$50,000 COCA-COLA STAKES TESTS SOPHOMORES
AUBURN, Wash. (May 28, 2017) – Eleven 3-year-old colts and geldings have been nominated to the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Emerald Downs.
At 6 ½ furlongs, the Coca-Cola is round two for 3-year-olds en route to the $75,000 Emerald Downs Derby on Sunday, July 30. Round one produced some fireworks as Sharkzilla rallied from last to score a $37 upset in the Auburn Stakes, running six furlongs in 1:08.92 and overhauling So Lucky late for the victory.
The Coca-Cola is the final sprint of the series, which proceeds July 2 with the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes at one mile, followed four weeks later by the Emerald Downs Derby at 1 1/8 miles.
Riser is an interesting new shooter for trainer Blaine Wright. A Mizzen Mast colt, Riser blitzed allowance foes by seven lengths here on May 6, running 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.52 and earning an 86 Beyer. Riser was tried in tough company last year, competing in a pair of stakes at Golden Gate Fields and one at Santa Anita.
$50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes, Sunday, June 4
3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings, 6 ½ Furlongs
Horse. . . . . . .Owner. . . . . . .Trainer
Aqua Frio (3-KY) Peter Redekop BC Ltd. Blaine Wright
Battle Point Red (3-KY) Badrock Racing Bonnie Jenne
Keller’s Gold (3-WA) Swag Stables & 20/10 Stables David Martinez
Last Call Lobo (3-WA) Warlock Stables Jeff Metz
Monydontspenitself (3-KY) Where We At Kay Cooper
Rifle Gernade (3-WA) Estate of Don Munger Niccolo Troiani
Riser (3-OH) Chappell Alpine Farms LLC Blaine Wright
Sharkzilla (3-CAL) John Parker Candi Tollett
So Lucky (3-WA) Pegasus Too/Rising Star Stable Howard Belvoir
Strate Remark (3-BC) Riversedge Racing Stable Ltd. Cindy Krasner
Sure Sweet (3-CAL) Donna Hjort & John Moresco Donna Hjort