$50,000 SEATTLE STAKES TESTS SOPHOMORE FILLIES
AUBURN, Wash. (April 30, 2017) – An even dozen 3-year-old fillies—including a track and state champion—are nominated to the $50,000 Seattle Stakes to be run Sunday, May 7.
At six furlongs, the Seattle is the first of 30 stakes worth $1.685 million to be run this season at Emerald Downs, and kicks off a four-race series for sophomore fillies that culminates Sunday, July 23, with the $75,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles.
The 3-year-old filly series also features the May 28 Kent Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs and the June 25 Irish Day Stakes at one mile.
Blazinbeauty, last seen upsetting So Lucky in the Gottstein Futurity, makes her season debut in the Seattle. A Kentucky-bred by Tale of Ekati, Blazinbeauty developed rapidly last year for trainer Frank Lucarelli, rallying from behind for victories in the six-furlong Barbara Shinpoch Stakes and vs. males in the mile-and-one-sixteenth Gottstein Futurity. Owned by Darrin Paul, Blazinbeauty was voted Emerald Downs’ champion 2-year-old filly.
Karl Krieg’s Risque’s Legacy was unbeaten in two sprints last year, defeating maiden special weights by nine lengths and winning the Washington Cup 2-year-old filly race by three. A Washington-bred by Atta Boy Roy, Risque’s Legacy was named WTBOA champion 2-year-old filly.
Mark Malnati’s Retreat Yourself could have a conditioning edge in the Seattle. Unbeaten in two starts, the Harbor the Gold filly scored a sharp allowance victory April 9, running 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.89 and earning a 71 Beyer.
Peter Redekop’s Alliford Bay and Ten Broeck Farm’s Always Enuff are exciting prospects for trainers Blaine Wright and Tim McCanna. The former, a City Zip filly, debuted with a 76 Beyer vs. maiden special weights at Golden Gate Fields, and the latter, by Tiz Wonderful, earned a 77 Beyer while trouncing maiden special weights by 10 lengths at Emerald Downs.
$50,000 Seattle Stakes, Sunday, May 7
3-Year-Old Fillies, 6 Furlongs
Horse. . . . . . .Owner. . . . . . .Trainer
Alliford Bay (3-KY) Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd. Blaine Wright
Always Enuff (3-WA) Ten Broeck Farm Tim McCanna
Amantha (3-WA) One Horse Will Do Corp. Chris Stenslie
Blazinbeauty (3-KY) Darrin Paul Frank Lucarelli
Daddyalwayssays (3-KY) Where We At Kay Cooper
Getting Joellenned (3-KY) George & Jane Todaro Tom Wenzel
Irish Lass (3-KY) Mohamad Khan Steve Koler
Javiera (3-KY) St. George Stable LLC Efren Loza Jr.
Racy Rascal (3-CAL) Mary Lou Griffin Chris Stenslie
Reginella (3-CAL) Luigi DiPietro Diana DiPietro Blaine Wright
Retreat Yourself (3-WA) Mark Malnati Doris Harwood
Risque’s Legacy (3-WA) Karl Krieg Tom Wenzel