Citizen Kitty (4), with Jose Zunino aboard, takes a 1 ¼-length victory Sunday in the $21,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Citizen Kitty (4), with Jose Zunino aboard, takes a 1 ¼-length victory Sunday in the $21,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Citizen Kitty prevails in Muckleshoot Purse

  • Monday, May 7, 2018 10:16am
  • Sports

Citizen Kitty wore down Invested Prospect and held off Gazing for a 1 ¼-length victory Sunday in the $21,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

With Jose Zunino aboard, Citizen Kitty ran 5½ furlongs in 1:03.15 and paid $8, $4.40 and $2.40. Jeff Metz is the winning trainer for the Highlander Racing Stable.

It was a triumphant return for last year’s track and state champion older filly or mare, out of the money in three starts earlier this year at Santa Anita.

Citizen Kitty improved to 4-3-0 in her last seven starts at Emerald Downs, including wins in the Emerald Distaff, Boeing Stakes and Hastings Stakes. A 6-year-old Washington-bred by Proud Citizen-No Constraints, Citizen Kitty is 8-5-5 in 30 starts overall, with earnings of $214,551.

Gazing, ridden by Rocco Bowen, rallied in tandem with Citizen Kitty but was outfinished in the final furlong and paid $4.20 and $2.40. A 4-year-old by Harbor the Gold, Gazing is 3-3-0 in six starts for trainer Terry Gillihan and owner William Sandeman.

Invested Prospect, the 11-10 favorite ridden by Julien Couton, led through fractions of :21.97 and :44.99, carried a one length into the stretch but was overtaken in the final sixteenth of a mile. Invested Prospect, Citizen Kitty’s younger sister, paid $2.10 to show. It was her first defeat in six career sprints at Emerald Downs.

My Heart Goes On and Little Dancer completed the order of finish.

Notes: Metz and Zunino also combined with Ya Chunka Monka ($15.60) in a $15,000 claimer for 3-year-olds, and the Soldat colt covered 5½ furlongs in a brisk 1:03.06. .. With his second straight training double and third already this season, Metz jumped into first place with six wins atop the trainers’ standings. … The $0.50 Pick 5 paid a whopping $23,057 – second largest of the season and second biggest in track history. The previous high was $23,306 on April 22. … Ryan Walt ($42.40) prevailed in a four-horse blanket finish in Sunday’s fifth race, which proved the knockout punch for most Pick 5 players. The sequence also included a pair of 6-1 shots and Citizen Kitty’s upset of Invested Prospect in the feature. … Rojo Bou Peep ($4.40) became the meet’s first two-time winner, rallying for an easy victory in the Sunday opener for trainer Joe Toye and owner Rick Kessler. … Rocco Bowen, rider of Rojo Bou Peep, has won with 20 of his last 38 mounts for Toye. … Bowen rode three winners Sunday and tops the jockeys’ standings with 10 wins. … Kevin Orozco rode two winners Sunday and is second with six wins. … 2017 Washington Horse of the Year Mach One Rules breezed five furlongs in a Bullet :57 3/5 Sunday at Emerald Downs…Racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m. It’s Fabulous Friday and the first 4,000 fans receive free Fab Friday T-shirts that are good for free admission every Friday throughout the season. There also is a $7,015 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7.

More in Sports

He’s Not Grey and Gary Wales score the feature victory on opening day at Emerald Downs. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO
He’s Not Grey sparkles on opening day

67-day meeting continues through Sept. 22 and includes 27 stakes

The Sockers’ Landon Donovan, left, and the Stars’ Vince McCluskey vie for the ball during Game 2 Saturday night at San Diego. COURTESY, Stars
Stars season ends in OT loss to San Diego, 7-6

Sockers sweep first-round, two-game series

Another no-no for Nate

Weeldreyer silences TJ as Auburn Mountainview rolls to 11-0 win

Ravens bounce Titans, move to 9-1 in league | NPSL Olympic girls tennis

Auburn Riverside defeated Todd Beamer 4-1 in a North Puget Sound League… Continue reading

Jefferson delivers unanimous decision against Gee in welterweight main event

Fight Night Brawl VII returns to Green River College

Grand day: Podliska powers Lions past Hornets 16-8 | NPSL Olympic softball

Emma Podliska launched a grand slam home run to lead Auburn Mountainview… Continue reading

Reporter honors the Lions’ Hilderbrand, Penn

Auburn Mountainview High School’s Kenzie Hilderbrand, water polo, is the Auburn Reporter’s… Continue reading

Stars drop Game 1 to Sockers 6-3

The Tacoma Stars kept pace with the San Diego Sockers through two… Continue reading

Sippin Fire wears down Canadian invader Weekend Wizard in a heated stretch battle to scored a three-quarter-length victory in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs last July. Sippin Fire, the Horse of the Meeting, returns to the Auburn track this season. COURTESY PHOTO
Off and running at Emerald Downs; track opens for 24th season on Saturday

Talented, deep jockey colony and top trainers return

Most Read