He’s a Cruiser, nicely rated by jockey Leonel Camacho-Flores held off Leadership for a one-length victory Friday in the $11,025 Ashbaugh Beal Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
He’s a Cruiser ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.31 on a fast track and paid $3.20 and $2.10. Vince Gibson is the trainer for co-owners Maureen Hallett and Pam Gibson.
A 4-year-old Washington-bred gelding, He’s a Cruiser has a 3-4-5 record in 17 starts with earnings of $38.891 including $6,064 for Friday’s win.
With the field reduced to three runners*Improviso, Faster Than Duke and Scat Daddybaby all scratched*He’s a Cruiser held a pace advantage over his two foes, and led through fractions of :24.63, :48.69 and 1:12.89. He straightened into the stretch with a two-length lead, and turned back a strong challenge by Leadership for the victory.
Leadership, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, made two bids at He’s a Cruiser but was rebuffed and settled for second place. Leadership paid $2.20 for place; there was no show wagering. Whiskeyonthehouse finished third.
NOTES: Istisharry ($10.60) won his second straight race for owner/trainer Cliff Balcom in the Friday opener, but was claimed for $2,500 by owner Saratoga West and trainer Jeff Metz*Eliska Kubinova rode three winners*Istishaary, Kenzie Carolina ($4.40) and Intentional Foul ($9)*and jumped into eighth place in the jockeys’ standings with 20 wins. It was Kubinova first triple of the meet and leaves her two wins shy of the 100 mark at Emerald Downs*Woman riders rode five of the seven winners as Jennifer Whitaker and Anne Sanguinetti also had victories Friday*In a 2013 season oddity, Juan Gutierrez and Isaias Enriquez both blanked Friday, and Gutierrez maintains a 58-56 lead over Enriquez atop the standings*The early $0.50 Pick 4 paid $3,041.90 to three winning tickets. Fly Zone ($19) in race three and Famous Jessica ($17.40) in race four provided the knockout punches*Friday’s card featured the first two 1 1/16-mile races of the season: He’s a Cruiser in the Ashbaugh Beal Purse and Kenzie Carolina leading gate-to-wire to win race five in 1:45.10*Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2:15 p.m*Why Not Be Perfect and Sanguinetti are 15-to-1 on the morning line in Sunday’s $100,000 Sunset Handicap (G3) on closing day at Betfair Hollywood Park*Saturday’s 10-race Hollywood Park card features four stakes races including three graded events: $150,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G3) for 2-year-olds, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares, and $350,000 American Oaks (GI) for 3-year-old fillies*Sacramento’s feature Saturday is the $75,000 California Governor’s Cup Handicap for older fillies and mares, including the Tim McCanna-trained Ruby Pumps and four horses trained by Jerry Hollendorfer: Via Villaggio, Lady Aspen, Sister Kate and Cathy’s Crunches.