Emerald Downs News & Notes-Tuesday, September 29


Wednesday, September 30
2:15 p.m. (9 races)

Thursday, October 1
5 p.m. (11 races)
$75,000 Gottstein Futurity
$40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic
$40,000 Washington Cup Filly & Mare



The undefeated Dutton is even-money on the morning in Thursday’s $75,000 Gottstein Futurity at a mile and a sixteenth. The Gottstein drew a field of 10 and is the first two-turn test for Dutton, a Washington-bred by Noosito who has won his first two starts by a combined 23 lengths under Jennifer Whitaker for trainer Howard Belvoir and Rising Star Stable VIII.

In the $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, an evenly matched field of six Washington-breds meet at a mile and a sixteenth. The Press and Elliott Bay, third and fourth in the Longacres Mile, are 5 to 2 and 3 to 1 on the morning line, followed by Papa’s Golden Boy, Gold Crusher, Unmachable and Makah Lane. Harbor the Gold sired four of the six runners in the race, including full brothers Papa’s Golden Boy and Gold Crusher. Gold Crusher, a 3-year-old by Harbor the Gold-Brookie Girl, comes off a 4 ¾-length victory over Unmachable in the Muckleshoot Derby at a mile and a sixteenth. Papa’s Golden Boy, a 4-year-old by Harbor the Gold-Brookie Girl, finished fifth after leading the opening six furlongs of the Longacres Mile three weeks ago.

In a third stakes Thursday, Emerald Distaff champion Alittlelesstalk heads a field of seven in the $40,000 Washington Cup Filly & Mare Stakes.


Total entries for Week 14 are 152 horses in 20 races or 7.6 a race. Through 28 days (June 24-Sept. 24) average starters per race is 7.50 horses (2162 starters, 288 races).



Thursday, Oct. 1, Race 8, $75,000 Gottstein Futurity, 2-Year-Olds, 1 1/16 Mile: In 24 previous runnings of the Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs, Koala Beach in 2009 is the only horse to lead gate to wire. Interesting talking point, but likely irrelevant on Thursday. Dutton has been overpowering in his two starts, debuting with a 9-length victory in the WTBOA Lads Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs and scoring by 14-lengths vs. allowance foes at 6 furlongs. Dutton has exceptional speed, and yet finishes like two turns won’t be a big deal. Noosito, sire of Dutton, was good at middle distances while dam Ms. Moscow Mattie has produced only sprinters to date–neither Bullet Drill nor Jet Pak Black have won beyond 6 furlongs. None of the horses in the Gottstein have raced farther than 6 1/2 furlongs, so this will be a new experience for all 10 runners.Coastal Kid comes off a promising debut and is by a sire, Coast Guard, whose progeny include Gottstein runner-ups So Lucky and Trump Itz. Naval Escort, a maiden, has improved all three starts and is out of a dam who finished third against colts in the 2015 Gottstein. Easy Silence finished fourth after blowing the break while debuting in the Shinpoch Stakes. She is by Constitution, one of the hottest young sire in the nation, and fillies have won the Gottstein three of the last nine years.

Papa’s Golden Boy

Thursday, Oct. 1, Race 4, $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, 3-Year-Olds & Up, Washington-Bred, 1 1/16 Mile: Interesting race with four horses exiting the Longacres Mile and a pair of sharp 3-year-olds. The race begins, as usual, with fleet-footed Papa’s Golden Boy, who led through six furlongs in 1:08 3/5 before finishing a respectable fifth in the Longacres Mile. His biggest pace challenge here could come from Gold Crusher, his full younger brother who comes off a dominating win at this distance in the Muckleshoot Derby. The Press and Elliott Bay both ran well in the Mile and should get a lively pace to chase. Makah Lane won a route stakes here last year and 3-year-old Unmachable wheels back seven days after a nice allowance win.


Thursday, Oct. 1, Race 7, $40,000 Washington Cup Filly & Mare Stakes, 3-Year-Olds & Up Fillies & Mares, Washington-Bred, 1 1/16 Mile: Alittlelesstalk left no doubt three weeks ago, blowing past Killarney Lass for a 2 1/2-length victory in the Emerald Distaff at a mile and a sixteenth. Now she runs the same distance vs. state-breds, and worked a bullet half-mile last week to boot. Alittlelesstalk is versatile and game, hence a 5-4-0 record in her last 10 starts at Emerald Downs. Dontkissntell misfired in the Distaff, but has proven ability around two turns and nearly caught Alittlelesstalk in her first out this season. Fortune’s Freud and Magical Spell, both trained by Kay Cooper, enter in good form. Fortune’s Freud earned a big figure wiring $15,000 claimers while Magical Spell gave Alittlesstalk a battle in last year’s Washington Cup Sophomore Filly. Three-year-olds Windy Point and For You Only have ability, but are unproven at the distance.


Shoe Game

Wednesday, September 23
Race 1: Majestic Café-61*
Race 2: Pin Up Lady-49
Race 3: Riggski-45
Race 4: Peace Prince-26
Race 5: Omache Kid-59
Race 6: Gray Admiral-63
Race 7: Pistol Power-61
Race 8: Shoe Game-64
Race 9: Secrets of My Soul-29


Thursday, September 24
Race 1: Unmachable-71
Race 2: French Coast-37
Race 3: Emerald Sea-30+
Race 4: Malibu Mistress-40+
Race 5: Forever Gold-51+
Race 6: Tomorrow’s Mine-54
Race 7: Golden Cowboy-71
Race 8: Intelicrypt-59
Race 9: Fuzzy Dolphin-61
Race 10: La Waun-74
Race 11: Sassy Edie-52*
* Career-high
# First-time starter


Fastest Times
4 ½ Furlongs :51.75 Seattlesbestsecret (2g) July 9
5 Furlongs :57.11 Swift as I Am (2g) July 29
5 ½ Furlongs 1:02.11 Windribbon (4g) July 9
6 Furlongs 1:08.22 Pure Pursuit (6g) Sept 18
6 ½ Furlongs 1:14.74 Killarney Lass (4f) Aug 13
1 Mile 1:34.10 Anothertwistafate (4c) Sept 10
1 1/16 Mile 1:41.12 Princess of Cairo (3f) Sept 3

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 7-20 (35.0%)
Season: 102-291 (35.0%)
Thoroughbred 100-288 (34.7%) Quarter Horse 2-3 (66.7%)
Largest $2 Win: $105.60, Hollywood Heat (Aug 13)
$2 Place: $49.80, Hollywood Heat (Aug 13)
$2 Show: $18.20, Hollywood Heat (Aug 13)
Largest Payouts: $32,033 ($0.50 Pick 5, Aug 5), $30,520 ($0.20 Jackpot Pick 7, Sept 2), $29,665 ($0.20 Jackpot Pick 7, July 22), $29,571 ($0.50 Pick 4, July 30)

Alex Cruz

Jockey Wins*
48-Alex Cruz
39-Juan Gutierrez
36-Gary Wales
31-Cerapio Figueroa
31-Eddie Martinez
24-Javier Matias
18-Alex Anaya
18-Jake Samuels
13-Jennifer Whitaker
13-Jose Zunino
6-Lorenzo Lopez
4-Joree Scriver
4-James Wooten
2-Leslie Mawing
1-Francisco Diaz-Lopez
1-Patrick Henry Jr.
*Thoroughbred only

Charles Essex

Trainer Wins*
33-Frank Lucarelli
23-Jorge Rosales
18-Blaine Wright
15-Howard Belvoir
15-Joe Toye
12-Rigoberto Velasquez
10-Candi Cryderman
9-Kay Cooper
9-Charles Essex
9-Vince Gibson
9-Chris Stenslie
8-Jeff Metz
8-Tom Wenzel
7-Bonnie Jenne
7-Jose Navarro
6-Steve Bullock
5-Tena Birdwell
5-Alan Bozell
5-Jack McCartney
5-Robert Meeking
5-Manny Ortiz
4-Roddina Barrett
4-Nick Lowe
4-Dan Markle
4-David Martinez
4-Debbie Peery
4-Rosie Simkins
3-Sam Dronen
3-Roy Lumm
3-Tim McCanna
3-Greg Moore
3-Jose Raudales
3-Debbie Van Horne
2-Robbie Baze
2-Michael Bullene
2-Doris Harwood
2-Dale Koler
2-Sharon Ross
*Thoroughbred only

Rick Kessler

Owner Wins
19-Chad and Josh
9-John Parker
8-Greg Conley, Chuck Conley or Terra Firma Farm
6-Lynn Hebdon
5-Howard Belvoir
4-Allaire Farms
4-Ron Crockett Inc.
4-Rick Kessler or Terra Firma Farm
3-Marjorie Avery
3-Badrock Racing
3-Howard Belvoir, Bob Buchanan and Fred Foy
3-Big Bill and Company #1
3-Carol Dronen
3-Tawnja Elison
3-Glyn Kelly, Anne MacLennan and Dan Markle
3-Donald L. Lawrence
3-Little Barn Racing
3-Nick Lowe and Mark Loebner
3-Gary and Deborah Lusk and Jeff Lusk
3-John McCulloch
3-One Horse Will Do Corporation & Chris Stenslie
3-One Horse Will Do Corporation & Steve Shimizu
3-Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.
3-Rosales Racing F1
3-Saratoga West
2-Rebecca Ayarra
2-Bar C Racing Stable Inc.
2-Lisa A. Baze
2-BDW Racing LLC or Marty Yellam
2-Billy Speed Racing Stable
2-Tena Birdwell
2-Blue Ribbon Racing #15
2-Michael Bullene
2-Jerry Carmody and John Sneesby
2-Cinbar Stables
2-W. Quinn Chin
2-Jeff Cissell
2-Clemans View Racing #5
2-Joe Crawford and Joe Burke
2-Joe Crawford, Michael Pattison and Tim Clothier
2-Ken Elison or Vicky Jo Elison
2-Charles Essex
2-Hank Gott
2-Ron and Nina Hagen, Alice and Don Whitmore and Steve Bullock
2-Art McFadden
2-Wanda Munger Racing Stables
2-Alan Peterson
2-Rancho Viejo and Jerry Carmody
2-Harry Richardson
2-Rising Star Stable VIII
2-Robert Rosenberg and Kerry Gunderson
2-Tamra Ruther
2-Ron Schmid
2-Seamist Racing LLC
2-Uncle Pete’s Dream Team

La Waun

Horse Wins
4-Omache Kid
3-Daffodil Sweet*
3-Doctor Bruce S.
3-La Waun
3-Licorice Drop Pops
3-Missed the Boat
3-Pure Pursuit
2-Battle Point Red
2-Bearcreek Mountain
2-Buckley Bay
2-Bullet Drill
2-Coastal Tulips
2-Crest Drive
2-Elliott Bay*
2-Emily’s Gold
2-Fantastic Day
2-Fiery Cause
2-Fortune’s Freude
2-Golden Cowboy
2-Gold Supply
2-I Work for Carrots
2-Kissable U
2-Linchpins Wake
2-Mirror Image
2-Owners’ Prestige
2-Papa’s Golden Boy
2-Pin Up Lady
2-Pistol Power
2-Port Lions
2-Rocket Power
2-Sassy Edie
2-Secret Paranoia
2-Shoe Game
2-Spot On
2-Stay in Grace
2-Style Daddy
2-Time for Gold**
2-Tomorrow’s Mine
2-Valid Prince
2-Vinny From Dixie
2-You Go Girl
1-Abraa Jabraa
1-Aero Street
1-All About Time
1-Always Working
1-Anna Lee Encore
1-Aqua Frio
1-Army King
1-Assets Included
1-Autumn Arrives
1-Awesome Slate
1-Baby Rocks
1-Benny the Jet
1-Besos for Lily
1-Blue Chip Betty
1-Brahms Forest
1-Camden High
1-Candied Lute
1-Cascade Dancer
1-Cate’s Gold
1-Catfish Hunter
1-Cedar Rapids
1-Check and Raise
1-Cherokee Louise
1-Chris the Beaver
1-Clocker’s Choice
1-Close the Show Lo
1-Cm Boom Shakalaka (qh)
1-Cm Once Ina Bluemoon (qh)
1-Coastal Kid
1-Cody’s Choice
1-Coastal Run
1-Constant Craving
1-Continue On Victor
1-David Nose Best
1-Dazzling Debbi
1-D O’s Reignoffire
1-Double A. Prospect
1-Dragon Lady
1-Dudley Studley
1-Eddie and the King
1-Emerald Sea
1-Fats Dominus
1-Fireball Red
1-Forever Gold
1-Fortune in Silk
1-Forty Knot Current
1-French Coast
1-Frolic and Detour
1-Full Speed Ahead
1-Fuzzy Dolphin
1-Gold Crusher*
1-Gran Fiesta
1-Gray Admiral
1-Grazen Valor
1-Harbors Rule
1-Hard to Deny
1-Hollywood Heat
1-Hurricane Force
1-If You Want It
1-Indygo Bo
1-Irish Terrier
1-Is This It
1-John’s On Point
1-Kactus Kate
1-Killarney Lass*
1-Known Value
1-Lady Campbell
1-Last One Standing
1-La Una
1-Little Dancer
1-Live a Good Life
1-Lolo Paniolo
1-Louisana Bunny (qh)
1-Magic Mahogany
1-Majestic Cafe
1-Malibu Mistress
1-Makah Lane
1-Malibu Bay
1-Managing Brianna
1-Mean Sharon
1-Midnight in Maui
1-Mika the Mistress
1-Miso Fast
1-Miss Calculation
1-Miss Valor
1-Mr Bingley
1-Mr. Takahashi
1-Ms Lynn
1-National Browser
1-No Harbor in Sight
1-On Purpose
1-O’S So Serios
1-Patricia L
1-Peace Prince
1-Pegasus Champ
1-Perfect D
1-Perfect Promise
1-Premier League
1-Pre Mo Diamond
1-Princess of Cairo*
1-Pulpits Power
1-Raise the Woof
1-Reno Roy
1-Ri Pin Snap
1-Riptide Romeo
1-Rough Ride
1-Sadie Sue
1-Salty Little Lass
1-Secrets of My Soul
1-Semi Sweet
1-Shelby R.
1-She Owns the Paynt
1-Shez a Grinder
1-Sigrid’s Gold
1-Six Blessings
1-Smarty Jeans
1-So Figure It Out
1-So Lucky
1-Somethin’bout Iris
1-Songbird Eydie
1-Sophie’s Dream
1-Sovereign Nation
1-Sparkling Lute
1-Spittin Image
1-Stand To
1-Stanley Ryder
1-Star Gauge
1-Stratus Bird
1-Suddenly Awesome
1-Sunshine Beach
1-Sunshine Emily
1-Sway Road
1-Swift as I Am
1-Take Charge Deputy
1-The Metal Man
1-The Press
1-This Great Nation
1-Tiger Mom
1-Tiger On Your Six
1-Tiz Brilliant
1-Top Executive*
1-Tribal Impact
1-Waverly Way
1-West Coast Indy
1-Whata Flirt
1-Wheel Rally
1-Wild Wild Kingdom
1-Windy Point
1-Zippen Sevenz
1-Zippy Groom
1-Z’s Speranza
*Stakes Win

Distorted Reality

Sire Wins
31-Harbor the Gold
18-Coast Guard
7-War Power
5-Atta Boy Roy
4-Champ Pegasus
4-Polish Miner
4-The Pamplemousse
3-Distorted Reality
3-Lemon Drop Kid
3-Lutes Gift
3-Ministers Wildcat
3-Raise the Bluff
3-Southern Image
3-Square Eddie
3-Stormy Atlantic
3-Sway Away
2-Animal Kingdom
2-Car Talk
2-Creative Cause
2-Demon Warlock
2-Dialed In
2-Gold Aly
2-Hard Spun
2-Liberty Gold
2-Lucky Pulpit
2-Macho Uno
2-Medaglia d’Oro
2-Rallying Cry
2-Sea of Secrets
2-Shanghai Bobby
2-Smart Chip
2-Smiling Tiger
2-Testa Rossa
2-Trappe Shot
2-Twirling Candy
2-Uncle Mo

Winner Bred*
150-Washington (52.0%)
63-Kentucky (21.8%)
49-California (17.0%)
9-Oregon (3.1%)
3-Arizona (1.0%)
3-Florida (1.0%)
2-Idaho (0.6%)
2-Australia (0.6%)
2-British Columbia (0.6%)
1-Louisiana (0.3%)
1-Maryland (0.3%)
1-Virginia (0.3%)
1-Alberta (0.3%)
1-Ireland (0.3%)
*Thoroughbred only

CLAIMS REPORT-Thru Sept. 24 (28 days)
Claims: 102
Aggregate: $631,250
Largest Claim: $25,000, Staredown (3YOG) July 29, Golden Delight (3YOF) August 12

Francisco Diaz-Lopez

WEEKLY HONORS #14 (September 23 & 24): Jockey: Francisco Diaz-Lopez Trainer: Charles Essex Owner: Benchmark Thirty Two WTBOA WA Bred: Unmachable (Bred by Jack or Ivor Jones)

NOTES: Juan Gutierrez begins the week with 1,412 wins at Emerald Downs and seven wins from tying Gallyn Mitchell’s all-time track record.