$50,000 Governor’s Handicap notes | Emerald Downs

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013

Track & World Record: 1:13, Sabertooth (7), May 22, 2005
Stakes Record: 1:13-4/5 & 1:13.97
Trooper Seven (1980) & Winning Machine (2012)

Most Wins
Horse: 4
Handy N Bold (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
Trainer: tie-4
Charles Essex (Handy N Bold, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
Howard Belvoir (Red Eye Express, 1974; Wasserman 2007 & 2008; Assessment, 2010)
Jockey: tie-4
Gary Baze (Red Eye Express, 1974; Trooper Seven, 1980-81; Chinook Pass, 1982)
Chris Loseth (Travelling Victor, 1984, 1985; Bedside Promise, 1986; Lucky Baba, 1991)
Gallyn Mitchell (The Wicklow Man, 1998; Salt Grinder, 2004; Assessment, 2010; Noosa Beach, 2011)
Owner: 4
Doris Orr (Handy N Bold, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)

Purse: 1st*$27,500-2nd*$10,000-3rd*$7,500-4th*$3,750-5th*$1,250

Governor’s Handicap @ Emerald Downs (1996-2012)
Favorites: 6-for-17/Odds-On Favorites: 3-for-8
Gate-to-Wire: 8-for-17
Biggest $2 Win: $47.20, The Wicklow Man (1998)/Smallest $2 Win: $3.40, Noosa Beach (2011)
Winner Bred In: Washington 7, British Columbia 5, Kentucky 3, California 2

1*Kooky Saluki (12) MOH Stables Inc (Dan Lewis, Sammamish, WA)
2*Stryker Phd (15) Jim & Mona Hour, Bellevue, WA
3*Hoist (9-2)         North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. (Glen Todd, Surrey, B.C.)
4*Edge Forward (6) Ivor Jones, Seattle, WA; Jack Jones, Seattle WA
5*Why Not Be Perfect (5-2)J. C. Racing Stable (John Sanguinetti, Los Altos, CA)
6*Winning Machine (9-5)   Fleur De Lis Stables (Raymond Kwik, Spokane, WA; Paul Goldberg, Westport, CN)
7*D’honorable One (6) Nelson Family Racing (Heidi Nelson, Bothell, Wash.)
8*Assessment (15) Tice Ranch Stables LLC (Diane Tice, Seattle, WA)

May 19-$50,000 Governor’s Handicap, 6 ½ Furlongs
June 16-$50,000 Budweiser Handicap, 1 Mile
July 21-$50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap, 1-1/16 Mile
Aug. 18-$200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), 1Mile
Sept. 8-$50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic ® 1-1/16 Mile

Joe Withee (EmD1): Edge Forward, Winning Machine, D’honorable One (0-1*$9.00)
Robert Geller (EmD2): Edge Forward, Hoist, Winning Machine (1-1*$14.60)
Gary Dougherty (Horse Racing Seattle): Hoist, Edge Forward, Winning Machine (0-1*$4.30)
Vic Cozzetti  ( Winning Machine, Hoist, Why Not Be Perfect (0-1*$6.40)
Nick Rousso (Daily Racing Form): Kooky Saluki, Winning Machine, Hoist (0-1*$9.60)
Jacob Pollowitz (EmD3): Winning Machine, Hoist, Edge Forward (0-1*$9.00)
Consensus: Winning Machine (15), Edge Forward (13), Hoist (12)

NOTES: Kentucky-breds topped Washington-breds 12-8 in open stakes events last year at EmD, but Wa-breds are off to a 1-0 lead this year after E Z Kitty edged Exclusive Diva in the May 12 Hastings Handicap*Trainer Jeff Metz and jockey Ann Sanguinetti combined for the win with E Z Kitty and also team with Why Not Be Perfect in the Governor’s Handicap. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred, Why Not Be Perfect is 4-for-5 since being claimed by Metz last October, and was bestowed Top Male Turf Horse at the 2012-13 Turf Paradise meet*John Sanguinetti (J.C. Racing Stable) is the father of jockey Anne Sanguinetti*Winning Machine could join Wasserman (2007-08) and Handy N Bold as (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003) repeat Governor’s winners at EmD*The owners of Hoist (North American Thoroughbred Racing Co.) also campaigned 2012 Longacres Mile winner Taylor Said*Aaron Gryder (Hoist) currently is leading rider at Hastings Racecourse (49-15-10-8 thru Saturday), but has ridden mainly in Southern California and New York during his 25-year career. A 42-year-old native of West Covina, CA, Gryder has 3,606 career wins*Assessment makes his fifth start in this race, and at 9 years old would be the oldest horse to win the Governor’s Handicap. Assessment finished first in 2010, second in 2009 and 2011, and sixth in 2008.

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