The current falls on Emerald Downs’ 72-day meeting with the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Fourteen juveniles are nominated to the season’s biggest race for 2-year-olds, to be contested at 1 1/16 miles, with the winner earning $35,750.
Elliott Bay, winner of the WTBOA Lads and runner-up in the Washington Cup Juvenile Colts, is the most accomplished runner nominated to the race. Recent allowance winner My Heart Awakens and Washington Cup third-place winner Trump Itz are also top contenders.
Three fillies – Diamonds R, Frisky Bear and Sea N Redd – are nominated to the Gottstein. Fillies traditionally have fared well in the race, winning three of the last 10 runnings including Blazinbeauty last year.
$65,000 Gottstein Futurity, Sunday, Sept. 24
2-Year-Olds, 1 & 1/16 Mile
Horse, owner, trainer
Aceinthehole (2/KY) Manny Ortiz, Manny Ortiz
Check and Raise (2/KY) W. Quinn Chin, Robert Meeking
Crest Drive (2/KY) W. Quinn Chin, Robert Meeking
Desert Prophet (2/KY) Oak Crest Farm, David Martinez
Diamonds R (2/KY) George Todaro, Tom Wenzel
Elliott Bay (2/WA) Rising Star Stable II, Howard Belvoir
Freiburg (2/KY) Ramer Holtan, Jose Navarro
Frisky Bear (2/WA) Sabers Drawn & Lucarelli Racing, Frank Lucarelli
Great Eagle (2/KY) Penny Jensen & Terry Pierce, Larry Pierce
Hey Sequoia (2/BC) William Bridges, Tom Wenzel
My Heart Awakens (2/KY) Coal Creek Farm, David Martinez
Sea N Redd (2/CA) John E. Parker, Candi Tollett
Trump Itz (2/WA) Maryanski & Riverbend Farm, Blaine Wright
Winning Bluff (2/WA) Ron Hagen & Terri Kaluza, Tom Wenzel