$35,000 BANK OF AMERICA CHALLENGE THIS SUNDAY
One of the finest jockeys in track history, 47-year-old Javier Matias is enjoying a sparkling 2019 meeting at Emerald Downs. With 42 wins in 203 mounts, the Mexico City native ranks third in wins, second in win percentage (21.0), tied for second in stakes wins (3), and third in earnings ($523,695).
Matias showcased his versatility last Sunday by sweeping the stakes doubleheader for 2-year-olds, riding Cakewalk gate to wire in the Barbara Shinpoch for fillies, and rallying Muncey from far back to take the WTBOA Lads Stakes for colts and geldings.
Matias’ riding ability is no secret, of course, and horsemen regularly seek out his services. But not everyone realizes Matias is also a talented Quarter Horse rider, compiling a 17 for 45 career mark at Emerald Downs–37.8 percent–including Bh Lisas Boy’s record triumph in the 2015 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge.
Matias is 2 for 2 year this year on quarter horse, including Cm Boom Shakalaka’s victory in the trials three weeks ago. Trained by Nick Lowe and co-owned by Lowe and Chris Sutton, Cm Boom Shakalaka ran the fastest qualifying time–:22.13 for 440 yards–and the likely favorite in Sunday’s 9th running of the $35,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge. A 4-year-old Oregon-bred by Carters Cartel, Cm Boom Shakalaka is 9 for 20 lifetime with over $103,000 in earnings, a record that includes a pair of stakes wins at Los Alamitos.
For Sweet Jess–second fastest qualifier at :22.15–is 13 for 33 lifetime with over $106,000 in earnings and trained by Juan Sanguino, who saddled Chicks Special Angel to an easy victory in the 2014 Bank of America Challenge.
Sunday’s race is expected to gross over $60,000 in purse money and goes as Race 9 at 6:09 p.m.
The last two years resulted in giant upsets, with Secretly Fast scoring at 60 to 1 in 2017 and Corona B Gone at 17 to 1 in 2018.
Sunday’s card also features the $25,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge for 2-year-olds at 350 yards, and $15,000 Emerald Downs Distance Challenge for 3-year-olds and up at 870 yards.
In the Juvenile Challenge, a pair of Northwest Futurity champions head the eight-horse field: Senor Frogs, winner of the $38,000 Grants Pass Firecracker Futurity; and John Carter Cash, winner the $27,500 Sun Downs Futurity.
The field for the 9th running of the $35,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge, 440 yards (Race 9, 6:09 p.m.):1-Love to Reason Br, Leonardo Gonzalez, 124 lbs; 2-Wagonfullofdividends, Jesus Canales, 124; 3-Favorite Bling, J.E. Lopez, 124; 4-L Bar D Razle Dazle, Jake Samuels, 124; 5-Cm Boom Shakalaka, Javier Matias, 124; 6-L Bar D Genuine Red, Lorenzo Lopez, 124; 7-I Aint Callin, J. Luis Torres, 124; 8-For Sweet Jess, Alex Anaya, 124; 9-Tickle Ur Fancy, Robert Burney, 124; 10-Kool Odds, Nakia Ramirez, 124.
Qualifying times: Cm Boom Shakalaka, :22.13; For Sweet Jess, :22.15; I Aint Callin, :22.23; Kool Odds, :22.23; Love to Reason Br, :22.28; L Bar D Genuine Red, :22.35; L Bar D Razle Dazle, :22.39; Tickle Ur Fancy, :22.43; Favorite Bling, :22.46; Wagonfullofdividends, :22.57.
BH LISAS BOY STILL GOING STRONG
Who is the fastest Quarter Horse in Emerald Downs’ history?
It would be difficult to argue against Bh Lisas Boy, who as a 3-year-old set track records for winning margin, 1 ¾ lengths, and fastest time, :21.37 for 440 yards, while winning the 2015 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge.
Owned and trained by Bill Hoburg, Idaho-bred Bh Lisas Boy continues to thrive at Los Alamitos. The now 7-year-old is 21 for 40 lifetime with $805,553 in earnings, including a victory two weeks ago in the Bank of America Regional Challenge Stakes in :21.65 for 440 yards. He has nine stakes wins including four Grade 1s.
2019 Stakes @ Emerald Downs
Stakes: 20 Total Horses: 169 Average Field Size: 8.5
Average $2 Win: $11.40
Favorite: 8 for 20
2nd Favorite: 2 for 20
Largest $2 Win: $32.60, Twirling Devon (Irish Day Stakes)
Smallest $2 Win: $2.40, Anyportinastorm (Governor’s Stakes)
Winner Bred: Washington 9, Kentucky 6, Florida 3, California 2
Winning Sire: Smiling Tiger 3, City Zip 2, Flatter 2, Majesticperfection 2, Twirling Candy 2, Abraaj 1, Coast Guard 1, Demon Warlock 1, Eskendereya 1, Grazen 1, Mucho Macho Man 1, Slew’s Tiznow 1, Super Saver 1, Munnings 1
Trainer Wins: Blaine Wright 8, Frank Lucarelli 2, Howard Belvoir 2, Chris Stenslie 2, Roddina Barrett 1, Mark Glatt 1, Dan Markle 1, Manny Ortiz 1, Faith Taylor 1, Tom Wenzel 1
Jockey Wins: Kevin Orozco 4, Franklin Ceballos 3, Juan Hernandez 3, Javier Matias 3, Scott Stevens 2, Jorge Carreno 1, Abel Cedillo 1, Lorenzo Lopez 1, Gary Wales 1, Jennifer Whitaker 1
RACING THIS WEEK
Friday, August 23 (53/67)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Saturday, August 24 (54/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
Breakfast at the Wire (8-10 a.m.)
Sunday, August 25 (55/67)
2 p.m. (10 races)
$35,000 Bank of America Challenge (QH)
$25,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (QH)
BEYERS & FAST TIMES
Friday, August 16
Race 1: Coastal Son-39
Race 2: Lovefliesonwings-31+
Race 3: Smoothee Lee-69
Race 4: Z’s Speranza-44
Race 5: Fleet Marie-51
Race 6: Beau Rocket-71
Race 7: If You Want It-33
Saturday, August 17
Race 1: Shamisen-44
Race 2: Lulu’s Lightening-56
Race 3: Gold Crusher-46+
Race 4: Old School Ike-68
Race 5: Johnny Five-61*
Race 6: Rosso’s Gato-50*
Race 7: Grinder Sparksaglo-72
Race 8: Crushin Candy-63
Sunday, August 18
Race 1: Mousey Mousey-69*
Race 2: Cherokee Louise-59
Race 3: Florista-45
Race 4: Smiling Bandit-71*
Race 5: Crest Drive-81*
Race 6: Cakewalk-49+
Race 7: Legitimate Cause-67
Race 8: Muncey-49+
Race 9: La Waun-86*
Race 10: Linchpin Lady-31
** 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 1:34.08 Law Abidin Citizen (5g) Aug 11
1 1/16 Mile 1:41.81 Twirling Devon (3f) July 14
1 1/8 Mile 1:48.55 Killarney Lass (3f) Aug 11
Last Week: 9-25 (36.0%)
Season: 172-425 (40.4%)
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); $16,777.56 ($0.20 Jackpot Pick 7, August 2); $12,038.25 ($0.50 Pick 4, April 27)
8-Patrick Henry Jr.
14-Pablo De Jesus
5-Valentin P. Garcia
8-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
7-Todd & Shawn Hansen
6-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
6-Wanda Munger Racing Stables
6-Hopper’s Racing Stable
5-Gary and Debbie Lusk
5-Greg Conley, Chuck Conley or Terra Firma Farm
4-Ron Crockett Inc.
4-Elwin Gibson or Arturo Arboleda
4-Mark Dedomenico LLC
4-Two Putts for the Win #4, David Lechmanik and Alliance Stable LLC
4-Wayne Williams or Linda Northam
4-Rosales Racing F1 and Rick Southall
3-Ron Crockett Inc.
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 and Alan Bozell
3-Rick Kessler, Terra Firma Farm or Wayne Williams
3-Billy Speed Racing Stable
3-Ed and Fran Barber
3-Glyn Kelly & Anne MacLennan
$171,858-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$135,660-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
$101.450-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
$96,800-Dan Agnew, Gerry Schneider and John Xitco
$83,295-Ten Broeck Farm
$79,560-Ron Crockett Inc
$71,522-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
$58,675-Warlock Stables, Kelly Dougan and Ya Killing Me LLC
4-General Mach Four
4-He’s Not Grey
3-All Star Allie
3-Hold That Smile
3-Party for One
3-Stay in Grace
2-Best of Me*
2-Close to Midnight
2-Come On Miranda
2-Cook Up a Storm
2-E Z Star Maker
2-Mike Man’s Bro
2-Mike Man’s Gold
2-No Harbor in Sight
2-No Talking Back**
2-Peach of a Pie
2-Rough and Ready
2-Wine At Nine
2-Ziggy Car Dust
$96,800-Law Abidin Citizen
$57,362-No Talking Back
$41,675-Best of Me
2019 Leading Sires
19-Harbor the Gold
15-Atta Boy Roy
8-Parker’s Storm Cat
WEEKLY HONORS #18 (August 16-18): Valpak Jockey: Javier Matias; Muckleshoot Casino Trainer: Frank Lucarelli; EmD Owner: Ten Broeck Farm (David Mowat); Quarter Chute Café Groom: Salvador Merodio (Blaine Wright); WTBOA WA Bred: Gold Crusher (Bar C Racing Stables breeder); Exercise Rider: Lance Bullock.
NOTES: Congratulations to former Emerald Downs’ runner Disruption on being recognized with the the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award for excellence in a new non-competitive career. Now known as “Bruce”, the 9-year-old gelding assists with programs at Katie Merwick’s Second Chance Ranch in Spokane, including an equine assisted mental health therapy program and an equine art program which encourages children to express creativity. Retired from racing by owner Heidi Nelson following the death of trainer Monique Snowden in 2016, Disruption earned over $100,000 in a 16-race career that included a pair of stakes placings and an eighth in the 2014 Longacres Mile. The award includes a $5,000 grant–so hats off to Heidi, Katie and most of all Bruce!