DUSTIN’S PASSION PREVAILS IN SATURDAY FEATURE RACE
AUBURN, Wash. (July 1, 2017) – Dustin’s Passion broke a 16-race losing streak with a hard-earned nose victory over One More Orman in Saturday’s $9,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Jose Zunino, Dustin’s Passion ran six furlongs in 1:08.91 and paid $16.20, $5.60 and $3.40. Kenneth Elison, saddling his first winner at Emerald Downs, is the trainer and co-owner with Vicky Jo Elison.
One More Orman, the 6-to-5 betting favorite, finished second but was disqualified and placed fifth for impeding Ace On the River in deep stretch.
Caddyshack Cat, ridden by Eswan Flores, was promoted from third to second and paid $6.40 and $3.40, while Ace On the River, Kevin Orozco riding, was moved from fourth to third and paid $3 to show.
A 7-year-old Kentucky-bred, Dustin’s Passion has a 3-4-8 record in 21 career starts with earnings of $74,908. The Northern Afleet gelding’s last previous win, however, was February 14, 2015, at Oaklawn Park. He’d had some close calls this year at Emerald Downs, compiling a second, two thirds and a fourth prior to Saturday.
Caddyshack Cat appeared ready to lead gate-to-wire, setting fractions of :21.96, :44.27 and :56.44, was two lengths clear past mid-stretch and weakened slightly late.
NOTES: Trainer Blaine Wright continues to win everything in sight, saddling two more winners Saturday and opening a 26-16 over Frank Lucarelli and Charles Essex atop the trainers’ standings. Wright has at least one win on eight of the last nine cards and is 27-for-69 at the meet. . .Wright’s wins Saturday were with Bella Mia ($13.60), a 2-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding owned by John and Janene Maryanski, and Heroes for Ghosts ($8.20), a 5-year-old City Zip gelding owned and trained by Wright that has reeled off three straight wins. . .Eswan Flores, up for all three wins by Heroes for Ghosts, is 6-0-0 in seven mounts this season when riding for Wright. . .Heroes for Ghosts is the seventh triple winner at the meet. . .Essex had a one-two finish in the nightcap with Abeja ($6) and Our Power Surge, and is 16-for-52 this season. . . Modern ($6.10) captured the $75,000 Lieutenant Governors’ Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Hastings Racecourse in 1:43.22 for 1 1/16 miles mile and one-sixteenth. . Rocco Bowen shook off a rare dry spell with a 9 ½-length victory on Carat Queen ($2.20) in race four. Bowen, winless in 18 straight mounts prior to the victory, owns a 62-32 lead over Kevin Orozco in the jockey’s standings, with Flores third with 30 wins. . .One winning ticket paid $6,881 in Saturday’s $0.20 Pick 7. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes for 3-year-old colts and gelding at one mile. The nine-race card begins at 2 p.m.