Class Included chosen Horse of the Meeting | Emerald Downs
September 24, 2012 · 12:50 PM
Michael and Amy Feuerborn's Class Included became only the second filly or mare to be honored as Horse of the Meeting as Emerald Downs announced its season honors Sunday on closing day of the track's 17th season.
Trained by Jim Penney, the ultra-consistent 4-year-old filly rattled off three stakes victories, compiled a 4-1-0 record in five starts overall, and finished first in earnings with $112,575. A Feuerborn homebred by Include out of A Classic Life, Class Included has five stakes wins in two seasons at Emerald Downs and her career mark is 9-6-0 in 15 starts with earnings of $323,224. She now has won three titles at Emerald Downs: 2012 Horse of the Meeting, 2012 Top Older Filly or Mare and 2011 Top 3-Year-Old Filly.
Horse of the Meeting was hotly contested as Makors Finale and Winning Machine also received multiple votes. Neither went home empty-handed as Makors Finale, the meet's only four-time stakes winner, received honors as Top 3-year-Old Male and Top Washington-Bred, and Winning Machine, who missed by a head to Taylor Said in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile, was voted Top Older Horse and Top Sprinter.
Tom Wenzel, trainer of Makors Finale, and Frank Lucarelli, conditioner of Winning Machine, enjoyed sensational meetings.
In addition to Makors Finale, Wenzel trained Top Juvenile Filly Goin to the Window and multiple stakes-winning 3-year-old filly Exclusive Diva, and Wenzel's eight stakes wins tied for third highest total in track history.
Lucarelli claimed his second straight Emerald Downs training title and fifth overall by a 43-40 margin over 10-time champion Tim McCanna. During the meet, the 55-year-old Lucarelli joined Tim McCanna as the only trainers to win 700 races here and just missed winning his first Mile, as 6-year-old Winning Machine battled head-and-head with Taylor Said in the 77th running of the Northwest's biggest race.
Winning Machine's owners – Dr. Raymond Kwik and Paul Goldberg – also own Top 3-Year-Old Filly Champagneandcaviar, who emerged from the claiming ranks to win both the Washington Oaks and Kent Handicap for trainer Howard Belvoir. Both Winning Machine and Champagneandcaviar are Kentucky-breds out of the same dam, Dance With Carson.
The steady Juan Gutierrez captured his first Emerald Downs riding title by a 117-97 margin over defending champion Leslie Mawing, and the 43-year-old Gutierrez posted a track record 26.5 win percentage and was honored with Top Riding Achievement. The 2012 meet marked the 11th straight year that Gutierrez finished in the top five in the standings, and he also moved into second place all-time with 995 wins at Emerald Downs.
The amazing Don Munger was tabbed for Top Training Achievement after saddling career-high 20 winners at age 88, and Munger and wife Wanda also were the meet's leading owners with 20 wins.
Other awards went to 23-year-old Eliska Kubinova for a record 75 wins by an apprentice rider, and jockey Javier Matias and trainer Dan Markle were recognized with the Lindy Award and Durkan Award for achievement and sportsmanship.
EMERALD DOWNS' 2012 SEASON HONORS
Horse of the Meeting: Class Included (Ky.)
Top WA-bred: Makors Finale (Wash.)
Top Older Horse: Wiinning Machine (Ky.)
Top Sprinter: Winning Machine (Ky.)
Top Older Filly or Mare: Class Included (Ky.)
Top 3-year-old Male: Makors Finale (Wash.)
Top 3-year-old Filly: Champagneandcaviar (Ky.)
Top Juvenile Male: Music of My Soul (Wash.)
Top Juvenile Filly: Goin to the Window (Ky.)
Top Claimer: Rocky's Quest
Race of the Meet: 77th Longacres Mile, Aug. 19
Top Training Achievement: Don Munger
Top Riding Achievement: Juan Gutierrez, first EmD title
Durkan Award: Dan Markle
Lindy Award: Javier Matias
Leading Rider: Juan Gutierrez (117 wins)
Leading Trainer: Frank Lucarelli (43 wins)
Leading Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Don L. Munger (20 wins)
Leading Apprentice: Eliska Kubinova (75 wins)