Neiman Wins $50,000 Budweiser Stakes

Neiman and jockey Luis Reyes score at 18 to 1 in the Budweiser Stakes


AUBURN, Wash. (June 23, 2024) – Neiman overtook Papa’s Golden Boy in mid-stretch and held off Slew’s Tiz Whiz for an upset 1 ½-length victory in Sunday’s $50,000 Budweiser Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Luis Reyes at 123 lbs., Neiman ran six furlongs in 1:07.98, fastest of the meet, and paid $39.86 as the seventh betting choice in a field of nine. Justin Evans saddled the winner for owners Mike Abraham, Leslie Amestoy, and Pierre Amestoy Jr., all of Albuquerque, NM.

Slew’s Tiz Whiz flew from the clouds to snatch second under Jose Zunino, the second straight runner-up finish in the Budweiser for the two-time Washington Horse of the Year.

Papa’s Golden Boy, winner of the Budweiser in 2021 and 2022, held third place as the slight 2-to-1 betting favorite, while Mongolian Memory finished fourth at odds of 48 to 1. Rounding out the order of finish were Coastal Kid, 5 to 2 second choice Prisoner, Cool Papa G, Company’s Dream, and Perfect Dude.

Neiman earned Sunday‘s victory the hardest way possible at Emerald Downs—winning a speed duel with Papa’s Golden Boy. Flanked outside the 8-year-old speedster, Neiman forged to a short lead after five furlongs in a blistering :55.52, kicked three lengths clear in deep stretch, and held off the onrushing Slew’s Tiz Whiz for the victory.

It’s the first Emerald Downs stakes victory for Reyes and Evans.

A Kentucky-bred by Munnings, Neiman earned $27,500 for the win and is 4-0-1 in six starts lifetime with total earnings of $86,275. The 4-year-old gelding is two for two at Emerald Downs including an allowance win three weeks ago.

“This horse has been a pleasure since we got him,” Evans said. “He had a few gate issues, but this horse has a lot of bottom to him. I think we’re just scratching the surface with him.”

The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes is next for older horses on Sunday, July 21. At 6 ½ furlongs, the Mt. Rainier is the final local prep for the $150,000 Longacres Mile on Sunday, Aug. 11.

NOTES: Sunday’s handle totaled $1,355,688 on a nine-race card. . .Street Mood, older brother of Neiman, is a stakes winner in the United Arab Emirates. . .R. Associate at $58.20 holds the Budweiser record for largest $2 win payoff in 2006. . .Justin Evans swept the late Pick 3 with Parco ($9.92), Neiman, and Kaline ($4.58) and finishes the week with a 21-14 edge on Blaine Wright in the trainers’ standings. . .Luis Reyes, Juan Gutierrez, and Kevin Krigger all doubled on the Sunday card. . .Trainer Kay Cooper also had two wins including 3-year-old filly Chai ($8.42) winning her second straight for owners Jill Fabulich and Lori Heist, running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.06 under Isaias Enriquez. . .In the same race, fifth place finisher Grease Missle was claimed for $30,000 by Coastal Racing and trainer Frank Lucarelli, tying the season high and already the ninth claim of $25,000 or more at the meet. . .Welton ($14.66) and Fantastic Day gave trainer Jorge Rosales a one-two finish in race five. . . Brayan Pena notched his first win at Canterbury Park aboard Capala ($9.40) for trainer Valorie Lund. . .Next stakes action features 2-year-olds with fillies in the $50,000 Angie C Stakes on Saturday, July 6, and colts & geldings in the $50,000 King County Express on Sunday, July 7. . .Racing resumes Friday with first post 7 p.m.