SADDLERANCH SCORES ANOTHER VICTORY,
EDGES ASSESSMENT IN SATURDAY FEATURE
AUBURN, Wash. (August 3, 2013) – Saddleranch held off Assessment in a driving finish and scored a half-length victory Saturday in the $21,000 Carl’s Jr. Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by David G. Lopez, Saddleranch ran one mile in 1:35.31 and paid $5.60, $4.20 and $3. Mike Puhich is the trainer for owner Mark Dedomenico of Redmond.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Vindication-Excessively Nice, Saddleranch is 3-0-1 in four starts since shipping to Washington from trainer Bob Baffert’s stable in Southern California.
Assessment, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, loomed boldly in the final furlong but was unable to get by Saddleranch and finished second. Assessment, the 2009 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting, paid $10.40 and $4.80.
Polish Dollar, the early leader ridden by Juan Gutierrez, held third and paid $2.60 to show. A 7-year-old gelding, Polish Gift is 3-1-2 in six starts at the meet and is 13-for-34 lifetime at Emerald Downs.
Deacon Speakin’, Royal Moses and Forin Sea completed the order of finish.
Saddleranch pressed the pace as Polish Dollar led through fractions of :23.44, :46.17 and 1:09.81, gained the lead on the last turn, and held off Assessment through the lane for the victory. Overall, Saddleranch is 5-1-1 in 10 starts with earnings of $104,160.
Noosito debuts with a resounding three-length victory in Saturday's fourth race.
NOOSA’S LITTLE BROTHER BRILLIANT IN DEBUT
Move over Noosa Beach and Music of My Soul, there’s a new kid on the block.
Noosito—full brother to multiple stakes winners Noosa Beach and Music of My Soul—turned in a sensational debut effort Saturday for trainer Doris Harwood and owner Last Rose Stable. With Isaias Enriquez aboard, Noosito ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.43, and paid $6.80 as the second choice in the $18,100 maiden special weight event for 2-year-olds.
Royal Tide finished second and Smart Copy, the even-money favorite, finished third after losing the early pace duel with the winner. Noosito set fractions of :22.22, :44.95 and :57.12 en route to the three-length victory.
A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Julia Rose, Noosito was sold for $55,000 to top the 2012 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale. His older brothers are both multiple stakes winners, and Noosa Beach is widely considered the finest horse in track history. A two-time Washington Horse of the Year, Noosa Beach won a record 11 stakes and retired with 14 wins in 22 starts and earnings of $524,472. Music of My Soul was Emerald Downs’ Champion 2-year-old Male of 2012 and is nominated to the $65,000 Emerald Derby on Sunday, August 11.
Noosito also appears headed to stakes action, and could follow his older brothers with a start in the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity on closing day, September 29. Other upcoming stakes races for 2-year-olds include the $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes on August 17 and the $50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes for Washington-breds on September 8.
Noosa Beach finished second to Gallant Son in the 2008 Gottstein and Music of My Soul prevailed by a half-length in the 2012 Gottstein.
Harwood trained Noosa Beach, and trains Music of My Soul and Noosito.
NOTES: Jockey Connie Doll and owner/trainer Allen Gideon scored their first Thoroughbred wins of the meet when Silly Streak ($35.40) got up to win the 10th race nightcap…Lopez, Gutierrez and Isaias Enriquez rode two winners apiece and Gutierrez and Enriquez remain tied for first with 70 wins each…Harwood was the only trainer with two wins Saturday…Ducoti ($6.20) scored her 10th career victory and second win in three starts in Saturday’s sixth race. Trainer Bill Tollett also reclaimed the 6-year-old He’s Tops mare…Congratulations to co-owner George Todaro of Seattle as Lady of Fifty rallied for a 10-to-1 upset in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap for older fillies and mares at Del Mar…Saturday marked the 80th anniversary of the opening of Longacres, August 3, 1933…Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:15 p.m… The $50,000 Angie C. Stakes for 2-year-old fillies goes as the ninth race at 6:24 p.m., with Michael & Amy Feuerborn’s Chu and You is the 9-to-5 morning line favorite and Sue & Tim Spooner’s Strawberry Dawn the 5-to-2 second choice.