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Tros and Nosetodagrindstone finish in meet's first dead-heat | Emerald Downs
For the Reporter
Tros and Nosetodagrindstone produced the meet's first dead-heat for a win in Friday's featured Taxandres 40th Birthday Purse at Emerald Downs.
The long shots rallied in tandem and nailed Nitro Road in the final stride of the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The winning time was 1:36.72.
Ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, Tros paid $8.80, $7.40 and $5.20. Roddina Barrett trains the 5-year-old Invasor gelding for owner Wayne Williams. The same trio also connected with 4-year-old filly Ms. Sutherland at 15-to-1 on July 6.
Ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, Nosetodagrindstone paid $9.60, $5.60 and $5.20. Jeff Metz trains the 3-year-old Grindstone colt for owner Horseplayers Racing Club #098.
Nitro Road, ridden by Leslie Mawing, was a neck behind the winners and paid $8.40 to show.
Uptownfreddybrown, Happy Childhood, Bluegrass Fox Trot and Moony Moony completed the order of finish, while Stretch Home was a late scratch.
With the victory, Tros lifted his overall record to 2-1-1 in seven starts with earnings of $13,352. Friday's race was his 2014 debut.
Nosetodagrindstone improved to 2-2-4 in 12 starts with earnings of $18,149. The Oregon-bred has a 2-1-1 mark in five starts at the meet.
In addition to the win by Nosetodagrindstone, Metz won races minutes apart Friday in California*Shoer Hugh ($4) winning race six at Sacramento and Run Sophia Run ($18.20) prevailing in race five at Del Mar. A 4-year-old Bedford Falls filly also owned by Horseplayers Racing Club, Run Sophia Run was winless in three starts this year at Emerald Downs. ... Sanguinetti and Mitchell rode two winners each on the seven-race card. ... Owner/trainer Calvin Bagby broke into the win column in 2014 as Nothing Like a Dame ($4.80) led gate-to-wire under Luis Gonzalez in race four. ... Ankeny Hill, a Rodney Orr owned and bred Sharp Humor colt that broke his maiden at Emerald Downs last year, finished second to Pure Tactics ($9.40) in an $85,000 allowance turf sprint. ... Live racing continues Saturday with the $50,000 Kent Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles. Canadian shipper Ole's Miss is the 9-to-5 morning line favorite, and Irish Day Handicap winner Find Your Spot second choice at 2-to-1. First post is 2 p.m.