WINE AT NINE CONTINUES TO SHINE
AUBURN, Wash. (July 21, 2017) – Hard-charging Wine At Nine collared Capital Expense past mid-stretch and rolled to a 3 ¼-length victory in Friday’s $11,200 Larry Kraemer Retirement Purse at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by apprentice Kevin Orozco, Wine At Nine covered six furlongs in 1:09.74, and paid $3.20, $2.80 and $2.10. Vince Gibson is the winning trainer for the ownership syndicate Two Putts for the Win #19 (Dean Mazzuca, Doug Whitehouse, Dr. Mike Mason, Lisa Carlson).
Wine At Nine now has four wins this season, tying the 5-year-old gelding with Rockport Birdie and Jerre to Carrie for most wins at the 46-day-old meeting. A Kentucky-bred by Divine Park, Wine At Nine is 4-1-1 in six starts this season with earnings of $22,560. His overall mark is 9-2-4 in 25 starts with earnings of $60,215.
Never far back, Wine At Nine reeled in a loose-on-the-lead Capital Expense and poured it on late to win going away.
Coming in Hot, longest shot on the board at 46-1, edged Pick by the Box for second and paid $17.80 and $7.20, while Pick by the Box returned $3.40.
Capital Expense set fractions of :21.60, :43.99 and :56.38, kicked 3 ½ lengths clear into the stretch, but weakened late and finished fourth. Majestic Kitten, Prince of Silver, Hunters Vow and Rallying Market completed the order of finish.
NOTES: Julien Couton rode two winners on the seven-race card, his third straight multiple win day and fourth in the last five days. . .Fashion Prospect ($11.60) gave owner/trainer Jason Homer his first win of the meet with an easy victory in the Friday opener. . . Four of Friday’s winners reached double digits—Solar Heat ($18.20), Afleet Hope ($10.40), Abeja ($11), Fashion Prospect—and the $0.20 Pick 7 returned $11,005 to a pair of winning tickets. . .Hard knocking Percy’s Bluff finished third in a $65,000 allowance race at Del Mar and moved back ahead of Citizen Kitty for top Washington-bred earner of 2017 with $80,441. A 5-year-old Raise the Bluff gelding, Percy’s Bluff is 5-0-2 in seven starts this year and 15-8-7 in 35 starts lifetime with $187,288 in earnings. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 6:30 p.m. Simulcast action includes Arrogate in the $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap.