TOP QUALITY TOPS EMERALD DISTAFF NOMS
AUBURN, Wash. (July 30, 2018) – Ten Broeck Farm’s triple stakes winner Top Quality heads a list of 13 older fillies and mares nominated to the $50,000 Emerald Distaff, to be run at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, August 12.
The 23rd running of the Emerald Distaff is part or a stakes quadruple-header featuring the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) for older horses, $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, and $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Top Quality enters the Distaff on a roll for trainer Blaine Wright. A 4-year-old Quality Road filly, she has won two straight 1 1/16-mile stakes—the Strawberry Morn Handicap at Hastings Racecourse and Boeing Stakes at Emerald Downs. In the Boeing, she rallied from seven lengths back for a 3 ¾-length victory in 1:41.39, earning a career-high 84 Beyer.
Wright, who also nominated Daz Lin Dawn and Reginella, has won the first three races of the older filly and mare series with three different horses: Invested Prospect (Hastings Stakes), Alliford Bay (Washington State Legislators Stakes), Top Quality (Boeing Stakes).
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, a three-time Distaff winner, nominated Eccentric Spinster and Turkish Tabby to the Distaff. Eccentric Spinster most recently finished runner-up to Alliford Bay in the California Governor’s Cup Handicap at Sacramento, and stakes-placed Turkish Tabby was scratched from Sunday’s Clement L. Hirsch (G1) won by stable mate Unique Bella at Del Mar.
Washington Oaks winner Princessof the Nyl is the lone 3-year-old nominated to the Distaff. Last year, 3-year-old Little Dancer finished second to Citizen Kitty in the Distaff.
Entries for the Emerald Distaff will be drawn Wednesday, August 8, along with entries for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes and $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes. Weights will be released Saturday, August 4.
$50,000 Emerald Distaff, 1 1/8 M, Sunday, August 12
Horse. . . . . . Owner. . . . . .Trainer
Blazinbeauty (4/KY) Darrin L. Paul Frank Lucarelli
Daz Lin Dawn (4/BC) Red Leaf Stable Blaine Wright
Eccentric Spinster (4/KY) Hollendorfer, Hoefflin and Todaro Jerry Hollendorfer
Grace Bay (4/WA) Billy Speed Racing Stable Frank Lucarelli
Jerre to Carrie (5/KY) Richard Caswell Kay Cooper
Little Dancer (4/KY) Ron Schmid Doris Harwood
No Talking Back (4/WA) One Horse Will Do Corp. & S Shimizu Chris Stenslie
Princessof the Nyl (3/KY) Muddy Waters Stables LLC Mike Puhich
Racy Rascal (4/WA) Griffin Place Chris Stenslie
Reginella (4/CA) Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro Blaine Wright
Tizway That Way (4/KY) Ronald Bergrum & Bobby Wayne Grayson Neil Knapp
Top Quality (4/KY) Ten Broeck Farm Blaine Wright
Turkish Tabby (5/KY) KMN Racing LLC Jerry Hollendorfer
Victress (5/KY) Victoria or Robert Gilker Robert Gilker