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Stephanie Plum takes the Friday feature | Emerald Downs
The consistent 5-year-old mare Stephanie Plum fired another bullet Friday night at Emerald Downs.
With regular rider Leonel Camacho-Flores aboard, Stephanie Plum rallied past Just Have’n Fun into the stretch and pulled away for a convincing 3 ¼-length victory in the $13,750 Ashbaugh Beal Purse for Washington-bred fillies and mares. Stephanie Plum ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.95 and paid $5, $3 and $2.10.
Trained by H.R. Pat Mullens, and co-owned by Mullens, Swede Larson and Ed Zenker, Stephanie Plum has a 3-2-1 mark in seven starts this season with earnings of $29,574. Her consistency and versatility*Stephanie Plum has victories this season at 5 ½ furlongs, six furlongs and 1 1/16 miles*could make her a candidate for the meet’s Top Claimer award later in the meet.
A Washington-bred by Memo-Almost Skint, Stephanie Plum is 4-3-2 in 12 starts overall with earnings of $37,004.
Just Have’n Fun, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, held second place and paid $4 and $2.40. A steady 4-year-old Washington-bred, Just Have’n Fun has finished first, second or third in 12 of 19 career starts, but is winless in seven starts since a gate-to-wire victory last September.
Whiskey Miner, the 5-to-2 second choice ridden by David G. Lopez, rallied from last to finish third and paid $2.20 for show. Private Fortune and Clemens Brook completed the order of finish.
NOTES: Jockey Nathan Chaves and trainer H.R. Gibson were the hot combination Friday as they teamed for victories with Impuregold ($20.60) in race two and A K Racer ($22.60) in race seven. All nine of Chaves’ wins at the meet, have paid double-digits*Trainers Jeff Metz and Frank Lucarelli each had winner and remain tied atop the trainers’ standings at 28 wins each*Win Photos Will Do ($18.80) lived up to his name with a nose victory over Camp Pendleton after a lengthy photo in race three. Ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, Win Photos Will Do is trained by Tim McCanna and co-owned by McCanna and Gordy Jarnig*Sanguinetti rode two winners and tied Javier Matias for sixth place in the jockeys’ standings at 27-all*In a 2013 meeting rarity, leading riders Juan Gutierrez and Isaias Enriquez both blanked Friday and remain tied for first at 68 wins each *Live racing continues Saturday with a 10-race card at 2:15 p.m*Polish Dollar is the 9-to-5 betting favorite in the $21,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at one mile.