Gazing wore down Daddyalwayssays and scored a head victory Saturday in the $18,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.
With Rocco Bowen riding, Gazing covered 6½ furlongs in 1:15.23 and paid $4, $2.40 and $2.10. Terry Gillihan is the trainer for owner William Sandeman.
A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Light My Ducks, Gazing is 2-2-0 in four starts with earnings of $23,625, including $10,175 for Saturday’s triumph.
Daddyalwayssays, ridden by Juan Gutierrez, dug in gamely through the stretch, but settled for second place and paid $3 and $2.20.
Spirit Bay, a Vancouver shipper ridden by Julien Couton, finished third and paid $2.20, and was followed by Sorceress Warning, Irish Lass and National Browser.
Daddyalwayssays shook off 44-to-1 long shot National Browser into the lane, running a half-mile in :45.24, but was immediately challenged by Gazing and the sophomore fillies battled head-and-head through the lane to the wire.
Jerre to Carrie ($4.80) became the meet’s first four-time winner with a hard-earned victory over Ila Veiw in 1:09.06 for six furlongs. A 4-year-old Congrats filly trained by Kay Cooper and owned by Richard Caswell, Jerre to Carrie has won two straight at the $40,000 claiming level after beginning the meet with wins for $15,000 and $25,000 tags. … Bowen had three wins on the eight-race card – his 13th triple of the meet – and has 71 wins in the first 41 days of the 72-day meet. … Isaias Enriquez has at least one win on seven straight cars, including a victory on Lucky Chopra ($5) in race two. … Lehigh held on for a $16.40 upset in Saturday’s fifth race and trainer Joe Toye is now 5-2-0 in his last eight starts. … Jockey Erick Lopez celebrated his 30th birthday Saturday. … Gold Rush Dancer rallied for third at 25-1 in the $100,000 Bertrando Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos. … Ain’t Tellin’ is the 5-to-2 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $10,000 Grants Pass Mile on closing day card at the venerable southern Oregon track. …. Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m., featuring the annual Wiener Dog & Wiener Wannabe Races.