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$50,000 Emerald Express notes| Emerald Downs

$50,000 EMERALD EXPRESS
2-YEAR-OLD COLTS & GELDINGS, 6 FURLONGS
18th RUNNING, SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

Track Record: tie-1:07
Atta Boy Roy (4), September 13, 2009
Noosa Beach (4), May 16, 2010
Stakes Record: tie-1:09
Sundance Circle, July 19, 2003
Hollywood Harbor, August 9, 2009

Most Wins
Trainer: 4,
Howard Belvoir (Sundance Circle, 2003; Seattles Best Joe, 2004;
Tusko T, 2005; Immigration, 2006)
Jockey: tie-2,
Ricky Frazier (Knightsbridge Road, 2002; Margo’s Gift, 2007)
Jennifer Whitaker (Sundance Circle, 2003; Immigration, 2006)
Kevin Krigger (Seattles Best Joe, 2004; Winter Warlock, 2010)
Owner: 2,
Howard Belvoir, Dan Corby & Harley Hoppe (Seattles Best Joe, 2004; Immigration, 2006)
Winner Bred: Washington 14, Kentucky 3
Favorites: 5-for-17
Track: Fast all 17 years

Owners Hometowns
1*Stikine Slough (4) One Horse Will do Corp. (Jody Peetz, Issaquah, WA); Scott & Tina Saxwold, Des Moines, WA; Chris Stenslie, Enumclaw, WA
2*Nicolas Cajun (8) Peggy Hopwood, Phoenix, AZ; Debra Larson, Phoenix, AZ
3*Mizzo’s Gold (10) Ron & Nina Hagen, Enumclaw, WA; Frank Lucarelli, Enumclaw, WA
4*Hanrahan (15)   Curtis & Darrell Landry, Gibbons, Alberta
5*Kendini (10) Helen L. Mahre, Wapato, WA
6*Illumination Road (10) Buffalo Stables (Ron Maus, Enumclaw, WA)
7*Kenai King (7-2) Bar C Racing Stables Inc. (Neal & Pam Christopherson, Hermiston, ORE)
8*Mebossman (8) R.E.V. Racing LLC (Roy Schaefer, Port Orchard, WA)
9*Italian Warrior (6) Luigi DiPietro, Seattle, WA; Diana DiPietro, Tukwila, WA
10*Del Rio Harbor (8) Desert Rose Racing LLC (D.H. Walker, Kennewick, WA); Bar C Racing Stables Inc. (Neal & Pam Christopherson, Hermiston, ORE)
11*Dallon’s Gold (15) Dixie Hitchcock, Bonney Lake, WA; Delwyn Ellis, Blackfoot, ID; Debra Larson, Phoenix, AZ

EmD 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS SERIES
July 28: $50,000 Emerald Express, 6F
Aug. 17: $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes, 6-½ F
Sept. 8: $50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes* (WA-Bred), 6F
Sept. 29: $75,000 Gottstein Futurity, 1 1/16 Mile
Sept. 29: $50,000 NWSS Cahill Road Stakes, 6F
*Sponsored by Daily Racing Form

SUPER 6 HANDICAPPERS
Joe Withee (EmD1): Kenai King, Nicolas Cajun, Stikine Slough (2-12/$88.90)
Robert Geller (EmD2): Stikine Slough, Italian Warrior, Mebossman (4-12/$101)
Gary Dougherty (Horse Racing Seattle): Kendini, Illumination Road, Stikine Slough (5-12/$105.80)
Vic Cozzetti  (Predictorsays.com): Kenai King, Italian Warrior, Stikine Slough (4-12/$141.70)
Nick Rousso (Daily Racing Form): Kenai King, Mizzo’s Gold, Stikine Slough (3-12/$114.80)
Jacob Pollowitz (EmD3): Mebossman, Kenai King, Italian Warrior (3-12/$114.00)
Consensus: Kenai King (17), Stikine Slough (9), Mebossman (6) (4-12/$109.50)

NOTES: Three of the top four finishers in last year’s Emerald Express*Mike Man’s Gold, Finallygotabentley and Music of My Soul*have won stakes this season as 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs*However, the EmD champion 2-Year-Old Male has lost this race the last three seasons: Music of My Soul finished fourth to Mike Man’s Gold in 2012, Chu and I finished second to Silver Boxcar in 2011, and Couldabenthewhisky finished fifth to Winter Warlock in 2010*With 11 horses entered, the Emerald Express is the season’s largest stakes field to date, and seven of the runners are coming off maiden victories*Betting favorites are only four-for-12 in stakes this season, and 3-year-old filly Stopshoppingdebbie has three of the wins*Thru July 26, horses breaking from post-positions 9, 10, 11 & 12 were a combined 1-for-57 in sprints this season @ EmD*Hanrahan attempts to become the fourth Canadian shipper to win a stakes this season: Hoist (Governor’s Handicap), Gosailgo, (Boeing Handicap), Herbie D (Mt. Rainier Handicap)*Washington-bred have dominated this race, winning 14 of 17 runnings, but Kentuckv-breds have won six of the first 12 stakes this season @ EmD, followed by Washington-bred with four and B.C.-breds with two.

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