Kind of Naughty refused to surrender Friday night at Emerald Downs.
With Isaias Enriquez aboard for his second win on the card, Kind of Naughty held off Stephanie Plum in a furious finish for a head victory in the $14,800 Ashbaugh Beal Purse for older fillies and mares.
Trained by Frank Lucarelli for owners Chris Randall and Nick Rossi, Kind of Naughty ran one mile in 1:36.47 and paid $7.40, $4.40 and $2.80.
Stephanie Plum, ridden by leonel Camacho-Flores, rallied strongly to just miss the victory and paid $4.60 and $3.
Maggie’s Special, the 6-to-5 betting favorite ridden by Eliska Kubinova, was five lengths back in third place and paid $2.10 for show. Ronda Rocks, Better to Be Lucky and English Lace completed the order of finish.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Songandaprayer, Kind of Naughty has an overall record of 3-3-2 in 14 starts with earnings of $59,029, including a 2-1-0 mark in four starts at the meeting.
Kind of Naughty set fractions of :23.30, :46.25 and 1:10.90, was 2 ½-lengths clear into the stretch, and gamely held off Stephanie Plum in the final strides.
Lucarelli, second in the trainers’ standings with 23 wins, went home with half the field. In addition to Kind of Naughty, he saddled fourth-place finisher Ronda Rocks and claimed fifth-place finisher Better to Be Lucky for $20,000 for owner REV Racing.
NOTES: The late $0.50 Pick 4 paid a season-high $7,791.90 for the combination of Royal Shrine ($26.40), Credit Line ($17.20), Kind of Naughty and Grand Baylee ($25.20)*Enriquez was the only jockey with two wins and climbed within one win of defending champion Juan Gutierrez in the jockeys’ standings. With 33 days remaining in the 75-day meeting, Gutierrez leads Enriquez 62-61*Owners Sue & Tim Spooner had a big night as first-time starters Strawberry Dawn ($7.80) and I Absolutely Will finished first and third in Friday’s $17,850 opener for maiden special weight 2-year-old fillies. Ridden by Debbie Hoonan and trained by Dan Markle, Strawberry Dawn ran five furlongs in :57.33 on a fast track. The winner is a homebred by Tribal Rule-Ruby Dawn*Trainer Charles Essex made it six straight days with a winner as Mo’em Down ($6.60) prevailed over Snooper Dauper in race two*Touchdown Huskies!!! Well, not exactly, but Priceless Keith ($2.80) broke through with the maiden win in race three for trainer Terry Gillihan and owner/breeder Ron Crockett Inc*Like father, like son. After Vann Belvoir saddled a winner on Friday’s card at Del Mar, Howard Belvoir countered Friday night as Royal Shrine broke a six-race skid with a $26.40 upset in race four*The July edition of Emerald ED convenes 12 p.m., Saturday, in the Emerald Room (4th floor) at Emerald Downs. Breeding is Saturday’s topic, with Emerald Downs’ own Joe Withee the featured guest. Sign up free at emeralddowns.com*2012 Washington Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Quizzical is 6-to-1 on the morning line in Saturday’s $75,000 Star Filly & Mare Sprint at Sacramento*Live Emerald Downs racing continues Saturday with first post 2:15 p.m.