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Nominations released for Washington Cup IV

September 11, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA (September 9, 2006) - Seventy-two different horses have been nominated to the seven stakes races that comprise Washington Cup IV, to be contested on September 17 at Emerald Downs.

Three of last year's divisional champions have been nominated to Washington Cup IV, headlined by the 2005 Washington-bred Champion 3-Year-Old Filly, Queenledo. A winner in her last start, the $100,000 Emerald Breeders' Cup Distaff, Queenledo competed on the Washington Cup III program, finishing second in the John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes. The Tim McCanna trained daughter of Slewdledo is one of 12 fillies and
mares nominated to the $50,000 Belle Roberts Stakes, held at the distance of 1 1/16 miles.

Halonator, the defending champion in the Belle Roberts, has been nominated to the 2006 edition of the race. Since winning last year's renewal, the daughter of Delineator has competed four times, scoring a victory in a starter allowance in late May that was her ninth consecutive win.

Sabertooth, the Washington Horse of the Year in 2002 and last year's state-bred Champion Sprinter, is one of 12 nominees to the Chinook Pass Sprint, held at the distance of 6 furlongs. Sabertooth has been victorious in his last two starts, and the 8-year-old son of Petersburg has prevailed in eight of 27 outings during his career, with earnings of $311,393.

Also nominated to the Chinook Pass is Starbird Road, a three-time winner at the 2006 Emerald Downs meet with victories in the Seattle Handicap and the Governor's Handicap. The son of Count the Time has won six of his last nine starts, and is seven for 15 in his career. The Sharon Ross trainee competed in the Chinook Pass Sprint on the
Washington Cup III program where he finished third.

Norm's Nephew, the 2005 Washington-bred Champion 3-Year-Old, has been cross-nominated in the Chinook Pass Sprint and the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, which attracted 11 nominees. The son of Jazzing Around was a four-time winner at Emerald Downs last year, but has yet to visit the winner's circle in five starts in 2006. The Jim Orr-trained gelding finished third in the FSN Handicap and the Governor's Handicap, in
addition to a second-place run in the Budweiser Emerald Handicap.

Confidential Call, who finished second when beaten a neck in the Trooper Seven Stakes on last year's Washington Cup card, has been nominated to this year's running of the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic. The son of True Confidence began his 4-year-old season with consecutive victories at Emerald, followed by a second-place run in the Independence Day Handicap.

Also nominated to the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic is Corvallis Dee, who has won his last two starts by a combined 16 lengths. The son of Slewdledo, trained by Bud Klokstad, won the Gottstein Futurity in 2003, but went 34 months until his next trip to the winner's circle.

The Trooper Seven Stakes has attracted 15 nominees, headlined by Exclusive Eagle, winner of the Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup Handicap August 6. The son of Flying With Eagles prevailed at odds of 25-1 in that event, and has since returned with a third-place run in the Emerald Downs Breeders' Cup Derby.

Zillah's Knight, the runner-up from the Emerald Downs Derby, has been nominated to the Trooper Seven. The son of Basket Weave was beaten a length by Raise the Bluff in the Derby, but finished a neck better than Exclusive Eagle.

Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks heroine She's All Silk tops of a list eight sophomore fillies that have been nominated to the John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes. The daughter of Delineator went gate to wire when taking the Oaks, holding off a late charge by Chestnut Lady to win by a head. In 2005, the Pat Mullens-trained filly crossed the wire third in
the Diane Kem on Washington Cup III.

Recent Barbara Shinpoch Stakes winner Irene's Bonus Baby is the headliner in this year's Diane Kem Stakes, which attracted nine nominees. The daughter of Free at Last has yet to finish worse than second in four career starts, and has a second-place finish in the
Northwest Stallion Series Knights Choice Stakes to go along with her Shinpoch tally.

This year's Captain Condo Stakes lists 11 nominees, including the two-time stakes winner Immigration. The 2-year-old son of Delineator won both the Emerald Express and the Northwest Stallion Series Strong Ruler Stakes prior to a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association Lads.

Also nominated to the Captain Condo was Full Power Ahead, who finished third in the WTBA Lads, and Onehundred Days, the runner-up in the Emerald Express and the third-place finisher in the Strong Ruler.