A field 10 older fillies compete in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff at 1 1/8 miles in the season’s championship event for older fillies and mares Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Highlander Racing’s Citizen Kitty enters the Distaff in the best form of her career. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Proud Citizen, Citizen Kitty already has two stakes wins at the meet for trainer Jeff Metz including a 4½-length romp in the July 16 Boeing Stakes.
With Julien Couton riding, Citizen Kitty ran one mile in 1:36.84 and earned a career-high 82 Beyer. She has four wins and two seconds in her last six starts at Emerald Downs.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer – winner of a record three Emerald Distaffs – ships up Plastered for this year’s race. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Wilburn, Plastered is 6-1-3 in 14 starts with earnings of $129,410 and gets Evin Roman to ride.
Chronologic’sghost, runner-up to Perhaps a Pie in the 2016 Distaff, gets another crack in 2017 with Anne Sanguinetti aboard for J.C Racing Stable. A 5-year-old Texas-bred by Parading, Chronologic’sghost is winless in three starts this year but has a good history at Emerald Downs.
A record four 3-year-old fillies are entered in the Distaff: Washington Oaks winner Little Dancer, Irish Day Stakes winner Top Quality, 2016 Gottstein Futurity winner Blazinbeauty and Washington Oaks third-place finisher Reginella.
Princess Kennedy, winner of last year’s Washington Oaks, finished an improved third in the Boeing Stakes and trainer Tom Wenzel and jockey Rocco Bowen have combined for 15 stakes wins at Emerald Downs.
Field for the 22nd running of the $65,000 Emerald Distaff, in post-position order with jockey and weight:
1: Pyscho Sister (Eswan Flores-115)
2: Top Quality (3yo) Kevin Orozco-116)
3: Citizen Kitty (Julien Couton-121)
4: Victress (Amadeo Perez-118)
5: Blazinbeauty (3yo) (Isaias Enriquez-114)
6: Little Dancer (3yo) (William Antongeorgi-116)
7: Reginella (3yo) (Jose Zunino-115)
8: Chronologic’sghost (Anne Sanguinetti-116)
9: Plastered (Evin Roman-118)
10: Princess Kennedy (Rocco Bowen-115)