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Immigration remains perfect in $45,000 Northwest Stallion Series


August 13, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo

Auburn, WA (August 13, 2006) - Despite a slow break, Immigration came from off the pace in a dominating performance to win the $45,000 Northwest Stallion Series Strong Ruler Stakes Sunday, August 13, at Emerald Downs. It is the second consecutive stakes win and the third straight victory for the unbeaten colt.

Trained by Howard Belvoir, Immigration broke from post four with Jennifer Whitaker in the saddle.

The son of Delineator was bumped out of the gate, allowing Yacht Spotter to run to the front and set opening fractions of 22 2/5 seconds for the quarter mile and 45 2/5 at the half-mile mark.

"I had a knot in my stomach when I was seeing horses tails," Whitaker said. "He's not used to that. I thought I could rate him a little, but he didn't want to do that."

"It's always tough when you see them break slow," Belvoir said. "But he's such a nice colt I thought he could compensate for it."

Yacht Spotter held the lead down the backstretch as Immigration pressured from the outside, making a run for the lead on the turn. At the head of the stretch, Immigration hit high gear and opened up a two-length lead before holding off a late charging Liberty for Al with Ben Russell in the irons.

"He's got a big closing move," Russell said of Liberty for Al. "If he would have stayed up closer in the early part he could have caught Immigration."

Immigration crossed the wire in 1:17 3/5, earning $22,275 for the stakes win to bump his career total to $57,178 in just three starts. He paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 for the win.

Liberty of Al ran second and returned $5.60 and $3.20. Onehundred Days brought in $2.80 for third.