SATURDAY NIGHT RACING BEGINS THIS WEEK
In terms of stakes races at Emerald Downs, this week represents the calm before the storm. That changes next week with four stakes on Sunday, July 16, including the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes for older horses and the $50,000 Boeing Stakes for older fillies and mares.
There is no shortage of activities this weekend, however, beginning Friday with Brewers Night, continuing Saturday with Breakfast at the Wire (see below) and Ladies Night, and concluding Sunday with the annual Wiener Dog & Wiener Wannabe Races.
In fact, a record nine Wiener Dog Races will be run this year-two heats after Races 3, 4, 5 & 6, with the finals in both the Wiener Dog and Wiener Wannabes after Race 7.
First post is 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Saturday night racing continues through Saturday, July 28.
CLAIMING GAME GOING STRONG
Claiming activity remains hot and heavy at Emerald Downs in 2017, with 137 horses red-tagged for an aggregate $952,500 through Monday. That averages out to 3.51 claims per day, or an average of one claim almost every two races.
Hit the Beach, a 4-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding, and Distinguishable, a 4-year-old Distorted Humor filly, each were claimed for a meet-high $25,000 while Keller’s Gold, a 4-year-old Liberty Gold gelding was claimed for $20,000.
Through the same date in 2016, there were 117 horses claimed for an aggregate $731,500.
BREAKFAST AT THE WIRE BEGINS SATURDAY!
Breakfast at the Wire – where fans can enjoy a leisurely breakfast while watching Thoroughbreds train – returns for its fourth straight season beginning Saturday with host Dean Mazzuca welcoming special guests John Parker and Candi Tollett.
Sponsored by Toscano’s Italian Grill, Breakfast at the Wire is located adjacent to the finish line and next to Trackside Deli—the perfect vantage point to enjoy breakfast while viewing Thoroughbreds currently racing and training at Emerald Downs.
Breakfast at the Wire runs 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday through August 26, with entry via the Paddock Gate. The $6 price includes free parking, entry to the track and a breakfast choice of scrambled eggs, bacon and hash browns, or scrambled eggs with biscuits and gravy along with giant cinnamon rolls and gourmet coffee from Rad Roasting Company.
BEYERS & FAST TIMES
Friday, June 30
Race 1: Mark-55
Race 2: Mitch and John E-60*
Race 3: Diamonds Dena-65
Race 4: Yakima Gray-53
Race 5: Live Like Mike-57
Race 6: Oh Marvelous Me-83*
Race 7: Power of War-43#
Saturday, July 1
Race 1: Caliente Gold-48
Race 2: Bella Mia-49#+
Race 3: Mr. Takahashi-64
Race 4: Carat Queen-44
Race 5: Heroes for Ghosts-72
Race 6: Dustin’s Passion-68
Race 7: Abeja-60
Sunday, July 2
Race 1: Sippin Fire-56#+
Race 2: Kodianne-52*
Race 3: Rojo Bou Peep-54*
Race 4: Buckley Bay-60#
Race 5: Stormy Endeavor-45
Race 6: Rules of War-49
Race 7: Aqua Frio-84*
Race 8: Emmett Park-87*
Race 9: Solar Heat-46
Monday, July 3
Race 1: Manny’s Way-34#+
Race 2: Survivedandthrived-30
Race 3: C Cn’ Water-69
Race 4: Betdesilvergold-69*
Race 5: Lucky Echo-64
Race 6: Private Boss-64
Race 7: Cat Camille-42
Race 8: Elusive Riches-59
Race 9: Blackford-63
Race 10: Vaquero Gold-46
# First-time starter
4 ½ Furlongs :51.45 Rosie’s Reward (2yog), June 24
5 Furlongs :56.38 All for Me (4yog), April 9
5 ½ Furlongs 1:01.10 Prime Engine (5yog), April 22
6 Furlongs 1:07.83 Emmett Park (6yog), July 2
6 ½ Furlongs 1:13.94 Mach One Rules (4yog), June 18
1 Mile 1:34.82 Aqua Frio (3yog), July 2
300 Yards :15.787 Augie Meyer (5yog), June 10
350 Yards :17.968 Tickle Ur Fancy (4yof), June 4
Last Week: 11-33
Season: 114-310 (36.7%)
Largest $2 Win: $103.80 Betting On Dr Bow (June 18)
QH Favorites: 1-5
WEEKLY HONORS #13 (June 30-July 3): Valpak Jockey-Isaias Enriquez; Las Margaritas Trainer-Robbie Baze; Owner-David Israel; Quarter Chute Café Groom-Jose Uras (Tim McCanna); WTBOA Washington-bred-Bella Mia (Mr. & Mrs. William T. Griffin breeders); Exercise Rider of the Week-Lance Bullock (Frank Lucarelli).
FINISH LINES: Kevin Orozco, second in the standings with 35 wins, is suspended Friday and Saturday for failing to maintain a straight course on Chorizo Y Papas in the second race on June 25. . .Percy’s Bluff, Washington’s Most Improved Plater of 2016 is off to an even better start in 2017. The 5-year-old Raise the Bluff gelding earned a career-high 98 Beyer while winning a $16,000 starter handicap Tuesday at Santa Anita, and is 5-0-1 in six starts this year with earnings of $72,300 for owner/trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. . .With Erick Lopez scoring his first goal of the season, Emerald Downs Soccer Club rolled to a 7-5 victory over Northshore and improved to 8-4 this season. . .Blaine Wright has wins on six straight cards and 10 of the last 11, but only has four horses entered this week–one each on Friday and Saturday and two on Sunday.In addition to being first in wins with 29 and stakes wins with 4, Wright has been equally adept in sprints (25-67) and routes (4-9). . .Rocco Bowen begins Week 14 with a 66-35 lead on Orozco in the jockeys’ standings, and also has been equally effective in sprints (55-222) and routes (11-42).