UNBEATEN ALLIFORD BAY HEADS $50,000 KENT
One of the region’s top prospects returns to action Sunday as Alliford Bay headlines a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Seattle Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs.
Trained by Blaine Wright and owned by Peter Redekop, Alliford Bay breaks from post-position 3 in the Kent, which is the second of four open events for sophomore fillies and the final sprint of the series.
A Kentucky-bred by City Zip-Valentine Fever, Alliford Bay has demonstrated superior ability in two starts to date. Her March 25 debut at Golden Gate Fields, in which she ran six furlongs in 1:10 flat while winning by 2 1/4 lengths, was worth a 76 Beyer and enhanced even further when both the second and third-place finishers won their next outs.
Racing on dirt for the first time in the Seattle Stakes on May 7, the result was even more striking. Alliford Bay blasted a solid field of stakes fillies by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:08.92 for six furlongs, earning a huge 90 Beyer for her efforts. Breaking smartly from the No. 2 post, Alliford Bay tussled with Risque’s Legacy through fractions of :21.85 and :44.46, shook loose in mid-stretch and finished in full stride.
Alliford Bay has worked once since the Seattle, a half-mile in :49 2/5 last Sunday, and Wright said his filly is ready for her third assignment.
“Alliford Bay has been doing really well,” Wright said. “She has settled in nicely and and trained like you’d want her to.”
Risque’s Legacy, second in the Seattle, and Blazinbeauty, who finished third, are both stakes winners and likely benefited from their outings in the Seattle.
- The Kent Stakes goes as Race 7 at 5:09 p.m.
- While Alliford Bay attempts to sweep the Seattle Stakes and Kent Stakes, last year’s 3-year-old filly series produced four different winners (five including Washington Cup): Invested Prospect (Seattle), Find Joy (Kent), Princess Katie (Irish Day), Princess Kennedy (Washington Oaks), My Heart Goes On (Washington Cup Sophomore Filly).
- Irving Orozco again rides Alliford Bay in the Kent while younger brother Kevin is aboard Irish Lass. Both are currently second in their respective jockeys’ standings–Irving with 67 wins at Golden Gate and Kevin with 20 wins at Emerald Downs.
- Rocco Bowen and Tom Wenzel (Risque’s Legacy) are a combined 14-for-45 in stakes races at Emerald Downs.
The field for the $50,000 Kent Stakes, 21st running, 3-year-old fillies, 6-½ furlongs: 1-Risque’s Legacy, Rocco Bowen, 119 lbs; 2-Reginella, Jose Zunino, 121; 3-Alliford Bay, Irving Orozco, 123; 4-Retreat Yourself, Javier Matias, 117; 5-Daddyalwayssays, Juan Gutierrez, 117; 6-Irish Lass, Kevin Orozco, 117; 7-Sorceress Warning, Erick Lopez, 117; 8-Blazinbeauty, Isaias Enriquez, 119.
FOUR-DAY RACE WEEK BEGINS FRIDAY
Emerald Downs offers the first of two four-day racing weeks this season with a 6:30 p.m. post on Friday, and 2 p.m. post times on Saturday, Sunday and Monday on Memorial Day.
Sunday’s card features the $50,000 Kent Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and Monday is the Great Outdoor
Giveaway with an assortment of summer-themed prizes to be given away to lucky fans. In a nice change of pace, the weather forecast is perfect, too: Friday-80 degrees & clear; Saturday-84 & clear; Sunday-85 & clear; Monday-84 & clear.
2017 SEASON EXTENDED TWO DAYS
Pending approval by the Washington Horse Racing Commission, Emerald Downs’ live racing season will be extended two days—Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24—for a total of 72 days.
According to Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler, the additional days are due to a record rainfall this spring that curtailed training, resulting in several weekend cards consisting of seven and eight races.
“This additional weekend will help us recoup lost wagering handle, and the horsemen get an additional weekend of racing opportunities,” Ziegler said.
Post time will be 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 24.
OWNER OF THE WEEK IS A YOUNG ONE
North America’s youngest Thoroughbred owner—2-year-old Emilie Kubinova Rosales—is also a victorious one. So young, in fact, that her winning horse is older than she is!
Czech Chick, a 3-year-old Oregon-bred filly, rallied for her maiden win last Saturday and earned a nice first-place check of $3,520 for her budding owner, who was born February 25, 2015.
The winner’s circle ceremony was a real family affair, too. Eliska Kubinova, the winning rider, is Emilie’s mother and the one Czech Chick is named after. Grandmother Elvia Rosales also was in the winner’s circle, holding Emilie so she could see her winning horse get its picture taken.
And Emilie’s father, Jorge Rosales, also rides at Emerald Downs and raises an obvious question. With both of her parents’ jockeys, is it possible Emilie Kubinova Rosales is destined to be the track’s leading apprentice in about 2033?
CLAIMING GAME SOARING IN 2017
Claiming activity remains brisk with another 13 horses changing hands last week at Emerald Downs. The season total is 63 claims in 19 racing days (3.3 per day) worth an aggregate $426,000.
That’s up over 20 percent from last year when 51 horses worth $346,000 were claimed in the first 19 days of racing.
Hit the Beach, a 3-year-old Harbor the Gold maiden, is the largest claim of the meet. The partnership of by Ed Zenker, Swede Larson and H.R. Mullens paid $25,000 for the gelding on May 6. Vann Belvoir has made the most claims, six, including a record five in one day May 5.
BEYERS & FAST TIMES
Friday, May 19
Race 1: Frostingonthecake-30*
Race 2: Pat’s Inheritance-59*
Race 3: Copper Creek-52
Race 4: Lord Walton-61
Race 5: Ila Veiw-60*
Race 6: Rallying Market-67
Race 7: Abeja-63*
Saturday, May 20
Race 1: The Cartel Hawk-qh
Race 2: Ez Frosty Morn-qh
Race 3: Lucky K J-45*
Race 4: Thermal Wave-51
Race 5: Arviat Bay-54*
Race 6: Lucky Echo-64
Race 7: Citizen Kitty-75
Race 8: Little Dancer-59*
Race 9: Yes It’s Snowing-63
Sunday, May 21
Race 1: Kadesha-63
Race 2: Face Valued-64
Race 3: Czech Chick-32
Race 4: Regalstone-64*
Race 5:Our Silver Lining-51
Race 6: Yacht Ta Hey-67*
Race 7: Mike Man’s Gold-89
Race 8: Barkley-92*
Race 9: Time for a Memory-63
# First-time starter
5 Furlongs :56.38 All for Me (4yog), April 9
5 ½ Furlongs 1:01.10 Prime Engine (5yog), April 22
6 Furlongs 1:07.92 Barkley (4yoc), May 21
6-½ Furlongs 1:16 Abeja (4yog), May 19
One Mile 1:35.83 Sharp Focus (9yog), April 28
300 Yards EZ Frosty Morn (3yog), May 20
Last Week: 9-23 (39%)
Season: 55-147 (37%)
Largest $2 Win: $43.60 Sugar Morning (May 14)
QH Favorites: 0-2
WEEKLY HONORS #7 (May 19-21): Valpak Jockey-Javier Matias; Las Margaritas Trainer-Kurt Calton; Owner-Emilie Kubinova Rosales; Quarter Chute Café Groom-Bonifacio Mora (Howard Belvoir); WTBOA Washington-bred-Citizen Kitty (Dunn Bar Ranch breeders); Exercise Rider of the Week-Jesus Ceron (Jeff Metz).
FINISH LINES: Trainer of the Week Kurt Calton and wife Janis Calton enjoyed a big first week at Emerald Downs, compiling a 2-1-0 record in three starts with victories by Yes It’s Snowing and Copper Creek. The Caltons reside in Bigfork, Montana, and Kurt enjoyed previous success here with 2012 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge winner A Royal Dervish. . .Sunday’s nine races at Emerald Downs include 82 horses or an average of 9.1 per race. . .In addition to the Kent Stakes, Sunday’s card features a $40,000 optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs with a $20,500 purse. The seven-horse field includes Emmett Park, Betrbegone, Cross Creek, Papa Frank, Grinder Sparksaglo, Party Pooper and Viewingthegold. . ..Rocco Bowen begins Week 8 with a 32-20 lead over Kevin Orozco in the jockeys’ standings. . .Bowen has ridden 130 of the 147 Thoroughbred races at the meet, or 88.4 percent of the races. . .12 horses have won two races at the meet: Arviat Bay, Calculated Chaos, Exit Sixty Slew, Hunters Vow, Jazz Queen, Jerre to Carrie, Little Dancer, Our Silver Lining, Raging Warrior, Rallying Market, She Got Away and Wine At Nine. . .Santa Anita presents four graded stakes Saturday topped by the $500,000 Gold Cup (G1) with Midnight Storm the 5-to-2 choice, and $300,000 Gamely (G1) for fillies and mares with Lady Eli the 4-to-5 morning line favorite.