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Head Bob gives Another Bob Stars & Stripes win

July 6, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Another Bob wins Stars and Stripes
(photo by reed palmer photography)
Auburn, WA – Less than 24 hours after the most remarkable fireworks display in King County, the Independence Day Sprint Festival began at Emerald Downs.

Nothing short of thrilling, it started with Another Bob narrowly edging The Great Face with a head-bob at the wire in the Stars and Stripes Overnight Handicap. In the process of doing so, Another Bob also set the mark for the fastest 5-½ furlong test run through 42 days this season. He captured the event in 1:02 1/5 seconds.

Setting fractions of 21 2/3 and 44 2/5 seconds, Another Bob sat behind pacesetter The Great Face for the first half-mile before rider Ricky Frazier moved up to engage the leader.

“At the top of the stretch I really felt that I was going to go and win it pretty easy,” Frazier said. “Juan’s horse just kept on running and running and I thought, 'Dang, his horse is supposed to get tired!' and my little horse just kept digging in.”

Through the final eighth of a mile it was anybody’s race between Another Bob and The Great Face. The pair dueled head and head through the drive.

“You got to give credit to Juan (Gutierrez aboard The Great Face),” Frazier continued. “He rode a great race and I wasn't sure who won. It was a really, really close race. Both these horses deserve to win and I'm just glad we got the extra nod.”

Gutierrez gives the horse all the credit.

“She is a really good horse,” Gutierrez said. “With a couple more races in her, she will be great.”

This is the first stakes win for Another Bob, a 3-year old son of Memo. He improved his record to 2-2-0 from five career starts and increased his earnings to $34,595.

“This little horse just gets better as the days go on,” said trainer Rick Terry. “He matures so quickly it's incredible. He's grown up two years in six months.”

Another Bob returned $11.40, $5.00 and $3.00. The Great Face’s equally great performance returned $6.40 and $3.20.

Wasserman, the favorite at 3/5, broke well and was never far back while riding the rail. The 3-year-old gelding was angled out by rider Jennifer Whitaker, then moved back in toward the fence only to wind up with third spoils in the event. He returned $2.20 to show.

Marvelous Marva makes it four
The always marvelous Marva Jean won the $25,000 Betsy Ross Handicap making it four straight wins for the Frank Lucarelli-trained mare.

The 5-year-old daughter of West By West with Mick Ruis in the irons won the 6-furlong Independence Day Sprint Festival stakes by taking command of the race at the half-mile pole and crossing the wire in the lead by two lengths.

“When she starts moving, I know it’s time,” Ruis said. “I just hang on; it’s that simple.”

This sprint stakes was Marva Jean’s third stakes victory this season. Earlier she won the Hastings Park Handicap and the Washington Legislators Stakes. Her first win was a $40,000 optional claiming to open the season April 16.

“We’ve worked hard to get her to relax,” Lucarelli said. “We jog her for 2 miles before she works. She’s doing great as she’s matured.”
Only Oralee broke to the front and set a first quarter fraction of 21-4/5 seconds before yielding to the winner.

Marva Jean finished the race in 1:09 1/5 and improved her record to 7-4-4 from 25 starts lifetime with $136,015 in earnings.
“It’s really nice when it all comes together,” owner Chris Randall said. “Frank has worked with her for four years now and it has paid off.”

Marva Jean paid $3 and $2.10. There was no show wagering. Strollin Slew paid $2.10 for second and Melba Jewel, part of a two-pronged Lucarelli entry was third.

Red, White and Blue goes to Light My Ducks
She nearly never made it to the racetrack, but on Monday afternoon, Light My Ducks scored her second win in three starts by capturing the third leg of the Sprint Festival – The Red White and Blue.

Breathing down the throat of Breezing Louise for the first quarter mile, Light My Ducks sat half-a-length off opening fractions of 21-3/5 and 44-2/5.

At the three-eighths pole, rider Ben Russell began to encourage Light My Ducks and gained command with two furlongs to run.
Through the stretch, a trio of runners came charging at the 3-year-old filly by Free At Last. Breezing Louise, who remained game until the final sixteenth, and America’s Girl presented a late danger to the leader. Several lengths back, with an impressive late run, was Chris Symons aboard Roanaway Bride.

“She breaks well and has got some speed,” Russell said. “Terry said to let her run her way and that she feels comfortable between horses when going around the turn.

“I let her loose and opened up a little bit and she held on. She did a real professional job and I was really happy to ride her.”
When they hit the wire, Light My Ducks remained on top, completing the 5-½ furlong test in 1:03.

“She’s come a very long way,” said trainer Terry Gillihan. “She came close to dying and Dr. Elliot Simkins did a great job with her, and helped her pull through. She has a lot of heart.”

Light My Ducks provided rider Ben Russell with his third winner on the card and his 399th of his Emerald Downs career.

“I have a lot of confidence in her [Light My Ducks],” Gillihan continued. “She trains well and is very competitive. I thought this would be a good spot for her and she just ran her heart out.”

Light My Ducks returned $12.20, $5.20 and $4.60. Roanaway Bride’s late kick was good enough for second to pay $4.00 and $3.40. America’s Girl, who was steadied from the seven-sixteenths pole to the three-eighths and lacked racing room with a quarter of a mile left, seemed to find a way to get up for third and pay $4.00.

Diamond View takes Old Glory
Jockey Ricky Frazier made it a two-stake day by winning the final Independence Day Sprint Festival handicap event with 20 to 1 long shot Diamond View.

After guiding Another Bob to the win in the Star and Stripes Handicap in the seventh race, Frazier picked up the ride when Gary Baze was unable to ride due to back pain.

The 5-year-old son of Diamond Sword stayed off the pace behind race favorite Salt Grinder, Best On Tap and Commodore Craig.
“I knew the only way to beat Salt Grinder was take my horse back,” Frazier said. “It was still a tough race.”

Salt Grinder co-owns the track record for 6 furlongs in 1:07 3/5, but was unable to hold the lead after setting fractions of 21-4/5 seconds and 44-1/5 seconds.

“Today was a good learning experience (for this horse),” state Hall of Fame trainer Jim Penney said. “We want him to stretch out and now maybe we can.”

Diamond View made his move in the stretch and won with less then a length margin for the win.

The Old Glory was the first stakes victory for Diamond View, raising his record to 4-4-2 from 15 lifetime starts with $56,187 in earnings.
Diamond View paid $40.20, $21.80 and $6.80.
No Giveaway paid $10.20, $5.60 for second and Commodore Craig paid $4.60 for third.

Assistant trainer Kay Cooper said 6 ½-furlong world record holder Sabertooth is being pointed toward the 6 ½ furlong $40,000 Governor’s Handicap July 31. The race could bring a duel between Sabertooth and trainer Jim Penney’s other premier runner, Salt Grinder, who holds the 6-furlong track record of 1:07 3/5. Salt Grinder won the Governor’s in 2004.