POLISH DOLLAR DOES IT AGAIN!
EDGES CAMP GRANADA IN FEATURE
AUBURN, Wash. (June 22, 2013) – Polish Dollar is fast and tenacious, and the 7-year-old gelding loves to win races.
Those traits were evident again Saturday, as Polish Dollar swept past Camp Granada in the final yards for a 1 ¾-length victory in the $22,575 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs.
Ridden by Juan Gutierrez, Polish Dollar ran 6 ½ furlongs in a sparkling 1:14.69 and paid $5.40, $2.80 and $2.10. The winning time is the second fastest this year at the distance, and Polish Dollar also owns the fastest six-furlong clocking of the season, 1:08.09, set on April 20.
Trained by Bob Meeking for owner Sharon Radke of Port Angeles, Polish Dollar is seven-for-12 since joining Meeking’s barn last year, and 13-for-32 overall at Emerald Downs. A Washington-bred By Polish Gift-Spediacci, Polish Dollar earned $12,416 to push his career bankroll to $93,317.
Gutierrez, meanwhile, reclaimed the riding lead, 42-41, over Isaias Enriquez atop the jockeys’ standings.
Camp Granada, coming off a smashing 7 ¾-length allowance win on June 2, shook 2 ½ lengths clear into the stretch, but was unable to withstand Polish Dollar’s late surge. Ridden by David G. Lopez, Camp Granada paid $2.80 and $2.40.
Forin Sea—with Gallyn Mitchell filling in for an injured Rocco Bowen—overcame a slow start to finish a fast-closing third, paying $3.80 for show. Johnski, Theresmyeverything and Whistle Cat completed the order of finish.
Bowen sustained a knee injury in race two and was replaced on his final five mounts Saturday.
Mitchell, the track’s all-time leading rider with 1,347 wins, returned to action just 61 days after suffering a major heart attack on April 22.
NOTES: Dallon’s Gold ($11.60) won the Saturday opener by 8 ¾-lengths in :51.99 for 4 ½ furlongs. Ridden by Ronald Richard for trainer Dave Bennett and owner Dixie Hitchcock, Dallon’s Gold is a 2-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Private Gold-Winning Weave…Leonel Camacho-Flores rode two winners and climbed into a three-way tie with Richard and Debbie Hoonan for eighth place in the jockeys’ standings at 14 wins apiece…After a two-for-38 start, owner/trainer Don Munger has won with three of his last five starters, including a victory by Humongous ($5.20) in Saturday’s third race…Jockey Lorenzo Lopez rode his first Emerald Downs winner since 2006, guiding Mr. Top Kat ($17.60) to a gate-to-wire score in race six for Professor Pollowitz and owner/trainer Alan Bozell. In his four career victories, the 4-year-old Katowice ridgling has produced $2 win prices of $35, $39.60, $17.80 and $17.60…Trainer Jim Penney continued his hot streak as I Keep Saying ($3.20) won the $14,375 sub-feature for 3-year-olds and up, running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.38 and improving to 2-1-0 in three starts at the meeting…Congratulations to Victor The Predictor Cozzetti, as Asummerprospect ($6) got Vic-Tory Stables on the board with a gate-to-wire victory in race nine. Matt Hagerty rode the winner for Vince Gibson…Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m. The first stakes doubleheader of the season features the $50,000 Irish Day Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, and the $50,000 Coca-Cola Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings at one mile. Seattle Handicap winner Stopshoppingdebbie is the 8-to-5 morning line favorite in the Irish day and newcomer Worldventurer is 2-to-1 in the Coca-Cola.