PARTY FOR ONE, OLDTIMERS VISION PREVAIL IN DISTANCE SERIES
AUBURN, Wash. (August 31, 2019) – Party for One and Oldtimers Vision each won divisions Saturday in event # 2 of the WHBPA & WTBOA Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series.
Party for One continued his winning ways in the $14,000 first division, holding off Tiz Brilliant for a half-length victory in 2:05 for 1 1/14 miles. And Oldtimers Vision wore down Thorn Legacy for a neck victory in 2:05.48 in the second division.
Ridden by Lorenzo Lopez for owner John Parker and trainer Candi Cryderman, Party for One paid $6 as a slight choice in the wagering. The 6-year-old Desert Code gelding now has 13 wins in the last two years—eight in 2018 and five in 2019—including the first two legs of the marathon series. His lifetime mark is 14 for 54 with earnings of $89,947, including $7,700 for Saturday’s win.
Ridden by Javier Matias for owner Dean Mazzuca and trainer Frank Lucarelli, Oldtimers Vision paid $5 as the betting favorite. The 8-year-old Pollard’s Vision gelding has a win and a second in the first two legs of the series, and is 14 for 72 lifetime with earnings of $152,887
And once again, claiming activity was hot and heavy. Party for One and fourth-place finisher Cook Up a Storm were claimed from the first division, and sixth place finisher Awesome Return was claimed from division two, all for $8,000.
The final leg of the series at 1-½ miles will be run Saturday, September 21, under starter allowance conditions.
LUCARELLI, CHRISTENSEN TAKE AIM AT RECORDS
Trainer Frank Lucarelli and Chad Christensen continued their march toward new single-season records at Emerald Downs.
Lucarelli saddled three winners Saturday—including two for Christensen—and needs five wins in the final 10 days to break the track record of 66 wins shared by Tim McCanna and Jeff Metz.
Lucarelli and Christensen clicked with Ballerina Headline ($25,40) in race two and Freiburg ($9.80) in race six, and polished off the triple with Oldtimers Vision in the second division of the WHBPA & WTBOA Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series. Lucarelli is averaging over a win a day, and Saturday marked his seventh three-win day this season.
Christensen has 24 wins, tied for the second highest single-season total in track history. He needs four wins in the final 10 days to eclipse the record of 27 wins set by Swag Stables in 2009.
Trainer Single Season Wins
Tim McCanna, 66, 2008
Jeff Metz, 66, 2015
Tim McCanna, 63, 2009
Tim McCanna, 63, 2010
Frank Lucarelli, 62, 2019
Owner Single Season Wins
Swag Stables, 27, 2009
Saratoga West, 24, 2015
Chad Christensen, 24, 2019
West Ridge Ranch, 23, 2003
NOTES: John Parker, who has won or shared the last three owners’ titles at Emerald Downs, ranks second in the owners’ standings with 16 wins. . .Debi Jahns scored her first career Emerald Downs’ training victory as C C n’ Water ($9.60) romped by 4 ¼ lengths in the Saturday opener. . .2-year-old filly Dazzleation ($24.80) remained unbeaten with a gate-to-wire victory under Alex Anaya for owner Ashley Potts and trainer Vince Gibson. . .Juan Gutierrez rode two winners Saturday, his 1,462nd and 1,463rd victories at Emerald Downs. He needs 56 wins to tie Gallyn Mitchell’s all-time track record of 1,419. . .Live racing continues Sunday with a 10-race card on Italian Day, featuring the $50,000 Washington Cup Sophomore Colt and Gelding Stakes and $50,000 Washington Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes. First post 2 p.m.