COUNTDOWN TO CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY
Ten days and counting to the inaugural Championship Sunday.
In an Emerald Downs’ first, the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), $50,000 Emerald Distaff, $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby and $50,000 Washington Oaks will all be run on the same day–Championship Sunday, August 11. Although the race order isn’t set, the stakes will be run in sequence and feature a special $0.50 All Stakes Pick Four.
Weights for the Longacres Mile and Emerald Distaff will be released Saturday (high weights preferred); entries four all four races will be drawn Wednesday, August 7, at the Championship Sunday Post Position Draw in the Emerald Room.
Supplemental nominations to the Longacres Mile ($5,000) and Emerald Distaff ($1,500) close Saturday, while supplemental nominations to the Muckleshoot Derby ($1,500) and Washington Oaks ($1,500) close Wednesday.
Longacres Mile developments:
- Anyportinastorm worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 (b) Monday, his third work since a 6 1/2-length victory in the Budweiser Stakes on June 30.
- Longacres Mile nominees Concur, Grinder Sparksaglo and Hit the Beach are entered in Sunday’s $21,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at six furlongs. And at Hastings, He’s the Reason and Brave Nation are entered in Monday’s $50,000 Derby Bar and Grill British Columbia Cup Handicap.
- The early weather forecast is promising: 79 degrees and clear on Championship Sunday.
MARATHON SERIES BEGINS NEXT WEEK
The first leg of the second annual WTBOA/WHBPA Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series is slated for Saturday, August 10. The first race is a $5,000 claiming race at 1 1/8 miles, and a horse must start in the first leg to be eligible for the remaining races of the series.
The Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series is the brainchild of owner Jody Peetz, who once again tirelessly raised and contributed funds to make enhanced purses possible.
Atypique finished first in all three events last year, although he was disqualified for interference in the second leg, and was claimed for $5,000 and $8,000 in the first two legs.
Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series
First Leg-Saturday, August 10
Purse $16,800–3-Year-Olds & Up, 1 1/8 Miles
Claiming Price: $5,000 (All horses must compete in all legs offered to remain eligible for the remainder of the series)
Second Leg-Saturday, August 31
Purse $18,000–3-Year-Olds & Up, 1 1/4 Miles
Claiming Price: $8,000 (All horses must compete in all legs offered to remain eligible for the remainder of the series)
Final Leg-Saturday, September 21
Purse $18,200–3-Year-Olds & Up, 1 1/2 Miles
Starter Allowance for 3-Year-Olds & Up which have started in the previous two legs of the series.
RACING THIS WEEK
Friday, August 2 (44/67)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday/Brewers Night
Saturday, August 3 (45/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
Sunday, August 4 (46/67)
2 p.m. (10 races)
BEYERS & FAST TIMES
Friday, July 26
Race 1: Sassy Edie-14+
Race 2: Noumea-45*
Race 3: Tomorrow’s Mine-47
Race 4: Come On Miranda-28
Race 5: Indian Power-47
Race 6: Fleet Marie-51
Race 7: Party for One-63
Saturday, July 27
Race 1: Stay in Grace-52
Race 2: Magic and Mayhem-49
Race 3: Freiburg-76*
Race 4: Deputy’s Command-60
Race 5: Assets Included-52
Race 6: Tesla-55
Race 7: Diamonds R-83*
Race 8: Bellamo-43*
Sunday, July 28
Race 1: Beautymis-34
Race 2: Miss Monique-66*
Race 3: Dizzy Diva-48
Race 4: Foggia-70
Race 5: My Fol-60+#
Race 6: Gentle Prince-54
Race 7: General Mach Four-74
Race 8: Close to Midnight-74
Race 9: Iron Rob-76
Race 10: Cats Touch-56
** Ties Career-high
# First-time starter
4 ½ Furlongs :51.96 Windy Point (2f) June 23
5 Furlongs :56.54 Beau Rocket (4f) May 5
5 ½ Furlongs 1:02.04 Best of Me (4f) May 5
6 Furlongs 1:07.54 Anyportinastorm (5h) June 2
6 ½ Furlongs 1:14.35 Anyportinastorm (5h) June 30
1 Mile 1:35.48 Calex (7g) June 2
1 1/16 Mile 1:41.81 Twirling Devon (3f) July 14
Last Week: 11-25 (44.0%)
Season: 141-351 (40.2%)
Largest $2 Win: $69.80, Stay in Grace (April 27)
$2 Place: $38, Sassafrass (June 16)
$2 Show: $15.40, Excessive Belief (May 10)
Largest Payouts: $29,739.60 ($0.50 Pick 5, April 28); $13,736.12 ($0.20 Jackpot Pick 7, June 15); $12,038.25 ($0.50 Pick 4, April 27)
7-Patrick Henry Jr.
12-Pablo De Jesus
5-Valentin P. Garcia
7-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
6-Todd & Shawn Hansen
6-Wanda Munger Racing Stables
5-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
4-Greg Conley, Chuck Conley or Terra Firma Farm
4-Gary and Debbie Lusk
4-Mark Dedomenico LLC
4-Two Putts for the Win #4, David Lechmanik and Alliance Stable LLC
4-Hopper’s Racing Stable
4-Wayne Williams or Linda Northam
3-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
3-Valentin Picho Garcia
3-Marjorie Avery & Rosales Racing F1
3-Randall and Rossi LLC or Lucarelli Racing
3-Helios Stable or Alan Bozell
3-Rick Kessler, Terra Firma Farm or Wayne Williams
3-Rosales Racing F1 and Rick Southall
$156,335-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$94,410-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
$80,026-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
$68,372-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
$49,075-Warlock Stables, Kelly Dougan and Ya Killing Me LLC
$44,995-Ron Crockett Inc
4-He’s Not Grey
3-All Star Allie
3-General Mach Four
3-Stay in Grace
2-Best of Me*
2-Come On Miranda
2-Cook Up a Storm
2-E Z Star Maker
2-Hold That Smile
2-Mike Man’s Bro
2-Mike Man’s Gold
2-No Harbor in Sight
2-Party for One
2-Rough and Ready
2-Ziggy Car Dust
$41,675-Best of Me
$31,512-No Talking Back
$29,475-Oh Marvelous Me
$29,267-For You Only
$27,850-He’s Not Grey
2019 Leading Sires
15-Harbor the Gold
12-Atta Boy Roy
8-Parker’s Storm Cat
WEEKLY HONORS #15 (July 26-28): Valpak Jockey: Ryan Barber; Muckleshoot Casino Trainer: Linda Northam; EmD Owner: Chad Christensen; Quarter Chute Café Groom: Jofre Camila Bermudez (Howard Belvoir); WTBOA WA Bred: Sassy Edie (David Israel breeder); Exercise Rider: Stephanie Neil Fiorito.
NOTES: Frank Lucarelli, just seven wins away from 1,000 carer wins at Emerald Downs, has 12 horses entered this weekend. Lucarelli has won seven races each of the last two weeks and has opened a 21-win lead atop the trainers’ standings. Lucarelli will be out of town this weekend while attending his son’s wedding in Oregon. . .Sunday’s nine-race card begins with two Quarter Horse trials for the $35,000 Bank of America Championship Challenge on Sunday, August 25. Seventeen horses are entered (eight in race one, nine in race two) with the 10 fastest times qualifying for the final in three weeks.