Emerald Downs News & Notes-Tuesday, July 7


Entries remain strong as Emerald Downs strides into week three of the 2020 meet, with 10-race programs at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. Thursday. An aggregate 153 horses—7.65 per race—are entered over the two days, upping the season total to 457 runners in six days, or 7.61 per race.


Owners’ Prestige

Wednesday, July 8, Race 9 (6:28 p.m.), $10,000 claiming, 3YO & Up, 6F: Speed absolutely dominated last Thursday, with gate to wire winners in all eight sprints on the card. Even if that continues, this open $10K claimer is puzzling. Owners’ Prestige, So Lucky and Cody’s Choice all have high early speed, as does Swingshift Deputy, who began his career here with three wins in 2015-16 but has been running in turf sprints down south. Owners’ Prestige scored gate to wire off the bench in 2018 and 2019, but he faces all kinds of pace pressure in this one. Prestige beat a tough group while earning an 82 Beyer in last year’s season debut. La Waun drops after a rough trip as the betting favorite at a higher-level opening day. He finished in the exacta 8 of 12 last year and could get the right trip today.

Guardian One

Thursday, July 9, Race 9, (9:07 p.m.) $20,000 claiming (WA-Bred $25,000), F&M 3YO & Up, 6F: Trainer Chris Stenslie was on fire last week and has another good chance for a victory here. Guardian One is a hard-hitting veteran capable of winning short and long, but she was dealt some tough hands last year while consistently facing the likes of No Talking Back and Paddy’s Secret. Her versatility is aided by a nice outside post. Sunshine Emily is fast and hails from the powerhouse Frank Lucarelli outfit, but this is her first start in a year and her first vs. older fillies and mares. Although she tailed off last year, Jerre to Carrie has eight wins at Emerald Downs and is 6 for 11 at the distance.


Wednesday, July 8
2:15 p.m. (10 races)

Thursday, July 9
5 p.m. (10 races)


Windy Point

Wednesday, July 1
Race 1: Doubleshotofheaven-48*
Race 2: Missed the Boat-68
Race 3: Managingbrianna-27+#
Race 4: Igottabooboo-61#
Race 5: Kactus Kate-35+#
Race 6: Coilette-52
Race 7: Frolic and Detour-68*
Race 8: Docktarri-60
Race 9: Windy Point-68*
Race 10: Whata Flirt-45

Elliott Bay

Thursday, July 2
Race 1: Always Working-55
Race 2: Zippy Groom-61
Race 3: Coastal Tulips-72*
Race 4: Known Value-31
Race 5: Last One Standing-63
Race 6: Daffodil Sweet-72*
Race 7: Spot On-63
Race 8: Elliott Bay-79
Race 9: Rough Ride-58*
* Career-high
# First-time starter

Fast Times
4 ½ Furlongs :52.82 Kactus Kate (2f) July 1
5 Furlongs :57.65 Vroysky (3g) June 24
5 ½ Furlongs 1:02.99 Elliott Bay (5g) July 2
6 Furlongs 1:10.15 Makah Lane (4g) June 24
6 ½ Furlongs 1:18.60 Constant Craving (6m) June 25
1 Mile 1:38.29 Zippy Groom (5g) July 2

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 5-19 (26.3%)
Season: 9-39 (23%)
Largest $2 Win: $49.40, Constant Craving (June 25)
$2 Place: $27.80, Invite Me (June 25)
$2 Show: $15.20, Alotmoreaction (July 2)
Largest Payout: $6,957.90 ($0.50 Pick 4, June 25)

Alex Cruz

Jockey Wins
6-Juan Gutierrez
6-Gary Wales
5-Alex Cruz
5-Cerapio Figueroa
4-Eddie Martinez
4-Javier Matias
3-Jennifer Whitaker
2-Jose Zunino
2-Lorenzo Lopez
1-Alex Anaya
1-Jake Samuels

Howard Belvoir

Trainer Wins
5-Frank Lucarelli
3-Howard Belvoir
2-Kay Cooper
2-Candi Cryderman
2-Bonnie Jenne
2-Tim McCanna
2-Jorge Rosales
2-Chris Stenslie
2-Joe Toye
2-Tom Wenzel
1-Roddina Barrett
1-Tena Birdwell
1-Michael Bullene
1-Steve Bullock
1-Sam Dronen
1-Ken Elison
1-Vince Gibson
1-Nick Lowe
1-Dan Markle
1-David Martinez
1-Jose Navarro
1-Jose Raudales
1-Sharon Ross
1-Rosie Simkins
1-Blaine Wright

Tena Birdwell

Owner Wins
2-John Parker
2-Howard Belvoir
2-Chad and Josh
1-Marjorie Avery
1-Badrock Racing
1-Roddina Barrett, Helen Myrick and Shimmies and Shackles
1-Howard Belvoir, Bob Buchanan and Fred Foy
1-Billy Speed Racing Stable
1-Tena Birdwell
1-Tom Birklid, Annie Birklid and Connie Belshay
1-Blue Ribbon Racing #16
1-Michael Bullene
1-Hugh Carney, Dennis Snowden and Lucarelli Racing
1-Chappell Alpine Farms LLC
1-Clemans View Racing and Michelle Beaunaux
1-Patrick Collins, Lisa Cappallero or Tom Anderson
1-Carol Dronen
1-Ken or Vicky Jo Elison
1-Emerald Racing Club
1-Horse Haven Creek Farm, Halfway House Stables and Larissa Brigge
1-Horseplayers Racing Club #308
1-Glen Kelly, Anne MacLennan and Dan Markle
1-Homestretch Farm Inc.
1-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
1-Nick Lowe and Mark Loebner
1-Gary Lusk, Deborah Lusk and Jeff Lusk
1-Art McFadden
1-Oak Crest Farm
1-One Horse Will Do Corporation, Tina and Scott Saxwold and Lynn Hallowell
1-One Horse Will Do Corporation and Steve Shimizu
1-Darrin Paul
1-Q Stable & Friendship Stable
1-Bryan Smith and Michael O’Neil
1-Terra Firma Farm, or Chuck or Greg Conley
1-David Thorner, Tom Wenzel and Janice Train
1-Jane Todaro

Whata Flirt

Horse Wins
1-Abraa Jabraa
1-Always Working
1-Benny the Jet
1-Bullet Drill
1-Cate’s Gold
1-Chris the Beaver
1-Coastal Tulips
1-Constant Craving
1-Daffodil Sweet
1-Elliott Bay
1-Frolic and Detour
1-Full Speed Ahead
1-Kactus Kate
1-Known Value
1-Last One Standing
1-Makah Lane
1-Managing Brianna
1-Miso Fast
1-Missed the Boat
1-Omache Kid
1-O’S So Serios
1-Papa’s Golden Boy
1-Pure Pursuit
1-Ri Pin Snap
1-Rough Ride
1-So Figure It Out
1-Sophie’s Dream
1-Spot On
1-Valid Prince
1-Whata Flirt
1-Windy Point
1-Zippy Groom


Sire Wins
5-Harbor the Gold
4-Coast Guard
3-Atta Boy Roy

Jennifer Whitaker

WEEKLY HONORS #2 (July 1-2): Jockey: Jennifer Whitaker; Trainer: Chris Stenslie; Owner: Clemans View Racing and Michelle Beaunaux; WTBOA WA Bred: Elliott Bay (Frederick & Debbie Pabst breeders); Quarter Chute Café Groom: Angel Cruz (Sharon Ross); Exercise Rider: Clark Jones.


NOTES: In winning last Wednesday’s maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies, Kactus Kate became the first winner for Tourist, a son of Tiznow standing at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. . .In Wednesday’s second race, Sunshine Beach becomes the first starter sired by 2013 Emerald Downs Champion 3-Year-Old Noosito. . .Juan Gutierrez begins the week seven wins shy of 2,000 career wins. . .Hastings Racecourse opened its 25 day meeting Monday with a total mutuel handle of $501,538 on a seven-race card. . .Louisiana Bunny ($36.60) prevailed in Monday’s $60,000 Firecracker Futurity for Quarter Horses at Grants Pass.