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BH Lisas Boy among weekend's starters at EmD

April 29, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Bh Lisas Boy wins the $72,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Challenge Championship on September 6, 2015
(photo by Erin Palmer, courtesy of Emerald Downs)
Bh Lisas Boy, who as a 3-year-old dominated last year’s $72,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Challenge Championship, returns in the first race, a $5,000 allowance for Quarter Horses going 350 yards, on Sunday, May 1. The eight-horse field also includes 11-year-old Vodka With Ice, who makes his first appearance here since a 17-1 upset in the 2013 Emerald Downs Challenge Championship. The well-traveled gelding has won 15-of-64 starts with earnings of $428,989.

Saturday, April 30, feature race

Two of the meet’s snappiest winners to date meet Saturday in the $16,600 feature race for 3-year-olds and up at 5½ furlongs.

Carded as race eight on a nine-race card, the race is for $25,000/$22,500 claimers that have never won two races, and features six evenly matched runners.

Thisdewarsforyou ran a huge race off the bench for veteran trainer Neil Knapp. The 5-year-old Montana-bred set blistering fractions in the April 9 race—:21.94, :44.22 and :55.84—and held off Party Pooper for a half-length victory. The winning time of 1:01.92 for 5 ½ furlongs translated to a career-high 79 Beyer, and Thisdewarsforyou is now 3-3-0 in his last six starts.

Inexcess Again (pictured above) was just as sharp, racing to a 1 ½-length victory for red-hot trainer Blaine Wright on April 16. The 5-year-old California-bred ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.35 and earned a 77 Beyer. Inexcess Again is 4-1-1 in 10 career starts and made a seamless transition from Golden Gate’s Tapeta surface to Emerald Downs’ conventional dirt.

Trainer Howard Belvoir sends out My Chief and Perfect Night, and both have a chance. My Chief rallied to finish second to Pete’s Slew in a loaded $15,000 claimer at six furlongs on April 17, and Perfect Night, fifth to Inexcess Again two weeks ago, has 15 in-the-money finishes in 22 lifetime starts.

Daytona Beach, a speedster, and Private Boss, a deep closer, round out the six-horse field.

The field for Saturday’s $16,600 feature race for 3-year-olds and up that have not won two races (maiden, claiming and starter races for $22,500 or less not considered): Daytona Beach, Joe Steiner, 120 lbs; Thisdewarsforyou, Ronald Richard, 122; Private Boss, Rocco Bowen, 120; Perfect Night, Javier Matias, 117; Inexcess Again, Leslie Mawing, 117; My Chief, Juan Gutierrez, 117.

Sunday, May 1, feature race

Trainer Len Kasmerski and owner Roz Barclay—the hottest trainer/owner combination at Emerald Downs—swoop in for yet another kill with Queen’s Rush in Sunday’s $15,200 feature race for older fillies and mares that have never won two races.

A field of seven is entered in the six-furlong dash, which goes as race nine on a 10-race card with first post 2 p.m.

Kasmerski and Barclay have been pistol-hot to date, compiling a 5-1-1 record in nine starts at the meet, including Estellara’s runaway victory in last Sunday’s $21,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares. Although Queen’s Rush might not be as talented as Estellara, the 4-year-old Louisiana-bred enters Sunday’s fray sharp, rallying for a one-length victory vs. $15,000 maiden claimers on April 10, and the jump to a non-winners of two lifetime is a logical next step.

Our Silver Lining figures to be a top contender for the victory. The 4-year-old Packy filly led to deep stretch vs. similar competition on April 10, and should be tighter with a race under her belt.

Mylast Sweet Pea was stakes-placed three times in her 3-year-old season of 2014 but needs to move forward off a fourth in her season debut, and Let It Flo finished third in her season debut and should get a stalking trip for the outside post.

The field for Sunday’s $15,200 feature race for $25,000/$22,500 claiming that are non-winners of two lifetime: Mylast Sweet Pea, Leslie Mawing, 120 lbs; Alpine Heir, Jose Zunino, 117; Our Silver Lining, Jorge Rosales, 120; Queen’s Rush, Erick Lopez, 123; Mystic Appeal, Ronald Richard, 120; Sunshine Serenade, Rocco Bowen 120; Let It Flo, Juan Gutierrez, 120.