McDOVE CRUISES TO VICTORY IN SUNDAY FEATURE
AUBURN, Wash. (August 19, 2018) – McDove took the early lead and was never headed while rolling to a 7 ½-length victory over Tesla in Sundays $15,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Eswan Flores, McDove covered six furlongs in 1:09.35 and paid $12.80, $5.20 and $4. Larry Ross is the trainer for owner Fat Cat Racing LLC, a nine-member syndicate that bought McDove privately last year.
Winning her second feature race this season, McDove set fractions of :22.22, :44.98 and :56.89 while opening a three-length lead into the lane, and then extended her advantage through the stretch.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred by Proud Citizen, McDove is 4-3-3 in 20 starts lifetime, with earnings of $51,478. Her 2018 record is 2-1-1 in five starts; her only out of the money finish was when her saddle slipped in a race two weeks ago.
McDove’s victory capped an amazing weekend for several of her owners, who also share ownership interests in Archie Graham, winner of Friday’s sixth race, and Zanab, who prevailed in Saturday’s fourth race.
Headed by Wayne Campbell of Olympia, Fat Cat Racing is named after Solo, the hefty cat at the Ross stable. Other members of the group include Vickie Wilson, Kevin Murphy, Chris Trujillo, Steve Priem, Gina Goodyear, Kim Flores, Tony Flores and Julie Fincher.
Tesla, ridden by Rocco Bowen, gained second and paid $6.60 and $3.80, while Parkers Delight, with Leonel Camacho-Flores aboard, finished third and paid $4.20 to show.
Retreat Yourself, the 7-5 favorite, finished fourth, followed by Hold That Smile and Targa. Papa Mambo was a late scratch.
The $1,000 PDJF Jockey Foot Race
NOTES: Alex Anaya and Patrick Henry Jr. dead-heated for the win in the annual Jockey Foot Race to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . .14 of 25 winners this week paid double digits including six Sunday: Milady’s Secret ($14.20), Emily’s Gold ($32.20), So Figure It Out ($11.80), The Press ($23.20), McDove, and Rox Star Archie ($13). . .Sunday’s $0.50 Pick 5 paid a mammoth $18,088 to one winning ticket. . . Trainer Cindy Krasner, a mainstay at Hastings Racecourse, recorded her first Emerald Downs’ victory with Rox Star Archie in the Sunday finale. . .Gary Wales was the only jockey to ride two winners Sunday. . .6-year-old mare Bella Colomba ($4.40) became a triple winner at the meet with a come-from-behind victory in Sunday’s third race for trainer Roddina Barrett. . .The annual WTBOA Summer Yearling & Mixed Sale is 2 p.m. Tuesday in the M J Alhadeff Sales Pavilion adjacent to Emerald Downs. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m., and includes a $10,570 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7