Sippin Fire and Rocco Bowen dominated the Coca-Cola Stakes. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Sippin Fire and Rocco Bowen dominated the Coca-Cola Stakes. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Sippin Fire heads nine in $50,000 Seattle Slew

Long shots have won the last two stakes

  • Friday, July 6, 2018 2:30pm
  • Sports

For the Reporter

A Washington-bred colt or gelding by Harbor the Gold out of Bahati. Those are among the most potent bloodlines in Emerald Downs’ history, producing champions Couldabenthewhisky and Del Rio Harbor.

As good as those two were, however, they both finished second in the Seattle Slew Stakes, with Couldabenthewhisky runner-up to Zayda in 2011 and Del Rio Harbor runner-up to stable mate Noosito in 2014.

Sippin Fire – the latest stakes winner produced by Harbor the Gold-Bahati – is the horse to beat Sunday in the 42nd renewal of the $50,000 Seattle Slew, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Trained by Steve Bullock for How We Roll #4, the white-faced gelding comes off a devastating 3½-length score over Freiburg in the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes last month.

Ridden by Rocco Bowen, Sippin Fire covered 6½ furlongs in 1:15.41 and earned a career-high 74 Beyer. The Slew marks his first route test, but his older brothers handled two turns fine, and Sippin Fire worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 on June 29.

Whawasithinking, winner of the six-furlong Auburn Stakes, and Elliott Bay, a stakes winner last year at 1 1/16 miles, are top contenders in a deep field.

Trump Itz, runner-up to Elliott Bay in the 2017 Gottstein Futurity and a recent allowance winner, is another top contender, as is the rapidly-improving Freiburg, whose rail draw complements his sharp speed.

Boundary Bay, third in both the Auburn and Coca-Cola, gets the riding services of Aaron Gryder, while Schoenhardt is a new shooter with route experience in Arkansas. Golden Cowboy, fifth in the Coca-Cola, must overcome the outside post-position.

• Through nine stakes, average field size is 7.3 horses and average $2 win payoff $11.80.

• Long shots have won the last two stakes: Dedicated to You ($24.20) in the Governor’s Stakes and Diamonds R ($28.20) in the Irish Day Stakes.

• Washington-breds have won four of the first nine stakes this season; Boundary Bay, Elliott Bay, Sippin Fire, Trump Itz and Golden Cowboy are Washington-breds in this year’s Seattle Slew.

• Karen and Mickey Taylor, owners of Seattle Slew, will again serve as honorary stewards for the race named in honor of their 1977 Triple Crown champion.

The field for Sundays 42nd running of the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes, 3-year-old colts & geldings, 1 1/16 miles, Race 8, 5:39 p.m.: 1-Freiburg, Eswan Flores, 118 pounds; 2-Whatwasithinking, Kevin Orozco, 124; 3-Boundary Bay, Aaron Gryder, 118; 4-Smoothee Lee, Austin Solis, 118; 5-Elliott Bay, Jennifer Whitaker, 120; 6-Schoenhardt, Javier Matias, 118; 7-Sippin Fire, Rocco Bowen, 124; 8-Trump Itz, Julien Couton, 118; 9-Golden Cowboy, David Martin, 118.

Racing this week

Friday, July 6

6:30 p.m. (7 races)

Brewer’s Night

Saturday, July 7

5 p.m. (8 races)

Twilight Saturday (through Sept. 22)

Ladies Night

Breakfast at the Wire (through Aug. 25)

Wiener Dogs

Sunday, July 8

2 p.m. (9 races)

$50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes

Wiener Dog & Wannabe Races

Notes

Blackford, the 7-year-old gelding aboard whom Julien Couton capped his six-win night Tuesday, has won on July 3 the last three years at Emerald Downs. … Frank Lucarelli begins the week needing one win to tie Tim McCanna for most training wins in track history. McCanna is No. 1 with 928, followed by Lucarelli, 927; Howard Belvoir, 745; Jim Penney, 662; Doris Harwood, 540; Roy Lumm, 428; Bud Klokstad, 402; Tom Wenzel, 367; Dan Markle, 359, and Robbie Baze, 350. … Nominations close Saturday for the $50,000 Mt Rainier Stakes (3 & up, 1 1/16 mile) and $50,000 Boeing Stakes (3 & up, fillies & mares, 1 1/16 mile), both to be run Sunday, July 15. The stakes quadruple-header also features the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and $50,000 King County Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

More in Sports

Ravens scramble back, zero in on division title

Auburn Riverside sweeps challengers to remain unbeaten in duals

Flores becomes Lions’ all-time leading scorer

Senior scores 26 points in Auburn Mountainview’s 53-51 loss to Ravens

Wedman hat trick leads Thunderbirds past Royals 6-4

6,021 teddy bears collected for first responders | PHOTOS

WWU’s Taylor, an Auburn Mountainview grad, takes second in the high jump at Dempsey Indoor meet

Western Washington University’s Maddie Taylor, a 2014 Auburn Mountainview High School graduate,… Continue reading

Auburn baseball makes coaching change

Mentink out after 5 seasons; Elliott steps in as interim coach

In the spotlight

Trojans roll to dual win in visit to the PAC

Thunderbirds speed past Swift Current

Richards has two goals in 5-3 win over Broncos

T-Birds jolt the roster

Flurry of deals: goalie Hughes, Andrusiak traded as WHL team fills needs, gains prospects and draft picks

Former T-Birds star Barzal makes NHL All-Star Game

Player shined in four seasons at Kent’s ShoWare Center

Nelson, Russell grab weight titles as Ravens settle for third at Herren showcase

Hanson captures 152-pound title for Auburn Mountainview

The Thunderbirds’ Zack Andrusiak celebrates after scoring one of his four goals against the Winterhawks on Saturday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Thunderbirds fall to Winterhawks in wild game to end 2018

Andrusiak has four goals in 8-6 loss to Portland

Thunderbirds goalie Liam Hughes reaches to make one of his 30 saves against the Cougars on Friday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Cougars claw past Thunderbirds

Mount scores in 2-1 loss to Prince George