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$50,000 Irish Day Handicap tests sophomore fillies | Emerald Downs
For the Reporter
An evenly matched group of 13 3-year-old fillies is nominated to Sunday's $50,000 Irish Day Handicap at one mile.
Chu and You, practically invincible last year as a 2-year-old, is assigned high weight of 119 lbs for the Irish Day, the second stop en route to the $65,000 Washington Oaks on Aug. 9.
A Washington-bred daughter of You and I, Chu and You rebounded with a big runner-up effort in the June 1 Seattle Handicap, resisting gamely when headed by highly regarded California invader City by the Bay. Chu and You dropped a three-quarter-length decision to City by the Bay, but showed the brilliant speed that led to three stakes wins and honors as the track's Top 2-Year-Old Filly of 2013. Chu and You's biggest obstacle Sunday might be distance, as the Irish Day mark's her debut at a route distance.
The rapidly improving Find Your Spot was given second high weight of 118 pounds. Claimed for $25,000 in her career debut last September, the daughter of Nationhood has won three straight races and four of her last five, including a 25-to-1 stunner February 28 at Santa Anita. The Irish Day also marks her two-turn debut, and her first start in a stakes.
Strawberry Dawn, Sunpenny and Belladiva all were stakes placed as 2-year-olds, while Mylast Sweet Pea finished third at 50-to-1 to City by the Bay and Chu and You in the Seattle.
Trainer Tom Wenzel, winner of a record three straight Irish Days with Elusive Noise, Exclusive Diva and Stopshoppingdebbie, nominated Quiet Wisdom and Timeless Pleasure to this year's race.
$50,000 Irish Day Handicap, Sunday, June 29
3-Year-Old Fillies, One Mile
Horse, weight, owner, trainer
Avadiva (3-BC), 114, Mauro Comensoli, Robert Anderson
Belladiva (3-WA), 115, Jeff Cissell, Junior Coffey
Cheeky Stone (3-WA), 115, Karen & Mickey Taylor, Larry Ross
Chu and You (3-WA), 119, Mike & Amy Feuerborn, Robbie Baze
Da Burn (3-WA), 114, Dunn Bar Ranch LLC, Junior Coffey
Find Your Spot (3-WA), 118, Where We At, Jim Penney
Mylast Sweet Pea (3-WA), 115, Stiles & Johnson, Robbie Baze
Papa's Flashy Girl (3-CA), 114, McGhee/Saratoga West, Jeff Metz
Quiet Wisdom (3-KY), 115, NW Farms/ C & M Racing, Tom Wenzel
Red Ran Back (3-KY), 115, Mike & Amy Feuerborn, Robbie Baze
Strawberry Dawn (3-WA), 116, Sue & Tim Spooner, Dan Markle
Sunpenny (3-WA), 116, Z Thoroughbred Partners III, Frank Lucarelli
Timeless Pleasure (3-KY), 115, NW Farms & Debbie Paxton, Tom Wenzel