Older fillies and mares are first up as Emerald Downs launches its 29-race stakes schedule with the $50,000 Hastings Handicap on Sunday, May 12.
Ten older fillies and mares*including four multiple Emerald Downs stakes winners*are nominated to the six-furlong Hastings Handicap, which is the first stop on the road to the $65,000 Emerald Distaff on Sunday August 18.
The two top sophomore fillies from a year ago*Exclusive Diva and Champagneandcaviar*transition into the older filly or mare ranks in 2013. Exclusive Diva and Champagneandcaviar swept all four open stakes for 3-year-old fillies last year, but Champagneandcaviar earning the nod as Top 3-Year-Old Filly following narrow victories in both the Kent Handicap and Washington Oaks.
Exclusive Diva might be the better sprinter, however, and the Bernardini filly could hold a fitness edge with a sharp April 21 allowance victory under belt; she ran 5 ½ furlongs in a meet best 1:01.56 while defeating E Z Kitty by a neck.
E Z Kitty has won nine-of-17 overall including two stakes wins at Emerald Downs and three at Turf Paradise. The 5-year-old Washington-bred is six-for-11 at Emerald Downs and as won stakes here both short and long, including a triumph over Class Included in last year’s Washington State Legislators Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs.
Carrabelle Harbor has three stakes wins at Emerald Downs, two as a 2-year-old and one as a 3-year-old, and she also was runner-up in last year’s Emerald Distaff as a 4-year-old.
Gosailgo, Plus One and Saturday Nite Ride are all new faces at Emerald Downs. Go Sail Go, based at Hastings Racecourse, won a stakes restricted to British Columbia-breds last year and defeated allowance runners last month at Turf Paradise. Plus One is a four-time winner topped by a restricted stakes at Penn National last August. Saturday Nite Ride has competed in California for trainer Bob Baffert, winning a maiden special weight in February and finishing a seventh in first-level allowance last month.
The new shooters are all 4-year-olds, and 4-year-olds have fared well in the Hastings Handicap, winning the last three years and 11-of-17 runnings overall. Class Included won last year’s renewal in 1:09.17, and went on to dominate the division with three wins and one second in four stakes.
$50,000 Hastings Handicap, Six Furlongs, Sunday, May 12, 2013
Nominee Owner Trainer
Carrabelle Harbor (5-ORE) Bar C Racing & Desert Rose Racing Doris Harwood
Champagneandcaviar (4-KY) Fleur De Lis Stable LLC Howard Belvoir
E Z Kitty (5-WA) Bruce Maller Jeff Metz
Exclusive Diva (4-KY) Northwest Farms & Debbie Paxton Tom Wenzel
Gosailgo (4-BC) Greame Hope Robert J. Anderson
Maggie’s Special (6-WA) Allen Gideon Allen Gideon
Plus One (4-KY) Ten Broeck Farm, Inc. Tim McCanna
Royal Moses (4-WA) Squatting Dog S & R G Warwick Tim Harder
Saturday Nite Ride (4-KY) North American T-bred Racing Mike Puhich
Smokin Grey (4-MD) Donnybrook Stable Frank Lucarelli