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Washington Cup IV at Emerald Downs


September 18, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Auburn, WA - Seven stakes worth $40,000-$50,000 lined the cards on Sunday, Sept. 17, for Washington Cup IV at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington. Starbird Road set a new 6-furlong track record of 1 minute, 7-2/5 seconds in the Chinook Pass Sprint.

Win, place and show for each race are as follows:

$50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic
Winner: Norm's Nephew; second: Wasserman; third: Corvallis Dee

$50,000 Belle Roberts
Winner: Queenledo; second: Roanaway Bride; third: Me O Me O My

$40,000 Captain Condo Stakes
Winner: Immigration; second: Windsong At Last; third: Gonnadowhatiwanado

$40,000 Trooper Seven Stakes
Winner: Midwesterner; second: Plain James; third: Sharper Edge

$40,000 Chinook Pass Sprint
Winner: Starbird Road; second: Sabertooth; third: Slewicide Cruise

$40,000 Diane Kem Stakes
Winner: Skewing; second: Redness; third: Just Get'er Done

$40,000 John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes
Winner: She's All Silk; second: Wave Her On; third: Maevid

Queenledo overcame a difficult start to win the $50,000 Belle Roberts, becoming just the third female to win six or more career stakes at Emerald Downs. After winning last month’s $100,000 Emerald Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a commanding 8 1/4 lengths, Queenledo entered the 1 1/16-mile Belle Roberts as the heavy 1-to-5 favorite in the race for older fillies and mares.

The 4-year-old filly certainly proved how good she is as she won the race despite stumbling out of the gate and running last during the early portions of the race.

“She broke hard and fell down to her head,” said jockey Sandi Gann, who rode Queenledo. “The race strategy went out the door. But she’s just a pure athlete and was able to overcome it.”

The lackluster beginning did little to slow down Tim McCanna’s charge as she gobbled up the field down the lane and went on to win the stakes by 2 lengths over Roanaway Bride.

Queenledo’s final time was 1:41 4/5 – the fastest Belle Roberts time ever at Emerald Downs.

It was the seventh victory in 18 starts for Queenledo, a Washington-bred daughter of Slewdledo, out of Tenderness. The filly collected $20,000 to increase her lifetime earners to $237,824 for owners the Kings and Queens Stable.

Queenledo joins Fleet Pacific and Ropersandwranglers as the only females to win six or more local stakes races.

In addition, Queenledo also became just the second female to banked more than $200,000 at Emerald Downs as her victory increased her local career earnings to $208,541. Fleet Pacific is the track’s all-time leading money earning female with $307,058.

Queenledo returned $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Roanaway Bride, under Ricky Frazier, paid $4 and $3.20. Me O Me O My was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and returned $3.20.

Cielo Dulce, Star Amethyst, Unquestionable, Carrie’s a Jewel, Smokie River and Halonator, last year’s Belle Roberts winner, completed the order of finish.

Norm’s Nephew made a classic run to win the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic. The 4-year-old son of Jazzing Around, trained by Jimmy Orr, broke from the third post in the 1-1/16 mile event with Debbie Hoonon-Trujillo in the irons for her second stakes win of the day.

Norm’s Nephew stalked the leader Coravallis Dee as he set fractions of 22 4/5 seconds in the quarter mile and 46 1/5 in the half mile. The gelding ran about 4 lengths back in the backstretch and began to make his move on the far turn.

“He was listening to me down the backstretch,” Hoonon-Trujillo said. “We have a connection. It was like a dream ride.”

At the head of the stretch, Norm’s Nephew moved into the lead and extended his margin to more than 2 lengths by the wire, stopping the clock at 1:41 1/5.

Norm’s Nephew improved his record to 5-3-3 from 15 starts with $139,438 in lifetime earnings and paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.40. Wasserman ran second for $3.60 and $2.40 and Corvallis Dee finished third paying $2.40.

The stakes victory was the first of the season for Norm’s Nephew.

Hoonon-Trujillo also won the Chinook Pass Sprint aboard Starbird Road, becoming the first female jockey in state history to win two stakes races on a single card.