IT’S TURBO PREVAILS IN WTBOA LADS STAKES
AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 7, 2022) – It’s Turbo rallied inside and scored an upset victory over Chuckanut Bay in Sunday’s $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Emerald Downs.
Perfectly ridden by Leslie Mawing at 121 lbs., It’s Turbo caught Chuckanut Bay and J C’s a Legend in the final strides to prevail by three-quarters of a length in 1:17.60 for 6 ½ furlongs.
The second longest price in the field, It’s Turbo returned $26.60, $8, and $4.80. Frank Lucarelli, who also saddled third-place finisher J C’s a Legend, is the winning trainer for owners R.E.V. Racing (Roy and Ellie Schaefer, Port Orchard, Wash.)
Breaking from the No. 1 post, It’s Turbo waited in fifth as Chuckanut Bay, Mister Midas, and J C’s a Legend dueled through splits of :22.35 and :45.32 for the quarter and half-mile. Advancing into the stretch, Chuckanut Bay and J C’s a Legend were battling head and head to the wire when It’s Turbo slipped through and collared them both for the victory.
Scoring his maiden victory in his third career start, It’s Turbo earned $27,500 to up his overall total to $35,300. A California-bred by Curlin to Mischief-Love Makor, Its Turbo previously finished fourth in a maiden special weight and third in the King County Express.
Mawing and Lucarelli now have five wins each in the WTBOA Lads including three for R.E.V. Racing—Trackattacker (2014), Mach One Rules (2015) and It’s Turbo.
Chuckanut Bay, ridden by Alex Cruz at 121 lbs., finished second, a head in front of J C’s a Legend, and paid $5.20 and $3.40. J C’s a Legend, ridden by Kevin Radke at 119 lbs., finished third and paid $3.40.
Supermax, Deshambeau, and Mister Midas completed the order of finish. The 11-10 betting favorite, Deshambeau bobbled at the break and trailed the field early.
ALOHA BREEZE DOMINATES BARBARA SHINPOCH STAKES
Aloha Breeze overtook previously undefeated Miss Dynamic into the lane and powered home for a 4 ¼-length victory in the $55,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
With Eddie Martinez riding at 123 lbs., Aloha Breeze ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.01 and paid $12 as third betting choice in a field of six. Tom Wenzel, saddling his record-tying fourth Shinpoch winner, trains the winner for Dr. George Todaro of Seattle.
Aloha Breeze engaged Miss Dynamic from the inside on the turn, with the fillies battling through splits of :21.92 and :44.66, kicked clear into the stretch and proved much the best.
The victory atoned for the July 10 Angie C Stakes, in which Aloha Breeze finished a distant second as Miss Dynamic romped by 5 ½ lengths at 5 ½ furlongs.
“This was a special win because we believe in this filly,” Martinez said post-race in the winner’s circle “We knew (Aloha Breeze) had the talent.”
A Kentucky-bred daughter of The Factor, Aloha Breeze improved to 2-1-0 in three starts with earnings of $55,450 including $30,250 for Sunday’s triumph.
Driveway, ridden by Alex Cruz at 120 lbs., rallied inside to snatch second at odds of 13 to 1. Claimed for $25,000 out of her debut 15 days ago, the Cross Traffic filly earned $11,000 for her runner-up effort.
Miss Dynamic, the 2 to 5 favorite ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 120 lbs., weakened in the stretch and finished third. A $5,000 supplemental nomination, she earned $6,600 and is 2-0-1 from three starts with earnings of $47,575 for trainer Rigoberto Velasquez and owner/breeder Antonio Mendoza.
Ask Alice finished fourth while Starry Beach and Grazed n’ Confused rounded out the order of finish.
NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,698,490 on a 10-race card. . .Background breezed five furlongs in 1:00 Sunday morning at Pegasus Training Center and defends his title in next Sunday’s $150,000 Longacres Mile. . .Entries for the Longacres Mile, $75,000 Emerald Distaff, $75,000 Muckleshoot Derby, and $75,000 Washington Oaks will be drawn Wednesday. . .Rocco Bowen rides Background in the Mile and picked up a mount on Sunday’s card, riding Dusalut to a 5th in the 10th race. . .Alex Cruz and Alex Anaya both rode two winners while Jorge Rosales led trainers with two wins, his 23rd and 24th of the meeting. . .Both of Anaya’s wins were on Quarter Horses as Sunday’s card began with four QHorse trials—two each for the $40,000 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge for 3-year-olds and up on Sunday, Aug. 28, and the $30,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge for 2-year-olds, also on Sunday, Aug. 28. Qualifying for the Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge at 440 yards: Arizona Favorite ($14.40), 22.40; Cm Once Ina Bluemoon, 22.40; Jestifiably Jess ($6.60), 22.43; Super Bowl Sunny Day, 22.45; Fast Movin Freight, 22.48; Dr Tool, 22.54; Alabama Hills, 22.58; Skyywaalker, 22.65; Lionized, 22.66; Cm Boom Shakalaka, 22.72. Qualifying for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge at 350 Yards: Bee a Freight Train ($4.60), 18.05; Cottonwood Blossom, 18.38; Dash to the Flash T ($3), 18.38; Check the Cartel, 18.49; Ccr Pengra Road, 18.53; Rebalicious, 18.53; Jess After Midnite, 18.69; Piece of Calico, 18.75; Corona Wagon Train, 18.88; Dash for Five T, 18.91. . .Tom Wenzel tied Bud Klokstad for sixth place all-time with 46 Emerald Downs stakes wins. . .Frank Lucarelli is No. 2 all-time with 56 stakes wins at Emerald Downs, 11 back of Doris Harwood. . .Leslie Mawing is now fourth among riders with 47 stakes wins at Emerald Downs. . .In addition to his victory with Aloha Breeze in the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes, Dr. George Todaro also donated $1,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . . Razor-sharp 5-year-old gelding Hydrogen ($3.20) won his third straight at the meet, rallying to edge Close to Midnight in 1:36.36 for one mile. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 7 p.m.