$50,000 SEATTLE STAKES TESTS SOPHOMORE FILLIES
AUBURN, Wash. (May 1, 2016) – The $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies drew 10 nominations including state champion My Heart Goes On, Emerald Downs champion Princess Kennedy, and undefeated stakes winner Invested Prospect.
At 6 ½ furlongs, the May 8 Seattle Stakes is the first of four open stakes for sophomore fillies, culminating with the $65,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on July 24. Additionally, 3-year-old Washington-bred fillies are eligible for the $50,000 Washington Cup race at one mile on August 28.
The Seattle Stakes also kicks off a 28-race stakes schedule worth $1,560,000 in purses. The highlight of the meet, as usual, is the 81st running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on August 14.
In the Seattle, Princess Kennedy returns to Emerald Downs where her 8 ¾-length romp in the Barbara Shinpoch stakes—also at 6 ½ furlongs—clinched honors as the meet’s outstanding 2-year-old filly. By Sun King, Princess Kennedy has raced at four different tracks since last seen here, the best result a second in the $50,000 Lettelier Memorial at Fair Grounds.
My Heart Goes On earned state champion 2-year-old filly honors after a five-race campaign that featured a victory in the Angie C Stakes and a runner-up to Gold Rush Dancer in the Gottstein Futurity. By Albertus Maximus, My Heart Goes On finished third to Jerre to Carrie and B C Z Middleton in a six-furlong allowance race here April 9.
Invested Prospect (pictured above), a speedster by Abraaj, makes her 2016 debut in the Seattle. Unbeaten in two starts as a 2-year-old, she romped by 8 ½ lengths in a 5-½ furlong maiden special weight before edging Cape Grace and My Heart Goes On in the six-furlong Northwest Farms Stakes.
Jerre to Carrie was impressive winning her 2016 debut last month, running six furlongs in 1:08.70, and Find Joy tested deep waters as a juvenile while finishing third in sprints at Santa Anita and Del Mar.
$50,000 Seattle Stakes, Sunday, May 8
3-Year-Old Fillies, 6 ½ Furlongs
Horse. . . . . . . . .Owner. . . . . . . . .Trainer
Aunt Maryann (3-KY) Muddy Waters Stables LLC Mike Puhich
B C Z Middleton (3-KY) William Burns & Rebecca Turcott Jeff Metz
Find Joy (3-KY) David P. Taylor Jr. Frank Lucarelli
Invested Prospect (3-WA) John & Janene Maryanski & Riverbend Farm Blaine Wright
Jerre to Carrie (3-KY) Ron Crockett Inc. Tom Wenzel
Lady Diva (3-WA) Howard Belvoir Howard Belvoir
My Heart Goes On (3-WA) Coal Creek Farm David Martinez
Princess Katie (3-BC) Ernest Chu Robert Gilker
Princess Kennedy (3-KY) David Thorner Tom Wenzel
Three Forks Gold (3-WA) David L. Greenshields Rosie Simkins