$65,000 Emerald Distaff notes and records | Emerald Downs





Track Record: 1:45 2/5, Flying Notes (3), September 2, 2002

Stakes Record: 1:47, Elusive Horizon (4), Aug. 16, 2009


Most Wins

Horse: 2 (Fleet Pacific, 2000-01)

Trainer: 3, Jerry Hollendorfer (Secret Corsage, 2005; Gemstone Rush, 2007, Lemon Kiss, 2008)

Jockey: 3, Juan Gutierrez (Infernal McGoon, 2002; Elusive Horizon, 2009; Class Included, 2012) Russell Baze (Secret Corsage, 2005; Gemstone

Rush, 2007, Lemon Kiss, 2008)

Owner: 2, Rocking B Thoroughbreds (Fleet Pacific, 2000-01)


Track Condition: Fast every year except 2004; Aunt Sophie (sloppy) & 2007; Gemstone Rush (sloppy)

Favorites: 9-for-17; Odds-on Favorites: 2-for-2

Largest $2 Win: $37.20, Ignite the Passion, 1999

Smallest $2 Win: $2.60, Class Included, 2012

Average Field Size: 8.5 (largest 10, 1996; smallest 4, 2013)

Gate-to-wire winners: Fleet Pacific, 2000 & 2001; Elusive Horizon, 2009

Smallest Win Margin: head, Pleas Write, 1996

Largest Win Margin: 8-¼ lengths, Queenledo, 2006


Purse: $65,000

1st*$35,750 2nd*$13,000 3rd*$9750 4th*$4875 5th*$1625



1* Exclusive Diva (2)   Northwest Farms LLC (Jerre Paxton, Yakima, WA),

Debbie Paxton, Yakima, WA

2* E Z Kitty (3)                        Highlander Racing Stables LLC (Bruce Maller, Incline Village, NV)

3* Whiskey Miner (20)      Jack Porter, Vancouver, WA

4* Royal Moses (10)     Squatting Dog Stable (Craig Harder, Moses Lake, WA) R G Warwick (Davenport, WA)

5* Champagneandcaviar (8)Fleur De Lis Stables (Raymond Kwik, Spokane, WA;

Paul Goldberg , Westport, CT)

6* Evelyn’s Dancer (9-5)        Mark Dedomenico LLC (Dr. Mark Dedomenico, Redmond, WA)

North American Thoroughbred Racing Company Inc. (Glen Todd Surrey, B.C.)

7* Wando Woman (12)     J. Dennis Spence, Surrey, B.C.


Older Fillies & Mares @ Emerald Downs

May 12: $50,000 Hastings Handicap 6 Furlongs-E Z Kitty-1:08.26-$5.60

June 9: $50,000 WA State Legislators Stakes, 6-½ Furlongs-Exclusive Diva-1:14.88-$5.60

July 7: $50,000 Boeing Handicap, 1Mile-Gosailgo-1:35.08-$20.20

Aug. 18: $65,000 Emerald Distaff, 1-1/8 Mile

Sept. 8: $50,000 Belle Roberts (Washington-bred), 1-1/16 Mile



Joe Withee (EmD1): Evelyn’s Dancer, Champagneandcaviar, Exclusive Diva (3-16*$113.80)

Robert Geller (EmD2): Evelyn’s Dancer, Wando Woman, E Z Kitty (6-16*$125.90)

Gary Dougherty (Horse Racing Seattle): Wando Woman, Champagneandcaviar, Evelyn’s Dancer (6-16*$122.90)

Vic Cozzetti  ( Exclusive Diva, Evelyn’s Dancer, Champagneandcaviar (5-16*$169.60)

Nick Rousso (Daily Racing Form): Evelyn’s Dancer, E Z Kitty, Exclusive Diva (5-16*$143.50)

Jacob Pollowitz (EmD3): Evelyn’s Dancer, Exclusive Diva, Champagneandcaviar (5-16*$144.30)

Consensus:  Evelyn’s Dancer (23), Exclusive Diva (9), Wando Woman (7) (5-16*$133.40)


NOTES: The Emerald Distaff is the championship event for fillies and mares* Last year’s Distaff winner, Class Included, became only the second female runner in track history to be named Horse of the Meeting. Also, Class Included and Elusive Horizon are the only horses sweep both the Washington Oaks and the Emerald Distaff. With a victory, Champagneandcaviar could become the third*E Z Kitty entered last year’s Distaff, but was scratched after she was sold privately to out-of-state connections*Both trainers Michael Puhich and Jeff Metz could sweep today’s Distaff and Mile. Puhich saddles Evelyn’s Dancer in the Distaff and holds three aces*Hoist, Mr. Bowling & Tres Borrachos*in The Mile. Meanwhile, Metz sends out E Z Kitty in the Distaff, with her stable mate Why Not Be Perfect representing the Metz barn in The Mile.

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