Kentucky Derby advance wagering Friday | Emerald Downs

Belt is among six 3-year-olds and up entered in Saturday
Belt is among six 3-year-olds and up entered in Saturday's $18,900 allowance/optional claiming feature at Emerald Downs.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Reed Palmer, Emerald Downs

For the Reporter

Emerald Downs offers Friday advance wagering on the entire Saturday card from Churchill Downs, including a $1 daily double on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

There also is a $0.50 Pick 3 on the Kentucky Oaks, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic & Kentucky Derby.

Post time for Friday's Kentucky Oaks is 2:49 p.m. Post time for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is 3:24 p.m.

Churchill Downs' first race is 7:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Friday wagering will be available starting at 7 a.m. at the Quarter Chute Cafe. Emerald Downs' gates open at 8:30 a.m. Friday, and 7 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday's nine-race card begins one hour earlier than normal at 1 p.m.

Big fields, good weather enhance Friday racing

Friday racing returns this week with a seven-race card at 6:45 p.m. Ideal weather is forecast, calling for temperatures in the mid 70s and almost no chance of rain.

The first of 21 Friday cards this year also marks the eagerly anticipated Fabulous Friday T-shirt giveaway. The first 5,000 fans receive free I Bet On The 12 T-shirts with paid admission. Fans who wear the T-shirt also get free admission each Friday through the end of the season.

The $12,700 feature race for older fillies and mares includes four horses that won their most recent start*Clemens Brook, Spot On Babe, A Goodlawyer Willdo and Run Sophia Run. The combined record of the seven horses is 40-for-119.

Competitive sprint headlines Saturday card

While 3-year-olds battle it out in the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, older horses get the spotlight at Emerald Downs in Saturday's featured $18,900 allowance/optional claimers at 5½ furlongs.

Belt and Prayer for Da Bric, 4-year-old geldings who both earned 66 Beyers while winning their season debuts, are among the six runners entered in the featured dash.

Perfect Night, a 5-year-old gelding and Wasserman's younger brother, comes off a second to Fist Full of Green at the same condition on opening day, while Country Rules drops into a softer spot after chasing Scat Daddybaby in a potent $21,000 allowance race on April 20.

So Legit, a promising 3-year-old last year for Jim Penney, and Atta Boy Lucky, out of the same dam (Irish Toast) that produced EmD champions The Great Face and Atta Boy Roy, round out the field.

The field from the rail out for Saturday's $18,900 feature race: Country Rules, Jose Zunino, 121 pounds; Prayer for Da Bric, Isaias Enriquez, 124; Perfect Night, Jennifer Whitaker, 121; Belt, Rocco Bowen, 124; Atta Boy Lucky, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 124; So Legit, Juan Gutierrez, 121.


Weekly honors: Trainer – Howard Belvoir (7-2-2-1); Jockey – Leonel Camacho-Flores (9-3-1-0); Owner – Karen Kirshner (2-1-1-0); Groom – Ismael Gutierrez (Jeff Metz); Washington-bred – Stephanie Plum (breeder Dr. & Mrs. Duane Hopp). ... Mike Man's Gold earned a career-high 80 Beyer for Saturday's feature race victory in 1:08.01 for six furlongs. A 4-year-old Keith Swagerty homebred by Liberty Gold, Mike Man's Gold is 6-for-14 with earnings of $128,799. ... Rocco Bowen and Jeff Metz lead the jockey and trainer standings with identical 14-for-34 records. Combined they are a red-hot 11-3-3 in 18 starts. ... When 10-year-old Assessment won Sunday's eighth race vs. $15,000 claimers, it marked the second straight year that Belvoir won a race with a Longacres Mile winner five years after the Mile victory. In 2013, Belvoir saddled 2008 Mile winner Wasserman to a win over $12,500 claimers for the final victory of the then 11-year-old gelding's racing career. With $450,680, Assessment ranks No. 3 in EmD earnings, trailing only Wasserman, $575,024, and Noosa Beach, $465,305. ... 2013 EmD Top Juvenile Filly Chu and You makes her season debut Saturday for trainer Robbie Baze in the $50,000 Ross McLeod for 3-year-old fillies at Hastings Racecourse. Chu and You drew the No. 2 post-position and will be ridden by Sal Gonzalez Jr. in the 6½-furlong race. ...

Dallon's Gold, the only horse to defeat Chu and You last year, competes in a $22,000 allowance race Sunday at Turf Paradise. ... Sunday is closing day at Turf Paradise and trainer Frank Lucarelli entered Michael the Man and Bobby Handy in the $35,000 Hasta La Vista Handicap at 1 7/8 miles. ... Jockey Joe Steiner rides both Saturday stakes at Hastings, Aspen Getaway in the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province for 3-year-olds and Two Pump in the Ross McLeod. ... Nominations close Saturday for the $50,000 Hastings Handicap for older fillies and mares at six furlongs. The 19th running of the Hastings, set for Sunday, May 11, is the first of 29 stakes worth $1.6 million to be run at the 2014 meet. ... Stopshoppingdebbie figures to headline the Hastings Handicap, and trainer Tom Wenzel said the unbeaten 4-year-old filly will have one more work before the race. ... Javier Matias rides Saturday's opening day card at Les Bois Park including mounts on Spot of Salt in the $12,000 Inaugural for 3-year-olds and up at 6½ furlongs and Kr Streakin Version in a $10,000 allowance race for Quarter Horses at 350 yards. ... Sunday, May 18, is a big day for owner Dr. Raymond Kwik, as siblings Winning Machine runs in the $50,000 Governor's Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs and Champagneandcaviar runs in the $100,000 Adoration (Grade 3) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. ... A couple of last year's Emerald Downs champions had workouts Thursday. Del Rio Harbor, 2013 Top Juvenile Male, worked a half-mile in :48 4/5, and 2013 Top Washington-Bred Stryker Phd breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5.

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