WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS STAKES
3-YEAR-OLDS & UP, FILLIES AND MARES
18th RUNNING, JUNE 9, 2013
6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:14:88 (:22.09, :44.56, 1:08.37)
JOCKEY JUAN GUTIERREZ, EXCLUSIVE DIVA, WINNER: “There wasn’t any difference (with the trip) from her last race. In racing, anything can happen. My filly felt good today. She handled the track better than last time. I’ve ridden this filly every time and every time she gives 100 percent. The plans changed a little bit after the break. I thought if we broke sharp we’d take the lead but I saw (Plus One) and E Z Kitty wanted to go for the lead, so I waited for the quarter-pole. She always tries hard at the quarter-pole. I think she has a second gear over there.”
JOCKEY ANNE SANGUINETTI, E Z KITTY, SECOND: “This race set up exactly like the Hastings. I thought we were in good shape. I don’t know if it was because it was a little warmer today but she just wasn’t quite as strong. It wasn’t like we got beat by a bad horse today. I think they are great rivals for each other. One of them will get the better of the other one on one day and then it will go the other way the next day. I’m not disappointed in E Z Kitty at all. She made it a good race.”
NOTES: Exclusive Diva (11-7-3-1-$184,571)…Exclusive Diva has four stakes wins @ EmD: 2011 Angie C Stakes, 2012 Seattle Handicap, 2012 Irish Day Handicap, 2013 Washington State Legislators Stakes)…Tom Wenzel has won three straight stakes races (May 26 Seattle Handicap, June 2 Auburn Handicap, June 9 Washington State Legislators Stakes). Wenzel moved into seventh place all-time with 24 stakes wins @ EmD…Juan Gutierrez has two stakes wins at the meet (Auburn Handicap, Washington State Legislators Stakes and is No. 3 all-time with 47 stakes wins…Jerre Paxton (Northwest Farms) is owner or co-owner of the last three stakes winners at the meet: Stopshoppingdebbie (Seattle Handicap), Finallygotabentley (co-owned by Debbie Paxton, Auburn Handicap) and Exclusive Diva (co-owned by Debbie Paxton)…Northwest Farms is No. 1 all-time with 30 stakes wins @ EmD (total reflects only horses owned outright by Northwest Farms)…Evelyn’s Dancer, high-weighted at 124 lbs for the Washington State Legislators Stakes, finished last Sunday as the 4-to-5 favorite in the $50,000 Vancouver Sun Handicap won by Dance the Wind ($14) at Hastings Racecourse…Next for older fillies & mares: $50,000 Boeing Handicap, one mile, Sunday, July 7.