$65,000 EMERALD DERBY, $65,000 WASHINGTON OAKS
SOPHOMORES SPOTLIGHT STAKES WEEKEND AT EmD
AUBURN, Wash. (August 4, 2013) – Emerald Downs reaches the final stop of both sophomore stakes divisions as 3-year-olds compete for season honors in an Oaks/Derby doubleheader Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11.
Saturday, Stopshoppingdebbie looks to continue her winning ways in the $65,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8-miles, hoping to become the first horse to sweep all four stakes in the sophomore filly division. Unlike the filly division, the colts and geldings’ quest for supremacy has been inconclusive, but the picture should develop focus on Sunday with the 1 1/8-mile $65,000 Emerald Derby.
Undefeated in four career starts for trainer Tom Wenzel and owner Northwest Farms, Stopshoppingdebbie has led the division from Day One, winning the Seattle Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs, the Irish Day Handicap at one mile and the Kent Handicap at 1 1/16-miles. Her stable mates Goin to the Window and Blueberry Smoothie finished second and third in each of those stakes, respectively.
In the Derby division, Finallygotabentley (Auburn), Music of My Soul (Coca Cola) and Mike Man’s Gold (Seattle Slew) have traded decisions and would likely earn division honors with a victory on Sunday. Bluegrass Pride, stationed at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, B.C., could ship south after a runner-up finish in the Chris Loseth Handicap on July 1.
On the filly side, there could be a slew of first-rate shippers, led by Blonde Fog, formerly trained by Bob Baffert, who comes off a second-place effort last December in the Hollywood Starlet (G1) on the Hollywood Park synthetic. Three Canadian representatives—I Think So, Havasu Falls and Daydream—are each looking to rebound off unplaced efforts in the Supernatural Handicap at Hastings.
Nominations for the 34th Washington Oaks-Saturday, August 10
Horse Owner Trainer
Beautranda (3-WA) Ernest D. Sherman Blaine Wright
Blonde Fog (3-KY) Mark Dedomenico Michael Puhich
Blueberry Smoothie (3-KY) Northwest Farms & C & M Racing Tom Wenzel
Daydream (3-KY) Ronald C. Bacon John Snow
Goin to the Window (3-KY) Northwest Farms & Debbie Paxton Tom Wenzel
Havasu Falls (3-KY) Ronald C. Bacon John Snow
I Think So (3-KY) Mark Dedomenico & North American Tbred Racing Co. Michael Puhich
Inquiry Miss (3-KY) David Israel, Charles Clark & Jolene Shermer Mary Pirone
Stopshoppingdebbie (3-KY) Northwest Farms Tom Wenzel
Nominations for the 76th Emerald Downs Derby-Sunday, August 11
Horse Owner Trainer
Bluegrass Pride (3-PA) L.D.S Enterprises Ltd. Craig Macpherson
Botch (3-KY) Luigi DiPietro & Diana DiPietro Tim McCanna
Carving (3-KY) Pegasus Syndicate #4 Michael Puhich
Finallygotabentley (3-KY) Northwest Farms & Debbie Paxton Tom Wenzel
Mike Man’s Gold (3-WA) Swag Stables – Gallo Stables David Martinez
Music of My Soul (3-WA) Elttaes Stable Doris Harwood
Valiant Flame (3-KY) R.E.V Racing LLC Frank Lucarelli
Worldventurer (3-TX) Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd. Blaine Wright