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McCanna gets win No. 51

October 10, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Auburn, WA – The run for the training title at Emerald Downs is proving to be one of the best horse races at the track.

Trainers Tim McCanna and Frank Lucarelli continue to slug it out at the top of the ranks. Lucarelli picked up three wins Sunday to tie McCanna at 50, winning on D. J. Whitney in the second, Biggest Wagner in the sixth and Three Icon in the eighth.

The tie lasted about 25 minutes.

McCanna saddled Victory Script in the ninth race feature and jockey Ricky Frazier rode the 3-year-old filly to the winner’s circle for the trainer’s 51st victory.

“This one takes the pressure off a little,” McCanna said. “But it will go down to the end.”

The two trainers have won seven of the last nine titles.

McCanna has won over fifty races seven times at Emerald Downs, winning the title five times including four years in a row between 2000 and 2003. He is also the leading stakes winner with seven.

Lucarelli won the title with 52 wins last year and with 43 victories in 1999.

In the Sunday feature, Victory Script broke from the six post and sat behind the leaders Breezing Louise and Light My Ducks as they set fractions of 22 seconds and 44 2/5 in the 6-furlong race. The daughter of Game Plan moved to the inside in the stretch to challenge the leaders.

“She’s a little funny about other horses,” McCanna said. “That was a big move for her (to go inside).”

At the head of the stretch Victory Script was two lengths back, but she finished the race nearly two in the lead with a time of 1:08 3/5.

“(Tim) told me to take back and keep her in the clear,” Frazier said. “I was getting dirt on the outside so I dropped to the inside. That was the clear spot for me.”

Victory Script paid $10.80, $4.20 and $3.20. Light My Ducks paid $3.40 and $3 for second and Breezing Louise paid $3 for show.