Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, July 11

Alittlelesstalk (right) and Mucho Amor (left) continue their rivalry Sunday


A combined 23 horses have been entered in Sunday’s stakes twin bill for sophomores at Emerald Downs. The $50,000 Seattle Slews Stakes drew a full field of 12 3-year-old colts and geldings and the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes drew a field of 11 3-year-old fillies.

Both race are 1 1/16 miles and represent the final stops before the Muckleshoot Derby and Washington Oaks in four weeks.

With neither Baja Sur nor Runningwscissors running Sunday, the Seattle Slew becomes a wide open affair. Perfect Dude, third in both the Auburn Stakes and Coca-Cola Stakes, is a logical favorite but must overcome the No. 12 post-position on Sunday. Rapidly-improving Sky Confidential, impressive winner of two straight sprints, is a top contender and acts as though extra distance won’t be an issue.

Mucho Amor and Alittlelesstalk have traded decision in the Seattle Stakes and Kent Stakes with the Irish Day determining who is better around two turns. Contention runs deep, however, as Northwest Factor captured last year’s Gottstein Futurity at 1 1/16 miles, while Canadian shipper Above All Names broke her maiden around two turns on Woodbine’s synthetic Tapeta surface and also captured an allowance test on the Woodbine turf.

  • The Irish Day Stakes is Race 6, 4:38 p.m.
  • The Seattle Slew Stakes is Race 8, 5:39 p.m.

May 19: $50,000 Auburn Stakes, Baja Sur ($3.80) 6F/1:07.98
June 16: $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes, Baja Sur ($2.60) 6 ½ F/1:15.60
July 14: $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes, 1 1/16 Mile
Aug 11: $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby, 1 1/8 Mile

May 12: $50,000 Seattle Stakes, Mucho Amor ($3.80), 6F/1:09.76
June 9: $50,000 Kent Stakes, Alittlelesstalk ($24.80) 6 ½ F/1:15.33
July 14: $50,000 Irish Day Stakes, 1 1/16 Mile
Aug 11: $50,000 Washington Oaks, 1 1/8 Mile

The field for the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes, 3-year-old colts & geldings, 1 1/16 Miles:1-Time ‘n Time Again, Juan Gutierrez, 117 lbs; 2-Devil Dog, Lorenzo Lopez, 117; 3-Makah Lane, Eddie Martinez, 117; 4-Rocket Power, Franklin Ceballos, 117; 5-Sky Confidential, Javier Matias, 117; 6-Free Speech, Gary Wales, 117; 7-El Borracho, Julie Couton, 117; 8-Fuzzy Dolphin, Jose Zunino, 119; 9-Frolic and Detour, Ryan Barber, 117; 10-Rally Cat, Juan Hernandez, 117; 11-My Grandpa, Jorge Carreno, 117; 12-Perfect Dude, Kevin Orozco, 117.

The field for the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 Miles: 1-Lady Campbell, Ryan Barber, 116 lbs; 2-Above All Names, Gary Wales, 122; 3-Mucho Amor, Juan Hernandez, 122; 4-Northwest Factor, Julien Couton, 118; 5-Lasting Light, Javier Matias, 116; 6- Senoradiablo, Eddie Martinez, 118; 7-If You Want It, Patrick Henry Jr., 116; 8-La Principessa, Jose Zunino, 116; 9-Alittlelesstalk, Lorenzo Lopez, 122; 10-Someday Special, Franklin Ceballos, 11-Twirling Devon, Kevin Orozco, 116.

2019 Stakes @ Emerald Downs (Thru, July 11)
Stakes: 8 Total Horses: 60 Average Field Size: 7.5
Average $2 Win: $7.20
Favorite: 6 for 8
2nd Favorite: 0 for 8
Largest $2 Win: $24.80, Alittlelesstalk (Kent Stakes)
Smallest $2 Win: $2.40-tie, Anyportinastorm (Governor’s Stakes & Budweiser Stakes)
Winner Bred: Washington 3, Kentucky 2, Florida 2, California 1
Winning Sire: Smiling Tiger 3, City Zip 2, Mucho Macho Man 1, Demon Warlock 1, Super Saver 1
Trainer Wins: Blaine Wright 6, Roddina Barrett 1, Dan Markle 1
Jockey Wins: Franklin Ceballos 3, Juan Hernandez 3, Lorenzo Lopez 1, Gary Wales 1


Friday, July 12 (35/67)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday
Equine Art Show

Saturday, July 13 (36/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
British Night
Equine Art Show

Sunday, July 14 (37/67)
2 p.m. (9 races)
$50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes (3YO, 1 1/16M)
$50,000 Irish Day Stakes (3YOF, 1 1/16M)
Irish Day
Equine Art Show


Wheel Rally

Wednesday, July 3
Race 1: Mitch and John E-62
Race 2: Our Silver Lining-45
Race 3: Jupiter S.-57
Race 4: Wheel Rally-76*
Race 5: Uncle Yo-44
Race 6: Brooks Harbor-44
Race 7: Frisky Fox-62*
Race 8: Beau Rocket-51
Race 9: Silver Attache-45

Check and Raise

Friday, July 5
Race 1: Tuscan Warrior-56
Race 2: Cook Up a Storm-45
Race 3: Fine Element-21+
Race 4: Abraa Jabraa-37+
Race 5: Cate’s Gold-45
Race 6: Check and Raise-60
Race 7: Miso Fast-41

Killarney Lass

Saturday, July 6
Race 1: Remembertobreathe-59
Race 2: Apphia-40
Race 3: Oursugarshack-45*
Race 4: Desert Prophet-65
Race 5: Afleet Hope-63
Race 6: Miner Heat-66
Race 7: Killarney Lass-83*
Race 8: Excessive Belief-41

This Great Nation

Sunday, July 7
Race 1: Mae Belle Passe-49*
Race 2: Sunshine Emily-64*
Race 3: Paynes Prairie-81**
Race 4: Devilsh Diva-46+#
Race 5: Melchior-65*
Race 6: Key to Glory-56
Race 7: La Waun-77*
Race 8: This Great Nation-60**
Race 9: Pin Up Lady-32
* Career-high
** Ties Career-high
+ 2-year-old
# First-time starter

Best of Me

Fastest Times
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

Excessive Belief

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 17-33 (51.5%)
Season: 112-277 (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); $13,736.12 ($0.20 Jackpot Pick 7, June 15); $12,038.25 ($0.50 Pick 4, April 27)

Kevin Orozco

2019 Leaders

52-Gary Wales
34-Kevin Orozco
29-Juan Gutierrez
27-Javier Matias
27-Heribert Martinez
23-Franklin Ceballos
17-Lorenzo Lopez
15-Jorge Carreno
13-Jose Zunino
11-Ryan Barber
7-Patrick Henry Jr.
6-Jose Leon*
6-Jennifer Whitaker
3-Alex Anaya
3-Juan Hernandez

Vince Gibson

34-Frank Lucarelli
25-Blaine Wright
14-Jorge Rosales
13-Vince Gibson
11-Alan Bozell
11-Candi Cryderman
10-Pablo De Jesus
9-Chris Stenslie
9-Howard Belvoir
7-Charles Essex
7-David Martinez
7-Joe Toye
6-Kay Cooper
6-Terry Gillihan
6-Mike Puhich
6-Sharon Ross
5-Valentin P. Garcia
5-Bob Meeking
5-Jose Navarro
5-Bill Tollett
5-Paul Treasure
5-Tom Wenzel
4-Roddina Barrett
4-Howie Gibson
4-Tim McCanna

Gary Lusk

Owner Wins
10-John Parker
8-Chad Christensen
6-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
5-Marjorie Avery
5-Todd & Shawn Hansen
5-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
4-Darrin Paul
4-Mark Dedomenico LLC
4-Wanda Munger Racing Stables
4-Ron Wise
3-Howard Belvoir
3-Two Putts for the Win #4, David Lechmanik and Alliance Stable LLC
3-Hopper’s Racing Stable
3-Wayne Williams or Linda Northam
3-Gary and Debbie Lusk
3-Cindy Winschell
3-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
3-Valentin Picho Garcia
3-Greg Conley, Chuck Conley or Terra Firma Farm
3-Marjorie Avery & Rosales Racing
3-Rick Kessler, Terra Firma Farm or Wayne Williams

Peter Redekop

Owner Earnings
$118,160-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$99,765-John Parker
$89,435-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
$85,373-Chad Christensen
$67,910-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
$63,048-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
$50,073-Howard Belvoir
$47,975-Warlock Stables, Kelly Dougan and Ya Killing Me LLC
$44,200-Tim Bankers
$35,900-Ten Broeck Farm

Cate’s Gold

Horse Wins
3-All Star Allie
3-Das Bear
3-Flatter Cat
3-He’s Not Grey
3-Mystical Image
3-Rosso’s Gatto
2-Baja Sur**
2-Beau Rocket
2-Best of Me*
2-Brahms Forest
2-Cate’s Gold
2-Cook Up a Storm
2-Devil Dog
2-Early Morn
2-Emily’s Gold
2-E Z Star Maker
2-Jupiter S.
2-Lasting Light
2-Mike Man’s Bro
2-Mike Man’s Gold
2-Miner Heat
2-No Harbor in Sight
2-Pure Pursuit
2-Roamin Effort
2-Rosies Baby
2-Sky Confidential
2-Smoothee Lee
2-Stay in Grace
2-Sunshine Emily
2-Twirling Cinnamon
2-Wild Wilko
*Stakes Win


Horse Earnings
$52,800-Baja Sur
$41,675-Best of Me
$34,900-Mucho Amor
$26,300-Ima Happy Cat
$25,438-Lasting Light
$24,575-Perfect Dude
$23,125-Sky Confidential

Atta Boy Roy

2019 Leading Sires
12-Atta Boy Roy
11-Harbor the Gold
8-Liberty Gold
7-Coast Guard
7-Smiling Tiger

Share the Knight

All-Time EmD Broodmare Wins
46-Share the Knight
44-Peaceful Wings
34-Winning View
29-Julia Rose
29-Lite Nite

Darrin Paul

WEEKLY HONORS #12 (July 3-7): Valpak Jockey: Kevin Orozco; Muckleshoot Casino Trainer: Terry Gillihan; EmD Owner: Darrin Paul; Quarter Chute Café Groom: Bartolo Villa (Frank Lucarelli); WTBOA WA Bred: Wheel Rally (Allaire Farms, Sue Edwards, Jim Ernest & Ryan Hurley breeders); Exercise Rider: Brad Balcom.

NOTES: Bidding for his meet-high fourth win, He’s Not Grey is the 1 to 5 morning line favorite in Friday’s $13,600 feature race for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs. . .Owner John Parker has three horses going for their fourth win of the meet in the next few days: He’s Not Grey, Flatter Cat and Rosso’s Gatto, the latter two are entered Saturday. . .Northern California fair racing moves to Sacramento beginning Friday and running thru July 28, followed by Santa Rosa from August 1 thru 18.