Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, August 16

Barkley, Jennifer Whitaker and groom Bonifacio Mora


Longacres Mile champion Barkley returned to the track Thursday, his first spin around the oval since Sunday’s heart-pounding victory over Alert Bay in the 83rd renewal of the Northwest’s top race.

Trainer Howard Belvoir said Barkley appears to have come out of the race in good shape, and is undecided on whether the 5-year-old will race again in 2018.

“We’ll train him and see how he is, but he seems to have come back good,” Belvoir said.

Owned by Rising Star Stable III and ridden by Javier Matias, Barkley ran the mile in 1:34.93 and equaled his career top with a 94 Beyer. Second choice in the wagering at 5/2, Barkley out-finished 9/5 favorite Alert Bay in a strong stretch run to earn $108,900 for the 18-member syndicate.

Belvoir now has three Longacres Mile wins—Wasserman (2008), Assessment (2009) and Barkley—and tied the late Jim Penney for most Mile wins at Emerald Downs. Belvoir, 74, said Barkley’s victory was his favorite of the three.

“They’re all great, but (Barkley) I rate this one the best,” Belvoir said.

A Kentucky-bred by Munnings, Barkley is ineligible for the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic on September 9, which leaves either the $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes on September 23 or the $100,000 British Columbia Premiers (G3C) on October 8 as local options. The Pedersen is six furlongs while the BC Premiers is 1 3/8 miles at Hastings Racecourse.

Belvoir now has trained three of the top six earners in Emerald Downs’ history: Wasserman $575,024 (No. 1), Assessment $472,744 (No. 3) and Barkley $351,800 (No. 6).

  • There are nine stakes remaining in the 2018 season including six Washington Cup races. The season ends September 23 with a stakes double-header featuring the $50,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-old and $100,000 Getaway Stakes for 3-year-olds.


Friday, August 17
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday

Saturday, August 18
5 p.m. (8 races)
Twilight Saturday (thru Sept. 22)
Breakfast at the Wire (thru Aug. 25)
Dollar Night

Sunday, August 19
2 p.m. (10 races)
Family Fun Day
PDJF Day at the Races


Friday, August 10
Race 1: Better in Leather-63*
Race 2: Hardy Chisel-39+
Race 3: Dustin’s Passion-55
Race 4: Atta Girl Misty-58*
Race 5: Bromance-53**
Race 6: Shopping Tizzy-63*
Race 7: Catchthewoodnapper-39*

Saturday, August 11
Race 1: Wasatch Wonder-54*
Race 2: Capital Expense-75
Race 3: Candorosa-56*
Race 4: Atypique-62
Race 5: Papa Mambo-69
Race 6: The Gold Monkey-66
Race 7: Hit the Beach-74
Race 8: Bullet Express-66

Barkley 94 Beyer

Sunday, August 12
Race 1: Cause for Eviction-48*
Race 2: He’s Not Grey-69
Race 3: Pulmarack-63
Race 4: Chu and I-60
Race 5: This Great Nation-55*+
Race 6: Aikman Juliet-59*+
Race 7: Reginella-87*
Race 8: Barkley-94**
Race 9: B C Z Middleton-69
Race 10: Que Chistoso-73
Race 11: Abraajeena-46*
* Career-high
**Ties career-high
# First-time starter

Fastest Times
4 ½ Furlongs :51.87 Sunshine Emily (2yof) June 16
5 Furlongs :56.52 Das Bear (3yog) May 5
5 ½ Furlongs 1:02.94 Barkley (5yoh) May 13
6 Furlongs 1:08.09 Daytona Beach (6yog) June 17
6 ½ Furlongs 1:14.31 Kaabraaj (6yog) July 8
1 Mile 1:34.60 Huya (5yog) June 16
1 1/16 Mile 1:40.08 Riser (4yoc) July 15
1 1/8 Mile 1:48.54 Sippin Fire (3yogf) July 29

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 5-26 (19.2%)
Season: 135-407 (33.1%)
Largest $2 Win: $98.80 This Great Nation (Aug 12)
$2 Place: $48.20 This Great Nation (Aug 12)
$2 Show: $16.40 This Great Nation (Aug 12)
Largest Payout: $57,865 ($0.20 Jackpot 7, July 14)

Jose Zunino

Jockeys Wins
81-Rocco Bowen
53-Kevin Orozco
49-Julien Couton
42-Gary Wales
35-Eswan Flores
19-Anne Sanguinetti
18-Javier Matias
17-Jose Zunino
17-Erick Lopez
16-Austin Solis
16-Leonel Camacho-Flores

Javier Matias

Jockeys Earnings
$788,411-Rocco Bowen
$635,174-Julien Couton
$609,150-Kevin Orozco
$419,913-Gary Wales
$370,048-Eswan Flores
$349,764-Javier Matias
$249,904-Jose Zunino
$249,770-Austin Solis
$235,728-Leonel Camacho-Flores
$235,533-Erick Lopez

Manny Ortiz

Trainers Wins
37-Jeff Metz
30-Blaine Wright
29-Frank Lucarelli
20-Joe Toye
16-Vince Gibson
15-Manny Ortiz
14-Candi Tollett
12-Howard Belvoir
12-Tom Wenzel
11-Robbie Baze
9-Mike Puhich
9-Chris Stenslie
9-David Martinez
9-Neil Knapp

Howard Belvoir

Trainers Earnings
$649,403-Blaine Wright
$366,969-Frank Lucarelli
$284,507-Howard Belvoir
$279,188-Jeff Metz
$192,679-Tom Wenzel
$165,283-Vince Gibson
$160,875-Steve Bullock
$149,446-Chris Stenslie
$144,249-Manny Ortiz
$141,686-Joe Toye

John Parker

Owners Wins
13-Saratoga West
11-John E. Parker
10-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
7-Tawnja Elison
7-Tim Bankers
7-Kenneth Elison or Vicky Jo Elison
6-Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro
5-Randall and Rossi or Lucarelli Racing
5-Todd & Shawn Hansen
5-Aaron Bresko

Owners Earnings
$146,263-Rising Star Stable III
$129,725-How We Roll #4
$98,784-John E. Parker
$98,315-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$92,689-Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.
$83,260-Luigi DiPietro & Diana DiPietro
$83,063-John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm
$76,423-George Todaro
$76,000-Muddy Waters Stables LLC
$74,832-Tim Bankers

Sippin Fire

Horses Wins
3-Copy Begone
3-Curious Rumor
3-Daytona Beach
3-Guardian One
3-Papa Mambo
3-Party for One
3-Que Chistoso
3-Rojo Bou Peep
3-Ryan Walt
3-Sippin Fire***
3-Will Not
2-Hill Croome
2-Golden Cowboy
2-Wine At Nine
2-Dudley Studley
2-Ryan Walt
2-Mitch and John E
2-No Talking Back
2-Bet the Harbor
2-Grand Palais
2-Fernet Me Not
2-Please Be Me
2-Awesome Return
2-She Got Away
2-Briana Jean
2-Regazze Cat
2-Iron Rob
2-Double A. Prospect
2-Blame It On Royce
2-Cold Hard Luck
2-Ask Not
2-Outa Here
2-Bye Bye Sal
2-Mister Breeze
2-Oldtimers Vision
2-Diamonds R*
2-Tizzy Dean
2-Serbian Syclone
2-Josie Treasure
2-Meet At Jakes
2-Bell of Rainier
2-Ever Special
2-Jake’s a Poppin
2-Fly Far Away
2-Cats Gulch
2-Cody’s Choice
2-Bullet Drill
2-Sea Basket
2-Cruzin in Style
2-Baja Sur*
2-Buckley Bay
2-Marymoor Park
2-Kenzie Blake
2-Our Silver Lining
2-Rough and Ready
2-Mike Man’s Gold
2-Long Game
2-Instinctual Kash
2-Crushin Candy
2-Thirty Pepperonis
2-Hart Mountain
2-Private Boss
2-Huggy Bear
2-Lucky Cleric
2-Jupiter S.
2-Seattle Sea Gal
2-Bella Colomba
2-Charming Ruler
2-Better in Leather
2-Atta Girl Misty
2-Wasatch Wonder
2-The Gold Monkey
2-Hit the Beach
2-Bullet Express
2-He’s Not Grey
2-Aikman Juliet*
*Stakes Win

Oh Marvelous Me

Horses Earnings
$81,200-Sippin Fire
$54,688-Diamonds R
$54,350-Bella Mia
$52,750-Oh Marvelous Me
$51,125-Aikman Juliet
$47,850-Northwest Factor
$44,600-No Talking Back
$44,150-Mach One Rules

This Great Nation

WEEKLY HONORS #17 (August 10-12): Valpak Jockey-Javier Matias; Las Margaritas Trainer-Howard Belvoir; EmD Owner-Rising Star Stable III; Quarter Chute Café Groom-Jorge Alvarado (Candi Tollett); WTBOA WA-Bred-This Great Nation (Connie Belshay); Exercise Rider-Bobby Webb.

NOTES: Sippin Fire, the meet’s only triple stakes winner, worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 Thursday and is possible for the $50,000 Washington Cup Sophomore Colts & Geldings Stakes on Sunday, August 26. . .Reginella, 2 ¾-length winner of the Emerald Distaff, could be headed to Hastings Racecourse for the $100,000 Ballerina Stakes, according to co-owner Luigi DiPietro. The 1 1/8-mile Ballerina is Monday, October 8. . .Breeder Connie Belshay is now 2 for 2 with her broodmare Great Mom. A 7-year-old by Pioneerof the Nile, Great Mom produced 2017 Turf Paradise Futurity winner Squeeze Me and 2018 WTBOA Lads winner This Great Nation, whose $98.80 mutuel is fourth highest for a stakes in Emerald Downs’ history. . .Incidentally, Erick Lopez, who rode This Great Nation, has packed his tack and plans to begin riding at Parx when the suburban Philadelphia track resumes racing August 25. With 17 wins, Lopez currently is tied with Jose Zunino for eighth in the Emerald Downs’ standings. . .Gallyn Mitchell, No. 1 all-time with 1,419 wins at Emerald Downs, celebrated his 56th birthday Wednesday. . .Betting favorites are only 11 for 51 (21.5 percent) the last two weeks at Emerald Downs. . .Current horse population at Emerald Downs is 823, up six horses from the same date in 2017. . .Saturday simulcast action features the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic from Del Mar, post time 6:43 p.m.