DEL RIO HARBOR WON’T BE DENIED IN GOTTSTEIN,
DALLON’S GOOD AS GOLD IN CAHILL ROAD
AUBURN, Wash. (September 29, 2013) – Del Rio Harbor capped a brilliant season Sunday with a 1 ¼-length victory over Mebossman in the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity on closing day of the 75-day meeting.
Del Rio Harbor, with Julien Couton riding at 120 lbs, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.85 on a sloppy track and paid $9.20, $5.20 and $3.40. Doris Harwood—saddling her fourth Gottstein winner in the last seven years—is the trainer for owners Desert Rose Racing and Bar C Racing Stables.
The victory was worth a healthy $37,125 and clinched honors as the track’s Top 2-Year-Old Male. A Washington-bred gelding by Harbor the Gold-Bahati, Del Rio Harbor is 4-1-0 in six starts, including three stakes wins with earnings of $108,293. He also duplicated the feat of his older brother, Couldabenthewhisky, winner of the 2010 Gottstein en route to honors as Top 2-Year-Old.
Harwood swept the four stakes events for 2-year-olds—Del Rio Harbor winning three and Noosito one—to boost her record as the track’s all-time leading stakes trainer with 61 wins.
Mebossman, ridden by David G. Lopez at 120, held on well to finish second and paid $9.20 and $4.20. The surprising early leader, Mebossman relinquished command to Del Rio Harbor on the last turn, and the two geldings slugged it out through the lane with Del Rio Harbor proving slightly better.
“He’s a good 2-year-old,” Couton said of Del Rio Harbor. “He has a nice stature and makes big, long strides, and he can go long.
“We didn’t want to rush him too much. When I asked him, he just took off.”
Noosito, the 3-to-2 betting favorite ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 120 lbs, raced wide into the stretch, finished third and paid $2.60 for show. Noosito and is now 1-3 vs. stable mate Del Rio Harbor.
Decatur Princess, the filly Rocco Bowen rode instead of his regular ride on Del Rio Harbor, rallied to finish fourth. Twentyten, Reigning, Morning Line Wiz, Strawberry Dawn, Grindster and Seattle Harbor completed the order of finish.
In the $50,000 Cahill Road Stakes, also for 2-year-olds, Dallon’s Gold outran triple stakes winning filly Chu and You for the early lead and held off Moony Moony for a 3 ½-length victory in 1:09.48 for six furlongs.
The 1-to-5 betting favorite, Chu and You—with $25,718 of $27,566 wagered in the show pool—weakened and finished fourth, resulting in gigantic show prices on the top three finishers.
Ridden by Ronald Richard at 120 lbs, Dallon’s Gold paid $13.40, $6.80 and $21. Dave Bennett is the trainer for owners Dixie Hitchcock of Bonney Lake, Debra Larson of Phoenix and Delwyn Ellis of Blackfoot, Ida.
Dallon’s Gold, setting fractions of :21.65, :44.24 and :56.55, put away Chu and You on the turn, kicked three lengths clear into the lane, and held off Moony Moony and Stikine Slough for the victory.
“I had the outside post position, and I was planning to break it out of the gate and get on top of the favorite,” Richard said. “Nothing is ever for sure, but I definitely loved my chances from there. The only proven horse I was really scared of was Chu and You, and Dallon’s Gold is unproven having only won two races.
“Going up against a horse that has won three stakes races is a pretty big test.”
Moony Moony, a 14-to-1 longshot ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 120 lbs, paid $12 and $50. Stikine Slough, the 5-to-1 second choice ridden by Rocco Bowen at 120, finished third and paid $26.80.
A Washington-bred by Private Gold, Dallon’s Gold is undefeated in three starts—scoring gate-to-wire victories of 8 ¾, 4 ¾ and 3 ½ lengths. Sunday’s winning share of the of $26,656 increased his earnings to $42,538.
ASHBAUGH BEAL CLAIMING CHALLENGE SUPPORTS CARD
The Ashbaugh Beal Claiming Challenge, an annual closing day extravaganza for the meet’s top claiming horses, enhanced Sunday’s 11-race card. The six starter allowance events—named in honor of several of the track’s greatest all-time claimers—drew 55 horses for an excellent 9.2 runners per race.
In the $16,000 Toobusytoocall for 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $15,000 or less at Emerald Downs in 2013, Scatdaddybaby ($4.60) rolled to a gate-to-wire score in 1:35.46 for one mile on a sloppy track. Julien Couton rode Scat Daddybaby ($4.60) for trainer Robbie Baze and owner/breeder Mike and Amy Feuerborn. The winner was the only 3-year-old in the race.
In the $10,000 Last Thoughts for older fillies and mares that started for a claiming price of $3,500 or less at Emerald Downs in 2013, Lizzy Lass ($28.80) held off even-money favorite Our Little Hen for a nose victory in 1:45.55 for 1 1/16 miles. Eliska Kubinova rode the winner for owner/trainer Roy Lumm, who coincidentally trained Last Thoughts to 11 of her 13 victories at Emerald Downs. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Outing, Lizzy Lass has three wins at the meet and thrives on wet tracks, compiling a 4-0-1 mark in eight starts on off tracks.
In the $10,000 Kimos Friend for 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $3,500 or less at the 2013 Emerald Downs meet, the classy Koala Beach ($7.40) improved to 9-for-29 lifetime and 3-for-7 at the meet with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:43.36 for 1 1/16 mile. With Ronald Richard riding for trainer Terry Gillihan and owners William & Dimitri Sandeman, Koala Beach held off Memphis Mobster—a four-time winner at the meet—for the victory.
In the $12,000 Chickasaw Park for 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $7,500 or less at EmD in 2013, Ontheshadyside ($54.40) held off 8-to-5 favorite Bleu Tarp for a one-length victory in 1:16.18 for 6 ½ furlongs. Isaias Enriquez, riding his third winner on the card, rode Ontheshadyside for trainer Doris Harwood and owner Shady Valley Ranch. A 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Matty G, Ontheshadyside has three wins at the meet, and has finished first, second or third in 17 of 27 lifetime starts at EmD.
In the $12,000 Hit a Star for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $7,500 or less at EmD in 2013, Tabled With Gold ($13.80) caught 8-to-5 favorite Champali Lace in the final strides for a neck victory in 1:15.76 for 6 ½ furlongs. Eliska Kubinova rode the winner for owner Patricia Zacker and trainer Roy Lumm. It was the second Ashbaugh Beal win for Kubinova and Lumm, who teamed for a win with Lizzy Lass in the Last Thoughts.
In the $16,000 If Not Why Not for older fillies and mares that have started for a claiming price of $15,000 or less at Emerald Downs in 2013, Sweet Nellie Brown ($18.40) aired by 6 ¾ lengths to give Kubinova her third Ashbaugh Beal victory of the day. Trained by Jim Penney and Kay Cooper for Grasshopper Racing Stable Inc., Sweet Nellie Brown ran one mile in 1:37.27, scoring her third win of the meet and eighth in 29 career starts at Emerald Downs.
NOTES: Isaias Enriquez capped his first season in style, winning three races to wrap up the title with 102 wins. Defending champion Juan Gutierrez finished second with 96 wins, despite missing the final two weeks of the meet with a concussion. Gutierrez has finished in the top five 12 consecutive years and is No. 2 all-time with 1,091 wins at Emerald Downs…Eliska Kubinova notched her second career four-win day at Emerald Downs Sunday—winning at odds of 8-to-1, 5-1, 13-1 and 7-2—and finished third with 55 wins. David G. Lopez with 52 wins and Rocco Bowen with 51 rounded out the top five…Jeff Metz captured the training title by a 42-39 margin over Frank Lucarelli, with Doris Harwood (36), Jim Penney (32) and Chris Stenslie (32) rounding out the top five…Gutierrez and Bowen tied for most stakes wins with six apiece, while Tom Wenzel edged Harwood 6-5 for most stakes wins by a trainer…Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett presented Longtime Director of Mutuels Gary Hallett with a golf cart as a retirement gift after the fourth race. Hallett retired Sunday after a 43-year career in Thoroughbred racing including the last 18 at Emerald Downs…Live racing returns to Emerald Downs next April…Have a great fall & winter!!!