Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, June 23


Friday, June 24
7 p.m. (7 races)
$0.20 Jackpot Pick Six carryover: $21,574

Saturday, June 25
2:15 p.m. (8 races)
Ladies Day

Sunday, June 26
2:15 p.m. (10 races)
$50,000 Budweiser Stakes (3&UP, 6F)
$50,000 Hastings Stakes (3&UP, F&M, 6F)

Sue and Tim Spooner’s Ima Happy Cat


With temperatures expected to soar into the 80s, stakes action heats up with older horses taking center stage this Sunday at Emerald Downs.

The $50,000 Budweiser Stakes begins the three-race series for older horses culminating with the $150,000 Longacres Mile on Sunday, Aug. 14. The $50,000 Hastings Stakes launches a three-race series for older fillies and mares climaxing with the $75,000 Emerald Distaff, also on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Coming off a sweep of last weekend’s stakes for 3-year-olds, trainer Blaine Wright entered three in the Budweiser: 2021 Horse of the Meeting Top Executive, 2021 Longacres Mile runner-up Windribbon, and Emerald Downs newcomer Torpedo Away.

The Budweiser also features defending champion Papa’s Golden Boy, who was edged by Top Executive in a 5 1/2 furlong allowance last month; 2019 Budweiser Stakes winner Anyportinastorm; and two-time Longacres Mile-placed Five Star General.

In the Hastings Stakes, 7-year-old Ima Happy Cat attempts to win the race for a third consecutive time after gate to wire victories in 2019 and 2021. Also in the Hastings, 2021 Washington Horse of the Year Blazingbellablu makes her season debut for trainer and co-owner Charles Essex. A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Grazen, Blazingbellablu won three stakes last year and is 3 for 3 lifetime at six furlongs. Daffodil Sweet, a two-time divisional champion at Emerald Downs, also runs in the Hastings, along with 2021 stakes winner Ms Lynn and Northern California shipper Maybe I Will.


Friday, June 17
Race 1: Firing Pin-33
Race 2: Big Fashion-56*
Race 3: Mahi Mahi-64
Race 4: Miss Kitness-41
Race 5: Take Charge Deputy-76
Race 6: Warfront Fighter-57
Race 7: Union Bliss-46

Saturday, June 18
Race 1: Willing to Burn-63
Race 2: Stylish Elegance-37
Race 3: Northwest Rain-56
Race 4: Lafonda-31
Race 5: Forty Smooches-60*
Race 6: Irish Knight-56*
Race 7: House of Lords-77*
Race 8: Wahasha-39

Sunday, June 19
Race 1: Unsinkable Molly B-52
Race 2: Prospera-56
Race 3: Coastline Sermon-55
Race 4: Smoken Shadow-65*
Race 5: Slack Tide-63
Race 6: Command Sgt Major-55
Race 7: El Alto Hombre-67
Race 8: Executive Chef-70
* Career-high
# First-time starter

Fast Times
5 Furlongs :56.97 Overly Fast (3g) May 28
5 ½ Furlongs 1:01.49 Ima Happy Cat (7m) May 22
6 Furlongs 1:08.35 Spittin Image (5g) June 5
6 ½ Furlongs 1:15.58 Willing to Burn (5m) June 4
1 Mile 1:35.39 House of Lords (4g) (June 18)

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 9-23 (39.1%)
Season: 47-114 (41.2%)
Largest $2 Win: $39.80, Irish Knight (June 18)
$2 Place: $20, Whenducksfly (May 15)
$2 Show: $11.20, Brannigan (May 15)
Biggest Payout: $8,041.30 ($0.50 Pick 4, June 18)

Evin Roman

Jockey Wins
24-Alex Cruz
22-Kevin Radke
18-Juan Gutierrez
11-Javier Matias
8-Jose Zunino
7-Kassie Guglielmino
7-Kevin Orozco
6-Leslie Mawing
3-Alex Anaya
3-Heribert Martinez
2-Jennifer Whitaker
2-Jose Nava-Marin
1-Evin Roman

Blaine Wright

Trainer Wins
9-Frank Lucarelli
9-Blaine Wright
8-Candi Cryderman
8-Jorge Rosales
7-Vince Gibson
5-Sam Dronen
5-Bonnie Jenne
5-Joe Toye
4-Howard Belvoir
4-Jeff Metz
4-Tom Wenzel
3-Alan Bozell
3-Kay Cooper
3-Shelly Crowe
3-Charles Essex
3-M.L. Pierce
2-Robbie Baze
2-Tena Birdwell
2-Liz Kowalski
2-Dan Markle
2-Jennifer Nunnally
2-Debbie Peery
2-Rosie Simkins
2-Shannon Simpson
2-Niccolo Troiani
1-Cliff Balcom
1-Steve Bullock
1-Valentin P. Garcia
1-Robert Gilker
1-James Gilmour
1-Ryland Harwood
1-Robert Meeking
1-Jose Navarro
1-Ken Person
1-Jose Raudales
1-Jill Soranno
1-Debbie Van Horne
1-Anne Wisdom

Owner Wins
8-John Parker
3-Chad and Josh
3-Lusk Racing
3-Purple Rose Ranch
2-Howard Belvoir and Robert Buchanan
2-James Carlin
2-Carol Dronen
2-Kenneth or Vicky Jo Elison
2-Friendship Stable, Q Stable, & Craig Fredrickson
2-Oscar Heredia
2-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
2-John and Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Stable
2-Paddock Partners Ltd.
2-Randall and Rossi or Lucarelli Racing Corp
2-Rosales Racing F1
2-William Sandeman
2-Saratoga West
2-Cameron Simpson McVay
1-69 tied

Slack Tde

Horse Wins
3-Big Fashion
3-Willing to Burn
2-Brony Boy
2-Collecting Stars
2-Crooked Finger Ray
2-Heredia Boxer
2-Miss Kitness
2-Northwest Rain
2-Overly Fast
2-Take Charge Deputy
2-Warfront Fighter
1-Abraaj Mirage
1-Alpine Hypnosis
1-Babtiste Lasalle
1-Blood Red Moon
1-Buckley Bay
1-Captain Dashi
1-Celinas Blue Bird
1-Coastline Sermon
1-Coastal Jazz
1-Code Charlie
1-Command Sgt Major
1-Confidence Builder
1-Curious Sensation
1-Darcee’s Lovi Dovi
1-Donne Cattive
1-El Alto Hombre
1-Empire Way
1-Executive Chef*
1-Eyes for Gold
1-Fantastic Day
1-Firing Pin
1-Forty Smooches
1-Franks Fix It
1-Frisco Frillls
1-Fully Compliant
1-Gold N Glitter
1-Harbor Outlaw
1-Heat Seeking Leta
1-House of Lords
1-I Am Allthatyouare
1-Ima Happy Cat
1-In the Vault
1-Irish Knight
1-Iron Rob
1-It’s Curlin Time
1-Jersey Red
1-Kind of Gallant
1-Lago de Oro
1-Le Tub
1-Mahi Mahi
1-Man in Black
1-March On Linch
1-Marque It Up
1-Master Recovery
1-Mayhem and Chaos
1-Mean Sharon
1-Midnight Luter
1-Missed the Boat
1-Mosquito Fleet
1-Ms Parkside
1-Nine One One
1-Northern Blend
1-Orcadian Storm
1-Our Lyla Grace
1-Pearl River Delta
1-Roman Rush
1-Saint Pieus
1-Sir Deputy
1-Slack Tide*
1-Sleepy Sue
1-Smoken Shadow
1-Spittin Image
1-Stonus Maximus
1-Stylish Elegance
1-Suddenly Winning
1-Tam Tricky
1-Top Executive
1-Tribunal Love
1-Union Bliss
1-Unsinkable Molly B
1-Western Rule
1-Whata Flirt
1-Wheel Rally
*stakes wins

Shaman Ghost

Sire Wins
6-Harbor the Gold
5-Coast Guard
4-Atta Boy Roy
3-Gallant Son
3-Mr. Big
3-Street Boss
2-Broken Vow
2-Competitive Edge
2-Lutes Gift
2-Shaman Ghost
2-Take Charge Indy
2-Twirling Candy
2-Union Rags
1-45 tied

Winner Bred
37-Washington (32.5%)
31-California (27.2%)
31-Kentucky (27.2%)
4-Oregon (3.5%)
3-Virginia (2.6%)
2-Florida (1.8%)
2-Idaho (1.8%)
2-Pennsylvania (1.8%)
1-British Columbia (0.8%)
1-New York (0.8%)

Claims Report
No. Claims 69
Aggregate $477,750
Largest $30,000, Spittin Image (5g), June 5; $30,000, Zazen (3f), June 11

Kassie Guglielmino

WEEKLY HONORS #6 (June 17-19): Jockey: Kassie Guglielmino Trainer: Bonnie Jenne Owner: John and Janene Maryanski & Gail and Gerald Schneider WTBOA Washington-Bred: Forty Smooches (Bred by Rick and Debbie Pabst, Grasshopper Stable, Jack Fabulich) Quarter Chute Café Groom: Gustavo Reyes (Frank Lucarelli)

NOTES: Defending Longacres Mile champion Background aims for his third win of 2022 in a $148,000 allowance race Saturday at Churchill Downs. .Alex Cruz is riding up a storm on Friday nights, compiling a 12-4-0 mark in 20 mounts the last three Fridays including five-win nights June 3 and 17. . .In addition to stakes action at Emerald Downs, Blaine Wright also has 6-year-old mare Buyback in Saturday’s $75,000 She’s A Tiger at Pleasanton. Northwest Factor, who beat the boys in the 2018 Gottstein Futurity, also runs in the She’s A Tiger.