Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, September 20

Sippin Fire and jockey Rocco Bowen


Sippin Fire heads a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes, the headliner on the 11-race closing day extravaganza co-featuring the $50,000 Gottstein Futurity and two overnight stakes.

With a victory in Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile Getaway, Sippin Fire would place the exclamation point on an already extraordinary 2018 campaign. Trained by Steve Bullock for How We Roll #4, Sippin Fire aims to tie Noosa Beach’s single-season record of five stakes wins set in 2010, and surpass Flying Notes’ single-season earnings record by a 3-year-old of $154,415 set in 2002.

David Israel, one of six members of How We Roll #4, said Bullock foresaw talent very early with Sippin Fire.

“Steve called (Sippin Fire) him Champ from the beginning, and he said the horse would make $100,000,” Israel said. “I don’t think he’s been too surprised.”

A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Sippin Fire has reeled off stakes wins at four different distances, earned over $108,000, and made a strong bid for Horse of the Meeting. He drew the No. 2 post Sunday with regular rider Rocco Bowen taking the mount at 124 lbs.

Sippin Fire has worked once since his 3 1/4-length victory in the Washington Cup, five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 last week, and Bullock said his gelding is ready to roll.

“He’s a smart horse out of a family of runners,” Bullock said. “He’s a pleaser, he does whatever you ask him to do.”

Regardless of Sunday’s outcome, Bullock said Sippin Fire will get the winter off before tackling older runners in 2019.

“He’s going to get a break, and hopefully be a (Longacres) Mile horse next year,” Bullock said.

In addition to Sippin Fire, Bullock and How We Roll #4 also have the stakes-winning filly Northwest Factor in Sunday’s $50,000 Gottstein Futurity. How We Roll #4 enters closing week first in owners’ earnings with $156,675.

3YO Single-Season Earnings
Flying Notes (2002), $154,415
Jumron Won (2001), $148,600
Mulcahy (2007), $135,059
Barkley (2016), $110,775
Sippin Fire (2018), $108,150
Gallon (2008), $105,775
Makors Mark (2000), $102,605

The field for the 1st running of the $100,000 Getaway Stakes: 1-Boundary Bay, Javier Matias, 122 lbs; 2-Sippin Fire, Rocco Bowen, 124; 3-Not Yet, Leslie Mawing, 122; 4-Yulong Warrior, Evin Roman, 124; 5-Hey Sequoia, Eswan Flores, 122; 6-Canadian Game, Mario Gutierrez, 122; 7-Elliott Bay, Jennifer Whitaker, 122; 8-Weekend Wizard, Rico Walcott, 124.

Weekend Wizard


With a top three finish Sunday, Weekend Wizard earns a $10,000 bonus for finishing first, second or third in all three legs of the 2018 Northwest Triple, composed of the Muckelshoot Derby, B.C. Derby and Getaway Stakes.

Owned by Riversedge Racing Stables (Norman Castiglione, Okotoks, Alberta), Weekend Wizard ran sensational races while finishing second to Sippin Fire in the Muckleshoot Derby and second to Sky Promise in the B.C. Derby. A 3-year-old B.C.-bred by Rosberg, Weekend Wizard is 4-3-1 in 11 career starts with earnings of $119,700.

A $100,000 bonus is offered to any horse sweeping the Muckleshoot Derby, B.C. Derby and Getaway Stakes, but after winning the Muckleshoot Derby the connections of Sippin Fire chose to remain home and run in the Washington Cup Sophomore Colts & Geldings Stakes.


Just a reminder that the Getaway Stakes is made possible by an anonymous sponsor who donated $180,000 to the 2018 stakes schedule at Emerald Downs—$100,000 for the Getaway Stakes and $80,000 to restore from $30,000 to $50,000 the Seattle Stakes, Auburn Stakes, Hastings Stakes and Governor’s Stakes.

Per the anonymous sponsor’s request, a portion of nomination, entry and starting fees for the Seattle, Auburn, Hastings and Governor’s stakes were donated to four different Thoroughbred aftercare programs, and all of the entry and starting fees to the Getaway Stakes will be donated to the same charities: Prodigious Fund, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms, and Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Leslie Mawing

  • Leslie Mawing, No. 4 all-time with 744 wins at Emerald Downs, rides all three days closing weekend including mounts on Not Yet in the Getaway Stakes and Emily’s Gold in the Gottstein Futurity. Mawing finished eighth with 27 wins at the Canterbury Park meeting that concluded Sunday.
  • Mario Gutierrez, two-time winner of both the Kentucky Derby and Longacres Mile, returns to Emerald Downs to ride Canadian Game in the Getaway Stakes and the filly Forty Six Carats in the Gottstein Futurity.
  • Evin Roman, victorious on Gold Rush Dancer in the 2017 Longacres Mile, rides Yulong Warrior in the Getaway and Palladium in the Gottstein for trainer Doug O’Neill.
  • Northlands Park riding champ Rico Walcott has the mount on Weekend Wizard in the Getaway Stakes.
  • The closing day weather forecast is promising; mostly sunny with a high of 67 degrees.

Fuzzy Dolphin


Also Sunday, 2-year-olds race 1 1/16 miles in the 81st renewal of the $50,000 Gottstein Futurity.

A full field of 12–led by Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings winner Fuzzy Dolphin–is entered in the meet’s only route stakes for juveniles.

Three fillies–Slingshot Mistress, Northwest Factor and Forty Six Carats–are entered in this year’s renewal. Fillies traditionally have fared well in the race, amassing 13 wins including three at Emerald Downs, most recently Blazinbeauty in 2016.

Trainer Doug O’Neill, who entered Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Stakes, ships in Palladium for the Gottstein. A Kentucky-bred by Graydar, Palladium comes off a second in a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer at Del Mar.

The field for the 81st running of the $50,000 Joe Gottstein Futurity: 1-Slingshot Mistress, Jose Zunino, 117 lbs; 2-Ally On Fire, David G. Lopez, 120; 3-Emily’s Gold, Leslie Mawing, 120; 4-Palladium, Evin Roman, 120; 5-Fuzzy Dolphin, Kevin Orozco, 120; 6-Mr. Frank, Javier Matias, 120; 7-Time ‘n Time Again, Julien Couton, 120; 8-Northwest Factor, Gary Wales, 117; 9-Forty Six Carats, Mario Gutierrez, 117; 10-Hardy Chisel, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 120; 11-Reno Roy, Rocco Bowen 120; 12-Frolic and Detour, Eswan Flores, 120.


In addition to the Getaway Day Stakes and Gottstein Futurity, Sunday’s 11-race card also features the $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 6 1/2 furlongs, and $25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile.

A special all-stakes $0.50 Pick 4 will be offered with past performances appearing nationwide in the Daily Racing Form. The $0.50 Pick 4, encompassing Races 5 thru 8, drew a combined 43 entries including three also-eligibles.

Race 5 (4:07 p.m.): $25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight Stakes

Race 6 (4:38 p.m): $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes

Race 7 (5:09 p.m.): $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes

Race 8 (5:39 p.m.): $50,000 Gottstein Futurity


Friday, September 21
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
Fab Friday
Live Music (Track Level)

Saturday, September 22
5 p.m. (9 races)
$22,300 Distance Series Final Event
September Saturdays
2018 Season Honors
Sonic Funk Orchestra (after races)

Sunday, September 23
2 p.m. (11 races)
Fan Appreciation Day/Jersey Day
2018 Season Honors
$100,000 Getaway Stakes
$50,000 Gottstein Futurity
$25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes
$25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Stakes


Friday, Sept. 14
Race 1: Ridgefield Rocket-64**
Race 2: Aggravate-43*
Race 3: Wine At Nine-78
Race 4: Seattle Smoke-66**
Race 5: Hold That Smile-63
Race 6: Huya-66
Race 7: Kenzie Blake-54

Saturday, Sept. 15
Race 1: Beefcake-50
Race 2: Tough Runner-51
Race 3: Fairfaithhills-37+
Race 4: Rocket Power-45+
Race 5: Iknowyourface-53
Race 6: Outdidya-63
Race 7: Trump Itz-79*
Race 8: Zensationally-66

Sunday, Sept. 16
Race 1: National Browser-61*
Race 2: Desert Prophet-61
Race 3: Killarney Lass-71+*
Race 4: All Powered Up-45*
Race 5: Goldie’s Darlins-51*
Race 6: Taptoo-36
Race 7: Jake’s a Poppin-57
Race 8: Papa Mambo-70
Race 9: Papawasarollnstone-53
* Career-high
**Ties career-high
# First-time starter


Fastest Times
4 ½ Furlongs :51.87 Sunshine Emily (2yof) June 16
5 Furlongs :56.52 Das Bear (3yog) May 5
5 ½ Furlongs tie-1:02.94 Barkley (5yoh) May 13; Killarney Lass (2yof) Sept. 16
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: 9-24 (38%)
Season: 176-531 (33.1%)
All-Time (1996-2018): 6,111-17,456 (35.0)
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
105-Rocco Bowen
67-Kevin Orozco
64-Julien Couton
52-Gary Wales
48-Eswan Flores
29-Javier Matias
23-Jose Zunino
22-Austin Solis
21-Leonel Camacho-Flores
20-Anne Sanguinetti
17-Erick Lopez

Jockeys Earnings
$1,017,210-Rocco Bowen
$795,331-Julien Couton
$774,370-Kevin Orozco
$534,540-Gary Wales
$521,440-Eswan Flores
$491,994-Javier Matias
$345,577-Austin Solis
$327,154-Jose Zunino
$309,966-Leonel Camacho-Flores
$235,533-Erick Lopez
$230,534-Anne Sanguinetti
$145,720-Patrick Henry Jr.

Jeff Metz

Trainers Wins
43-Jeff Metz
40-Blaine Wright
36-Frank Lucarelli
24-Joe Toye
23-Vince Gibson
20-Candi Tollett
18-Manny Ortiz
17-Howard Belvoir
15-Tom Wenzel
14-Mike Puhich
13-Alan Bozell
13-Larry Ross
12-Robbie Baze
12-David Martinez
11-Chris Stenslie

Blaine Wright

Trainers Earnings
$768,266-Blaine Wright
$481,094-Frank Lucarelli
$342,034-Howard Belvoir
$331,386-Jeff Metz
$267,800-Tom Wenzel
$226,093-Vince Gibson
$208,928-Steve Bullock
$191,849-Manny Ortiz
$190,338-Mike Puhich
$186,411-Joe Toye
$177,986-Chris Stenslie
$171,916-Candi Tollett

John Parker

Owners Wins
17-Saratoga West
16-John E. Parker
12-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
9-Tim Bankers
9-Tawnja Elison
7-Kenneth Elison or Vicky Jo Elison
6-Todd & Shawn Hansen
6-Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro
6-Wanda Munger Racing Stables
6-Randall and Rossi or Lucarelli Racing
5-Aaron Bresko
5-How We Roll #4
5-John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm
5-Greg Conley, Chuck Conley or Terra Firma Farm

Owners Earnings
$156,675-How We Roll #4
$153,313-Rising Star Stable III
$135,314-John E. Parker
$128,778-Todd & Shawn Hansen
$104,027-Tim Bankers
$102,864-Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.
$96,638-John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm
$92,740-Luigi DiPietro & Diana DiPietro
$92,317-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
$88,100-Saratoga West
$80,940-John & Janene Maryanski
$79,198-George Todaro

Papa Mambo

Horses Wins
5-Papa Mambo
4-Curious Rumor
4-Party for One
4-Ryan Walt
4-Sippin Fire****
3-Awesome Return
3-Bella Colomba
3-Better in Leather
3-Bullet Express
3-Cody’s Choice
3-Copy Begone
3-Daytona Beach
3-Ever Special
3-Fly Far Away
3-Grand Palais
3-Guardian One
3-He’s Not Grey
3-Hit the Beach
3-Jake’s a Poppin
3-Kenzie Blake
3-Marymoor Park
3-Please Be Me
3-Que Chistoso
3-Rojo Bou Peep
3-Serbian Syclone
3-She Got Away
3-True Ranger
3-Will Not
3-Wine At Nine
2-A Filly Can Dream
2-Aikman Juliet*
2-A Little Romance
2-Archie Graham
2-Ask Not
2-Atta Girl Misty
2-Baja Sur*
2-Bear Minimum
2-Bell of Rainier
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-Dark Morning
2-Desert Black
2-Desert Prophet
2-Diamonds Dena
2-Diamonds R*
2-Double A. Prospect
2-Dudley Studley
2-Fernet Me Not
2-Flatter Cat
2-Fuzzy Dolphin*
2-Golden Cowboy
2-Goldie’s Darlins
2-Grinder Sparksaglo
2-Hart Mountain
2-Hello Bourbon
2-Hill Croome
2-Huggy Bear
2-Instinctual Kash
2-Iron Rob
2-Josie Treasure
2-Jupiter S.
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-National Browser
2-No Talking Back
2-Oldtimers Vision
2-Omache Kid
2-Our Silver Lining
2-Outa Here
2-Private Boss
2-Regazze Cat
2-Ridgefield Rocket
2-Rosie’s reward
2-Rough and Ready
2-Royal Privacy
2-Sea Basket
2-Seattle Sea Gal
2-Seattle Smoke
2-Sweet Swindler
2-The Gold Monkey
2-Thirty Pepperonis
2-Tizzy Dean
2-Trump Itz
2-Uncle Kimo
2-Wasatch Wonder
*Stakes Win


Horses Earnings
$108,150-Sippin Fire
$54,688-Diamonds R
$54,350-Bella Mia
$52,750-Oh Marvelous Me
$51,125-Aikman Juliet
$50,460-Hit the Beach
$48,235-Fly Far Away
$47,850-Northwest Factor
$45,600-No Talking Back

Art Ruiz

WEEKLY HONORS #23 (Sept. 14-16): Valpak Jockey-Rocco Bowen; Las Margaritas Trainer-Alan Bozell; EmD Owner-Wanda Munger; Quarter Chute Café Groom-Natalio Wenses (Joe Toye); WTBOA WA-Bred-Huya (Bred by Iron Horse Racing & Candi Tollett); Emerald Downs Exercise Rider of the Year-Art Ruiz.

NOTES: Saturday’s $22,300 feature is the final event of the WHBPA & WTBOA Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series for 3-year-olds and up which have started in both previous races. The 1 ½-mile race—the first at Emerald Downs since 2007—drew a field of seven: Atypique, Royal Tale, Deputy’s Command, Tiz Jolie, Private Boss, The Gold Monkey and Cold Hard Luck. . .It’s a boy! Congratulations to Eliska Kubinova and Jorge Rosales on the birth of their second child—Adam Kubinova-Rosales.