Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, Sept. 6

Mike Man’s Gold winning the 2014 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic


The third and final week of the 2018 Washington Cup drew a combined 18 runners for Sunday’s stakes twin-bill featuring the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and $50,000 WA Cup Filly & Mare presented by Xpressbet.com.

Mike Man’s Gold, a 19-time winner at Emerald Downs, heads a field of eight older horses in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at 1 1/16 miles, while defending champion Exit Sixty Slew tops a field of 10 in the WA Cup Filly & Mare at 1 1/16 miles.

Mike Man’s Gold is competing in his sixth Washington Cup and his third Muckleshoot Tribal Classic. HJe won the race as a 4-year-old in 2014, earning a career-high 93 Beyer while running 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.13, and finished a close third last year to Mach One Rules and Dedicated to You. Co-owned by trainer Joe Toye and Greg and Chuck Conley, the 8-year-old Liberty Gold gelding is 19 for 44 at Emerald Downs with earnings of $291,481 and is just two wins shy of tying West Seattle Boy’s all-time record of 21 wins at Emerald Downs.

Elliott Bay and Hey Sequoia, third and fourth to Sippin Fire in the WA Cup Sophomore two weeks ago, are entered back in the Muckleshot Tribal Classic. Both are eligible for the $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes on September 23, but that would mean another look at Sippin Fire, whose four stakes wins make him a strong candidate for Horse of the Meeting.

The WA Cup Filly & Mare lured a deep field including 3-year-olds Dontkissntell and Brilliant Bird, who finished first and second in the WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes two weeks ago. With a victory Sunday, Dontkissntell would become the first horse to win two WA Cup races in one year.

Exit Sixty Slew winning the 2017 WA Cup Filly & Mare

Blaine Wright has a strong hand in the Filly & Mare with Exit Sixty Slew and Fly Far Away who have finished in the money in a combined 9 of 10 starts at the meet. In last year’s race, Exit Sixty Slew scored by 3 1/2-lengths over 1 to 5 favorite Citizen Kitty. Remarkably, Wright swept all four open older filly and mare events this year with different horses: Invested Prospect, Alliford Bay, Top Quality and Reginella.

Trainer Chris Stenslie also has a strong one-two punch in the Filly & Mare with No Talking Back and Guardian One. After beginning the meet with a pair of runaway allowance wins, No Talking Back finished second, third and third in the Washington State Legislators, Boeing Stakes and Emerald Distaff. Guardian One has also been steady, compiling a 3-2-1 record in six starts with victories sprinting and routing.

Sailingforthesun, stakes-placed four times in 2017 at Hastings Racecourse, ships in from Canada for the WA Cup Filly & Mare.

  • The six-race WA Cup drew 48 entries or 8.0 per race, including 38 entries over the final four races (Juvenile Colts & Geldings, Juvenile Fillies, Filly & Mare Stakes, Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.
  • Also Sunday, the 2018 Washington Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held by the winner’s circle. This year’s class: Doris Harwood (trainer), Juan Gutierrez (jockey), Mustard Plaster (horse), Penney Family (breeder), George Todaro (lifetime achievement).

The field for the $50,000 Muckelshoot Tribal Classic, 1 1/16 miles, Race 8, 5:20 pm: 1-Hit the Beach, Jose Zunino, 118 lbs; 2-Grinder Sparksaglo, Julien Couton, 122; 3-Pulpits Power, Eswan Flores, 118; 4-Double A. Prospect, Lorenzo Lopez, 118; 5-Mike Man’s Gold, Rocco Bowen, 118; 6-Buckley Bay, Gary Wales, 119; 7-Elliott Bay, Jennifer Whitaker, 118; 8-Hey Sequoia, Kevin Orozco, 120.

The field for the $50,000 Washington Cup Filly & Mare Stakes presented by Xpressbet.com, 1 1/16 miles, Race 6, 4:20 pm: 1-Fly Far Away, Austin Solis, 117 lbs; 2-Exit Sixty Slew, Julien Couton, 117; 3-Tomorrow’s Mine, Patrick Henry Jr., 117; 4-Guardian One, Gary Wales, 117; 5-No Talking Back, Anne Sanguinetti, 119; 6-Brilliant Bird, Javier Matias, 115; 7-Dontkissntell, Eswan Flores, 119; 8-I Double Dare You, Leonel-Camacho-Flores, 117; 9-Sailingforthesun, Kevin Orozco, 119; 10-Gazing, Rocco Bowen, 117.


Friday, September 7
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday
Brewer’s Night

Saturday, September 8
5 p.m. (8 races)
September Saturdays

Sunday, September 9
2 p.m. (10 races)
Xpressbet.com Washington Cup
$50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic
$50,000 WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes presented by Xpressbet.com
2018 Washington Racing Hall of Fame (1:15 p.m.)
Seahawks Viewing Party (1 p.m.)


Friday, August 31
Race 1: Sweet Swindler-58*
Race 2: A Filly Can Dream-59
Race 3: Cross Creek-79*
Race 4: Minersingstheblues-46
Race 5: Omache Kid-64*
Race 6: Camano Comet-77*
Race 7: Christa Slew-38

Saturday, September 1
Race 1: Desert Black-50
Race 2: Diamonds Dena-56
Race 3: Unusual Gator-44
Race 4: Az Dreamer-40+
Race 5: Marymoor Park-50*
Race 6: Tiz Jolie-65
Race 7: Argosy Fleet-83*
Race 8: Please Be Me-67

Sunday, September 2
Race 1: Lulumaru-42+
Race 2: Blazinbeauty & Little Dancer (dh)-77
Race 3: Rosie’s Reward-63**
Race 4: He’s Not Grey-79*
Race 5: Rockport Birdie-52
Race 6: Money Inthe Starrs-42+
Race 7: She Got Away-51
Race 8: Fuzzy Dolphin-45+
Race 9: Uncle Kimo-68*
Race 10: Front Row Friends-52
* Career-high
**Ties career-high
# First-time starter

Sippin Fire

Fastest Times
4 ½ Furlongs :51.87 Sunshine Emily (2yof) June 16
5 Furlongs :56.52 Das Bear (3yog) May 5
5 ½ Furlongs 1:02.94 Barkley (5yoh) May 13
6 Furlongs 1:08.09 Daytona Beach (6yog) June 17
6 ½ Furlongs 1:14.31 Kaabraaj (6yog) July 8
1 Mile 1:34.60 Huya (5yog) June 16
1 1/16 Mile 1:40.08 Riser (4yoc) July 15
1 1/8 Mile 1:48.54 Sippin Fire (3yogf) July 29
1 ¼ Mile 2:03.49 Atypique (dq) (6yog) Sept 1

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 10-25 (40%)
Season: 161-482 (33.4%)
Largest $2 Win: $98.80 This Great Nation (Aug 12)
$2 Place: $48.20 This Great Nation (Aug 12)
$2 Show: $16.40 This Great Nation (Aug 12)
Largest Payout: $57,865 ($0.20 Jackpot 7, July 14)

Rocco Bowen

Jockeys Wins
95-Rocco Bowen
64-Kevin Orozco
58-Julien Couton
49-Gary Wales
41-Eswan Flores
24-Javier Matias
20-Jose Zunino
20-Anne Sanguinetti
19-Leonel Camacho-Flores
18-Austin Solis
17-Erick Lopez

Leonel Camacho-Flores

Jockeys Earnings
$935,915-Rocco Bowen
$743,510-Julien Couton
$734,432-Kevin Orozco
$486,387-Gary Wales
$465,021-Eswan Flores
$438,274-Javier Matias
$285,910-Austin Solis
$283,633-Leonel Camacho-Flores
$280,969-Jose Zunino
$235,533-Erick Lopez

Jeff Metz

Trainers Wins
41-Jeff Metz
34-Frank Lucarelli
34-Blaine Wright
22-Joe Toye
21-Vince Gibson
18-Manny Ortiz
18-Candi Tollett
16-Howard Belvoir
14-Tom Wenzel
12-Robbie Baze
11-Larry Ross
11-Mike Puhich
10-Chris Stenslie
10-David Martinez

Blaine Wright

Trainers Earnings
$704,423-Blaine Wright
$443,909-Frank Lucarelli
$325,227-Howard Belvoir
$314,463-Jeff Metz
$238,925-Tom Wenzel
$204,966-Vince Gibson
$203,228-Steve Bullock
$190,389-Manny Ortiz
$166,050-Mike Puhich
$164,561-Chris Stenslie

John Parker

Owners Wins
15-John E. Parker
15-Saratoga West
11-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
9-Tim Bankers
8-Tawnja Elison
7-Kenneth Elison or Vicky Jo Elison
6-Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro
6-Randall and Rossi or Lucarelli Racing
5-Todd & Shawn Hansen
5-Aaron Bresko
5-How We Roll #4


Ethan & Shawn Hansen

Owners Earnings
$156,675-How We Roll #4
$153,313-Rising Star Stable III
$128,584-John E. Parker
$103,330-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$102,864-Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.
$98,797-Tim Bankers
$92,740-Luigi DiPietro & Diana DiPietro
$86,263-John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm
$80,940-John & Janene Maryanski
$80,277-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
$76,423-George Todaro
$76,000-Muddy Waters Stables LLC

He’s Not Grey

Horses Wins
4-Curious Rumor
4-Papa Mambo
4-Ryan Walt
4-Sippin Fire****
3-Bella Colomba
3-Bullet Express
3-Cody’s Choice
3-Copy Begone
3-Daytona Beach
3-Grand Palais
3-Guardian One
3-He’s Not Grey
3-Marymoor Park
3-Party for One
3-Please Be Me
3-Que Chistoso
3-Rojo Bou Peep
3-Serbian Syclone
3-She Got Away
3-Will Not
2-A Filly Can Dream
2-Aikman Juliet*
2-A Little Romance
2-Archie Graham
2-Ask Not
2-Atta Girl Misty
2-Awesome Return
2-Baja Sur*
2-Bear Minimum
2-Bell of Rainier
2-Better in Leather
2-Bet the Harbor
2-Blame It On Royce
2-Bonita Rapids
2-Briana Jean
2-Brilliant Mike
2-Buckley Bay
2-Bullet Drill
2-Bye Bye Sal
2-Camano Comet
2-Cats Gulch
2-Charming Ruler
2-Chu and I
2-Cold Hard Luck
2-Crushin Candy
2-Cruzin in Style
2-Desert Black
2-Diamonds Dena
2-Diamonds R*
2-Double A. Prospect
2-Dudley Studley
2-Ever Special
2-Fernet Me Not
2-Flatter Cat
2-Fly Far Away
2-Fuzzy Dolphin*
2-Golden Cowboy
2-Grinder Sparksaglo
2-Hart Mountain
2-Hill Croome
2-Hit the Beach
2-Huggy Bear
2-Instinctual Kash
2-Iron Rob
2-Jake’s a Poppin
2-Josie Treasure
2-Jupiter S.
2-Kenzie Blake
2-Little Dancer
2-Long Game
2-Lucky Cleric
2-Meet At Jakes
2-Mike Man’s Gold
2-Mister Breeze
2-Mitch and John E
2-Money Inthe Starrs*
2-No Talking Back
2-Oldtimers Vision
2-Omache Kid
2-Our Silver Lining
2-Outa Here
2-Private Boss
2-Regazze Cat
2-Rosie’s reward
2-Rough and Ready
2-Royal Privacy
2-Sea Basket
2-Seattle Sea Gal
2-Sweet Swindler
2-The Gold Monkey
2-Thirty Pepperonis
2-Tizzy Dean
2-True Ranger
2-Uncle Kimo
2-Wasatch Wonder
2-Wine At Nine
*Stakes Win

Diamonds R

Horses Earnings
$108,150-Sippin Fire
$54,688-Diamonds R
$54,350-Bella Mia
$52,750-Oh Marvelous Me
$51,125-Aikman Juliet
$47,850-Northwest Factor
$44,600-No Talking Back
$44,150-Mach One Rules

Angel Cruz

WEEKLY HONORS #20 (August 31-Sept 2): Valpak Jockey-Jennifer Whitaker; Las Margaritas Trainer-Vince Gibson; EmD Owner-John Parker; Quarter Chute Café Groom-Angel Cruz (Larry & Sharon Ross); WTBOA WA-Bred-Money Inthe Starrs (Connie Belshay breeder); Exercise Rider-Angela Gonzalez.

NOTES: Longacres Mile runner-up Alert Bay resumed his winning ways Monday with a 1 ½-lengthg victory in the $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Alert Bay ($5.80) ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.35 and earned a 94 Beyer. . .Oh Marvelous Me, third in the Longacres Mile, worked three furlongs in :35 3/5 Monday at Emerald Downs. . .Nominations close Saturday, Sept. 15, for the $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes for 3-year-olds and $50,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds, both to be run Sunday, Sept. 23. . .The Sept. 23 program also features the $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs, and $25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight Stakes for older fillies and mares. . .Weekend Wizard, second to Sippin Fire in the Muckleshoot Derby, heads a field of 12 in Saturday’s $150,000 BC Derby at Hastings Racecourse. . .Also Saturday at Hastings, Washington Oaks runner up Diamonds R, runs in the $100,000 BC Oaks with Aaron Gryder up for trainer Tom Wenzel and owner George Todaro. . .Reginella and Top Quality, first and second in the Emerald Distaff, carry high weights of 122 and 121 lbs in the $50,000 Delta Colleen Handicap, also Saturday at Hastings. . .Los Alamitos began a 12-day fall meeting Thursday (Sept. 6-23), followed by a 22-day fall meet at Santa Anita (Sept. 28-Nov. 4).