SO LUCKY ROMPS BY 5 ¼ IN WTBOA LADS STAKES,
BLAZINBEAUTY SURGES TO SHINPOCH VICTORY
AUBURN, Wash. (August 7, 2016) – So Lucky remained unbeaten with a blazing 5 ¼ victory Sunday in the $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Rocco Bowen at 120 lbs, So Lucky ran six furlongs in 1:08.50 and paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10. Howard Belvoir trains the winner for owners Pegasus Too and Rising Star Stable.
Perfect in three starts with winning margins of 4 ½, 3 and 5 ¼ lengths, So Lucky earned $24,750 to push his career total to $60,310.
The winner, a Washington-bred bay colt by Coast Guard-Miss Pixie, zipped through fractions of :21.76, :44.14 and :55.96 en route to victory.
“He’s a really nice 2-year-old,” Bowen said. “I actually geared him down on the backstretch a little bit to see if he was ratable. He relaxed for me pretty easily. He really did it pretty easy out there.”
In fact, So Lucky turned in one of the fastest efforts by a 2-year-old in track history. The winning time would likely have been a stakes record, but the Lads was shortened from 6 ½ furlongs for this year’s running. Fast Parade with a 1:08 flat in the 2005 Washington Cup ran the fastest six furlongs by a 2-year-old in Emerald Downs’ history.
Distortedatthebar, only eight days removed from a debut maiden victory, ran on nicely for second place, while Mixo, Don’tbeshywille and Max the Kitty completed the order of finish.
Jeff Metz, trainer of Max the Kitty, lodged an objection against the runner-up alleging interference at the start, but the stewards disallowed the claim.
In the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, Blazinbeauty wore down Getting Joellenned in the finals strides for a 1 ¼-length victory in 1:10.16 for six furlongs.
Ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 120 lbs, Blazinbeauty ran six furlongs in 1:10.16 and paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.20. Frank Lucarelli is the winning trainer for owner Darrin Paul of Bothell, Wash.
It was the maiden win for Blazinbeauty, who finished runner-up in her previous two starts including a second in the Angie C Stakes last month. She earned $27,225 to increase her bankroll to $40,825.
It also was the first Emerald Downs stakes wins for Paul, who in the post-race interview credited his daughters with helping to select the daughter of Tale of Ekati last year at Keeneland.
Getting Joellenned, ridden by Bowen, was three lengths clear in mid-stretch but Blazinbeauty would not be denied.
““She’s a very nice filly,” Enriquez said. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with her since her first couple of works. She’s been getting nicer and nicer every single time, and I’m so proud of her.
“We got into a little trouble in the beginning of the race but when I put her in the clear, she knew exactly what I was trying to make her do. I didn’t want to be too far back. I asked her to put me in a good spot early in the race. She did everything I asked her to do.”
Getting Joellenned paid $3.40 and $2.80 while Afleet Hope rallied from last for third and paid $5.40.
NOTES: Rocco Bowen rode four winners Sunday and widened his lead to 83-56 on Leslie Mawing in the jockeys’ standings. Bowen has wins on 20 straight cards—10 off Kevin Radke’s track record—and now has 27 multiple wins days at the meet. . .Recently retired jockey Joe Steiner was honored with The Jockey Joe’s Daily Double Purse and was saluted by family and friends in the winner’s circle. Steiner, who celebrated his 52nd birthday Sunday, retired last month with 1,061 career wins and over $17.1 million in earnings. . .Trainer Gary Lonctot saddled his first winner of 2016 as 4-year-old gelding Westley ($9) notched a two-length win in a $16,600 purse for older $25,000 claimers. With Ronald Richard up for his second win Sunday, Westley ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.58. . .Trainer Sil Juarez also picked up his first win of the meet as Doubledeesonthetee ($5.80) rallied to victory in race four for 3-year-olds and up. . .Howard Belvoir was the lone trainer with two wins Sunday and ranks fourth in the trainers’ standings with 25 wins. . .He’s Cagey ($6.60) prevailed in race five to become the meet’s eighth four-time winner. A 7-year-old Idaho-bred, He’s Cagey was reclaimed in his previous start for $10,000 by trainer Blaine Wright. . .O B Harbor worked five furlongs in bullet :58 3/5 Sunday in his final tune-up for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) next Sunday. O B Harbor and Alert Bay are expected to be co starting high weights at 123 lbs when Mile entries are drawn Wednesday. . .Dortmund, high-weighted at 126 lbs for The Mile, worked five furlongs in :59 1/5 Sunday at Del Mar in preparation for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 20. . .Gold Rush Dancer worked a half-mile in :48 flat on Del Mar’s main track and starts in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (G2) on turf on Sunday, September 4. . . Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m.