TOUCH THE SUN SCORCHES THE OVAL,
TAKES THE TRIAD GROUP PURSE
AUBURN, Wash. (September 14, 2013) – Touch the Sun and jockey Isaias Enriquez were a winning combination Saturday at sunny Emerald Downs.
With Enriquez aboard for his second win of the day and 93rd of the season, Touch the Sun drew off for a three-length victory over Tobiah’s Journey in the $10,500 The Triad Group Purse for 3-year-olds and up. The 5-year-old Washington-bred ran one mile in 1:36.30 and paid $4, $3 and $3.
Trained by Doris Harwood for owners Michael Pollowitz and Jeffrey Wilson, Touch the Sun has an 8-5-4 record in 29 starts lifetime with earnings of $80,916, including $5,775 for Saturday’s win. At Emerald Downs his record is 6-2-2 in 20 starts.
Hustled to the lead from the inside post, Touch the Sun led through fractions of :24.06, :47.47 and 1:11.64. Big Bad Brown, the 9-to-5 second choice bidding for his fifth win of the meet, bid three-deep into the lane but was no match for the winner and flattened out late.
Tobiah’s Journey, a 19-to-1 shot ridden by David G. Lopez, held second and paid $9.20 and $5.60. Surfliner, a 21-to-1 shot with Mike Iammarino riding, finished third and paid $4.60. Big Bad Brown, Rezar and Double Shuffle completed the order of finish.
Enriquez continues to push defending champion Juan Gutierrez in the battle for leading rider. With his 25th two-win day of the meet, Enriquez is within two wins, 95-93, of Gutierrez atop the standings. There are seven days left in the 2013 season.
NOTES: Eliska Kubinova also rode two winners and female riders won half the races on the eight-race card, as Connie Doll and Debbie Hoonan also had wins…One of Kubinova’s wins was via a DQ, as Parkers Bluff finished first but was placed second for interference with Brother Greg ($3.40) in race eight…6-year-old mare Champali Lace ($5.60) improved to 9-for-15 at Emerald Downs with a 1 ¼-length victory in race five for $7,500 claiming fillies and mares. Ridden by Ronald Richard for trainer Junior Coffey and owners K Bar J Stables & Al Rainwater, Champali Lace ran six furlongs in 1:09.70. A Kentucky-bred by Champali, Champali Lace has multiple wins here the last four years…Ba Snowbound Chick ($5) became a triple winner at the meet with a two-length victory in the Quarter Horse opener, running 350 yards in :18.12 under Leonel Camacho-Flores for owner trainer Adrian Quinones…Between them, Rf Pistol Pete (five wins) and Ba Snowbound Chick (three) have won 38 percent of the Quarter Horse races at the meeting…Trainer Dale Koler got his first win of the meet as Tichit ($12.40) prevailed in race three for owner Cinbar Stables…Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:00 p.m. The featured ninth race for 2-year-olds is a $22,575 allowance event with stakes-placed He’s Zuberrific the 2-to-1 morning line choice.