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Sophs vie in pair of sprints

April 23, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ladyledue wins the $45K Northwest Stallion Knights Choice Stakes on August 9, 2008, at Emerald Downs
(photo by Erin Palmer, courtesy of Emerald Downs)
Emerald Downs stakes action begins this weekend

By Vince Bruun, Emerald Downs

The road to the Emerald Derby and Washington Oaks begins this week as 3-year-olds square off in the $30,000 Inaugural Stakes and the $30,000 Auburn Stakes.

Sophomore fillies meet in the six-furlong Inaugural Stakes on Saturday, April 25, and 3-year-olds colts and geldings meet in the six-furlong Auburn Stakes on Sunday, April 26. They are the first of 35 added-money events worth $2,015,000 to be run at the 2009 meeting.

Ladyledue (2-2-0-0-$50,261) will put her unblemished mark on the line in the Inaugural. Trained by Bonnie Jenne for owner Jon Sather, the Washington-bred by Slewdledo won the Knights Choice and Diane Kem Stakes by a combined 12¾ lengths last year, and has trained exceptionally well for her 2009 debut.

Broadway Hennessey (7-2-1-0-$64,320) was a stakes winner in Northern California last year and has been nominated to the Inaugural by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Leading trainer Tim McCanna and leading stakes trainer Doris Harwood have nominated two horses each to the Auburn. Eight-time local training champion McCanna nominated Rooster City (5-1-1-2-$24,897) and Snake Attack (4-2-0-1-$23,800) while Harwood, winner of 19 stakes the last two seasons, nominated Enumerator (3-2-0-0-$33,660) and Noosa Beach (4-2-1-1-$55,375).

Hollendorfer also nominated a runner to the Auburn, Kentucky-bred Rendezvous (7-3-1-2-$67,467), a Victory Gallop colt who finished third to Chocolate Candy in the El Camino Real Derby (GIII) at Golden Gate Fields.

Nominations for the 14th running of the Inaugural Stakes (nominee, trainer, owner):
Broadway Hennessey, Jerry Hollendorfer, Hollendorfer/Todaro
Crocodile Tuff, Dan Markle, Sue & Tim Spooner
Known as Lu, Craig Roberts, September House
Ladyledue, Bonnie Jenne, Jon W. Sather
Mizzen You, Dan Markle, Frank Krysinski
Seeking Ema, Doris Harwood, Northwest Farms
Shamus On Me, David Bennett, Shamus On Me
Where I Belong, Doris Harwood, Coal Creek Farm

Nominations for the 14th running of the Auburn Stakes (nominee, trainer, owner):
Alpakapaluza, Jim Penney, Kaam’aina Thoroughbreds
Enumerator, Doris Harwood, Herman Sarkowsky
Noosa Beach, Doris Harwood, Jeff Harwood
Rendezvous, Jerry Hollendorfer, Todaro/Team Green
Rooster City, Tim McCanna, Victor George Bahna Jr.
Snake Attack, Tim McCanna, Dunn Bar Ranch
Zagreus, Tom Wenzel, Ron Crockett Inc.