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Belvoir seeks fourth consecutive Emerald Express


July 20, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA (July 20, 2006) - Howard Belvoir, Dan Corby, and Harley Hoppe's Immigration heads a list of 12 juvenile colts and geldings entered for Saturday's $45,000 Emerald Express Stakes, the first 2-year-old stakes event for males at the Emerald Downs meet.

Belvoir has conditioned the Emerald Express winner in each of the past three years. Belvoir won the race with Tusko T. in 2005, Seattles Best Joe in 2004, and Sundance Circle in 2003. No trainer in track history has won the same stakes race over four straight years.

A son of Delineator, Immigration broke his maiden at first asking when taking a maiden special weight event on June 25. The colt dueled throughout the early stages of that race before opening up in the stretch, and holding on to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Immigration will break from post nine with Jennifer Whitaker at the helm.

Onehundred Days will start in the Emerald Express for trainer Tim McCanna and the ownership of Dunn Bar Ranch. The son of Slewdledo was a 3 -length winner in his career debut when scoring at Emerald Downs on July 9. Onehundred Days will break from post 11 with Kevin Krigger scheduled to ride.

Also slated for a start in the Emerald Express is Carter Hall, owned by September House and trained by Craig Roberts. The son of Petersburg won his career debut when holding on to prevail by a neck over Shum, who also returns for Saturday's race. Gallyn Mitchell, the all-time leading rider in Emerald Downs history, gets the call aboard Carter Hall.

Trainer Jim Penney, who won the Emerald Express in 1997 with Mass Class, has entered Michael and Amy Feuerborn's Windsong at Last in this year's edition. The son of Free at Last finished third in his career debut, beaten 2 lengths by Carter Hall, and has since returned to score a maiden victory against $40,000 claiming rivals.

Emerald Downs is celebrating its 10th anniversary season with a 91-day racing meet from Friday, Apr. 21st through Sunday, Oct. 1st. The centerpiece of the 2006 season is the 71st running of the Grade III $250,000 Longacres Mile to be held on Sunday, August 20th. For more information please visit www.emeralddowns.com