking of nice fillies, Strawberry Dawn, ridden by Debbie Hoonan, rallied to finish second and paid $3.60 and $2.60. A Sue and Tim Spooner homebred by Tribal Rule-Ruby Dawn, Strawberry Dawn has a first and two seconds in three starts, including back-to-back seconds in the Angie C and Barbara Shinpoch.
Charismata, ridden by Isaias Enriquez, finished third and paid $2.60. Reigning, See My Tail Lites and Simba’s Sis completed the order of finish.
Decatur Princess, coming off a third in the Angie C, stumbled at the start and unseated jockey Rocco Bowen, but both the jockey and horse were uninjured.
“She stumbled in the second jump and grabbed a quarter,” Bowen said. “Usually if they stumble, it's the first jump, but she got bounced a little bit and then stumbled.”
Gutierrez rode three winners on the 10-race card—his second triple of the week—and leads Isaias Enriquez 83-82 in the jockeys’ standings.
Wasserman winning on August 9 at Emerald Downs.
WASSERMAN BOWS TENDON, RETIRES AS LEADING EARNER
Wasserman was pulled up in Sunday’s seventh race and vanned back to trainer Howard Belvoir’s barn, where the trainer said the track’s all-time leading earner was in no distress.
According to Belvoir, the 11-year-old gelding suffered a bowed tendon in his left front leg and is retired from racing.
"He's doing great,” Belvoir said of Wasserman. “Grooms from other barns came over to see him. Everybody's feeding him and he's eating it all. He feels great.
“A bowed tendon needs to heal and he'll be fine. He's been an unbelievably sound horse.”
The track’s all-time leading earner with $575,024, Wasserman is 13-13-13 in 71 career starts at Emerald Downs, including a win in his most recent start August 9.
Wasserman’s magical 2008 season, in which he won four stakes and the 2008 Longacres Mile, is one of the greatest years by any horse in Washington racing history.
NOTES: 2012 Belle Roberts winner Cielator ($10.20) turned in a huge run to win the $22,575 sub-feature for older fillies and mares, running six furlongs in a blistering 1:08.57, while 3-year-old fillies Blueberrry Smoothie and Goin to the Window finished second and third. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Delineator, Cielator is 4-1-0 in seven career starts and appears ready to defend her title in the $50,000 Belle Roberts, sponsored by Comcast SportsNet, on Sunday, September 8…Trainer Junior Coffey and jockey Ronald Richard combined for two wins Sunday—Cielator and 2-year-old filly Da Burn ($4.80), a daughter of Forestry, who notched a 12 ¼-length victory in a $17,850 maiden special weight…Trainer Jeff Metz also had two victories and pulled within one win, 35-34, of Frank Lucarelli in the standings…Lil Sister Sadie ($26.20) and jockey Eliska Kubinova posted one of the meet’s most unusual wins, drifting extremely wide into the stretch, and then re-rallying for a nose victory in the one-mile race for fillies and mares. It also was trainer Jamie Comber’s first win of the meet…Kubinova, fifth in the jockeys’ standings with 40 wins, received a two-day suspension—September 1 & 2—for causing interference in Saturdays second race…Longacres Mile nominee Fed Biz ($17.60) won the $250,000 Pat O’Brien Handicap (G2) at Del Mar in a track record 1:21.12 for seven furlongs…Live racing continues Friday with first post 6:45 p.m. The four-day racing week includes a special holiday program on Monday, September 2.