Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, July 25


Nominations close this weekend in advance of one of the biggest racing weekends in Emerald Downs’ history. Championship Sunday featuring four stakes worth an aggregate $350,000 in purses is slated for Sunday, August 11.

The 84th renewal of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) is the centerpiece of a spectacular afternoon of racing also featuring the $50,000 Emerald Distaff, $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby and $50,000 Washington Oaks. A special $0.50 all stakes Pick 4 combining the Mile, Distaff, Derby and Oaks will be offered.

Nominations for the Muckleshoot Derby and Washington Oaks close Saturday, while nominations for the Longacres Mile and Emerald Distaff close Sunday. Entries for all four stakes will be drawn Wednesday, August 7.

  • California invader More Power to Him earned an 83 Beyer for his minor upset in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes last Sunday, running 1 1/16 miles in  1:42.62, and is expected to remain in town through the Longacres Mile.
  • Anyportinastorm, who sat out the Mt. Rainier, breezed four furlongs in :47 3/5 Monday for trainer Blaine Wright.

2019 Stakes @ Emerald Downs
Stakes: 14 Total Horses 119 Average Field Size 8.5
Average $2 Win: $11.60
Favorite: 7 for 14
2nd Favorite: 1 for 14
Largest $2 Win: $32.60, Twirling Devon (Irish Day Stakes)
Smallest $2 Win: $2.40, Anyportinastorm (Governor’s Stakes)
Winner Bred: Washington 7, Florida 3, California 2, Kentucky 2
Winning Sire: Smiling Tiger 3, City Zip 2, Abraaj 1, Coast Guard 1, Demon Warlock 1, Flatter 1, Majesticperfection 1, Mucho Macho Man 1, Slew’s Tiznow 1, Super Saver 1, Twirling Candy 1
Trainer Wins: Blaine Wright 7, Roddina Barrett 1, Howard Belvoir 1, Frank Lucarelli 1, Dan Markle 1, Manny Ortiz 1, Chris Stenslie 1, Faith Taylor 1
Jockey Wins: Kevin Orozco 4, Franklin Ceballos 3, Juan Hernandez 3, Lorenzo Lopez 1, Scott Stevens 1, Gary Wales 1, Jennifer Whitaker 1

Franklin Ceballos


Jockey Franklin Ceballos is likely to miss several months of action following a spill in Sunday’s first race, in which 2-year-old colt Racy Opinion clipped heels and unseated Ceballos.

Ceballos sustained fractures of the T6 and T7 vertebrae in the fall, according to agent Vito Lucarelli. Ceballos was released from Harborview Medical Center on Monday, but will be in a body cast for 15 days and wear a back brace for about three months.

A 19-year-old Venezuelan, Ceballos is the meet’s sixth leading rider with 28 wins and ranks fourth in earnings with $350,819. He has three stakes wins at the meet, two aboard 3-year-old gelding Baja Sur and one on 4-year-old filly Best of Me.


Friday, July 26 (41/67)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday

Saturday, July 27 (42/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
Pride Night
Welcome Back Akifumi Kato Purse

Sunday, July 28 (43/67)
2 p.m. (10 races)
Family Fun Day/Kids Race


La Waun

Friday, July 19
Race 1: Jade Native-39
Race 2: Brahms Forest-63
Race 3: Salty Little Lass-26+
Race 4: Chief Osceola-39
Race 5: Bullet Express-69
Race 6: La Waun-67
Race 7: Single Yesterday-43

Grinder Sparksaglo

Saturday, July 20
Race 1: A Filly Can Dream-61
Race 2: Fancy Cookie-31
Race 3: Fortune in Silk-44
Race 4: Angelofmontgomery-68*
Race 5: Scout Patrol-63
Race 6: Cross Creek-72
Race 7: Grinder Sparksaglo-79
Race 8: Vietoria Secret-30

For You Only

Sunday, July 21
Race 1: Dangersmymiddlname-33
Race 2: Cats Out Tonite-42
Race 3: Roman Rush-58
Race 4: Perfect Blossom-58*
Race 5: Show Me the Mints-40+
Race 6: For You Only-44+
Race 7: No Talking Back-77
Race 8: More Power to Him-83
Race 9: Irish Swing-52
Race 10: Romeo Sunrise-54*
* Career-high
** Ties Career-high
+ 2-year-old
# First-time starter

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: 9-25 (36.0%)
Season: 130-326 (39.8%)
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
61-Gary Wales
44-Kevin Orozco
32-Javier Matias
31-Juan Gutierrez
31-Heribert Martinez
28-Franklin Ceballos
18-Ryan Barber
17-Lorenzo Lopez
16-Jorge Carreno
16-Jose Zunino
8-Jennifer Whitaker
7-Patrick Henry Jr.
6-Jose Leon*
3-Alex Anaya
3-Juan Hernandez
3-Scott Stevens


Kevin Orozco

Jockey Earnings
$563,351-Gary Wales
$515,597-Kevin Orozco
$376,268-Eddie Martinez
$350,809-Franklin Ceballos
$336,583-Juan Gutierrez
$334,971-Javier Matias
$247,220-Jorge Carreno
$215,556-Jose Zunino
$203,148-Lorenzo Lopez
$184,265-Ryan Barber

Charles Essex

Trainer Wins
42-Frank Lucarelli
28-Blaine Wright
17-Jorge Rosales
16-Vince Gibson
14-Alan Bozell
13-Candi Cryderman
11-Howard Belvoir
11-Pablo De Jesus
11-Chris Stenslie
9-Charles Essex
9-Kay Cooper
8-Joe Toye
7-David Martinez
7-Sharon Ross
7-Terry Gillihan
6-Steve Bullock
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-Robbie Baze
4-Roddina Barrett
4-Howie Gibson
4-Tim McCanna

Kay Cooper

Trainer Earnings
$533,674-Blaine Wright
$398,489-Frank Lucarelli
$176,393-Howard Belvoir
$160,835-Chris Stenslie
$138,047-Vince Gibson
$137,728-Candi Cryderman
$125,683-Kay Cooper
$122,323-Tom Wenzel
$118,285-Jorge Rosales
$111,358-Alan Bozell

John Parker

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

Howard Belvoir

Owner Earnings
$153,650-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$120,188-Chad Christensen
$115,383-John Parker
$91,635-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
$81,625-Tim Bankers
$76,231-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
$68,372-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
$65,078-Howard Belvoir
$49,075-Warlock Stables, Kelly Dougan and Ya Killing Me LLC
$44,700-Ten Broeck Farm

Cross Creek

Horse Wins
4-He’s Not Grey
3-All Star Allie
3-Brahms Forest
3-Das Bear
3-Flatter Cat
3-Mystical Image
3-Rosso’s Gatto
2-Baja Sur**
2-Beau Rocket
2-Best of Me*
2-Cate’s Gold
2-Cherokee Louise
2-Chief Osceola
2-Classic Leah
2-Cook Up a Storm
2-Cross Creek
2-Devil Dog
2-Dizzy Diva
2-Early Morn
2-Emily’s Gold
2-E Z Star Maker
2-Fancy Cookie
2-General Mach Four
2-Hold That Smile
2-Irish Swing
2-Jupiter S.
2-Lasting Light
2-La Waun
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-Perfect Blossom
2-Pure Pursuit
2-Roamin Effort
2-Rosies Baby
2-Rough and Ready
2-Scout Patrol
2-Sky Confidential
2-Smoothee Lee
2-Stay in Grace
2-Sunshine Emily
2-Twirling Cinnamon
2-Wild Wilko
*Stakes Win

No Talking Back

Horse Earnings
$52,800-Baja Sur
$48,225-Perfect Dude
$43,700-Mucho Amor
$41,675-Best of Me
$31,512-No Talking Back
$29,475-Oh Marvelous Me
$29,267-For You Only
$27,800-Twirling Devon
$27,640-He’s Not Grey

Coast Guard

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

Jody Peetz & O B Harbor

WEEKLY HONORS #14 (July 19-21): Valpak Jockey: Kevin Orozco; Muckleshoot Casino Trainer: Frank Lucarelli; EmD Owner: One Horse Will Do Corporation (Jody Peetz) and Steve Shimizu; Quarter Chute Café Groom: Victor Chavez; WTBOA WA Bred: Show Me the Mints (Ron & Nina Hagen breeders); Exercise Rider: Analisa Culy.

NOTES: Saturday’s fifth race–Welcome Back Akifumi Kato Purse–honors the 67-year-old jockey and 48-year-riding veteran who rides 5/2 second choice Cats Gulch for 95-year-old owner/trainer Arturo Arboleda. . .He’s Not Grey goes for victory No. 5 at the meet in Sunday’s featured ninth race for $10,000 starter allowance/$15,000 optional claimers at 6 1/2 furlongs.