PICK BY THE BOX PREVAILS IN CARL’S JR. PURSE
AUBURN, Wash. (August 6, 2016) – Pick by the Box had his consistency rewarded Saturday with a 1 ¼-length victory in the $9,300 the Carl’s Jr. Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Juan Gutierrez, Pick by the Box ran six furlongs in 1:09.05 and paid $16.20, $7.80 and $5.20. Robbie Baze—who also saddled third-place finisher Glitter of Silver—is the winning trainer for owner Valentin Picho Garcia.
A 5-year-old Limehouse gelding, Pick by the Box racked up three seconds and two third in six starts this meet prior to Saturday.
Breaking from the outside No. 8 post, the winner stalked Moby and Glitter of Silver through fractions of :22.25 ands :44.85, bid three-wide into the stretch, gained the lead past mid-stretch and held sway to the wire.
Outdidya, ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, rallied for second place and paid $6.40 and $4, while Glitter of Silver, with Javier Matias riding, held third and paid $4.80.
Cantcatchme, Cinematic Cat, Moby, Hello Brown and Monitaztion completed the order of finish. Cinematic Cat, the 11-10 betting favorite, failed to rally while bidding for a fourth straight victory.
Pick by the Box has an overall record of 4-6-7 in 24 starts and earnings of $42,675. His previous three wins all were on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.
NOTES: James First Affair ($4) and Rtm Mr Caccia ($5.20) each won a division of the 440-yard trials for the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge on Sunday, August 21. The winners are both 4-year-olds ridden by Nakia Ramirez and trained by Mark Hanson. The 10 qualifiers for the final: James First Affair, :21.926; Sorelli, :21.959; Rtm Mr Caccia, :22.192; Stella Corona, :22.196; Klassic Secret BR, :22.316; Hes a Bugin, :22.376; My Best Bunny Yet, :22.393; Quematierras, :22.394; Lebron 6, :22.457. . .The $0.50 trifecta in Saturday’s seventh race paid a meet-high $7,172.60. Legal Victory ($30.80) prevailed at 14-1 while Shuddle finished second at 42-1 and Parkersnotbluffing third at 14-1. . .Rocco Bowen made it 19 straight days with at least one win, booting home Livinintheleftlane ($17) in Saturday’s third race and Confisio ($7.40) in race six. Bowen has 26 multiple win days this season. . .Juan Gutierrez also rode two winners Saturday, his 10th double of the season. . .Trainer Jack McCartney finished first and second with Prado Royale ($10.40) and Champagne Roi in the 10th race nightcap. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts or geldings and the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. First post is 2 p.m. There are two carryovers—$6,156 in the $0.50 Pick 5 and $3,620 in the $0.20 Pick 7.