3-YEAR-OLDS & UP, FILLIES AND MARES
18th RUNNING, MAY 12, 2013
6 FURLONGS IN 1:08.26 (:22.12, :44.55, :56.12)
JOCKEY ANNE SANGUINETTI, E Z KITTY, WINNER: “I sure hoped (we’d turn the tables on Exclusive Diva). I was really happy with the race my horse ran last time even though she finished second. I really thought the extra distance would be in her favor. She had been training so well. I knew from the quarter-pole they weren’t going to run her down. She’s not going to let them by her. The game plan was to play it from the break, and just see what she wanted to do. She’s multi-dimensional and can do anything you ask her. She broke loaded with run so I went on with it. I felt like I had so much horse I wasn’t ever very nervous. I wanted to sit as long as I could because I knew what kind of horse was trying to run her down, and then she did the rest. She’s like a Ferrari.”
JOCKEY JUAN GUTIERREZ, EXCLUSIVE DIVA, SECOND: “I knew E Z Kitty and Plus One would be tough to beat in this race. This stakes division is going to be tough all year. The break was the biggest difference today. E Z Kitty broke really sharp and my horse had to try a little harder to catch up on the outside of the track. My filly is pretty nice, she just got beat.”
NOTES: E Z Kitty (18-10-2-2-$182,873)…E Z Kitty has six stakes wins, three at Emerald Downs…This is the first EmD stakes wins for both Jeff Metz and Anne Sanguinetti…This was the first sprint loss in six attempts for runner-up Exclusive Diva (10-6-3-1-$157,071)…Next for older fillies & mares: $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes, Sunday, June 9.