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Wasserman, No Flies On Doodle head stellar Washington Cup cast

September 11, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Vince Bruun, Emerald Downs

Wasserman looks to defend title in $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic

Defending-champion Wasserman will take on four rivals Sunday in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, going 1-1/16 mile for older horses, after a solid fourth place finish in the Longacres Mile. The Tribal Classic is one of seven stakes races worth an aggregate $350,000 for Washington-breds on the 10-race card. The stretch-running son of Cahill Road, who is owned and trained by Howard Belvoir, will attempt to capture his first victory of the season, after finishing behind stablemate and Longacres Mile champ Assessment all seven outs this season. “(Wasserman) is coming up to this race well—the field is going to have run well to outrun him,” Belvoir said. Wasserman is the track’s all-time earner with $471,787.

$50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (3& UP WA/BC, 1 & 1/16M)

1-Excusive Eagle (6-WA), Gallyn Mitchell (118), Martin Pimentel
2-C.R. Sawyer (4-WA), D. Hoonan-Trujillo (118), Margo Lloyd
3-Scalding Passion (5-WA), Juan Gutierrez (118), Robbie Baze
4-Wasserman (7-WA), Jennifer Whitaker (118), Howard Belvoir
5-Margo’s Gift (4-WA), Ricky Frazier (124), Doris Harwood

Atta Boy Roy and Bound To Be M V P to battle in $50,000 Chinook Pass Sprint

A true test of speed is expected between Atta Boy Roy and Bound to Be M V P in the Chinook Pass Sprint for older horses going six furlongs. “(Bound to Be M V P) is an extremely fast horse and he’s going to make us run hard early,” trainer Valorie Lund said. “(Ricky Frazier) will ride (Atta Boy Roy) like he’s stolen.” Atta Boy Roy has already put together a remarkable campaign this season. He tied the track record for fastest six furlongs in a 10-½-length romp in June and finished fifth after running the fastest opening six furlongs—1:073—in Longacres Mile history last month. Bound to Be M V P returns to Emerald Downs for the first time since his victory in last year’s Chinook Pass Sprint.

$50,000 Chinook Pass Sprint (3& UP WA/BC, 6F)

1-Chickasaw Park (7-WA), Robert Burney (119), H.R. Mullens
2-Poncho (4-WA), , Juan Gutierrez (119), Howard Belvoir
3-Immigration (5-WA), Jennifer Whitaker (119), Howard Belvoir
4-Bound to Be M V P (6-WA)Seth Martinez (117), Tim McCanna
5-Atta Boy Roy (4-WA), Ricky Frazier (123), Valorie Lund

Gadget Queen early favorite in $50,000 Belle Roberts

Gadget Queen will attempt to defend her title going 1-1/16 miles in the Belle Roberts for fillies and mares. The daughter of Flying With Eagles has yet to finish worse than third this season, including a victory in the $50,000 Washington’s Legislators Handicap on June 7. Without Elusive Horizon, who has won three straight stakes, she appears to be the one to beat. The Belle Roberts also includes Pretty Maid, who is the only BC-bred horse in a WA/BC Cup race. Clair Annette, who won the $30,000 Hastings Park Handicap on May 17, returns from a three-month layoff and figures to be the leader into the first turn. “Pace makes the race, so we will take (Gadget Queen) back and make one big move to win the race,” trainer Blaine Wright said.

$50,000 Belle Roberts (3& UP F&M WA/BC, 1 & 1/16M)

1-Clair Annette (6-WA), Seth Martinez (121), Connie Bouslaugh
2-Screaminleapofaith (5-WA)Javier Matias (119), Valorie Lund
3-Gadget Queen (5-WA), Ricky Frazier (123), Blaine Wright
4-Enumclaw Girl (4-WA), Cassie Papineau (117), Rosie Simkins
5-She’s All Silk (6-WA), Robert Burney (119), H.R. Mullens
6-Perhaps Perhaps (4-WA), Gallyn Mitchell (117), Vann Belvoir
7-Pretty Maid (5-BC), Troy Stillwell (117), Mike Puhich

Competitive group seeks stardom in $50,000 Trooper Seven

Without Noosa Beach, at one mile, the Trooper Seven for Stakes 3-year-old colts and geldings appears to be the most wide-open race on the card. Six out of the eight entries finished in the top three in their previous race including Siberian Cocktail, who beat Roy’s Tops and Big Liberty in an optional-claiming race on July 11. The son of Siberian Summer finished second to Noosa Beach in the 2008 Dennis Dodge Stakes. He’s All Heart, who has improved with each race, will be a top contender for Vic-Tory Stables IV. The Private Gold gelding has a 3-3-0 mark in eight starts this season and has been especially tough at the mile distance. “He has outdone himself,” trainer Larry Wolf said.

$50,000 Trooper Seven Stakes (3YO WA, 1M)

1-He’s All Heart (3-WA), Robert Burney (116), Larry Wolf
2-Quinalt (3-WA), , Gary Gavica (116), , Carlos Moreno
3-Who’s Your Next Ex (3-WA)D. Hoonan-Trujillo (118), Charles Essex
4-Eighty Eight (3-WA), Gallyn Mitchell (116), Vann Belvoir
5-Toss’m Again (3-WA), Troy Stillwell (118), Roy Lumm
6-Roy’s Tops (3-WA), Javier Matias (116), Vann Belvoir
7-Siberian Cocktail (3-WA), Seth Martinez (118), Tim McCanna
8-Big Liberty (3-WA), Juan Gutierrez (116), Jim Penney

No Flies On Doodle goes for third straight in $50,000 John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes

No Flies On Doodle attempts to continue her success going a mile in the John & Kitty Fletcher stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The Vann Belvoir-trainee has finished first or second in all six of her career races. “It looks like there is a lot of speed,” Belvoir said. “Being on the inside of the speed, it looks like we will have to commit to the first turn.” One speed horse is Ladyledue, who won the first three stakes races this season in the 3-year-old filly division and returns from a two-month break to reclaim the top spot. With two second-place finishes to No Flies On Doodle, Point of Reference looks to make the next step to becoming a stakes winner at Emerald Downs. Swag Stables, owner of No Flies On Doodle, has already set an Emerald Downs single-season record with 26 wins in 2009.

$50,000 John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes (3YOF WA, 1M)

1-Glo Bou Liza (3-WA), D. Hoonan-Trujillo (116), Charles Essex
2-No Flies On Doodle (3-WA)Gallyn Mitchell (121), Vann Belvoir
3-Ladyledue (3-WA), Ricky Frazier (121), Bonnie Jenne
4-Perfect Finish (3-WA), Jennifer Whitaker (116), Howard Belvoir
5-Point of Reference (3-WA)Javier Matias (116), Frank Lucarelli
6-Victorialilsecret (3-WA), Juan Gutierrez (116), Jim Penney
7-Expressa (3-WA), Troy Stillwell (116), Petra Lewin

Koala Beach a top contender in $50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes

Koala Beach, who has been victim to Hollywood Harbor’s great season, could be tough to beat at 6½ furlongs in the Dennis Dodge Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Hollywood Harbor will run in the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity on September 26. “I am happy not to go against Hollywood Harbor,” trainer Doris Harwood said. “(Koala Beach) is solid and he always tries hard.” The son of Harbor the Gold has finished in the money in all three stakes races this season. However, six out of the other seven entries in this race are coming off victories and look fit enough win again. Tough Road, who appears to be working well, is the only first-time starter in the race. Harwood leads trainers with 10 stakes wins in 2009 and has established a single-season earnings mark of $827,304. Formerly the Captain Condo Stakes, this race was renamed in honor of the beloved Daily Racing Form correspondent who died suddenly last year.

$50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes (2YO WA, 6.5F)

1-Fast Trade (2-KY), D. Hoonan-Trujillo (120), Chris Stenslie
2-Private Jettz (2-WA), Juan Gutierrez (120), Blaine Wright
3-Movie Clip (2-WA), Ricky Frazier (120), Doris Harwood
4-Edaciously (2-WA), Troy Stillwell (120), Charles Essex
5-Tough Road (2-WA), Seth Martinez (118), Dan Kenney
6-Koala Beach (2-WA), Gallyn Mitchell (120), Doris Harwood

Knight Raider short-priced in $50,000 Diane Kem Stakes

Knight Raider has been dominant this season and will attempt for her fourth consecutive stakes win going 6½ furlongs in the $50,000 Diane Kem Stakes. Trained by Doris Harwood, Knight Raider has won her last four races by a combined 33¼ lengths, which is over 8¼ lengths per victory, and she could become the first 2-year-old to win five races at Emerald Downs. However, she has yet to face Zenovit, who polished off her foes by four lengths in a $30,000 claimer on August 29. The daughter of Private Gold seems to improve with each and every race and could pull off an upset. “She was pretty green the first time she ran, but she is a real mature filly,” assistant trainer Sharon Ross said. “She is a pro, and I am looking forward to her running this race.”

$50,000 Diane Kem Stakes (2YOF WA, 6.5F)

1-Pistolpackin’gal (2-WA), Javier Matias (119), Terry Gillihan
2-Super Starlett (2-WA), Robert Burney (119), Neill Knapp
3-Have’n a Wild Time (2-WA)A.L. Gutierrez (117), Tom Wenzel
4-Zenovit (2-WA), , Seth Martinez (119), Larry Ross
5-Eloika Lake (2-WA), Gallyn Mitchell (119), Tim McCanna
6-Miss Cygogne (2-WA), Cassie Papineau (119), Bill Thompson
7-Eyes On My Heart (2-WA)Carlos Nieto (119), Doris Harwood
8-Niftys Crystal (2-WA), Juan Gutierrez (119), Bonnie Jenne
9-Private Fortune (2-WA), Troy Stillwell (117), Jim Penney
10-Rasin a Delight (2-WA), D. Hoonan-Trujillo (119), Pete Axmaker
11-Knight Raider (2-WA), Ricky Frazier (119), Doris Harwood