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    Emerald Distaff-Nominations

    Exclusive Diva (left) & E Z Kitty are the top two older fillies & mares at Emerald Downs


    AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 6, 2013) – Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has nominated a trio of 5-year-old mares to the $65,000 Emerald Distaff on Sunday, August 18.

    At 1 1/8 miles, the Distaff is Emerald Downs’ championship event for older fillies and mares and part of a stakes doubleheader that features the 78th renewal of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3). The 18 nominees mark a sharp increase from the seven nominated to last year’s Distaff, which was won by Horse of the Meeting Class Included in 1:47.79.

    Hollendorfer has a great history in the Emerald Distaff—invading for victories in 2005 with Secret Corsage, in 2007 with Gemstone Rush and 2008 with Lemon Kiss. This year he nominated Cathy’s Crunches, Lady Aspen, and multiple graded stakes winner Halo Dolly.

    A 5-year-old California-bred by Popular, Halo Dolly is 15-for-31 lifetime topped by victories in the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar and Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park. While her biggest wins have been on turf, Halo Dolly is two-for-three on dirt.

    Trainer Michael Puhich leads all trainers with five nominations, led by 4-year-old Evelyn’s Dancer, the top older filly or mare this season at Hastings Racecourse, and Blonde Fog, a 3-year-old who finished runner-up in the Grade I Hollywood Starlet last fall while with Bob Baffert.

    Exclusive Diva and E Z Kitty lead the locals, and combined have won more than 50 percent of their career starts. Exclusive Diva, a 4-year-old, is 7-for-12 and has won stakes at ages 2, 3 and 4. E Z Kitty, a 5-year-old, is 10-for-20 lifetime and has won six stakes—three each at Turf Paradise and Emerald Downs.

    $65,000 Emerald Distaff
    1-1/8 Miles, 18th Running, Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Blonde Fog
    (3-KY)...Mark Dedomenico & Mike Pegram....Michael Puhich
    Carrabelle Harbor (5-ORE)...Bar C Racing & Desert Rose Racing...Doris Harwood
    Castinette Dancer (5-WA)...North American Tbred Racing Co...Michael Puhich
    Cathy’s Crunches (5-FLA)...Mark Dedomenico & J Hollendorfer...Jerry Hollendorfer
    Champagneandcaviar (4-KY)...Fleur De Lis Stables LLC....Howard Belvoir
    E Z Kitty (5-WA).....Highlander Racing Stables LLC.....Jeffrey Metz
    Evelyn’s Dancer (4-KY)....M Dedomenico & N American Tbred...Michael Puhich
    Exclusive Diva (4-KY).....Northwest Farms & Debbie Paxton....Tom Wenzel
    Gosailgo (4-BC).....Graeme Hope.......Robert J. Anderson
    Halo Dolly (5-CAL)...Hoeffflin, Hollendorfer, Todaro, et al...Jerry Hollendorfer
    I Think So (3-KY)....M Dedomenico & N American Tbred....Michael Puhich
    Lady Aspen (5-KY)....PRO Thoroughbred Enterprises....Jerry Hollendorfer
    Lasting Rose (3-BC).....E.M. Braithwaite I.M. Gorahst.....Terry Gillihan
    Muchas Coronas (4-WA)....Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Pabst....Jim Penney
    Royal Moses (4-WA)....Squatting Dog Stable & R G Warwick....Tim Harder
    Saturday Nite Ride (4-KY)...M Dedomenico & N American Tbred...Michael Puhich
    Stephanie Plum (5-WA).....Mullens, Larson & Zenker.....H.R. Mullens
    Wando Woman (6-BC).....J. Dennis Spence.....Junior L. Coffey


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