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Field set for Washington Cup $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic | Emerald Downs
Sunday’s ninth running of Washington Cup championships will be without one of Emerald Downs’ most heralded runners, Noosa Beach.
The 5-year-old gelding, owned by Jeff Harwood and trained by Doris Harwood, had been expected to defend his title in the $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, the ninth and final race on Washington Cup IX.
The Cup’s card includes a series of six stakes races for Washington-breds worth $215,000. First post is 2 p.m. at the Auburn oval.
Noosa Beach, the track Horse of the Meet last year and 2009 Longacres Mile champion, has won seven consecutive stakes races over the past 14 months.
Joe Withee, the track’s publicity director, speculated during Wednesday’s post draw that the Harwood stable likely will run the mighty gelding in the $100,000 British Columbia Premier’s Handicap on Oct. 2 at Hastings Racecourse.
Although the track’s best horse the past two years won’t be on hand, the Cup still packs star power with Wasserman, the track’s all-time leading earner, drawing the No. 3 post position in the Classic.
The 9-year-old gelding, trained and owned by Howard Belvoir and ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, makes his sixth straight Classic start and his seventh appearance overall in a Washington Cup race.
“There’s not too many horses you can see with one whole page of the Racing Form around here,” Belvoir said.
Wasserman was victorious in the 2008 and ’09 Classic, settled for second in the same stakes in ’06 and ’10, and finished third in ’07.
“He’s sound, and he goes,” Belvoir said. “And as long as he’s sound and he’s happy, he’ll be there.”
Although Noosa Beach will not run, the field does feature another Harwood horse, with Aaron the Baron, ridden by jockey Gallyn Mitchell, running out of the No. 4 spot.
Also entered into the Classic will be last year’s third-place runner, He’s All Heart, trained by Larry Wolf and owned by Vic Tory Stables. He’s All Heart, will be ridden by jockey Juan Guiterrez and will run out of the No. 2 post.
$40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic field
(Post, horse, rider, trainer)
• 1, Mr. Mad Max, Joe Steiner, Dan Markle;
• 2, He’s All Heart, Juan Gutters, Larry Wolf;
• 3, Wasserman, Jennifer Whitaker, Howard Belvoir;
• 4. Aaron the Baron, Gallyn Mitchell, Doris Harwood;
• 5, Snow On The River, Pedro Terrero, Monique Snowden; and
• 6, Newfound Man, Leslie Mawing, Blaine Wright