$50,000 SEATTLE SLEW DRAWS DOZEN NOMINATIONS
AUBURN, Wash. (July 1, 2018) – Sippin Fire and Whatwasithinking, each with a stakes win already this season, headline a list of 12 sophomore colts and geldings nominated to the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes on Sunday, July 8.
At 1 1/16 miles, the Seattle Slew is the first route test and third of five open stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings, a series that culminates with the new $100,000 Getaway Stakes on Sunday, September 23.
Whatwasithinking prevailed by a nose in the $50,000 Auburn Stakes at six furlongs, and Sippin Fire rebounded with a dominant 3 ½-length triumph in the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Between them, they have only one start around two turns, a fifth by Whatwasithinking in the 1 1/16-mile Turf Paradise Derby.
Boundary Bay, third in both the Auburn and Coca-Cola, is another top contender, while Elliott Bay, a double stakes winner as a 2-year-old, looks to bounce back after sixths in both the Auburn and Coca-Cola. Elliott Bay also has a route win on his resume, prevailing in the 2017 Gottstein Futurity.
Trump Itz, runner-up in the Gottstein, comes off a sharp allowance victory at six furlongs in his 2018 debut.
$50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes, 1 1/16 M , Sunday, July 8
Horse. . . . . .Owner. . . . . .Trainer
Argosy Fleet (3/KY) Peter Redekop BC Ltd. Blaine Wright
Boundary Bay (3/WA) N American Thoroughbred Racing Co Sandi Gann
Elliott Bay (3/WA) Rising Star Stable II Howard Belvoir
Freiburg (3/KY) Ramer Holtan Jose Navarro
Golden Cowboy (3/WA) Big Bill and Co #1 & Chris Rongve Jose Navarro
Schoenhardt (3/KY) M Dedomenico & Muddy Waters Stables Mike Puhich
Shivermetimbers (3/KY) M Dedomenico & West Point Tbreds Mike Puhich
Sippin Fire (3/WA) How We Roll #4 Steve Bullock
Smoothee Lee (3/KY) Walker, Maguire or Lucarelli Racing Frank Lucarelli
Sunny Spot (3/FLA) J.C. Racing Stable Manuel Badilla
Trump Itz (3/WA) John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm Blaine Wright
Whatwasithinking (3/KY) Randall & Rossi & Lucarelli Frank Lucarelli