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    Washington Cup XI News & Notes-September 5
    9/5/2013


     
     

    SUNDAY’S WASHINGTON CUP XI FEATURES
    SIX RACES WORTH $300,000 IN PURSES

    AUBURN, Wash. — Entries for all six Washington Cup XI races were drawn Thursday morning at the Quarter Chute Café, with Joe Withee and track announcer Robert Geller serving as emcees.

    Stryker Phd and Jebrica, second and fourth in the Longacres Mile (G3), head a field of six older runners entered in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at 1 1/16 miles, while defending champion Cielator faces Emerald Distaff winner E Z Kitty in the $50,000 Pegasus Training Center Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse is named to ride horses in two Washington Cup races—both horses are owned by Sauci Belvoir and trained by Howard Belvoir—and will make her first Emerald Downs appearance Sunday.

    The $50,000 Northwest Farms Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the $50,000 Comcast SportsNet Stakes for 3-year-old fillies drew nine horses apiece.

    The six Washington Cup races drew 42 total horses, and the Wa Cup races are carded as races four through nine on the 10-race card.
    Although rain is forecast Friday, clear skies and temperatures in the high 70s are expected Sunday.

    DEFENDING CHAMPION CIELATOR
    HEADS TOUGH FIELD IN $50,000 PEGASUS

    Coming off a dominant victory in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff, E Z Kitty has pretty much clinched honors as the track’s Top Older Filly or Mare, and is likely to be favored in this 1 1/16-mile test.

    Cielator scored a powerful 5 ¾-length win in this race last year—running 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.50 and earning an 88 Beyer—and is back on the beam after a sharp six-furlong allowance win on August 25. She figures to be the second choice.

    Stephanie Plum, however, is an intriguing wildcard. The 5-year-old daughter of Memo is a serious candidate for honors as the meet’s Top Claimer—compiling a 4-2-1 record in eight starts—and seems adaptable to virtually any pace scenario.

    “At 2-years-old, I thought she’d be stakes horse,” trainer H.R. Pat Mullens said of Stephanie Plum. “She was training like a bomb in the mornings.

    “She ended up with some issues in her 2-year-old year, then again in her 3-year-old year, so we just had to be patient. Now, we finally get to see what she’ll do against stakes’ company.”

    Owned by Mullens, Swede Larson and Ed Zenker, Stephanie Plum is undefeated at 1 1/16 mile and won her only start on a wet track.

    RACE 4 (3:21 p.m.): $50,000 Pegasus Training Center Stakes—
    3YO & UP Fillies & Mares-1 1/16M

    Post

    Horse

    Trainer

    Jockey

    1

    Cielator

    Junior Coffey

    Ronald Richard

    2

    Whiskey Miner

    Neil Knapp

    David Lopez

    3

    E Z Kitty

    Jeff Metz

    Anne Sanguinetti

    4

    Royal Moses

    Tim Harder

    Javier Matias

    5

    Stephanie Plum

    H.R. Pat Mullens

    Isaias Enriquez

     

    MUSIC OF MY SOUL LOOKS TO EQUAL BROTHER’S FEAT
    IN $50,000 JIM BEAM STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS

    In the 11-year history of the event, only three horses have won more than one Washington Cup race—Ladyledue, Wasserman and Noosa Beach.

    With a victory in the $50,000 Jim Beam Stakes for 3-year-olds, Music of My Soul can equal the feat of his older brother, Noosa Beach, who counted among his track record 11 stakes triumphs both the 2008 Daily Racing Form Dennis Dodge Stakes and 2010 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.

    A victory also would make Music of My Soul a top candidate for honors as the meet’s top 3-Year-Old Male. The four stakes in this division have produced four different winners—Finallygotabentley, Music of My Soul, Mike Man’s Gold and Worldventurer.

    In the $65,000 Emerald Derby won by Worldventurer, Music of My Soul was used up in a pace duel, leading through fractions of :44 4/5 and 1:09 4/5, before finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile race. 
     
    “He came out of the (Emerald Derby) fine, just mad,” trainer Doris Harwood said. “He’s ready for this race and ready for a little revenge. I have a lot of confidence in him. I think he’s doing as well as I can get him.”
    Sutherland-Kruse makes her Emerald Downs debut aboard He’s Not Bluffin, a Raise the Bluff gelding claimed for $25,000 last month.

    “Washington Cup is a big day, and I hope Chantal can add to it,” said trainer Vann Belvoir, instrumental in bringing Sutherland-Kruse up from California. “She rides for me down here and always does a great job. Now that the Del Mar meeting has ended, she didn’t have any other commitments this weekend.”

    In fact, Vann Belvoir and Sutherland-Kruse were a combined 2-for-6 at Del Mar with a whopping $7.60 ROI.

    RACE 5 (3:48 p.m.): $50,000 Jim Beam Stakes—3YO Colts & Geldings-1M

    Post

    Horse

    Trainer

    Jockey

    1

    Somewhere With You

    David Martinez

    Juan Gutierrez

    2

    Belt

    Tom Wenzel

    Rocco Bowen

    3

    Music of My Soul

    Doris Harwood

    Isaias Enriquez

    4

    He’s Not Bluffin

    Howard Belvoir

    Chantal Sutherland-Kruse

    5

    So Legit

    Jim Penney

    Eliska Kubinova

    6

    Mike Man’s Gold

    David Martinez

    Javier Matias



    HARWOOD DUO LOOMS TOUGH IN DRF DENNIS DODGE

    Of Harwood’s 59 stakes victories at Emerald Downs, 24 have been by 2-year-olds, and she has a great chance to add to those totals in the $50,000 Daily Racing Form Dennis Dodge Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

    The speedy Del Rio Harbor, already a double stakes winner at the meet, heads a strong one-two punch from the Harwood stable. By Harbor the Gold-Bahati, Del Rio Harbor carries a three-race winning streak into the race, including victories in the six-furlong Emerald Express and 6 ½-furlong WTBOA Lads Stakes. Another victory Sunday and the chestnut gelding would virtually clinch honors as the meet’s Top 2-Year-Old Male.

    Harwood’s other horse, Noosito, is no slouch either. By Harbor the Gold-Julia Rose, the dark bay colt is a full brother to Noosa Beach and Music of My Soul, and 1-1-0 in two starts. His maiden win at 5 ½ furlongs, one of the meet’s top efforts by a 2-year-old, was followed by a third to Del Rio Harbor in the WTBOA Lads.

    Frank Lucarelli, who has a good chance to win a third straight Emerald Downs training title, appears to have the top threat for the Harwood pair. Mebossman, by Petionville-Peaceful Wings, is still a maiden but came in second to Del Rio Harbor in the WTBOA Lads.

    “I think he wants to route, even though this is six furlongs,” Lucarelli said of Mebossman. “We put the blinkers on him this time. Not to show any more speed, but he’s been coming down the lane wanting to lay on horses, so I’m going to test them in here before the Gottstein.”

    RACE 6 (4:15 p.m.): $50,000 Daily Racing Form Dennis Dodge Stakes—2YO Colts & Geldings-6F

    Post

    Horse

    Trainer

    Jockey

    1

    Noosito

    Doris Harwood

    Isaias Enriquez

    2

    Orito

    Jim Penney

    Anne Sanguinetti

    3

    Del Rio Harbor

    Doris Harwood

    Rocco Bowen

    4

    Twentyten

    David Martinez

    Javier Matias

    5

    City Shadows

    Jim Penney

    Eliska Kubinova

    6

    Mebossman

    Frank Lucarelli

    David Lopez

    7

    Stikine Slough

    Chris Stenslie

    Juan Gutierrez



    UNBEATEN CHU AND YOU HEADS NORTHWEST FARMS

    Undefeated in three starts with victories in the Angie C Stakes and Barbara Shinpoch Stakes to her credit, Chu and You looms a short price in the $50,000 Northwest Farms Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

    Trained by Robbie Baze for owners/breeders Mike and Amy Feuerborn, Chu and You has won her three starts by 5 ¾, 4 ¾ and 2 ½ lengths.
     
    “She’s been training really well all year,” Baze said. “She’s been bouncing real happy since her last race. I’m looking forward to running her in this race.”

    RACE 7 (4:41 p.m.): $50,000 Northwest Farms Stakes—2YO Fillies-6F

    Post

    Horse

    Trainer

    Jockey

    1

    Sanibel Harbor

    Dan Markle

    Debbie Hoonan

    2

    See My Tail Lites

    Jim Penney

    Eliska Kubinova

    3

    Belladiva

    Junior Coffey

    Leonel Camacho-Flores

    4

    Da Burn

    Junior Coffey

    Ronald Richard

    5

    Sunpenny

    Frank Lucarelli

    David Lopez

    6

    Zafari Nation

    Larry Pierce

    Lorenzo Lopez

    7

    Hey Lil Missy

    Alan Bozell

    Rocco Bowen

    8

    Chu and You

    Robbie Baze

    Juan Gutierrez

    9

    Knight Club

    Doris Harwood

    Isaias Enriquez



    COMCAST SPORTSNET LOOKS LIKE WIDE OPEN RACE

    The $50,000 Comcast SportsNet for 3-year-old fillies at one mile could be Washington Cup XI’s most puzzling race. There are no stakes winners in the nine-horse field although Beautranda comes off a good fourth in the Washington Oaks and Madame Pele, runner-up in the 2012 Northwest Farms Stakes, returns to Emerald Downs following a string of good efforts in Northern California.

    RACE 8 (5:07 p.m.): $50,000 Comcast SportsNet Stakes—3YO Fillies-1M

    Post

    Horse

    Trainer

    Jockey

    1

    Holy Dazzle

    Jose Navarro

    Leonel Camacho-Flores

    2

    Hetty

    Jim Penney

    Eliska Kubinova

    3

    House of Hope

    Bill Tollett

    Mike Iammarino

    4

    Lumen Took It

    Chris Stenslie

    Javier Matias

    5

    Business Venture

    Howard Belvoir

    David Lopez

    6

    Premo Jewel

    Jim Penney

    Debbie Hoonan

    7

    Beautranda

    Blaine Wright

    Isaias Enriquez

    8

    Say Say

    Howard Belvoir

    Chantal Sutherland-Kruse

    9

    Madame Pele

    Jim Penney

    Juan Gutierrez



    STRYKER PHD HEADS MUCKLESHOOT TRIBAL CLASSIC,
    FACES JEBRICA IN WASHINGTON CUP XI FINALE

    With Polish Dollar, Memphis Beach and I Keep Saying entered, Stryker Phd and Jebrica should get the honest pace needed to enhance their strong late kicks. And if either Stryker Phd or Jebrica prevail, chances are good the victor is named the meet’s Top Washington-bred.

    In the case of Stryker Phd, the 4-year-old gelding by Bertrando-Strking Scholar has done just about everything but win a race—finishing second in all four stakes for older handicap horses including a gallant runner-up effort to Herbie D in the Longacres Mile.

    Trainer Margo Lloyd sounds confident the gelding has retained his sharp edge out of The Mile.

    “The No. 1 post-position probably won’t be that bad because he comes from out of it,” she said. “He’s been consistent and that’s all you can ask.”

    Trainer Jim Penney sends out Jebrica, I Keep Saying and defending Muckleshoot Tribal Classic champion Kooky Saluki.

    RACE 9 (5:34 p.m.): $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic—3YO & UP-1 1/16M

    Post

    Horse

    Trainer

    Jockey

    1

    Stryker Phd

    Margo Lloyd

    Debbie Hoonan

    2

    Memphis Beach

    Dan Markle

    Leonel Camacho-Flores

    3

    Jebrica

    Jim Penney

    Isaias Enriquez

    4

    I Keep Saying

    Jim Penney

    Eliska Kubinova

    5

    Polish Dollar

    Robert Meeking

    Juan Gutierrez

    6

    Kooky Saluki

    Jim Penney

    Javier Matias

    NOTES: Weekly honors 20: Trainer-Rosie Simkins (2-2-0-0); Jockey-Juan Gutierrez (22-7-2-5); Owner-Coal Creek Farm (1-1-0-0); Groom-Hector Cardenas (Don Munger); Washington-bred: Southern Solution (John Parker & Candi Tollett breeder)…Until You earned a career-high 89 Beyer for his nose victory over Winning Machine in Sunday’s $30,000 allowance race. A 4-year-old Jazil gelding owned by Coal Creek Farm and trained by David Martinez, Until You ran one mile in 1:35.04 under Javier Matias…The first three horses to run back from the Longacres Mile have a win and two seconds—Until You, Winning Machine and Why Not Be Perfect, second as the even-money favorite Monday in the $35,000 Portland Meadows Mile…

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