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Sunday at Emerald Downs: 2-year-olds set for first two-turn test in wide open $50,000 WTBA Lads Stakes, Carrabelle Harbor seeks 3rd straight in Barbara Shinpoch

August 26, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The winner of the $50,000 WTBA Lads Stakes on Sunday could come from any post, as a half-dozen face off in wide-open affair in their first attempt at one mile.

Winter Warlock should be the favorite after he defeated top choice Seattle Sniper in the Premio Esmeralda on August 8. The first stakes winner by Demon Warlock went gate-to-wire and prevailed for a -length victory.

Couldabenthewhisky, who won the Strong Ruler Stakes on July 18, looks for redemption Sunday after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premio Esmeralda. However, the son of Harbor the Gold had plenty of excuses after bumping at the start and steadying at the three-sixteenths pole.

Gdanz Xpress could be the wildcard, as the Liberty Gold gelding has not disgraced in his first two stakes starts. The Washington-bred showed closing ability and could benefit from the added distance.

The field for the 29th running of the WTBA Lads:Tatenator, Miguel Perez, 114 lbs.; Hayjax, Ricky Frazier, 116; Seattle Sniper, Juan Gutierrez, 116; Winter Warlock, Kevin Krigger, 120; Gdanz Xpress, Francisco Duran, 114; Couldabenthewhisky, Gallyn Mitchell.

Carrabelle Harbor seeks third straight in Barbara Shinpoch

Undefeated double stakes winner Carrabelle Harbor and five others will compete in their first route race Sunday in the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes*the championship event for 2-year-old fillies at one mile.

Carrabelle Harbor has dominated her respective stakes division, winning the Knights Choice and the Angie C, but she will have to conquer two turns in the Shinpoch to capture her third consecutive stakes victory. Trainer Doris Harwood said the daughter of Harbor the Gold is doing well since her 9-length romp in the Angie C on August 8. Carrabelle Harbor worked with stablemate Kids Kooler on Wednesday in a bullet :471 for four furlongs.

Kids Kooler could be Carrabelle Harbor's toughest opponent Sunday, as the daughter of First Samurai received a 65 Beyer Speed Figure*the highest Beyer of the six entries*after breaking her maiden with a 6 -length triumph on August 14. Harwood said she expects Kids Kooler sit right off Carrabelle Harbor on the front end.

"Kids Kooler can relax," Harwood said. "I think Carrabelle Harbor will probably lead, and then Kids Kooler can stalk her."

The field for the 29th running of the Barbara Shinpoch: Kids Kooler, Gallyn Mitchell, 115 lbs.; Rossi Reserve, Juan Gutierrez, 113; Wings of Pegasus, Kevin Krigger, 115; Chasing Demons, Miguel Perez, 113; Lady Golightly, Pedro Terrero, 113; Carrabelle Harbor, Ricky Frazier.