Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, June 27

Anyportinastorm chased home by stable mate Oh Marvelous Me in the Governor’s Stakes


Anyportinastorm, devastating in his local debut four weeks ago, heads a field of seven older handicap runners in Sunday’s $50,000 Budweiser Stakes at Emerald Downs.

At 6 1/2 furlongs, the Budweiser is the final sprint of the four-race series, culminating with the 84th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 11.

Anyportinastorm wired the six-furlong Governor’s Stakes in a stakes record 1:07.54–easily the fastest six panels of the meeting. Trained by Blaine Wright and owned by Peter Redekop, the 5-year-old by City Zip is 6 for 12 lifetime with earnings of $214,625. Utilizing brilliant speed, Anyportinastorm already has captured stakes races in California, New Mexico and Washington, including a pair of sub-1:08 clockings for six furlongs.

Anyportinastorm has worked twice since the Governor’s, including five furlongs in :a bullet 59 3/5 last Monday. The probable favorite drew the No. 6 post and will be ridden by Juan Hernandez at high weight of 124 lbs. After Sunday, the plan is for Anyportinastorm to sit out the 1 1/16-mile Mt. Rainier Stakes and await the Longacres Mile.

El Huerfano is an intriguing new shooter on Sunday. A 7-year-old by Tannersmyman, El Huerfano has never raced outside of California while winning 9 of 43 starts and earning $575,686. Claimed for $62,500 last month at Santa Anita by Maple Valley resident Craig Peerenboom and Bowyer Racing Stables, the gelding is now trained by Chris Stenslie with leading rider Gary Wales taking the mount.

El Huerfano’s last three Beyers–95, 96, 93–make him an obvious contender, but he’s most effective as a front-running router and hasn’t won a sprint in nearly four years. On the other hand, El Huerfano has finished second in all three career starts at 6 1/2 furlongs, most recently an optional claimer last fall at Santa Anita.

Oh Marvelous Me and Grinder Sparksaglo, second and third in the Governor’s, are other contenders Sunday. Both are venerable pros–Oh Marvelous Me is a 7-year-old and Grinder Sparkasglo 8–and solid sprinters. Oh Marvelous Me, third in last year’s Longacres Mile, would give owners Todd and Shawn Hansen a second consecutive stakes victory following Best of Me’s win in the Washington State Legislators Stakes last week.

Owner Chad Christensen turns loose two new acquisitions in the Budweiser. Four-year-old gelding Elliott Bay was claimed for an Emerald Downs’ record-tying $50,000 on May 12, and 6-year-old gelding Many Roses was bought privately this month in California. The latter is 4 for 21 lifetime with earnings of $163,759 including thirds in the 2017 and 2018 San Francisco Handicaps (G3) on turf. Sunday marks his career debut on dirt.

The field for the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes, 6 ½ Furlongs: 1-Elliott Bay, Javier Matias, 120 lbs; 2-El Huerfano, Gary Wales, 120; 3-Grinder Sparksaglo, Juan Gutierrez, 118; 4-Many Roses, Kevin Orozco, 120; 5-Oh Marvelous Me, Jorge Carreno, 118; 6-Anyportinastorm, Juan Hernandez, 124; 7-Hit the Beach, Jose Zunino, 120.

  • The Budweiser goes as Race 8 on a 10-race card at 5:38 p.m.
  • With the exception of Hit the Beach, every horse in the race has earned at least $100,000—and Hit the Beach barely misses the mark with $99,593.
  • Juan Hernandez is 6 for 11 lifetime at Emerald Downs with five stakes wins, including stakes wins this season on Anyportinastorm and Mucho Amor. Hernandez finished second with 104 wins at the 2018-19 Golden Gate winter/spring meeting.

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

2019 Stakes @ Emerald Downs
Stakes: 7 Total Horses 53 Average Field Size 7.6
Average $2 Win: $7.80
Favorite: 5 for 7
2nd Favorite: 0 for 7
3rd Favorite: 1 for 7
Largest $2 Win: $24.80, Alittlelesstalk (Kent Stakes)
Smallest $2 Win: $2.40, Anyportinastorm (Governor’s Stakes)
Winner Bred: Washington 3, Kentucky 2, California 1, Florida 1
Winning Sire: Smiling Tiger 3, Mucho Macho Man 1, City Zip 1, Demon Warlock 1, Super Saver 1
Trainer Wins: Blaine Wright 5, Roddina Barrett 1, Dan Markle 1
Jockey Wins: Franklin Ceballos 3, Juan Hernandez 2, Lorenzo Lopez 1, Gary Wales 1

Fireworks Spectacular


Friday, June 28 (28/67)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday

Saturday, June 29 (29/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
Dollar Night

Sunday, June 30 (30/67)
2 p.m. (10 races)
$50,000 Budweiser Stakes (3&UP 6 ½ F)
Family Fun Day

Wednesday, July 3 (31/67)
5 p.m. (9 races)
2019 Fireworks Spectacular
Gate open 9:45 a.m.


Beau Rocks

Friday, June 21
Race 1: One Fast Bunny-25
Race 2: West Coast Indy-68
Race 3: No Harbor in Sight-59
Race 4: Sigrid’s Gold-4+
Race 5: Johnny Five-58*
Race 6: Beau Rocks-61
Race 7: Flatter Cat-65*

Makah Lane

Saturday, June 22
Race 1: Gold Supply-36
Race 2: Informed Lady-24+
Race 3: Lady Campbell-67*
Race 4: Makah Lane-71*
Race 5: Early Morn-37
Race 6: Aliante-53
Race 7: Ailish’s Buttercup-57
Race 8: Awesome Ain’t Easy-47

Best of Me

Sunday, June 23
Race 1: Prevail-67*
Race 2: Staracrossthewater-49
Race 3: Rosso’s Gatto-50*
Race 4: Windy Point-52+#
Race 5: Kalla Kab-64*
Race 6: Perfect Blossom-49
Race 7: Gran Fiesta-65
Race 8: Best of Me-79
Race 9: Cherokee Louise-42
Race 10: All Star Allie-55
* 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 1:15.19 Cross Creek (6g) May 31
1 Mile 1:35.48 Calex (7g) June 2

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 9-25 (36.0%)
Season: 86-219 (39.3%)
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); $10,995.60 ($0.20 Jackpot Pick 7, May 19)

2019 Leaders

Franklin Ceballos

40-Gary Wales
22-Heribert Martinez
22-Kevin Orozco
21-Javier Matias*
21-Juan Gutierrez
19-Franklin Ceballos
15-Lorenzo Lopez
12-Jorge Carreno
12-Jose Zunino
10-Ryan Barber
  7-Patrick Henry Jr.
  6-Jose Leon*
  5-Jennifer Whitaker
  3-Alex Anaya
**Thoroughbred only

Jorge Rosales

27-Frank Lucarelli
19-Blaine Wright
10-Candi Cryderman
10-Vince Gibson
10-Jorge Rosales
  9-Chris Stenslie
  9-Pablo De Jesus
  8-Alan Bozell
  7-Howard Belvoir
  6-Charles Essex
  6-Sharon Ross
  5-Kay Cooper
  5-Mike Puhich
  4-Valentin P. Garcia
  4-Howie Gibson
  4-Jose Navarro
  4-Bill Tollett
  4-Joe Toye
  4-Tom Wenzel

Dr. Mark Dedomenico

Owner Wins
9-John Parker
8-Chad Christensen
6-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
5-Marjorie Avery
4-Mark Dedomenico LLC
3-Todd & Shawn Hansen
3-Two Putts for the Win #4, David Lechmanik and Alliance Stable LLC
3-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
3-Hopper’s Racing Stable
3-Wayne Williams or Linda Northam
3-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
3-Ron Wise

Chad Christensen

Owner Earnings
$92,335-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$88,025-John Parker
$77,398-Chad Christensen
$67,910-John & Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm
$53,406-One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie
$48,717-Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
$47,975-Warlock Stables, Kelly Dougan and Ya Killing Me LLC
$44,000-Tim Bankers
$38,985-Howard Belvoir
$35,900-Ten Broeck Farm

Smoothee Lee

Horse Wins
3-All Star Allie
3-Flatter Cat
3-He’s Not Grey
3-Rosso’s Gatto
2-Baja Sur**
2-Best of Me*
2-Brahms Forest
2-Das Bear
2-Early Morn
2-Emily’s Gold
2-E Z Star Maker
2-Lasting Light
2-Mystical Image
2-No Harbor in Sight
2-Pure Pursuit
2-Roamin Effort
2-Rosies Baby
2-Smoothee Lee
2-Stay in Grace
2-Twirling Cinnamon
2-Wild Wilko
*Stakes Win

Baja Sur

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
$20,160-He’s Not Grey

Atta Boy Roy

Leading Sires
10-Atta Boy Roy
10-Harbor the Gold
7-Coast Guard
6-Smiling Tiger
5-Parker’s Storm Cat

Penny Jensen

WEEKLY HONORS #10 (June 21-23): Valpak Jockey: Heribert Martinez; Trainer: Jorge Rosales; EmD Owner: Penny Jensen; Quarter Chute Café Groom: Natalio Wenses (Joe Toye); WTBOA WA Bred: Makah Lane (Carnation Racing Stables & Ron Crockett breeders); Exercise Rider: Paco Gonzalez.

Most Wins @ Emerald Downs
21-West Seattle Boy
20-Mike Man’s Gold
17-Buddy Dave
17-Olympic Lights
16-Bob Stories
16-Market Master

NOTES: Mike Man’s Gold goes for his record-tying 21st Emerald Downs’ victory in Saturday’s sixth race, a $25,000 claimer for 3-year-olds and up at one mile. . .2018 Emerald Distaff winner Reginella heads a field of eight older fillies and mares in Saturday’s $18,500 allowance/optional claiming feature at one mile. . .Brothers, the $85,000 sales topper at the 2018 WTBOA Summer Yearling Sale, debuts for trainer Chris Stenslie and owner Jody Peetz in Sunday’s $18,500 maiden special for 2-year-old colts and geldings. By Harbor the Gold-Bahati, Brothers is a full to 2018 Washington Horse of the Year Sippin Fire and also stakes winners Del Rio Harbor, Couldabenthewhisky and Bahati Gold. In the same race, Stenslie and Peetz also send out Harbors Rule (Harbor the Gold-Felice the Cat), a full brother to 2017 Washington Horse of the Year Mach One Rules. . .Claiming activity was brisk last week with 16 horses red-tagged for an aggregate $109,000, bringing the season total to 95 claims for $817,500. That’s a substantial increase from 2018, when 70 horses were claimed for an aggregate $401,500 thru the opening 28 days. . .Ladyledue, track and state champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old filly in 2008-2009, recently became the dam of a graded winner. Mylady Curlin, a 4-year-old filly by Curlin-Ladyledue, won the $150,000 Allaire Dupont Distaff Stakes (G3) at Pimlico, and is 5 for 10 lifetime with $301,903 in earnings for Sather Family Racing.