Royal Moses exploded through the stretch and notched a 10-to-1 upset over Perfect Pie in Saturday’s $18,900 feature race for fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Javier Matias, Royal Moses ran six furlongs in 1:09.38 and paid $22, $6.60 and $5.80. Tim Harder is the trainer for Squatting Dog Stable and Rusty Warwick.
A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Cahill Road-Miss Wagon Lode, Royal Moses consistently fires big stretch finishes but had run three straight seconds before Saturday’s victory. Her overall record is 3-8-0 in 15 starts with earnings of $97,892.
Perfect Pie, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, finished three quarters-of-a-length behind the winner and paid $10 and $6.60.
River of Aces held third and paid $4. For trainer Charles Essex, the third-place finish broke his streak of six consecutive days with at least one victory. But Essex and River of Aces went down swinging, as the lightning-quick filly led through splits of :22.17, :44.86 and :56.93, finally yielding the lead in the final sixteenth.
Cielator, the 2-to-1 betting favorite, had a rough trip, finishing in sixth place.
In the eighth race, a $21,000 sprint for older optional claimers, Camp Granada ($8.60) held off Polish Dollar in a desperate finish for a head victory in 1:15.25 for 6 ½ furlongs. David G. Lopez rode the winner for trainer Frank Lucarelli and owner/breeder Ron Crockett Inc.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Forest Camp*Pleas Write, Camp Granada is 3-2-0 in seven career starts with earnings of $40,250. The outcome made amends for two defeats to Polish Dollar earlier at the meet*but it wasn’t easy.
Polish Dollar resisted gamely from the inside, refusing to fold after losing the lead, and made one final surge in the final strides to miss by a head. Nevertheless, the 7-year-old gelding is 13-for-33 lifetime and 3-1-1 in five starts at the meet for trainer Robert Meeking.
Rocky’s Quest, the 9-to-10 betting, finished a half-length back in third place.
HARDSION BREAKS THE ICE IN NIGHTCAP
Apprentice jockey Maggie Hardison scored her maiden victory Saturday aboard 20-to-1 Come On Cozzene in the 10th race finale for trainer/co-owner Arturo Arboleda. A 29-year-old Californian who earned a degree in Psychology at Auburn University, Hardison’s victory came in her 31st career mount.
NOTES: The $0.50 Pick 5 carryover to Saturday is $4,537.30*The 4-year-old Washington-bred gelding I Keep Saying ($6.40) kept on rolling with a one-length victory over Belt in race seven, an $18,900 optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Eliska Kubinova for trainer Jim Penney and owner/breeder Homestretch Farm, I Keep Saying ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.80 and has finished first in all four starts at the meet, including a DQ to second on April 27*Jockey Lorenzo Lopez and trainer Juan Sanguino swept the early daily double, winning the 870-yard opener with Cascade Dynamite ($9) and the 350-yard second race with Rf Pistol Pete ($5.20), the latter becoming the first Quarter Horse with two wins at the meet. The victories moved Sanguino atop the Quarter Horse trainers’ standings with four wins, and Lopez into a first-place tie with Debbie Hoonan in the Quarter Horse jockeys’ standings with three wins apiece*Congratulations to trainer John Holmes for his first win of the meet, as First Last Chance ($4) rallied to score under Jose Zunino in race four*Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:15 p.m. The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap goes as race nine at 6:24 p.m., with six 3-year-olds and up racing 1 1/16 miles in the final local prep for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3). Southern California shipper Tres Borrachos is the 8-to-5 morning line favorite, and Hastings Racecourse flash Herbie D the 3-to-1 second choice*Trainer Vann Belvoir made it two wins in two days as Washington-bred Somewhere With You ($18.80) scored in Saturday’s Del Mar nightcap for owner/breeder Coal Creek Farm.