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Track's 2013 session closes with Ashbaugh Beal Claiming Challenge | Emerald Downs
The Ashbaugh Beal Claiming Challenge, an annual closing day extravaganza for the meet's top claiming horses, enhanced Sunday's 11-race card. The six starter allowance events – named in honor of several of the track's greatest all-time claimers – drew 55 horses for an excellent 9.2 runners per race.
In the $16,000 Toobusytoocall for 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $15,000 or less at Emerald Downs in 2013, Scatdaddybaby ($4.60) rolled to a gate-to-wire score in 1 minute, 35.46 seconds for one mile on a sloppy track. Julien Couton rode Scat Daddybaby ($4.60) for trainer Robbie Baze and owner/breeder Mike and Amy Feuerborn. The winner was the only 3-year-old in the race.
In the $10,000 Last Thoughts for older fillies and mares that started for a claiming price of $3,500 or less at Emerald Downs in 2013, Lizzy Lass ($28.80) held off even-money favorite Our Little Hen for a nose victory in 1:45.55 for 1 1/16 miles. Eliska Kubinova rode the winner for owner/trainer Roy Lumm, who coincidentally trained Last Thoughts to 11 of her 13 victories at Emerald Downs. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Outing, Lizzy Lass has three wins at the meet and thrives on wet tracks, compiling a 4-0-1 mark in eight starts on off tracks.
In the $10,000 Kimos Friend for 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $3,500 or less at the 2013 Emerald Downs meet, the classy Koala Beach ($7.40) improved to 9-for-29 lifetime and 3-for-7 at the meet with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:43.36 for 1 1/16 mile. With Ronald Richard riding for trainer Terry Gillihan and owners William & Dimitri Sandeman, Koala Beach held off Memphis Mobster – a four-time winner at the meet – for the victory.
In the $12,000 Chickasaw Park for 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $7,500 or less at EmD in 2013, Ontheshadyside ($54.40) held off 8-to-5 favorite Bleu Tarp for a one-length victory in 1:16.18 for 6 1/2 furlongs. Isaias Enriquez, riding his third winner on the card, rode Ontheshadyside for trainer Doris Harwood and owner Shady Valley Ranch. A 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Matty G, Ontheshadyside has three wins at the meet, and has finished first, second or third in 17 of 27 lifetime starts at EmD.
In the $12,000 Hit a Star for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $7,500 or less at EmD in 2013, Tabled With Gold ($13.80) caught 8-to-5 favorite Champali Lace in the final strides for a neck victory in 1:15.76 for 6 1/2 furlongs. Eliska Kubinova rode the winner for owner Patricia Zacker and trainer Roy Lumm. It was the second Ashbaugh Beal win for Kubinova and Lumm, who teamed for a win with Lizzy Lass in the Last Thoughts.
In the $16,000 If Not Why Not for older fillies and mares that have started for a claiming price of $15,000 or less at Emerald Downs in 2013, Sweet Nellie Brown ($18.40) aired by 6 ¾ lengths to give Kubinova her third Ashbaugh Beal victory of the day. Trained by Jim Penney and Kay Cooper for Grasshopper Racing Stable Inc., Sweet Nellie Brown ran one mile in 1:37.27, scoring her third win of the meet and eighth in 29 career starts at Emerald Downs.
NOTES: Isaias Enriquez capped his first season in style, winning three races to wrap up the title with 102 wins. Defending champion Juan Gutierrez finished second with 96 wins, despite missing the final two weeks of the meet with a concussion. Gutierrez has finished in the top five 12 consecutive years and is No. 2 all-time with 1,091 wins at Emerald Downs... Eliska Kubinova notched her second career four-win day at Emerald Downs Sunday – winning at odds of 8-to-1, 5-1, 13-1 and 7-2 – and finished third with 55 wins. David G. Lopez with 52 wins and Rocco Bowen with 51 rounded out the top five... Jeff Metz captured the training title by a 42-39 margin over Frank Lucarelli, with Doris Harwood (36), Jim Penney (32) and Chris Stenslie (32) rounding out the top five... Gutierrez and Bowen tied for most stakes wins with six apiece, while Tom Wenzel edged Harwood 6-5 for most stakes wins by a trainer... Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett presented Longtime Director of Mutuels Gary Hallett with a golf cart as a retirement gift after the fourth race. Hallett retired Sunday after a 43-year career in Thoroughbred racing including the last 18 at Emerald Downs... Live racing returns to Emerald Downs next April.