Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, July 18

Oh Marvelous Me (left) scores allowance victory, August 26, 2017


Four stakes races including the final local prep for the Longacres Mile are featured Sunday on a 10-race card at Emerald Downs.

The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes for older horse and the $50,000 Boeing Stakes for older fillies and mares share the spotlight with a pair of stakes for 2-year-olds–the $50,000 King County Express for colts and geldings and the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for fillies.

The four stakes drew a combined 37 entries; nine apiece for the Mt. Rainier and Boeing, 11 for the Angie C, and eight for the King County Express.

The Mt. Rainier at 1 1/16 miles is the final tune-up for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) and features an interesting sub-plot with Peter Redekop’s Anyportinastorm skipping the race. Trained by Blaine Wright, Anyportinastorm recorded the fastest 6 and 6 1/2 furlongs of the meeting–1:07.54 and 1:14.35–while notching blowouts in the Governor’s Stakes and Budweiser Stakes.

But with Anyportinastorm being trained into The Mile on works, including an easy three furlongs in :36 3/5 Monday, the Mt. Rainier is a more competitive race. In fact, the largest $2 win pay in the last 15 runnings is $7 by Assessment in 2009, and in the 23-year history of the race only two winners reached double digits: Poker Brad, $14.20, 2003; Timely Stitch $75, 1997.

Oh Marvelous Me, second in both the Governor’s and Budweiser, is the probable favorite, but California shippers More Power to Him and Respect the Hustle both have good histories around two turns. More Power to Him is 3-2-1 in 10 career starts with over $100,000 in earnings in 1 1/16 mile races, while Respect the Hustle is 2-1-0 in three starts at the distance and just scored vs. allowance company at Pleasanton.

El Huerfano didn’t fire as the second choice in the Budweiser, but the 7-year-old gelding also has a good history in routes and gets a new rider, Agapito Delgadillo, on Sunday.

  • Sunday marks the first of two stakes quadruple headers this season. Championship Sunday on August 11 features the $200,000 Longacres Mile, $50,000 Emerald Distaff, $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby and $50,000 Washington Oaks.

The field for the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes, 1 1/16 Miles (Race 8, 5:39 p.m.): 1-Oh Marvelous Me, Jorge Carreno, 118 lbs; 2-Elliott Bay, Javier Matias, 120; 3-Many Roses, Franklin Ceballos, 120; 4-Hit the Beach, Jose Zunino, 120; 5-El Huerfano, Agapito Delgadillo, 124; 6-Vicente’s Shadow, Scott Stevens, 118; 7-Concur, Eddie Martinez, 118; 8-More Power to Him, Kevin Orozco, 120; 9-Respect the Hustle, Gary Wales, 120.

June 2: $50,000 Governor’s Stakes, Anyportinastorm ($2.40) 6F/1:07.54/91 Beyer
June 30: $50,000 Budweiser Stakes, Anyportinastorm ($2.40) 6 ½ F/1:14.35/94 Beyer
July 21: $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes, 1 1/16 Mile
Aug. 11: $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), 1 Mile

2018 Emerald Distaff champion Reginella


Similar to the older handicap division, the first two winners of the older filly and mare series–Ima Happy Cat and Best of Me–will skip the transition to two turns in the $50,000 Boeing Stakes.

Nevertheless, the nine-horse field features seven Emerald Downs’ stakes winners–Blazinbeauty, Reginella, Dontkissntell, Fly Far Away, Little Dancer, No Talking Back and Bella Mia.

As usual, trainer Blaine Wright is loaded in the older filly or mare division. Luigi or Diana DiPietro’s Reginella captured the 2018 Emerald Distaff, Todd and Shawn Hansen’s Fly Far Away won the 2018 Washington Cup Filly and Mare, and John and Janene Maryanski’s Bella Mia finished second to Ima Happy Cat in the Hastings Stakes and runner-up to stable mate Best of Me in the Washington State Legislators Stakes.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Bella Mia is 5-4-1 in 12 starts lifetime with earnings of $160,923. She also was stakes-placed in routes twice last year at age 3.

Darlyne and Karl Krieg’s Dontkissntell also enters the fray in good form. A 4-year-old Rosberg filly, she finished third in both the Hastings and Washington State Legislators, and before that scored by eight lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race. She also has a good history in routes, winning last year’s Washington Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes and finishing second two weeks later vs. her elders in the Washington Cup Filly and Mare Stakes.

The field for the $50,000 Boeing Stakes, 1 1/16 Miles (Race 7, 5:09 p.m.):1-Blazinbeauty, Javier Matias, 119 lbs; 2-Reginella, Kevin Orozco, 119; 3-Paddy’s Secret, Agapito Delgadillo, 117; 4-Dontkissntell, Ryan Barber, 119; 5-Fly Far Away, Jorge Carreno, 119; 6-Little Dancer, Eddie Martinez, 119; 7-No Talking Back, Scott Stevens, 117; 8-Guardian One, Gary Wales, 117; 9-Bella Mia, Franklin Ceballos, 119,

May 27: $50,000 Hastings Stakes, Ima Happy Cat ($10.80) 6F/1:08.73 79 Beyer
June 23: $50,000 WA State Legislators S, Best of Me ($6.60) 6 ½ F/1:16.04 79 Beyer
July 21: $50,000 Boeing Stakes, 1 1/16 Mile
Aug 11: $50,000 Emerald Distaff, 1 1/8 Mile


Two-year-old stakes action also begins Sunday with the $50,000 King County Express for colts and geldings and the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for fillies. Both are carded at 5 1/2 furlongs, and the first of seven stakes overall for 2-year-olds, the series ending with the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sunday, September 22.

The field for the $50,000 King County Express, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Race 5, 4:07 p.m.): 1-Brett, Eddie Martinez, 118 lbs; 2-Northland Cable, Franklin Ceballos, 118; 3-Haveulostyourmind, Jose Zunino, 118; 4-Show Me the Mints, Kevin Orozco, 118; 5-Reddy to Star, Javier Matias, 120; 6-Race Office, Jennifer Whitaker, 118; 7-Coleinator, Gary Wales, 120; 8-Harbors Rule, Scott Stevens, 118.

The field for the $50,000 Angie C Stakes, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Race 6, 4:38 p.m.): 1-Jaded Tiger (s), Kevin Orozco, 119 lbs; 2-Informed Lady, Eddie Martinez, 119; 3-Back to Mischief, Ryan Barber, 117; 4-Sigrid’s Gold, Jose Zunino, 119; 5-Windy Point, Juan Gutierrez, 119; 6-Miss Prospector, Denny Velazquez, 117; 7-Devilish Diva (s), Scott Stevens, 119; 8-Abraa Jabraa, Jorge Carreno, 119; 9-You Go Girl, Julien Couton, 117; 10-For You Only, Jennifer Whitaker, 117; 11-Lovefliesonwings, Gary Wales, 119. (s) supplemental nomination

July 21: $50,000 King County Express, 5 ½ F
Aug. 18: $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes, 6 F
Sept. 8: $50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Colt & Geldings Stakes (WA-Bred), 6 ½ F
Sept. 22: $100,000 Gottstein Futurity, 1 1/16 M

July 21: $50,000 Angie C Stakes, 5 ½ F
Aug. 18: $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes, 6 F
Sept. 8: $50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes (WA-Bred) 6 ½ F
Sept. 22: $100,000 Gottstein Futurity*, 1 1/16 M
*Open to Colts & Geldings & Fillies

Smiling Tiger

Stakes 10 Total Horses 83 Average Field Size 8.3
Average $2 Win: $9.80
Favorite: 6 for 10
2nd Favorite: 1 for 10
Largest $2 Win: $32.60, Twirling Devon (Irish Day Stakes)
Smallest $2 Win: $2.40, Anyportinastorm (Governor’s Stakes)
Winner Bred: Washington 4, Florida 3, Kentucky 2, California 1
Winning Sire: Smiling Tiger 3, City Zip 2, Mucho Macho Man 1, Demon Warlock 1, Super Saver 1, Twirling Candy 1, Majesticperfection 1
Trainer Wins: Blaine Wright 7, Roddina Barrett 1, Dan Markle 1, Manny Ortiz 1
Jockey Wins: Franklin Ceballos 3, Juan Hernandez 3, Kevin Orozco 2, Lorenzo Lopez 1, Gary Wales 1

Mike Man’s Gold


Mike Man’s Gold bids for track history in Saturday’s sixth race, a $25,000 claimer for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

With a victory, Mike Man’s Gold would move into sole possession of first place on the track’s all-time wins list; the 9-year-old gelding enters the race tied with West Seattle Boy at 21 wins apiece.

Mike Man’s Gold is 2-1-0 in four starts at the meet, scoring victories at six furlongs and one mile—the latter a four-length score on June 29 from which he was claimed for a third straight time. Currently owned by Inittowinit, Mike Man’s Gold is trained by Rigoberto Velasquez, who also trained West Seattle Boy for 17 of his 21 victories at Emerald Downs.

West Seattle Boy’s final Emerald Downs’ start was a victory at age 12 on September 25, 2011, while Mike Man’s Gold debut came July 7, 2012, when he rallied for a $42.80 upset under Javier Matias.

With Gary Wales electing to ride Blue Law, Eddie Martinez takes over the mount on Mike Man’s Gold.

West Seattle Boy

Most Wins @ Emerald Downs
21-Mike Man’s Gold*
21-West Seattle Boy
17-Buddy Dave
17-Olympic Lights
16-Bob Stories
15-Chaching Pete
15-Fleet Pacific
15-Polish Dollar
15-Seattle Game
14-Buds a Flyin
14-Kimos Friend
14-Wine At Nine*

Premio Esmeralda


Friday, July 19 (38/67)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday

Saturday, July 20 (39/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
Dollar Night

Sunday, July 21 (40/67)
2 p.m. (10 races)
Fiesta Premio Esmeralda
$50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes (3&UP, 1 1/16M)
$50,000 Boeing Stakes (3&UP F&M, 1 1/16M)
$50,000 King County Express (2YO C&G, 5 ½ F)
$50,000 Angie C Stakes (2YOF, 5 ½ F)


Awesome Return

Friday, July 12
Race 1: Spun Tiger-35
Race 2: Red City Zip-41
Race 3: Awesome Return-64
Race 4: Ziggy Car Dust-54
Race 5: Cherokee Louise-59*
Race 6: He’s Not Grey-82
Race 7: Ronton-60

Mister Breeze

Saturday, July 13
Race 1: Dizzy Diva-55
Race 2: Hold That Smile-58
Race 3: Glitter and Gold-47
Race 4: Rough and Ready-67*
Race 5: Forbidden Maria-41*
Race 6: Mister Breeze-63
Race 7: Tesla-61
Race 8: Priceless Allstar-41

Perfect Dude

Sunday, July 14
Race 1: Classic Leah-54*
Race 2: Buckley Bay-61
Race 3: Turntheclocktozero-40+
Race 4: Candorosa-64*
Race 5: Kincaid Park-59
Race 6: Twirling Devon-74*
Race 7: Foggia-67
Race 8: Perfect Dude-66
Race 9: General Mach Four-80*
* Career-high
** Ties Career-high
+ 2-year-old
# First-time starter

Twirling Devon

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
1 1/16 Mile 1:41.81 Twirling Devon (3f) July 14

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 9-24 (37.5%)
Season: 121-301 (40.1%)
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)

2019 Leaders

Gary Wales

Jockey Wins
58-Gary Wales
38-Kevin Orozco
30-Heribert Martinez
29-Juan Gutierrez
27-Javier Matias
27-Franklin Ceballos
17-Lorenzo Lopez
16-Jorge Carreno
16-Jose Zunino
14-Ryan Barber
7-Patrick Henry Jr.
6-Jose Leon*
6-Jennifer Whitaker
3-Alex Anaya
3-Juan Hernandez

Jose Zunino

Jockey Earnings
$526,702-Gary Wales
$433,677-Kevin Orozco
$356,126-Eddie Martinez
$337,834-Franklin Ceballos
$302,221-Juan Gutierrez
$285,628-Javier Matias
$230,368-Jorge Carreno
$201,292-Jose Zunino
$198,115-Lorenzo Lopez
$161,013-Ryan Barber

Frank Lucarelli

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

Blaine Wright

Trainer Earnings
$496,654-Blaine Wright
$312,534-Frank Lucarelli
$135,168-Candi Cryderman
$134,696-Howard Belvoir
$130,757-Vince Gibson
$118,922-Chris Stenslie
$115,228-Tom Wenzel
$114,498-Kay Cooper
$107,468-Jorge Rosales
$106,198-Alan Bozell

John Parker

Owner Wins
12-John Parker
9-Chad Christensen
7-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
6-Todd & Shawn Hansen
5-Marjorie Avery
5-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
4-Tim Bankers
4-Greg Conley, Chuck Conley or Terra Firma Farm
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-Marjorie Avery & Rosales Racing
3-Rick Kessler, Terra Firma Farm or Wayne Williams

Tim Bankers (right)

Owner Earnings
$141,810-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$114,223-John Parker
$92,073-Chad Christensen
$89,435-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
$79,380-Tim Bankers
$70,528-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
$67,910-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
$50,073-Howard Belvoir
$49,075-Warlock Stables, Kelly Dougan and Ya Killing Me LLC
$44,700-Ten Broeck Farm

He’s Not Grey

Horse Wins
4-He’s Not Grey
3-All Star Allie
3-Das Bear
3-Flatter Cat
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-Cherokee Louise
2-Classic Leah
2-Cook Up a Storm
2-Devil Dog
2-Dizzy Diva
2-Early Morn
2-Emily’s Gold
2-E Z Star Maker
2-General Mach Four
2-Hold That Smile
2-Jupiter S.
2-Lasting Light
2-Mike Man’s Bro
2-Mike Man’s Gold
2-Miner Heat
2-Mister Breeze
2-No Harbor in Sight
2-Perfect Dude*
2-Pure Pursuit
2-Roamin Effort
2-Rosies Baby
2-Rough and Ready
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
$48,225-Perfect Dude
$43,700-Mucho Amor
$41,675-Best of Me
$27,800-Twirling Devon
$27,640-He’s Not Grey
$26,438-Lasting Light
$26,300-Ima Happy Cat


2019 Leading Sires
14-Harbor the Gold
12-Atta Boy Roy
9-Smiling Tiger
8-Liberty Gold
7-Coast Guard
5-Parker’s Storm Cat
5-Slew’s Tiznow

Tena Birdwell

WEEKLY HONORS #13 (July 10-12): Valpak Jockey: Jose Zunino; Muckleshoot Casino Trainer: Candi Cryderman; EmD Owner: Tim Bankers; Quarter Chute Café Groom: Jose Urias (Jorge Rosales); WTBOA WA Bred: Perfect Dude (Todd & Shawn Hansen breeders); Exercise Rider: Tena Birdwell,

Alliford Bay

NOTES: Saturday’s feature is an $18,500 optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs: Trump Itz, Upo, Grinder Sparksaglo, Bullet Drill, Boundary Bay, Leroy and The Press. . .Alliford Bay attempts to win the $50,000 California Governor’s Cup Handicap for a third straight year Saturday at Sacramento. . .Washington-bred Verynsky scored a $15.60 upset for trainer Mike Puhich and owners Tim Floyd and Roddina Barrett in a $16,000 claiming race Thursday at Del Mar. By Vronsky, Verynsky most recently finished fourth to Baja Sur in the Coca-Cola Stakes at Emerald Downs.