SEATTLE SLEW HANDICAP
3-YEAR-OLD COLTS & GELDINGS
36th RUNNING, JULY 14, 2013
1-1/16 MILES IN 1:42.92 (:23.57, :47.63, 1:11.76, 1:36.34)
JOCKEY JAVIER MATIAS, MIKE MAN’S GOLD, WINNER: “Nobody believed me that this horse would run well. I felt the first half of the race that we were going pretty easy. Then I looked back and saw (Music of My Soul) coming up close. I was nervous at the three-eighths pole, but when the other horse hadn’t gone by us at the quarter-pole, I was feeling pretty good. I asked him at the quarter-pole and he just never quit. I think he’s really coming back now. The races before, we kept taking him back, but he was still breaking sharp. I think this is the way he wants to run.”
JOCKEY ISAIAS ENRIQUEZ, MUSIC OF MY SOUL, SECOND: “ He was galloping nice. It was a pretty good pace; not too fast, not too slow. I felt like I had a lot of horse left, and I knew that nobody was coming outside of me. Right when I thought he was going to fire and blow right by the leader, he started to play around a little bit. He started ducking in a little bit and just kept messing around. No matter what I did, he just wouldn’t go by. It’s nothing that we can’t fix next time.
NOTES: Mike Man’s Gold (10-5-0-1-$105,126) is a triple stakes winner at Emerald Downs (2012 Premio Esmeralda, 2012 WTBOA Lads, 2013 Seattle Slew)…Javier Matias has 20 stakes wins at Emerald Downs, tied for No. 7 all-time…Mike Man’s Gold with Matias riding: 7-5-0-1-$103,280; without Matias: 3-0-0-0-$1,846…Trainer David Martinez has three stakes wins @ EmD, all with Mike Man’s Gold…The $38.80 win mutuel is second largest in the 18 runnings of the Seattle Slew at Emerald Downs…Music of My Soul is the eighth consecutive betting favorite to lose in the Slew, but his $10,000 runner-up check pushed the colt’s earnings to $108,832 for owner Ken Alhadeff…Karen & Mickey Taylor, owners of Seattle Slew, served as honorary stewards…Chedoodle, dam of Mike Man’s Gold, is by Slewdledo, who was in Seattle Slew’s first crop of runners…Horses out of Chedoodle have accounted for seven stakes wins for owners/breeders Keith & Jan Swagerty—No Flies On Doodle (Storm Blast-Chedoodle) won four stakes at EmD in 2009-10, and Mike Man’s Gold (Liberty Gold-Chedoodle) has won three stakes in 2012-13.
17th RUNNING, JULY 14, 2013
1-1/16 MILES IN 1:43.13 (: 24.94, :49.45, 1:13.02, 1:36.89)
JOCKEY ROCCO BOWEN, STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE, WINNER: “I tried to slow down the pace, but I think I might have slowed it down too much. She started to lose a little focus down the backside. I really had to dig at her today. She switched leads a little late, too. I tried to get her to change leads for a bit, but I really didn’t want to start fighting with her. I was just concentrating on keeping her happy and she came through. I think (Goin to the Window) got maybe a head on us, but my horse just dug back in. It definitely was a dogfight, which is good because now she knows what it’s like. She had me a little nervous at the sixteenth-pole, but I knew if she had it that she would give it to me, and I certainly wasn’t going to give up on her. She’s a nice horse and always knows what she’s doing. I didn’t know if we won the race. Both Juan (Gutierrez) and I were asking each other who won the race.”
NOTES: Stopshoppingdebbie (4-4-0-0-$-92,318)…Stopshoppingdebbie is the first horse since Shampoo in 2007 to sweep the first three races of the 3-year-old filly series. Shampoo subsequently finished fifth at 0.80-to-1 in the 2007 Washington Oaks won by Rivoltella. The 2012 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles is Saturday, August 10…Stopshoppingdebbie, Goin to the Window and Blueberry Smoothie have finished first, second and third in all three stakes this season—May 26, Seattle Handicap, June 23 Irish Day Handicap, July 14 Kent Handicap. No other trainer or owner had ever swept the top three spots in an Emerald Downs stakes race…Rocco Bowen leads jockeys with three stakes win this season, Isaias Enriquez and Juan Gutierrez each have two stakes wins…Rocco Bowen has six career stakes wins at Emerald Downs, five on horses trained by Tom Wenzel…Wenzel has won five of the first 10 stakes this season, and ranks No. 7 all-time with 26 stakes wins at Emerald Downs. Wenzel’s 2013 stakes record @ EmD: 15-5-5-3…Northwest Farms (Jerre Paxton) ranks No. 1 all-time with 32 stakes wins at Emerald Downs…Horses owner or co-owned by Northwest Farms have won five of 10 stakes this season at EmD: Stopshoppingdebbie (Irish Day, Seattle, Kent), Finallygotabentley (Auburn), Exclusive Diva (Washington State Legislators)…Stopshoppingdebbie ($2.40) ties the lowest $2 win pay in Emerald Downs stakes history... Stopshoppingdebbie accounted for $24,353 of $36,164 wagered to win and $25,983 of $30,630 wagered to place. There was no show wagering.