Gosailgo, the longest price in the four-horse field, romped to a five-length victory over Exclusive Diva in the $50,000 Boeing Handicap for older fillies and mares Sunday at Emerald Downs.
E Z Kitty finished third after a slow break, and Champagneandcaviar finished fourth.
Ridden by Debbie Hoonan at 116 lbs, Gosailgo ran one mile in 1:35.08 and paid $20.20 and $4.40. Robert J. Anderson is the trainer for owner Greame Hope of Burnaby, British Columbia.
A 4-year-old B.C.-bred by Finality-Sailpost, Gosailgo led through fractions of :24.31, :47.23, 1:10.84 and 1:22.72. She held a three-length lead into the stretch, and had plenty left to hold off 4-to-5 betting favorite Exclusive Diva and 6-to-5 second choice E Z Kitty.
Based at Hastings Racecourse, Gosailgo had made two earlier trips to Emerald Downs this season, finishing fourth in the May 12 Hastings Handicap won by E Z Kitty and third in the June 9 Washington State Legislators Stakes won by Exclusive Diva.
Exclusive Diva, ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 121 lbs, chased Gosailgo from flag fall to finish, but settled for second place, and paid $2.60 for place.
E Z Kitty, ridden by Anne Sanguinetti at co-high weight of 121 lbs, finished third, 4 ¾-lengths back of Exclusive Diva. The six-time stakes winner prefers to freewheel up front, and might have been compromised by a tardy break.
Gosailgo, meanwhile, had smooth sailing on the lead.
“She went up to the lead really easy,” Hoonan said. “She was really game. Underneath me, she felt like she knew what she was doing, and that she was in charge.
“It felt like we were going really easy and we really were. I was really surprised that (E Z Kitty and Exclusive Diva) didn’t go to the lead. I thought they’d be out there wingin’ and dingin’, but I guess they were trying to play a different game today and it worked in our favor. I could feel I had a lot of horse left, so I just waited and waited as long as I could.”
Gosailgo has an overall record of 4-1-2 in 11 starts with earnings of $96,739, including $27,500 for Sunday’s triumph. The chestnut filly also scored a restricted stakes victory last year at her home track.
For Hoonan, the win came in her first mount back after missing nearly a month with a leg injury.
“It’s just surreal coming back to win this race after an injury,” she said. “It hasn’t even really hit me yet. I don’t see the injury as a bad break really. It’s just an opportunity to come back and show who you are.”
NOTES: Isaias Enriquez with four wins and Juan Gutierrez with two wins continue to dominate the race for leading rider. At the season’s midway point defending champion Gutierrez leads Enriquez 58-56, while Rocco Bowen and David G. Lopez are tied for third at 30 wins apiece*Enriquez already has 18 multiple-win days, including two four-win days and three three-win days*Trainer Frank Lucarelli had two more wins Sunday and has 10 wins in the last nine racing days. Lucarelli won with first-time starter Mizzo’s Gold ($4.80) in race three, and Jewel S. ($7.60) scored her second win of the meet in race seven*Jeff Metz, who saddled E Z Kitty to a third-place finish in the Boeing Handicap, remains atop the standings by a 23-21 margin over Lucarelli. Chris Stenslie and Tim McCanna are tied for third place with 19 wins each*Congratulations to jockey Matt Hagerty on his first two-win day at Emerald Downs since August 23, 2008. Hagerty, 23, scored gate-to-wire victories for trainer Vince Gibson aboard Princess Madison ($5.20) in the Sunday opener and Mufaajy in race six*Jockey David G. Lopez was given a two-day suspension, Friday July 12 and Saturday, July 13, for causing interference aboard Country Rules in Thursday’s ninth race. Country Rules finished first but was placed second for interfering with Mike Man’s Gold in the stretch run*Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:45 p.m*And, of course, congratulations to Northwest native and Washington Racing Hall of Fame member Russell Baze for career win No. 12,000 Sunday at Pleasanton.