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Ethan's Baby powers home in Angie C Stakes | Emerald Downs
For the Reporter
Ethan's Baby rocketed to the early lead and drew off for a 6¼-length victory Sunday in the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by David G. Lopez at 119 lbs, Ethan's Baby ran six furlongs in 1:09.29 and paid $4.20, $3 and $2.20. Howard Belvoir is the trainer for owners/breeders Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, Wash.
A Washington-bred by Offlee Wild-Hope and Vow, Ethan's Baby set fractions of :22.21, :44.92 and :56.75 en route to the dominant victory. Undefeated in two starts, Ethan's Baby earned $27,225 to push her bankroll to $37,043.
"Well, she was much the best," Lopez said. "I was a little worried about the first part, but she broke so good. She proved she was much better than the other fillies."
Pippa Bou Peep, a 25-to-1 long shot ridden by Eliska Kubinova at 117 lbs, rallied to finish second and paid $10.20 and $3.60 for place and show.
Seeking the Light, ridden by Felipe Valdez at 119 lbs, had an eventful trip and finished third. The 13-to-10 second choice, Seeking the Light paid $2.20 to show.
"Just a bad break from the gate, then we got shut off after that," Valdez said. "I thought I had room on the rail but they're 2-year-olds and you can't really blame anybody. She's a really nice filly and came running in the end."
Boss Lori, Dancingwithdebbie and Twelfth Fan completed the order of finish.
World record set
I Keep Saying etched his name in the record books Sunday with a world record performance in race five at Emerald Downs.
In winning by 6¼ lengths, I Keep Saying ran 6½ furlongs in 1:12.94 to break the track and world record of 1:13.00 held by Sabertooth.
Juan Gutierrez rode I Keep Saying for trainer Jim Penney and owner Homestretch Farm Inc. Penney also trained Sabertooth when the 7-year-old gelding set the former track and world mark on May 22, 2005.
A 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding , by Yankee Gentleman-Arco Iris, I Keep Saying set fractions of :22.01, :43.89 and 1:06.82 en route to the world record.
Perfect Night finished second, followed by Country Rules, Polish Dollar, Botch and Fist Full of Green.
Lopez rode four winners on the 10-race card, his second four-win day at Emerald Downs. He has ridden 10 winners in his last 33 mounts. ... Leslie Mawing rode two winners and finished the week with a 62-51 lead over Rocco Bowen atop the jockeys' standings. ... Mawing has 17 multiple win days at the meet. ... Trainer Bill Tollett is on a 5-for-7 roll including a win by Jordans Jem ($15) in race four. ... Seattle Game won her 15th career race at Emerald Downs, most by any active horse, with a gate-to-wire score under Anne Sanguinetti in Sunday's sixth race. An 8-year-old Washington-bred by Seattle Shamus, Seattle Game ($16.80) is 15-for-35 at Emerald Downs, including a 3-4-0 mark in eight starts this year. In winning Sunday, Seattle Game also denied stable mate Cha Cha Latte her fifth win of the meet. ... Jeff Metz, trainer of Seattle Game and Cha Cha Latte, finished the week with a 39-31 lead over Frank Lucarelli in the trainers' standings. ... Emerald Racing Club's Dancing Yodeler ran well again Sunday, overcoming a slow break to finish second to War Wizard ($10.40) in race three for older $3,500 claimers. Dancing Yodeler now has a win, a second and a third in four starts at the meet, while earning $5,855. ... Live racing resumes Friday at 6:45 p.m.