Jockey Anne Sanguinetti riding well in first season | Emerald Downs

Jockey Anne Sanguinetti registered her first Emerald Downs stakes victory on E Z Kitty in the $50,000 Hastings Handicap on Sunday, May 12, 2013. - Photo coutesy Erin Palmer/Emerald Downs
Jockey Anne Sanguinetti registered her first Emerald Downs stakes victory on E Z Kitty in the $50,000 Hastings Handicap on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
— image credit: Photo coutesy Erin Palmer/Emerald Downs

For jockeys, it’s never easy acquiring new business in a sport known for its strong loyalty and fierce competition. Anne Sanguinetti, however, has already started to turn heads and make favorable impressions in her first full season at Emerald Downs.

Born in Michigan but raised in the Bay Area, Sanguinetti has thrived in her new role as first-call rider for leading trainer and fellow Emerald Downs’ newcomer Jeff Metz. Both are hoping to become mainstays here, but it can be considerably more difficult for a jockey to gain momentum in new surroundings, since returning riders normally have inroads to the bigger barns.

Together, however, Metz and Sanguinetti have benefited from each other’s open books to start the season. In fact, they lead all jockey-trainer combinations with 15 wins at the meet and could catch trainer Tim McCanna and jockey Ricky Frazier who combined to win 35 races in 2009. Metz, who sits atop the trainers’ standings with 19 (Thoroughbred) wins, said Sanguinetti has been great to work with.

“Anne is such a pleasure to have around the barn,” Metz said. “I didn’t know anybody up here, and I wanted somebody in my corner. She’s been terrific.”

Sanguinetti’s hot start has parlayed itself into new business with other Emerald Downs trainers. Last week, for example, Sanguinetti rode four winners for four different trainers en route to her first Jockey of the Week selection. The 32-year-old pilot enters the week sixth in the standings with 19 wins, and she has 13 mounts scheduled with seven different trainers this week. Modest and soft-spoken (although her winning song is Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin) Sanguinetti has begun to see the results of her success.

“Any time you go some place new, you have to prove yourself,” she said. “Now I’m starting to work for some other barns and trainers are giving me a shot on their horses.”

Sanguinetti’s foray into race riding began in 2004 when she galloped horses for renowned trainer and former Eclipse Award-winning rider Wesley Ward at Hollywood Park. Simultaneously, Sanguinetti studied Economics at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Insistent that she turn professional, Ward pleaded with Sanguinetti to start her riding career while still in school.

“He kept begging me and begging me to ride in a race,” Sanguinetti said. “I told him that I have to graduate before I ride a horse.”



Rocky’s Quest, the meet’s Top Claimer of 2012, heads a field of seven tough older runners entered in Sunday’s featured $19,950 allowance/optional claiming event at one mile.

Coming off a rare clunker in the June 16 Budweiser Handicap*his first out-of-the-money finish in over a year*Rocky’s Quest appears to hold a class edge over his six rivals Sunday. In fact, the 5-year-old gelding would routinely handle fields like this one last year, when was 5-2-1 in eight starts and bankrolled $53,718 for John and Janene Maryanski.

With regular rider Juan Gutierrez up for trainer Blaine Wright, Rocky’s Quest figures a good trip with his ability to track what figures to be a fast pace.

Touch the Sun and Memphis Beach both have recorded fast wins this season at Emerald Downs, but could wind up in an early pace duel Sunday. Perfect Night, a full brother to Wasserman, stretches out and steps way up in class following a nice maiden win June 1.

Edge Forward has been facing tougher foes but is unproven around two turns. Ditto for Sandys Diamond, although the 5-year-old gelding has been a steady customer in sprints with a 1-2-0 record in four starts at the meet.

The field from the rail out for Saturday’s $19,950 feature for 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races other than maiden, claiming or starter or which have never won three races, or claiming price $32,000: Rocky’s Quest, Juan Gutierrez, 124 lbs; Perfect Night, Jennifer Whitaker, 124; Sandys Diamond, Javier Matias, 124; Edge Forward, David G. Lopez, 124; Memphis Beach, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 124; M Two Forty, Anne Sanguinetti, 124; Touch the Sun, Isaias Enriquez, 124.



Emerald Downs continues it’s monthly Emerald AM program on Saturday with a jockey-themed edition, followed by a free tram ride touring the track stable area.

Located on the track apron, the two-hour show begins at 9 a.m. and includes free admission to the day’s races, free coffee, snacks and an Official Program

Hosted by Track Announcer Robert Geller and Media Relations’ Jacob Pollowitz, Saturday’s Emerald AM will feature jockeys David Lopez and Debbie Hoonan and a special appearance from the recently retired stakes winner You Me and Ema B and her trainer Margo Lloyd. You Me and Ema B, ridden by Hoonan in all seven career starts, earned Top Older Filly or Mare honors in 2011.

During the show, race fans will have a perfect opportunity to watch Thoroughbreds in training, followed by a visit through jockeys’ quarters, which includes a first-class locker room, jockeys lounge, silks room and more.

The remaining Emerald AM’s are July 27 and August 31.


NOTES: Weekly honors: Trainer-H.R. Pat Mullens (3-2-0-1); Jockey-Anne Sanguinetti (10-4-2-0); Owner-Northwest Farms (owner/breeder top three finishers Irish Day Handicap); Groom-Elodio Madrigal (Robert Meeking); Washington-bred: I Keep Saying (breeders Jill Fabulich & Kay Cooper)*Unbeaten Stopshoppingdebbie got an 82 Beyer for her 6 ¾-length victory in the Irish Day Handicap*Music of My Soul got a 78 for his half-length triumph in the Coca-Cola Handicap*Saturday’s card includes a $17,850 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds at 4 ½ furlongs. Mebossman could become the 11th Emerald Downs winner produced by broodmare Peaceful Wings, a list that includes Budweiser Handicap winner Jebrica. Stikine Slough (Harbor the Gold-Bluledo) sold for $40,000 at the 2012 WTBOA Yearling Sale and is one of four Harbor the Gold’s in the eight-horse field. Trainer Doris Harwood and owners Bar C Racing Stables and Desert Rose Racing have two entrants: Del Rio Harbor and Kenai King. Del Rio King (Harbor the Gold-Bahati) is a full brother to 2010 Emerald Downs Top 2-Year-Old Male Couldabenthewhisky*Quarter Horses open Saturday’s 10-race card with a field of six 3-year-olds and up racing 400 yards for a $4,400 purse. J Mancuso, winner of last year’s $15,000 Pfizer Emerald Starter Allowance Stakes, makes his 2013 debut for trainer Juan Sanguino, with A.L. Gutierrez picking up the mount in place of injured J. Luis Torres*Cat On Base, a six-time winner at Emerald Downs, makes his first start of 2013 in Saturday’s seventh race for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs. Cat On Base equaled the 5 ½-furlong track record with a 1:01.37 clocking on April 14, 2012, before Hollywood Harbor lowered the mark with a 1:00.87 clocking eight days later*Also in the seventh race, Olympic Lights can take over sole possession of second place on the track’s all-time win list. The 9-year-old gelding is 16-for-40 at EmD, and currently tied for No. 2 with Market Master and Bob Stories*Including a victory by even-money favorite Spending last Friday, trainer Howard Belvoir and jockey Jennifer Whitaker have combined to win a record 308 races at Emerald Downs. Trainer Tim McCanna and jockey Ricky Frazier combined for 161 wins @ EmD, and Jim Penney and Gallyn Mitchell have combined for 120 wins at Emerald Downs*Saturday’s $50,000 County of Alameda Handicap at Pleasanton could be a race with possible Longacres Mile implications. The 1 1/16-mile race features razor-sharp Jerry Hollendorfer-trainee Summer Hit, a 4-year-old gelding with a 7-2-2 record in 11 starts including a victory in the Grade 3 All American Handicap last month at Golden Gate. And trainer Keith Nations, who shipped up Bailouttheminister for last year’s Mile, saddles Control Seeker, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Ed and Theresa DeNike of Kent, and Slim Pickins, a 5-year-old horse owned by Ken Miles of Bellevue*The weekend weather outlook calls for a scorcher at Emerald Downs, with temperature reaching the mid-to-high 80s by Sunday*Memo to Mya, a 5-year-old Idaho-bred that scored an $18.60 upset in a $25,000 claiming feature her last year, runs in Sunday’s $40,000 Front Range Stakes at Arapahoe Park*Reminder: A special day of live racing on Wednesday, July 3, featuring the annual Fireworks Spectacular after the races. First post is 4:30 p.m. with special posters and a retirement ceremony for Noosa Beach and Ricky Frazier between races three and four*Emerald Downs also has live racing on Thursday, July 4, with first post 2 p.m., but no live racing Friday, July 5. Emerald Downs is open for simulcasting July 5 including a special night card from Hollywood Park*Emerald Downs Largest Payoffs (through June 23): $2 Win-$93.60, Fighting City Hall, April 21; $2 Place-$31.40, Stryker Phd, May 19; $2 Show-$11.40, Over Souled, June 16; $2 Daily Double-$1,496.40, Fighting City Hall-Ms Eagle Eye, April 21; $1 Exacta-$264.70, Just Gonna Be-Austincitynights, June 8; $1 Trifecta-$1,547.40, Guzzlingin-Last Diamond-Warrior Jon, May 27; $1 Superfecta-$8,203.20, Jebrica-Stryker Phd-Winning Machine-Why Not Be Perfect, June 16; 123racing-$693.60, April 19; $1 Pick 3-$2,175, May 25; $0.50 Pick 4-$5,976.35, May 25; $0.50 Pick 5-$22,203.35 (track record), June 2.

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