DOUBLE A. PROSPECT RUNS LIKE A MAJOR LEAGUER
AUBURN, Wash. (June 15, 2018) – Double A. Prospect collared Calex in mid-stretch stretch and edged clear for a 2 ¾-length victory Friday in the $11,200 SMACNA Purse for 3-year-olds and up.
Ridden by Lorenzo Lopez, Double A. Prospect ran a mile in 1:35.97 and paid $34.40, $10.20 and $4.60. Tom Wenzel is the winning trainer for owner Code Four Stable.
A 4-year-old Abraaj gelding, Double A. Prospect stalked Calex and Salty Minnow through the second turn, angled out into the lane and out finished Calex in a stretch-long battle. The Washington-bred winner is 3-1-3 win 13 starts with $37,197 in earnings.
Calex, bidding for his 15th career victory and eighth at Emerald Downs, tried to carry his speed gate-to-wire, but was out finished by Doube A. Prospect and held off Uzta Have Money for second. Ridden by Kevin Orozco, the runner-up paid $3.20 and $2.60.
Uzta Have Money, with Anne Sanguinetti riding, finished third and paid $4.40, while Hot Bobby, Salty Minnow and Hill Croome completed the order of finish.
There’s No Doubt was scratched earlier in the day.
NOTES: Emerald Candy ($2.60) won the Friday opener by a meet-high 17 ¼ lengths while running one mile in 1:38.17. . .Kevin Orozco was the only rider with two wins Friday. . .Trainer Jesse Saldivar notched his first career Emerald Downs’ victory with 4-year-old filly Friendly Request ($4.60) in the second race. . .Racing continues Saturday with first of 15 consecutive Saturday twilight cards at 5 p.m. The eight-race program features the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes for older fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs.