Trainer Frank Lucarelli continued his winning ways Friday, notching his fourth three-win day of the season – all on Fridays – including a victory by Dixie Pulpit in the $11,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.
Lucarelli saddled the winners of races two, three and six—Shockazulu ($7.80), Brahms Forest ($8.80) and Dixie Pulpit ($12.40) – boosting his season total to 24 wins in 19 days. The track’s all-time leader with 968 victories, Lucarelli opened a 14-win lead over Blaine Wright and Vince Gibson atop the trainers’ standings.
In the feature, Dixie Pulpit rallied for a 1¼-length victory under Kevin Orozco in 1:09.28 for six furlongs. A 4-year-old Lucky Pulpit gelding owned by Aaron Bresko, Dixie Pulpit is 2-1-0 in five starts with earnings of $16,290, including $6,050 for Friday’s victory.
Lucarelli is 24 for 68 (35.2 percent) and already has six multiple win days this season.
Lovefliesonwings ($6) captured the second 2-year-old race of the season, leading gate to wire under Heribert Martinez in :52.84 for 4½ furlongs. An Atta Boy Roy filly owned and bred by Swag Stables, Lovefliesonwings is the second winning foal out of quadruple Emerald Downs’ stakes winner No Flies On Doodle. … Martinez and Orozco rode two winners each on the seven-race card. … Gary Wales guided Goldslinger ($9) home in the nightcap and boosted his meet-leading total to 23 wins. … Riding his first race since 2011, 63-year-old Troy Grissom finished second aboard Ridgefield Rocket in Friday’s fourth race. … Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2 p.m. The $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (Grade 1) will be simulcast between Emerald Downs’ races 4 and 5 with post time 3:37 p.m.
$50,000 Kent Stakes features Much Amor
Based off a tremendous local debut last month, Mucho Amor towers over seven rivals in Sunday’s $50,000 Kent Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6½ furlongs.
A $260,000 daughter of Mucho Macho Man, Mucho Amor was ultra-impressive in her Northwest debut four weeks ago, romping by six lengths in 1:09.76 for six furlongs. Her 83 Beyer is 10 points higher than the career best of any of her rivals Sunday.
Trained by Blaine Wright for David Mowat’s Ten Broeck Farm. Mucho Amor is 3-0-0 in five starts overall with earnings of $92,590. Mucho Amor drew the No. 5 post and will be ridden by Juan Hernandez at high weight of 122 pounds. Hernandez is 6-3-0 in 14 career mounts at Emerald Downs, including stakes wins this season on Mucho Amor and Anyportinastorm.
Alittlelesstalk has developed nicely for trainer Roddina Barrett and owners Tim Floyd, Kelly Dougan and Stephanie Loffredo, compiling a win and two seconds in three starts at the meet. A daughter of Demon Warlock, she finished a clear second to Mucho Amor in the Seattle and then blitzed allowance foes by 5 3/4 lengths at 6½ furlongs on May 27.
Northwest Factor, last year’s 2-year-old filly champion at Emerald Downs, finished a distant fourth while making her 2019 debut in the Seattle. Based off a pair of sharp recent works, the 2018 Gottstein Futurity winner looks for an improved effort for Steve Bullock and How We Roll No. 4.
Killarney Lass might be better around two turns, but is a triple winner and finished well to take third in the Seattletr. Forty Six Carats showed promise as a 2-year-old, and has fired two bullet drills since finishing sixth in the Seattle.
Stable mates Senoradiablo and Twirling Devon were both stakes winners this winter in Arizona, while Suddenly Awesome has good speed and scored a game maiden win on Memorial Day.
The Kent Stakes goes as Race 8 on a 10-race card with post time 5:30 p.m.
Alittlelesstalk co-owner Stephanie Loffredo is slated to sing the national anthem Sunday.
The field for the 23rd running of the $50,000 Kent Stakes: 1-Forty Six Carats, Franklin Ceballos, 116 pounds; 2-Alittlelesstalk, Lorenzo Lopez, 116; 3-Killarney Lass, Javier Matias, 120; 4-Senoradiablo, Jose Leon, 118; 5-Mucho Amor, Juan Hernandez, 122; 6-Suddenly Awesome, Juan Gutierrez, 116; 7-Northwest Factor, Gary Wales, 118; 8-Twirling Devon, Kevin Orozco, 116.