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Third highest handle at Emerald Downs

May 8, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, Wash. (May 6) - Emerald Downs had its third highest single day handle in track history on Saturday, with $2,773,425 wagered on the 11-race program. The handle included all monies bet on Emerald Downs' races both in state and out of state. Saturday's handle ranks behind only 2003 Longacres Mile Day ($3,037,581) and 2005 Mile Day ($2,906,525). Saturday was the highest Kentucky Derby Day handle in track history.

Rusty Rolls rolled to the win in the Saturday feature race at Emerald Downs on the day of the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Hours after the 3-year-old colt Barbaro put the field away in the derby, Emerald's 4-year-old gelding, Rusty Rolls, made his own move from off the pace in the 5 furlong $25,000 optional allowance to earn a trip to the winner's circle. Rusty Rolls broke from the 11 post in the 12-horse field and stalked the pace set by race favorite Be a Halo with fractions of :21 2/5 seconds and :44.

Rusty Rolls is trained by Vince Gibson and ridden by Kate Repp, who picked up the mount after jockey Ben Russell was injured before the seventh race and was taken off his mounts for the rest of the day. "He's a big strong horse, but I was able to take him back," Repp said. "We sat chilly until we found a place to run. As soon as we got clear the horse went running."

At the head of the stretch the gelding moved from third to the front past Best Game in Town and Be a Halo. Rusty Rolls finished the race in 1:02 3/5 and paid $19, $6.60 and $3.80. Best Game in Town paid $5.60 and $3.40 for second and Be A Halo paid $3 for show.