Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 26


AUBURN, Wash. (August 26, 2016) – Kiss My Lulu continued her late season resurgence with a three-quarter-length victory Friday in the $11,500 BetAmerica Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Juan Gutierrez, Kiss My Lulu ran six furlongs in 1:10.01 and paid $5.20, $4 and $2.60. Washington Hall of Fame trainer Howard Belvoir conditions the winner for owners Pegasus Too (Ray Loftis and Harvey Bell).

A Washington-bred by Coast Guard-Runaway Lulu, Kiss My Lulu has won two straight this month with Gutierrez riding and is 3-1-2 in 12 starts overall with earnings of $38,342. She showed great promise as a 2-year-old, debuting with a six-length victory and placing third in the Angie C Stakes, but had lost nine straight races before rebounding with a two-length victory August 6.

“She’s a pretty nice filly, she just had to find the right (class) level,” said Belvoir, fourth in the standings with 27 wins.

Our Clementine, ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, challenged the winner past mid-stretch and was narrowing the gap late, but settled for second place. Our Clementine paid $6 and $3.20.

Briana Jean, who dueled with the winner through fractions of :21.68 and :44.32, held third and paid $2.60 to show. Lady Diva, Miss Fogcutter, Two Pt Conversion and Scarpetta Veloce completed the order of finish; It’s My Knight and Cat Camille were scratched earlier in the day.

NOTES: Professor Pollowitz gave out another double-digit Play of the Day winner as Hot Bobby ($10.20) edged 2-1 favorite Mohkandoit for the victory in race three. . .In fact, Hot Bobby was the lone winner to pay at least $10 as favorites won four of seven races Friday. . .Juan Gutierrez was the only jockey with two wins Friday, his 52nd and 53rd of the meet. . .Congratulations to Emerald Downs’ own Rico Traverso of Food & Beverage, honored with a special award in the winner’s circle after Friday’s fourth race. An original Emerald Downs’ employee, Traverso is celebrating his 20th anniversary at EmD. . .The final Breakfast at the Wire is 8-10 a.m. Saturday with trainer Howard Belvoir and owner Mike Watters featured as guests. . .Live racing continues Saturday with a nine-race program at 2 p.m. Simulcast action features the $1,250,000 Travers (G1) from Saratoga at 2:44 p.m. (pacific).