EmD Wrap-Saturday, July 23



AUBURN, Wash. (July 23, 2016) – Gotta Be Diet C wore down Justitia in the final strides for a three-quarter-length victory Saturday in the $11,500 Western Washington University Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by smoking hot jockey Rocco Bowen, Gotta Be Diet C ran one mile in 1:37.33 and paid $6, $4.20 and $2.80. Chris Stenslie is the winning trainer for One Horse Will Do Corporation and Steve Shimzu.

Stenslie and Jody Peetz (One Horse Will Do Corporation) are enjoying a sensational season with 4-year-old O B Harbor, undefeated in four starts and a top contender for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) in three weeks.

Gotta be Diet C might not be in the same class as her celebrated stable mate, but she is improving rapidly, reeling off three straight wins including Saturday’s triumph in her first race around two turns. A Washington-bred by Raise the Bluff-Gossip Queen, Gotta Be Diet C Has an overall record of 3-1-0 in five starts with earnings of $15,550 including $6,325 for Saturday’s victory.

Bowen, meanwhile, had two more wins Saturday—his 21st multiple-win day of the meet—and stretched his lead 68-48 over Leslie Mawing atop the standings. He also has at least one win on 13 straight cards, and the victory aboard Gotta Be Diet C was No. 600 of his career. He needs two more wins for 300 at Emerald Downs.

Justitia, bidding for a second straight win, opened a 3 ½-length lead on the last turn and resisted gamely when headed by Gotta Be Diet C. Justitia paid $5.80 and $4.20. Oh Baby Oh finished third, paid $2.80, and was followed by Magic Question, Excessivelyblessed, Freaky Kiki and Demonsdarlin.

Mara’s Warlock was scratched and reentered in Sunday’s $75,000 Washington Oaks.


A single winning ticket purchased via Xpressbet in Saturday’s $0.20 Pick 7 paid an Emerald Downs record $46,321.56. Raise the Magarita at 19-1 in Race 3 was the knockout punch for the majority of players, who wagered $31,096 new money into a four-day carryover of $20,321.

The $2 win prices in the sequence were $5.60, $41.60, $9.20, $15, $4.40, $6 and $2.80.

Emerald Downs added a $0.20 Pick 7 in 2016 and the previous high payout was $12,164. The all-time record payout at Emerald Downs is $407,550 wagered on a Pick 6 at Del Mar on August 3, 2013.

NOTES: Ronald Richard also rode two winners Saturday, his second double in as many nights. . .Mike Man’s Gold notched his 12th career victory at Emerald Downs in Saturday’s $13,600 co-feature for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Leslie Mawing, the 6-year-old Washington-bred gelding took the early lead and rolled to a 2 ¼-length victory over Oldtimers Vision in 1:35.98 for one mile. Mike Man’s Gold paid $4.40, $3 and $2.40. Reclaimed for $15,000 last out by trainer Jeff Metz and owners Brett Brophy and Kelly Dougan, Mike Man’s Gold was reclaimed again Saturday by trainer Joe Toye and owners Greg Conley and Chuck Conley, who lost the horse to Metz, Brophy and Dougan on July 9. Mike Man’s Gold is 12-33 lifetime with $234,519 in earnings. . .2-year-old first-time starter Sheeza Sassy Girl ($5.60) and Little Joker hooked up in a tough head-and-head battle in Saturday’s second race, with Sheeza Sassy Girl prevailing by a nose in :59.16 for five furlongs. The winner, trained by Blaine Wright for John and Janene Maryanski, is kin to Washington-bred stakes winners Gadget Queen and That Knight. . .You don’t often see 19-1 long shots claimed, but Raise the Magarita ($41.40) prevailed in Saturday’s third race and was claimed for $3,500 by owner Shannon Fadden and trainer Ron Davis. A 4-year-old Raise the Bluff filly, Raise the Magarita scored back-to-back wins for trainer Greg Moore and MoSaWi Racing before getting claimed Saturday. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $75,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles. Princess Kennedy at 2-1 and Find Joy at 5-2 are the morning line favorites for the meet’s richest race to date. First post is 2 p.m.