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Who’s Your Next Ex takes the Saturday feature $11,100 Coca-Cola Purse | Emerald Downs

Who’s Your Next Ex prevailed in a furious three-horse finish Saturday in the $11,100 Coca-Cola Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Who’s Your Next Ex finished a head in front of an onrushing Mr. Mad Max, with Immigration a neck back in third place.

Ridden by Joe Crispin, Who’s Your Next Ex*the longest shot on the board*ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:15.79 on a fast track and paid $21, $9.20 and $5.40. Charles Essex is the trainer for owners Tad Stillwell, Dennis Trenkenschuh and Moon Glow Farms.

Mr. Mad Max, ridden by Debbie Hoonan, rallied from last to finish second and just missed the victory. A triple winner at Emerald Downs last year, Mr. Mad Max was making his first start since closing day last September, and paid $7.60 and $4.40.

Immigration, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, paid $4.20 for show. The hard-luck 8-year-old gelding has earned nearly $200,000 in a 54-race career that includes 16 seconds and nine thirds.

Win Photos Will Do, Jiddaw and Outa Crown completed the order of finish.

Outa Crown, the even-money favorite, and Jiddaw, the second choice at 5-to-2, both faded after dueling through fractions of :22.11 and :44.45.

Who’s Your Next Ex stalked the early leaders, pounced to the lead into the stretch and held off the two closers for his seventh win in 24 career starts. A 6-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Who’s Your Next Ex earned $6,105 to increase his bankroll to $75,277.

NOTES: Congratulations to Hastings Racecourse*home of Kentucky Derby & Preakness Stakes winning jockey Mario Gutierrez. The Vancouver B.C. track is sure to be rocking again in three weeks when I’ll Have Another and Gutierrez bid for the first Triple Crown sweep since 1978. And congratulations to Ivan Puhich, the Washington native who books mounts for the 25-year-old jockey!*2011 Chinook Pass Stakes winner Youtheprizeandi was beaten a nose by Hard Spun Secrets ($11.80) in a $30,000 allowance/claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Golden Gate Fields*Eliska Kubinova, Juan Gutierrez and Leonel Camacho-Flores rode two winners apiece on the nine-race card. Kubinova has five wins in two days, and she leads Crispin 18-17 in the jockeys’ standings, with Gutierrez and Camacho-Flores tied for third with 16 wins apiece*Veteran jockey Luis Torres broke into the win column with a $39.80 surprise aboard Churchbellsringing in the seventh race*There were six double-digit-winners topped by Churchbellsringing, Ivory Man ($32.40) and Who’s Your Next Ex. Not surprisingly, there were no tickets with five winners in the $0.50 Pick 5, and the carryover to Sunday is $3,523*The late $0.50 Pick 4 with Clandestiny ($3.60), Churchbellsringing, Who’s Your Next Ex and first-time starter Stephiano ($14.20) paid $1,807.70*Incidentally, Seattle Times handicapper Scott Hanson pegged Churchbelssringing right on top. Hanson also selected second-race winner Tapadero ($12.40) and fourth-race winner Carry On John ($6.20)*Live racing continues Sunday with an 11-race program at 2:15 p.m. The featured eighth race is the 73rd edition of the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap at 6-½ furlongs. Defending champion Noosa Beach is the even-money favorite on Rob Rao’s morning line, with world record-holder Hollywood Harbor the second choice at 8-to-5. Rounding out the field are 2011 Top 3-Year-Old Jebrica (5-to-1), 2009 Top 3-Year-Old Winning Machine (8-to-1) and 2010 Top Juvenile Male Couldabenthewhisky (12-to-1). The Governor’s is the first race in the 2012 Longacres Mile Series that culminates with the 77th running of the Grade 3 classic Sunday, Aug. 19.

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