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Champion sprinter Polish Dollar returns on Saturday | Emerald Downs
Saturday's nine-race card features a stellar $17,950 feature race for 3-year-olds and up with a $32,000 claiming price. The six-furlong dash marks the season debut of 2013 Emerald Downs Top Sprinter Polish Dollar, an 8-year-old gelding that seems to get better with age.
Unraced as a 2-year-old and winless in four starts at age 3, Polish Dollar broke his maiden for a $5,000 tag as a 4-year-old in 2010. Since then, the Washington-bred gelding has turned into horse racing's answer to Jamie Moyer, the former Mariner pitcher who found his groove at an advanced age to become the club's all-time wins leader.
Owned by Sharon Radke of Port Angeles, Polish Dollar is 13-for-35 with earnings of $109,827. Last year, the gelding was 3-2-2 in seven starts, notching six furlong wins in 1:08.09 and 1:08.70, and a 6 1/2-furlong victory in 1 minute, 14.69 seconds.
"He's a wonderful horse, and he looks wonderful too," said Polish Dollar's veteran trainer, Bob Meeking. "He just gleams with health."
Meeking, however, said Polish Dollar was too sharp in his early workouts this year, including bullet drills of :33 1/5 for three furlongs and :46 1/5 for a half-mile.
"He inverted his training schedule by going too fast early," Meeking said. "We had to change things around, he's doing very well now."
Polish Dollar needs to bring his A-race Saturday, since the field features several tough sprinters including Fist Full of Green, an improving 5-year-old that defeated odds-on Camp Granada opening weekend, I Keep Saying, a 5-year-old that finished first in four straight sprints here last year, triple stakes winner Mike Man's Gold and 2013 Longacres Mile sixth-place finisher Why Not Be Perfect.
The field for Saturday's $17,950 feature race (from the rail, out): Fist Full of Green, Eliska Kubinova, 124 lbs; I Keep Saying, Juan Gutierrez, 120; Somewhere With You, Jorge Rosales, 120; King of the Sky*, Gallyn Mitchell, 116; Polish Dollar, Felipe Valdez, 120; Mike Man's Gold, Javier Matias, 120; Why Not Be Perfect, Anne Sanguinetti, 120. *Re-entered Sunday.