For the Reporter
The 2018 Xpressbet.com Washington Cup continues Sunday with a stakes double-header for state-bred 2-year-olds: $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings presented by Muckleshoot Casino, and $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Filly presented by Pegasus Equine Training & Rehabilitation Center.
The Juvenile – Race 8 at 5:39 p.m. – drew a full field of 12 while the Juvenile Fillies –Race 6 at 4:38 p.m. – drew a field of eight. Both are 6½ furlongs, the farthest distance so far this season for 2-year-olds.
Washington Cup Juvenile races have been among the most chalky stakes in recent years at Emerald Downs. The last five Juvenile Colts & Geldings has produced $2 win prices of $5 (Sippin Fire), $2.40 (So Lucky), $5 (Mach One Rules), $2.10 (Trackattacker) and Noosito ($5.40). With one exception, the Juvenile Filly also has been dominated by favorites: $2.40 (Bella Mia), $2.40 (Risque’s Legacy), $3.80 (Invested Prospect), $42.20 (Seattles Best Copy) and $3.60 (Chu and You).
The first four stakes for 2-year-olds this year, however,have already produced a $98.80 upset by This Great Nation in the WTBOA Lads and $13.80 by Northwest Factor in the Angie C.
After Sunday, the final stakes event for 2-year-olds is the $50,000 Gottstein Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The field for the 23rd running of the Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings presented by Muckleshoot Casino, 6½ furlongs: 1-Sleet Afleet, Jennifer Whitaker, 120 pounds; 2-Fuzzy Dolphin (right), Kevin Orozco, 120; 3-Bootlegger Trail, Rocco Bowen, 120; 4-Devil Dog, Lorenzo Lopez, 118; 5-Ally On Fire, David G. Lopez, 118; 6-Docktarri, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 118; 7-Time ’n Time Again, Julien Couton, 118; 8-Emily’s Gold, Austin Solis, 120; 9-This Great Nation (left), Javier Matias, 120; 10-Verynsky, Patrick Henry Jr., 118; 11-El Borracho, Eswan Flores, 118; 12-Reno Roy, Anne Sanguinetti, 118.
The field for the 23rd running of the Washington Cup Juvenile Fillies presented by Pegasus Equine Training and Rehabilitation Center, 6½ furlongs: 1-Belle of Gold, Lorenzo Lopez, 117 pounds; 2-So Figure It Out, Kevin Orozco, 119; 3-Bluegrass Lily, Eswan Flores, 119; 4-Bellamagic, Rocco Bowen, 119; 5-Money Inthe Starrs, Javier Matias, 119; 6-Lorelie G, Julien Couton, 119; 7-Sadie Sue, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 119; 8-Alittlelesstalk, Jose Zunino, 118.
Racing this week
• Friday, Aug. 31
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
• Saturday, Sept. 1
5 p.m. (8 races)
Distance Event No. 2
• Sunday, Sept. 2
2 p.m. (10 races)
Week 2: Xpressbet.com Washington Cup:
$50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Colts & Gelding presented by Pegas Training and Rehabilitation
$50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Filly presented by Muckleshoot Casino
Longacres Mile winner Barkley is done racing in 2018, trainer Howard Belvoir said. The 5-year-old will be turned out for the winter at Woodstead Farm in Chehalis. … Sippin Fire emerged from his Washington Cup victory in good shape and is pointed to the $100,000 Getaway Stakes on Sept. 23, trainer Steve Bullock said. With a victory in the Getaway, Sippin Fire would tie the track record of five stakes wins in a season set by Noosa Beach in 2010. … Saturday’s 6th race is Event No. 2 of the WHBPA & WTBOA Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series. The 1 1/8-mile test features a $14,100 purse for 3-year-olds and up, with all seven entrants entered for an $8,000 claim price including Event No. 1 winners Atypique and The Gold Monkey. … Washington-bred Judicial is 5-1 in a $62,000 allowance at five furlongs on turf Friday at Del Mar. Co-owned by Ron Crockett and Terry and Mary Lou Griffin, the 3-year-old Tribal Rule filly makes her first start since breaking her maiden in a $67,000 special weight last January at Santa Anita. …
Washington-bred Striking a Pose debuts Saturday in a $60,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old colts and geldings Saturday at Del Mar. Owned and bred by Todd and Shawn Hansen, the bay colt is the younger brother of three-time Washington Horse of the Year Stryker Phd. … Claiming activity remains strong in 2018, with 164 claims through 55 days of racing (2.98 per day) for an aggregate $973,500. The largest claim to date is $32,000 for Assemble, a 3-year-old Bodemeister filly claimed by trainer Dan Markle for owner Jeff Stoddard. … Boundary Bay, runner-up to Sippin Fire in the Washington Cup Sophomore, is among 20 runners nominated to the $150,000 BC Derby on Sept. 8 at Hastings Racecourse. … Washington Oaks winner Princessof the Nyl is one of 12 sophomore fillies nominated to the $100,000 BC Oaks on Sept. 8…Reginella and Top Quality, first and second in the Emerald Distaff, are nominated to the $50,000 Delta Colleen, also Sept. 8 at Hastings.