I Keep Saying crossed the wire first, but Cariboo Road was awarded the win Saturday in the $14,375 Olympic Springs Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
The stewards ruled that I Keep Saying, under left-handed urging, came out and impeded Cariboo Road in deep stretch and disqualified I Keep Saying winner from first to second place. I Keep Saying, ridden by Ronald Richard, ran 5-½ furlongs in 1:01.81, and finished first by a head, as the 4-year-old gelding held off the 3-year-old gelding in one of the season’s most exciting races to date.
Cariboo Road, ridden by Debbie Hoonan, paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10. The Washington-bred son of Cahill Road rallied into contention, and was gaining on the winner before being bumped in the final yards.
Trained by Dan Markle and owned by Glyn Kelly and Anne MacLennan of Vancouver, B.C., Cariboo Road was among the track’s better sophomores last year, finishing third in the Premio Esmeralda and fourth in the Dennis Dodge Stakes. Including Saturday’s victory, Cariboo Road is 2-2-1 in eight career starts with earnings of $38,249.
I Keep Saying, racing for the first time since August, took the lead nearing the three-eighths pole, and finished gamely to the wire. I Keep Saying paid $2.40 and $2.20.
Fist Full of Green, Eliska Kubinova riding, was 6 ½ lengths back in third place and paid $2.80. Leadership and Our Blend completed the order of finish.
NOTES: Hoonan completed a sweep of the late daily double with a victory on first-time starter Ben My Chree ($13) was the only rider to win two races on the eight-race card*With a victory on Meet Sela ($4) in race three, Juan Gutierrez continued his streak with at least one win on all five cards to date. Gutierrez leads David G. Lopez 9-5 in the jockeys’ standings. Lopez blanked for the first time Saturday*Chris Stenslie led the trainers with two wins and has surged to an 8-5 lead over Jeff Metz atop the trainers’ standings*Mr. Top Kat, owned and trained by Alan Bozell, extended his winning streak to three with a one-length victory in the sixth race for 3-year-olds and up which are non-winners of three races lifetime. Ridden by Rocco Bowen, Mr. Top Kat ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.17 and paid $17.80. During his win streak, Mr. Top Kat has won at odds of 16-to-1, 18-to-1 and 7-to-1*The 7-year-old mare Seattle Game ($2.10) continued her winning ways with a gate-to-wire victory in the Saturday opener, running five furlongs in a meet fastest :56.80 for five furlongs. Jose Zunino rode the winner for trainer Vince Gibson and owner Bill Bomar. Also in the first, Mile Easy was declared a non-starter after the stewards determined the 4-year-old filly broke from the gate with the shank still attached*Tigah ($6.20) and jockey Alonso Quinonez rallied past Summer Hit and Russell Baze to score in the 65th running of the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3) at Golden Gate Fields. Gallant Son finished third under Dennis Carr*Raised a Secret, third to Music of My Soul and Finallygotabentley in the 2012 Gottstein Futurity, was runner-up at 10-1 in the Grey Memo Stakes at Hollywood Park. The Grey Memo was one of eight stakes for California-breds on Gold Rush Day at Hollywood*Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:15 p.m.