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Fillies fill nominations for $50,000 Irish Day Handicap | Emerald Downs
An evenly matched group of 13 3-year-old fillies is nominated to Sunday’s $50,000 Irish Day Handicap at one mile.
Chu and You, practically invincible last year as a 2-year-old, is assigned high weight of 119 lbs for the Irish Day, the second stop en route to the $65,000 Washington Oaks on August 9.
A Washington-bred daughter of You and I, Chu and You rebounded with a big runner-up effort in the June 1 Seattle Handicap, resisting gamely when headed by highly regarded California invader City by the Bay. Chu and You dropped a three-quarter-length decision to City by the Bay, but showed the brilliant speed that led to three stakes wins and honors as the track’s Top 2-Year-Old Filly of 2013. Chu and You’s biggest obstacle Sunday might be distance, as the Irish Day mark’s her debut at a route distance.
The rapidly improving Find Your Spot was given second high weight of 118 lbs. Claimed for $25,000 in her career debut last September, the daughter of Nationhood has won three straight races and four of her last five, including a 25-to-1 stunner February 28 at Santa Anita. The Irish Day also marks her two-turn debut, and her first start in a stakes.
Strawberry Dawn, Sunpenny and Belladiva all were stakes placed as 2-year-olds, while Mylast Sweet Pea finished third at 50-to-1 to City by the Bay and Chu and You in the Seattle.
Trainer Tom Wenzel, winner of a record three straight Irish Days with Elusive Noise, Exclusive Diva and Stopshoppingdebbie, nominated Quiet Wisdom and Timeless Pleasure to this year’s race.
$50,000 Irish Day Handicap, Sunday, June 29
3-Year-Old Fillies, One Mile
Horse. . . . .Wt. . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
Avadiva (3-BC). . .114. . .Mauro Comensoli. . .Robert Anderson
Belladiva (3-WA). . .115. . .Jeff Cissell. . .Junior Coffey
Cheeky Stone (3-WA). . .115. . .Karen & Mickey Taylor. . .Larry Ross
Chu and You (3-WA). . .119. . .Mike & Amy Feuerborn. . .Robbie Baze
Da Burn (3-WA). . .114. . .Dunn Bar Ranch LLC. . .Junior Coffey
Find Your Spot (3-WA). . .118. . .Where We At. . .Jim Penney
Mylast Sweet Pea (3-WA). . .115. . .Stiles & Johnson. . .Robbie Baze
Papa’s Flashy Girl (3-CA). . .114. . .McGhee/Saratoga West. . .Jeff Metz
Quiet Wisdom (3-KY). . .115. . .NW Farms/ C & M Racing. . .Tom Wenzel
Red Ran Back (3-KY). . .115. . .Mike & Amy Feuerborn. . .Robbie Baze
Strawberry Dawn (3-WA). . .116. Sue & Tim Spooner. . .Dan Markle
Sunpenny (3-WA). . .116. . .Z Thoroughbred Partners III. . .Frank Lucarelli
Timeless Pleasure (3-KY). . .115. . .NW Farms & Debbie Paxton. . .Tom Wenzel