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He's All Heart wins $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at Washington Cup IX | Emerald Downs
He's All Heart took the early lead and then stole the show Sunday as Emerald Downs presented Washington Cup IX with a series of six stakes race for Washington-breds worth $215,000.
With the day's riding star calling the shots, He's All Heart romped by 10-¼-lengths in the $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and up. Juan Gutierrez*No. 1 all-time with 12 Washington Cup victories*rode the final three Wa Cup winners Sunday, topped by the gate-to-wire victory aboard He's All Heart.
Trained by Larry Wolf for Vic Cozzetti's Vic-Tory Stables, He's All Heart ran 1-1/16-mile in 1:43.03 on a sloppy track and paid $6.80, $3.40 and $2.40.
A 5-year-old by Private Gold-Big Headache, "Heart" earned $21,620 while pushing his lifetime bankroll over the hundred-grand mark to $105,294. Third to Noosa Beach in the 2010 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, He's All Heart has a 7-6-5 record in 27 career starts.
Sunday, He's All Heart took the lead at once and controlled the pace while setting fractions of :24.36, :48.29, 1:12.39 and 1:36.76. He turned aside Wasserman into the last turn, was five lengths clear into the stretch, and poured it on late to win by double digits.
"I just kept waiting and waiting and trying to save as much horse as I could," Gutierrez said. "He's a really nice horse. He gave me everything today."
Newfound Man, the 1-to-1 betting favorite ridden by Leslie Mawing, finished well for second place, but was no threat to He's All Heart. Newfound Man returned $2.60 and $2.20.
Wasserman, appearing in his seventh Washington Cup, finished third and paid $3. It was the 9-year-old's sixth straight start in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic*all with Jennifer Whitaker riding*and he now has two firsts, two seconds and two thirds in the race. The track's all-time leading earner, Wasserman earned $5,404 to increase his Emerald Downs earnings to $540,741.
Aaron the Baron finished fourth after a slow break, and Snow On the River completed the order of finish. Mr. Mad Max was scratched earlier in the day.
Our Eagle Boy soars high in Chinook Pass
Our Eagle Boy handled his first route race just fine, thank you.
Sent to the lead at once by jockey Juan Gutierrez, Our Eagle Boy led all the way and notched a one-length victory over Big Bad Brown in the $35,000 Chinook Pass Stakes for 3-year-old Washington-bred colts and geldings.
Our Eagle Boy ran one mile in 1:37.13 on a sloppy track and paid $18.20, $7.80 and $5. Chris Stenslie is the trainer for owner Patricia Hallowell of Auburn, Wash.
A chestnut gelding by Tribunal-Miss Nice Choice, Our Eagle Boy came into the race off a strong Aug. 21 maiden victory, but all three of his career starts were in six-furlong races. He handled the transition fine, however, while setting fractions of :23.88, :47.37, 1:11.33 and 1:23.87.
Our Eagle Boy turned back bids by Big Bad Brown on the last turn and Codys a Bobcat in the stretch to prevail.
"Big Bad Brown was putting some pressure on us on the outside, but my horse was relaxed," Gutierrez said. "I asked him at the quarter-pole, and he really responded."
Cody's a Bobcat, ridden by Leslie Mawing, rallied from last to finish second and paid $5.20 and $3. Big Bad Brown, ridden by Pedro Terrero, held third and paid $3.20.
Madoff With It All finished fourth, followed by 6-to-5 betting favorite Showme Yourfriends, Ontheshadyside and Praise a Native.
Our Eagle Boy earned $17,857 to boost his career total to $29,537, with 2-1-0 mark in four starts.
Sweet Nellie Brown holds off Lilly's a Jewel in Belle Roberts Stakes
One of Emerald Downs' most consistent older fillies and mares finally earned her stakes stripes with a gate-to-wire victory in the $35,000 Belle Roberts Stakes.
Sweet Nellie Brown, runner-up this season in both the Hastings Handicap and Emerald Distaff, held on gamely for a three-quarter-length triumph in 1:43.67 for 1-1/16 miles on a sloppy track. Ridden by Juan Gutierrez and trained by Jim Penney, Sweet Nellie Brown (pictured right with jockey Juan Gutierrez) set fractions of :23.98, :46.68, 1:10.60 and 1:36.60 en route to the victory.
A 4-year-old Cape Canaveral filly bred by Fred and Debbie Pabst, Sweet Nellie Brown earned $18,918 to increase her bankroll to $103,918 for owners James and Zola Proffitt of Tacoma, Wash. Sweet Nellie Brown has a lifetime mark of 5-5-1 in 18 starts.
Lilly's a Jewel, ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, challenged Sweet Nellie Brown through the lane but couldn't get past the winner and settled for second place. Lilly's a Jewel paid $3.40 and $2.60. It was five lengths back to Private Fortune, ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, and a $2.40 show payoff.
Have'n a Wild Time and Zenovit completed the order of finish while Ghost Tree was a late scratch. Zenovit challenged Sweet Nellie Brown for six furlongs and gave way.
Kit Cat Kitty prevails in Diane Kem Stakes
The maiden is a maiden no more.
Kit Cat Kitty collared Wild Chica in the final strides for a neck triumph in the $35,000 Diane Kem Stakes for Washington-bred 2-year-old fillies.
With a perfectly timed ride by Javier Matias, Kit Cat Kitty split horses late and ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:18.93 on a sloppy track, and paid $14.80, $8.20 and $4.60. Vann Belvoir is both owner and trainer.
For Matias and Belvoir, the victory completed a sweep of the Washington Cup juvenile races. Earlier Sunday, they combined with Brady's Kat for a come-from-behind victory in the Dennis Dodge Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
It was only the second lifetime start for Kit Cat Kitty, whose Aug. 25 debut resulted in a second-place finish for a $12,500 claiming price. Claimed by Belvoir from that race, the daughter of Cahill Road yielded a quick $17,500 dividend Sunday. Oak Crest Farm was the winning breeder.
Wild Chica, ridden by Joe Steiner, ran a determined race on the lead and just missed the victory after fractions of :22.25, :45.50 and 1:12.03. Wild Chica paid $9.60 and $4.80.
It was three-quarters of a length back to third-place finisher Semele, the 2-to-1 betting favorite ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, and a $2.80 show payoff.
Just Have'n Fun, Shesatopballerina, Eileen Is a Saint, Bella Angelina and Gee Mimi completed the order of finish.
EZ Kitty dominates Fletcher on the lead
E Z Kitty took the early lead and never looked back while racing to a convincing 6-½-length victory in the $35,000 John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes for Washington-bred 3-year-old fillies.
With Leonel Camacho-Flores riding for trainer Alan Bozell, E Z Kitty ran one mile in 1:38.26 on a sloppy track and paid $10.80, $4.60 and $2.60. It was the first Emerald Downs stakes triumph for both the jockey and trainer.
Sent to the lead by Camacho-Flores, E Z Kitty set fractions of :24.10, :47.45, 1:12.06 and 1:24.84 en route to the victory. She straightened into the lane with a 4-½-length lead and poured it on late to win in a rout.
"All I had to do was listen to my instructions," Camacho-Flores said. "Alan (Bozell) told me of she got a clean break that I should go for the lead. I knew by the stretch that I would win. It feels great to get my very first stakes win."
Judging Mimi, ridden by Leslie Mawing, rallied to finish second and paid $4 and $2.60.
It was 1-½-lengths back to The Gang and I, the 7-to-10 betting favorite, and a $2.10 show payoff. Ridden by Pedro Terrero, raced in third place most of the race and was never a serious threat.
Mariah's Juke Box, Canadia and Sugar Blossom completed the order of finish.
A daughter of He's Tops out of the Lost Code mare Envision the Cat, E Z Kitty has compiled a 4-0-1 record in seven starts*all this season*after beginning the meet for a $7,500 claiming price. Owned by Nancy and Homer Gibson's Tige Too Racing Stables, E Z Kitty earned $18,326 to boost her bankroll to $36,516.
Brady's Kat nails Gold Surge in the Dodge
Brady's Kat rallied from the clouds to prevail by a head in the day's first Washington Cup event*the $35,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes for Washington-bred 2-year-olds colts.
Ridden by Javier Matias, Brady's Kat rallied furiously and tagged Gold Surge in the final jump, and paid $22.80, $11.40 and $6.20. Unbeaten in two starts for trainer Vann Belvoir and owner/breeder Keith Swagerty, Brady's Kat ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:17.69 on a sloppy track.
Gold Surge put away Harbor Wind into the lane, opened a clear lead past mid-stretch and just failed to last. Ridden by Juan Gutierrez, the runner-up paid $5.60 and $3.60.
It was five lengths back to third-place finisher He's a Cruiser, ridden by Leslie Mawing, and a $4.20 show payoff.
Harbor Wind, the 7-to-10 betting favorite, dueled for the lead outside of Gold Surge, and led by a head through fractions of :22.38 and :45.04. The battled continued into the lane with Gold Surge on the inside and Harbor Wind outside, but Harbor Wind gave way after six furlongs in 1:10.61, and finished fourth.
Wild Wings and Showboat Gambler completed the order of finish. First Last Chance was scratched earlier in the day.
Brady's Kat earned $18,326 to increase his bankroll to $21,736, with a 2-2-0 record in two starts. The Katowice gelding was last early, some eight lengths behind the leaders, but rallied boldly through the stretch and was up at the wire.
NOTES: Angel Unaware ($25.60), trained by Neil Knapp and ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores scored an 18-length victory in Sunday's second race, the largest margin of victory this season. The track record is 19 lengths set by A. Lurie Girl on July 5, 2008*Only three live racing days remain in the 82-day meeting beginning with Friday's nine-race card at 6 p.m.