19th RUNNING, MAY 25, 2014
6-½ FURLONGS IN 1:14.71
JOCKEY LESLIE MAWING, NOOSITO, WINNER: “Initially, I thought Del Rio Harbor and Stikine Slough would be dueling for the lead, but I saw that Isaias (Enriquez) got a little tight. I knew Felipe (Valdez) was going pretty slow up front, so I just wanted to keep him honest. I had the perfect post-position and for me, that created the perfect trip. At the head of the lane, I tapped my horse a couple times and he just opened up. One minute I was next to Felipe’s horse, and the next minute I was gone. This horse has a crazy good turn of foot down the lane. He’s a magnificent specimen of a horse.”
NOTES: Noosito (5-3-0-2-$80,378). . .The five-length margin of victory broke the stakes record of 3 ¼ lengths set by Unyielding in 2003. . .Noosito has two wins at Emerald Downs—2013 DRF Dennis Dodge Stakes, 2014 Auburn Handicap. . .Noosa Beach, full brother to Noosito, won the 2009 Auburn Handicap and is No. 1 all-time with 11 stakes wins at Emerald Downs. . .Trainer Doris Harwood is No. 1 all-time with 62 stakes wins at Emerald Downs. Harwood is 2-for-9 in the Auburn with wins by Noosito (2014) and Noosa Beach (2009). . .Leslie Mawing has 22 stakes wins at Emerald Downs, No. 6 all-time. His three Auburn wins are tied with Juan Gutierrez for No. 1 all-time. . .Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus served as honorary steward. . .Next for 3-year-old colts & geldings: $50,000 Coca-Cola Handicap, one mile, Sunday, June 22.