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Ethan’s Baby dominates $50,000 Angie C Stakes | Emerald Downs

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Ethan's Baby and jockey David G. Lopez score a 6 1/4-length victory Sunday in the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.
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Ethan’s Baby rocketed to the early lead and drew off for a 6 ¼-length victory Sunday in the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by David G. Lopez at 119 lbs, Ethan’s Baby ran six furlongs in 1:09.29 and paid $4.20, $3 and $2.20. Howard Belvoir is the trainer for owners/breeders Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, Wash.

A Washington-bred by Offlee Wild-Hope and Vow, Ethan’s Baby set fractions of :22.21, :44.92 and :56.75 en route to the dominant victory. Undefeated in two starts, Ethan’s Baby earned $27,225 to push her bankroll to $37,043.

“Well, she was much the best,” Lopez said. “I was a little worried about the first part, but she broke so good. She proved she was much better than the other fillies.”

Pippa Bou Peep, a 25-to-1 long shot ridden by Eliska Kubinova at 117 lbs, rallied to finish second and paid $10.20 and $3.60 for place and show.

Seeking the Light, ridden by Felipe Valdez at 119 lbs, had an eventful trip and finished third. The 13-to-10 second choice, Seeking the Light paid $2.20 to show.

“Just a bad break from the gate, then we got shut off after that,” Valdez said. “I thought I had room on the rail but they’re 2-year-olds and you can’t really blame anybody. She’s a really nice filly and came running in the end.”

Boss Lori, Dancingwithdebbie and Twelfth Fan completed the order of finish.

I KEEP SAYING SETS WORLD RECORD!

I Keep Saying etched his name in the record books Sunday with a world record performance in race five at Emerald Downs.

In winning by 6 ¼ lengths, I Keep Saying ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:12.94 to break the track and world record of 1:13.00 held by Sabertooth.

Juan Gutierrez rode I Keep Saying for trainer Jim Penney and owner Homestretch Farm Inc. Penney also trained Sabertooth when the 7-year-old gelding set the former track and world mark on May 22, 2005.

A 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding , by Yankee Gentleman-Arco Iris, I Keep Saying set fractions of :22.01, :43.89 and 1:06.82 en route to the world record.

Perfect Night finished second, followed by Country Rules, Polish Dollar, Botch and Fist Full of Green.

NOTES: Lopez rode four winners on the 10-race card, his second four-win day at Emerald Downs. He has ridden 10 winners in his last 33 mounts. . .Leslie Mawing rode two winners and finished the week with a 62-51 lead over Rocco Bowen atop the jockeys’ standings. . .Mawing has 17 multiple win days at the meet. . .Trainer Bill Tollett is on a 5-for-7 roll including a win by Jordans Jem ($15) in race four. . .Seattle Game won her 15th career race at Emerald Downs, most by any active horse, with a gate-to-wire score under Anne Sanguinetti in Sunday’s sixth race. An 8-year-old Washington-bred by Seattle Shamus, Seattle Game ($16.80) is 15-for-35 at Emerald Downs, including a 3-4-0 mark in eight starts this year. In winning Sunday, Seattle Game also denied stable mate Cha Cha Latte her fifth win of the meet. . .Jeff Metz, trainer of Seattle Game and Cha Cha Latte, finished the week with a 39-31 lead over Frank Lucarelli in the trainers’ standings. . .Emerald Racing Club’s Dancing Yodeler ran well again Sunday, overcoming a slow break to finish second to War Wizard ($10.40) in race three for older $3,500 claimers. Dancing Yodeler now has a win, a second and a third in four starts at the meet, while earning $5,855. . .Live racing resumes Friday at 6:45 p.m.

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