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City by the Bay stays unbeaten, prevails in Seattle Handicap | Emerald Downs
California shipper City by the Bay remained undefeated Sunday with a brisk three-quarter-length victory over a stubborn Chu and You in the $50,000 Seattle Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Juan Hernandez at 119 pounds, City by the Bay ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1 minue, 14.76 seconds and paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10. The winner, who was making her first start since an 8¾-length victory in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante last September, is trained by Billy Morey for Martin Bach of Danville, Calif. and Jack Owens of Modesto, Calif.
Now 3-for-3 lifetime, City by the Bay earned $27,500 to push her bankroll to $97,670. Based at Golden Gate Fields, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip has notched wins at Santa Rosa, Fairplex Park and Emerald Downs.
Chu and You rebounded from a sub-par effort last month in Canada and gave the winner a stern challenge through the stretch. Last year's champion 2-year-old filly at Emerald Downs, Chu and You led through fractions of :22 for the quarter-mile and :44.34 for the half, and responded gamely through the lane to just miss.
Ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 120 pounds, Chu and You paid $7 and $5.
Mylast Sweet Pea, a 50-to-1 long shot ridden by Gallyn Mitchell at 115 pounds, rallied to finish third and paid $9.20.
Robbie Baze trains Chu and You and Mylast Sweet Pea.
Lotta Attitude, the 3-to-1 second choice, finished fourth, and was followed by Strawberry Dawn, Sunpenny, Just a Love and Belladiva.
City by the Bay, in fourth place early, moved up three-wide to take command into the stretch, and gradually edged away from Chu and You.
"I thought she could win this race, but I didn't think it would be easy," said Hernandez, second leading rider at Golden Gate. "I asked her a little before the quarter-pole because I didn't want (Chu and You) to try and get away from us.
"This was my filly's first time here, so I had to make sure to really get after her so she knew when to go. She responded really well. I was worried that we might finish second because the filly on the inside looked like she was never going to give up, but my horse didn't quit."
ALSO: In his first race for the Emerald Racing Club, Dancing Yodeler finished a game third under jockey Felipe Valdez for trainers Larry and Sharon Ross. The 6-year-old Swiss Yodeler gelding was rewarded with a big ovation as he returned to be unsaddled, with many of the 128 Emerald Racing Club members viewing and taking pictures from the rail. Hard Slider ($11.40) won the $5,000 claiming race in by 5½ lengths in a blistering 1:08.53 for six furlongs.
NOTES: Trackattacker ($7.60) set a track record of :49.98 for 4½ furlongs while scoring by nine lengths in Sunday's $17,850 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds. A dark bay or brown gelding owned by R.E.V Racing, trained by Frank Lucarelli and bred by Dr. Duane and Sue Hopp, Trackattacker broke Sea Speaker's mark of :50.0 set by in 2007. ... Defending riding champion Isaias Enriquez rode four winners and finished week eight in third place with 23 wins. ... Leslie Mawing rode two winners and moved atop the standings with a 30-28 edge on Rocco Bowen. ... Lucarelli saddled two winners and gained ground on Jeff Metz in the trainers' standings. Metz, the defending champion has a 25-16 lead over Lucarelli with 21 days in the books. ... Trainer Doris Harwood has wins with four different Harbor the Gold 3-year-olds this season. Trick Or Retreat became No. 4 with a victory in a $17,850 maiden special weight at six furlongs, rallying to edge Calculated Chaos in 1:09.14 for six furlongs. Saturday, Kenai King won the $18,900 allowance feature, and Noosito and Del Rio Harbor finished first and third in the $50,000 Auburn Handicap last week. Del Rio Harbor won an allowance race on May 4. ... The amazing Sun City ($7.80) scored her 22nd career victory in race six for trainer Joe Toye. The 10-year-old Washington-bred is 22-for-112 lifetime and 10-for-44 at Emerald Downs. ... Patty Okey ($8.80) won the 300-yard opener in :15.89 and became the first Quarter Horse to win twice at the meet. ... Live racing continues Friday with first post 6:45 p.m.