DONTKISSNTELL BLITZES TOUGH FIELD WEDNESDAY
AUBURN, Wash. (Oct. 21, 2020) – Dontkissntell and jockey Alex Cruz rallied for a 4 ¾-length victory in Wednesday’s $23,100 Crux Commercial Partners Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.
With Cruz extending his consecutive winning days streak to 22, Dontkissntell ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.81 on a fast track and paid $6.20 as the betting favorite. Tom Wenzel is the winning trainer for owner Darlyne Krieg of Oak Harbor Wash.
For You Only, longest shot on the board at 12 to 1, finished second under Jennifer Whitaker while Paddy’s Secret, Windy Point, Diamonds R and Fortune’s Freude rounded out the order of finish.
Dontkissntell sat behind a three-horse pace duel, circled four-wide into the lane and collared the leaders past mid-stretch and drew off powerfully. It was her first victory in five starts this year and ended a string of eight straight losses since an eight-length allowance victory in April 2019.
A 5-year-old British Columbia-bred by Rosberg, Dontkissntell has an overall mark of 4-5-5 in 19 starts with earnings of $120,688. In 2018, she won the $50,000 Washington Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes and finished second in the $50,000 Washington Cup Filly & Mare Stakes.
For You Only, a 3-year-old filly, continued a strong 2020 campaign that includes a second to Daffodil Sweet in the Coca-Cola Stakes and three runner-up finishes in allowance races.
NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,446,242 on the 10-race card. . .The meet’s leading rider with 62 victories, Cruz began his streak August 6 and leads Juan Gutierrez 62-48 with three days remaining in the 2020 season. . .Wenzel now has 400 wins at Emerald Downs, only the eighth trainer to reach that milestone. . .Zanab ($7.60) went out a winner with a victory in race eight, collaring Classic Leah in the final yards for a half-length victory. A 9-year-old Montana-bred, Zanab finished the season with two straight wins and was 7 for 16 the last three seasons for trainer Sharon Ross. . .Remembertobreathe, also 9 years old, became a triple winner at the meet with a $41 upset in race nine. Alex Anaya was aboard for owner Dawn Spillman and trainer Robbie Baze. . .Owner/trainer Roger Hamshar notched his first win of the meet, scoring with Amanda’s Beach Boy ($17.80) in the Wednesday opener. . .Veteran trainer Bill Tollett also scored his first win of the season when Mitch and John E ($6) romped in race two. For Tollett, it was his 311th career win at Emerald Downs. . .Hey Sequoia ($7.40) edged West Coast Indy in Tuesday’s $11,900 Chuck Potter Marathon Stakes at Grants Pass. Ridden by Nakia Ramirez, Hey Sequoia ran 1 11/16 miles in a track record 2:59.53. . .Live racing continues Thursday at 5 p.m.