BEAR MINIMUM DELIVERS BOXCARS IN FEATURE RACE
AUBURN, Wash. (August 18, 2018) – Bear Minimum rallied inside and produced a 16 to 1 upset in Saturday’s $11,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs.
With Longacres Mile-winning jockey Javier Matias aboard, Bear Minimum ran six furlongs in 1:09.30, and paid $35.20, $11.80 and $5.40. Frank Lucarelli is the winning trainer for co-owners Two Putts For The Win #4, B & R Stable and Dennis Snowden.
The winner sat behind a four-horse speed duel; Thereis Thatharbor, Ridgefield Rocket, Huggy Bear and Fats Dominus all vying for command through a :44.26 half-mile. Kept inside by Matias, Bear Minmum drove past the leaders in mid-stretch and held off Winning Bluff for a half-length victory.
A Florida-bred by Istan-Goldilock’s Bear, Bear Minimum is 2-0-0 in three starts with earnings of $10,730. It was the gelding’s first win for his current owners.
Winning Bluff, ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, rallied to finish second and paid $4.40 and $2.80, while Thereis Thatharbor, Patrick Henry Jr. aboard, held third and paid $4.20.
NOTES: Jockey Francisco Orduna-Rojas posted his first Emerald Downs’ riding double with victories on Minersingstheblues ($21.60) and Sisu ($19.60). . .The latter gave trainer Brad Taylor his first win of the meet. . .Rocco Bowen also rode two winners, his meet-leading 83rd and 84th of the season. . .Zanab ($12) became a triple winner this season meet with a last-to-first victory under Kevin Orozco in Saturday’s fourth race for older fillies and mares. Larry and Sharon Ross train the 7-year-old Kitalpha mare for Emerald Racing Club. . .Rising Star Stable III was back in the winner’s circle Saturday as Sleet Afleet ($12.40) prevailed in a $15,000 maiden claiming race for 2-year-olds. RSS III also own Barkley, winner of the Longacres Mile last Sunday. . .With wins Friday and Saturday, Lucarelli moved up to sole possession of second place in the trainers’ standings with 32 wins. . .Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m. , while simulcast action features a mammoth $785,777 carryover in Sunday’s early $0.50 Pick 5 at Del Mar,