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    EmD Derby/Wash Oaks-Nominations
    8/5/2012


    Exclusive Diva heads the list of nominations to the Washington Oaks

    $65,000 EMERALD DOWNS DERBY, $65,000 WASHINGTON OAKS
    SOPHOMORES SPOTLIGHT STAKES WEEKEND AT EmD

    AUBURN, Wash. (August 5, 2012) – In what appeared to be a one-horse show in both sophomore divisions has suddenly become a wide-open affair as 3-year-olds compete for divisional honors in a stakes doubleheader Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Emerald Downs.

    On Saturday, fillies race 1-1/8 miles in the $65,000 Washington Oaks. And Sunday, colts and geldings take center stage in the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby.

    Both trained by Tom Wenzel, 3-year-old colt Makors Mark and 3-year-old filly Exclusive Diva emerged as standouts after they swept the first two races in their respective divisions. In the third leg, however, both were upended as Makors Finale gave way to finish fourth to Italian Boy in the Seattle Slew Handicap, while stable mate Exclusive Diva couldn’t repel a counterpunch from 28-to-1 long shot Champagneandcaviar in the Kent Handicap.

    In the Derby division, speedy up-and-comer Italian Boy has been the meet’s buzz horse, winning four straight races at four different distances, including the 1-1/16-mile Seattle Slew. Adding the Derby’s extra half-furlong could prove difficult for the Tizbud colt to carry his speed, leaving an opportunity for late-runner D’honorable One, who has finished first, second or third in all eight career races, including a dead-heat victory with Makors Finale in the June 3 Auburn Handicap. 
     
    Speaking of Makors Finale, the Makors Mark colt could see familiar rival Taylors Deal, who beat Makors Finale soundly in two stakes races at Turf Paradise. In his most recent start, Taylors Deal ran runner-up on July 2 in the Chris Loseth Handicap at Hastings.

    On the filly side, Exclusive Diva should attract plenty of betting interest in the Oaks despite her unexpected loss in the Kent. A new shooter like Evelyn’s Dancer, however, could challenge Exclusive Diva’s quest for Top 3-Year-Old Filly. Coming off back-to-back stakes wins at Hastings, Evelyn’s Dancer has the tactical speed and stamina to be a dangerous contender.

    Nominations for the 33rd Washington Oaks-Saturday, August 11

    Horse    Owner     Trainer

    Bobbylouie (3-WA)
      Savario Farm   Diane Garrison

    Champagneandcaviar (3-KY) Fleur De Lis Stables  Howard Belvoir

    Evelyn’s Dancer (3-KY)  Mark Dedomenico & Glen Todd Michael Puhich 

    Exclusive Diva (3-KY)  Northwest Farms & Debbie Paxton Tom Wenzel

    Lady Vivien (3-KY)  Oak Crest Farm   Larry Ross

    Our Eleanor (3-KY)  Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd.  Craig MacPherson

    Regal Betty (3-FL)   Michael Talla   John W. Sadler

    Royal Moses (3-WA)  Squatting Dog Stable & RG Warwick Tim Harder

    Stephiano (3-KY)   Dr. Rodney Orr   Chris Stenslie

    Talk to My Lawyer (3-WA)  Will This One Do Stable  Chris Stenslie

    Whiskey Miner (3-WA)  Jack Porter   Neil Knapp 

    Nominations for the 75th Emerald Downs Derby-Sunday, August 12
     
    Horse    Owner     Trainer

    Brady’s Kat
    (3-WA)  West Coast Racing LLC  David Martinez

    D’honorable One (3-FLA)  Nelson Family Racing  Blaine Wright

    Edge Forward (3-KY)  Ivor & Jack Jones   Doris Harwood

    Faster Than Duke (3-WA)  Brotherton Racing Group I  Larry Ross

    Havanna Red (3-WA)  C.E. & Ann Richardson  Chris Stenslie

    Italian Boy (3-WA)  Luigi DiPietro & Diana DiPietro Tim McCanna

    Makors Finale (3-WA)  Karl Krieg   Tom Wenzel

    Taylors Deal (3-BC)  North American Tbred Racing Co.  Troy Taylor 
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