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Saddleranch wins Saturday feature | Emerald Downs

Saddleranch held off Assessment in a driving finish and scored a half-length victory Saturday in the $21,000 Carl’s Jr. Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by David G. Lopez, Saddleranch ran one mile in 1:35.31 and paid $5.60, $4.20 and $3. Mike Puhich is the trainer for owner Mark Dedomenico of Redmond.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Vindication-Excessively Nice, Saddleranch is 3-0-1 in four starts since shipping to Washington from trainer Bob Baffert’s stable in Southern California.

Assessment, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, loomed boldly in the final furlong but was unable to get by Saddleranch and finished second. Assessment, the 2009 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting, paid $10.40 an $4.80.

Polish Dollar, the early leader ridden by Juan Gutierrez, held third and paid $2.60 to show. A 7-year-old gelding, Polish Gift is 3-1-2 in six starts at the meet and is 13-for-34 lifetime at Emerald Downs.

Deacon Speakin’, Royal Moses and Forin Sea completed the order of finish.

Saddleranch pressed the pace as Polish Dollar led through fractions of :23.44, :46.17 and 1:09.81, gained the lead on the last turn, and held off Assessment through the lane for the victory. Overall, Saddleranch is 5-1-1 in 10 starts with earnings of $104,160.

NOTES: Jockey Connie Doll and owner/trainer Allen Gideon scored their first Thoroughbred wins of the meet when Silly Streak ($35.40) got up to win the 10th race nightcap*Lopez, Gutierrez and Isaias Enriquez rode two winners apiece and Gutierrez and Enriquez remain tied for first with 70 wins each*Harwood was the only trainer with two wins Saturday*Ducoti ($6.20) scored her 10th career victory and second win in three starts in Saturday’s sixth race. Trainer Bill Tollett also reclaimed the 6-year-old He’s Tops mare*Congratulations to co-owner George Todaro of Seattle as Lady of Fifty rallied for a 10-to-1 upset in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap for older fillies and mares at Del Mar*Saturday marked the 80th anniversary of the opening of Longacres, August 3, 1933*Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:15 p.m* The $50,000 Angie C. Stakes for 2-year-old fillies goes as the ninth race at 6:24 p.m., with Michael & Amy Feuerborn’s Chu and You is the 9-to-5 morning line favorite and Sue & Tim Spooner’s Strawberry Dawn the 5-to-2 second choice.

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