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Fist Full of Green captures feature | Emerald Downs
For the Reporter
Fist Full of Green rallied to the lead past mid-stretch and scored a 1¾-length victory Monday in the $18,900 Sound Transit Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Eliska Kubinova, Fist Full of Green ran one mile in 1:36.44 on a fast track and paid $5, $3 and $2.10. Roy Lumm is the trainer and co-owner with Mort Robbins and James and Linda Kirschman.
A steady 5-year-old California-bred by Bertrando, Fist Full of Green is 2-0-1 in four starts at the meet and 5-2-4 in 16 lifetime starts. Monday's win was worth $10,395, pushing the gelding's career bankroll to $64,361.
Perfect Night, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, finished second and paid $2.60 and $2.10, and Prayer for Da Bric, the early leader ridden by Isaias Enriquez, held third and paid $2.10. Somewhere With You and Joel N Jill completed the order of finish.
Before Monday, Fist Full of Green had never raced longer than 6 ½ furlongs, but the gelding took to routing like an old pro, saving ground inside as Prayer for Da Bric led Perfect Night through fractions of :24.04 and :47.36. Angled outside into the stretch, Fist Full of Green responded to urging and collared the leaders a furlong out and won going away.
Lady Aragorn rallied from last to score a 35-to-1 upset in race six under Eliska Kubinova for trainer Sam Dronen. The $73.20 win payoff was a meet-high, as was the $373.60 exacta payoff coupling Lady Aragorn and runner-up Bella Angelina. ... Dronen had two wins as Miss Madavor ($5) came off the bench to score her 19th career win in the Memorial Day nightcap. The 7-year-old mare won five of her last six starts this winter at Portland Meadows. ... Lucky Some Beach ($6) set a track record for 400 yards in Sunday's second race for older Quarter Horses. A 4-year-old Idaho-bred trained by Alan Bozell and ridden by Javier Matias, Lucky Some Beach has won four straight after beginning his career with nine straight losses. ... Bozell also had two wins Monday while Kubinova and Matias rode two winners apiece on the 10-race card. ...
Leading rider Rocco Bowen scored a gate-to-wire victory aboard Mister Breeze ($14.80) in the seventh race and finished week seven with 28-24 lead over Leslie Mawing. ... In the trainers' race, Jeff Metz leads Frank Lucarelli 25-13, with Tim McCanna third with nine wins. ... Summer Hit ($3.20) improved to 11-for-20 lifetime with a victory in the $100,000 All American Handicap (G3) at Golden Gate Fields. Ridden by Russell Baze for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Summer Hit ran one mile in 1:38.01 to defeat 24-to-1 stable mate Longview Drive by a head, with the Blaine Wright-trained Hudson Landing finishing third. ... Earlier Monday at Golden Gate, 2013 Eclipse champion 2-year-old Shared Belief ($2.40) made a triumphant season debut and remained undefeated with an easy 4 ¼-length allowance victory under Baze in 1:09.78 for six furlongs. Owned by Hollendorfer, Jim Rome and George Todaro, Shared Belief had been off since a 5 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1 Cash Call Futurity on December 14. ... Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:45 p.m. ... Also Friday, Santa Anita has a Pick Six carryover of $407,077. First post in Arcadia is 3 p.m.