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    Auburn Handicap-Press Kit
    5/25/2014

    $50,000 AUBURN HANDICAP
    3-YEAR-OLD COLTS & GELDINGS
    SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014
    19th RUNNING-6 ½ FURLONGS

    Track & World Record: 1:13, Sabertooth (7), May 22, 2005
    Stakes Record: 1:14.53, D’honorable One & Makors Finale (dead-heat, 2012)
    (Distance 6 ½ furlongs 1999, 2010-13; 6 furlongs 1998-2009,
    5 ½ furlongs 1997; 1 1/16 miles 1996)

    Most Wins*
    Trainer:
    4, Bud Klokstad (Ropersandwranglers*, 1997 & 1999); Jumron Won, 2001; Beau Maggie, 2005)
    Jockey: 3, Juan Gutierrez (Crimson Design, 2004; Noosa Beach, 2009; Finallygotabentley, 2013)
    Owner: 2, Billie Klokstad (Ropersandwranglers* 1997 & 1998)
    Largest Margin of Victory: 3 ¼ lengths, Unyielding (2003)
    Smallest Margin of Victory: dead-heat, D’honorable One & Makors Finale, 2012
    Track Condition: Fast 16, Wet-fast 1, Sloppy 1
    Betting Favorite: 6-for-18 (33%)
    Largest $2 Win: $102.40, Showme Yourfriends (2011)
    Smallest $2 Win: $2.60, D’honorable One (dead-heat, 2012)
    Winner bred: Washington 11, Kentucky 3, California 3, Florida 2
    Gate-to- wire: 5-for-18
    *Race for older fillies & mares 1997-99, 3-year-olds & up 1996

    OWNERS HOMETOWNS
    1—Del Rio Harbor (9-5). . . . .Desert Rose Racing LLC (D.H. Walker, Kennewick, WA); Bar C Racing Stables Inc. (Neal & Pam Christopherson, Hermiston, ORE)
    2-Redsolocup (7-2). . . . .Warlock Stables (Tim Floyd, Spokane, WA); Horse Players Racing Club #096 (Scott Gruender, Renton, WA)
    3-Mebossman (4). . . . .R.E.V. Racing LLC (Roy Schaefer, Port Orchard, WA)
    4-Stikine Slough (6). . . . .One Horse Will Do Corp, (Jody Peetz, Issaquah, WA); Tina & Scott Saxwold, Des Moines, WA; Chris Stenslie, Enumclaw, WA
    5-Noosito (2). . . . .Last Rose Stable (Jeff Harwood, Auburn, WA)

    EMERALD DOWNS DERBY SERIES
    June 1: $50,000 Auburn Handicap, 6 ½ Furlongs
    June 22: $50,000 Coca-Cola Handicap, One Mile
    July 13: $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap, 1 1/16 Mile
    Aug. 10: $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby, 1 1/8 Mile
    Sept. 7: $50,000 Jim Beam Stakes (WA-bred), One Mile

    FAB 5 HANDICAPPERS
    Joe Withee
    (EmD1): Noosito, Del Rio Harbor, Mebossman (0-2; $16.90)
    Robert Geller (EmD2): Del Rio Harbor, Mebossman, Noosito (1-2; $31.70)
    Jacob Pollowitz (EmD3): Noosito, Del Rio Harbor, Redsolocup (1-2; $18.90)
    Vic Cozzetti  (Predictorsays.com): Del Rio Harbor, Noosito, Redsolocup (0-2; $15.50)
    Nick Rousso (Daily Racing Form): Del Rio Harbor, Noosito, Mebossman (1-2; $11.50)
    Consensus: Del Rio Harbor (19), Noosito (15), Mebossman (4) (1-2; $18.70)

    NOTES: Odds-on favorites are only 2-for-6 in the Auburn including three losses in the last four years: Carving third at 0.60-to-1 in 2013, Couldabenthewhisky eighth at 0.90-to-1 in 2011, and Forener fifth at 0.90-to-1 in 2010. . Incidentally, 2013 Emerald Downs’ champion 2-year-old and morning line favorite Del Rio Harbor is a full brother to Couldabenthewhisky. . .Conversely, 2-to-1 second choice Noosito is a full brother to two-time Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting Noosa Beach, who prevailed as the 7-to-10 favorite in the 2009 Auburn Handicap. . .Doris Harwood (Del Rio Harbor, Noosito) is No. 1 all-time with 61 stakes wins at EmD, but only 1-for-8 in the Auburn. . .Trainers Chris Stenslie (Stikine Slough) and Frank Lucarelli (Mebossman) both authored recent Auburn upsets, Stenslie saddling Showme Yourfriends to a $102.40 shocker in 2011 and Lucarelli scoring with Fear No Evil at $21 in 2008. . . . No trainer has finished first and second in the Auburn Handicap although Howard Belvoir was first and third with Courting Seattle and Tusko T. in 2006. Harwood with Noosito and Del Rio Harbor in the 2013 DRF Dennis Dodge Stakes is the last trainer to saddle the top two finishers in an EmD stakes. . . .Trainer Art Sherman, on the verge of racing’s Triple Crown with California Chrome, finished seventh with 3-to-5 favorite Lyatill Hil in the inaugural 1996 running of the Auburn Handicap. At the time, the Auburn was for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. . .Showme Yourfriends (2011), Posse Power (2010), Jumron Won (2001) and Cantil (2000) all rallied from fifth place to win the Auburn. . .Cantil earned a 95 Beyer for his win, highest figure by a 3-year-old in the race. Ropersandwranglers got a 97 in 1998 when the race was for older fillies and mares. . . .The meet’s first two stakes were a stark contrast as Stopshoppingdebbie prevailed at 0.70-to-1 in the May 11 Hastings Handicap and Why Not Be Perfect scored at 28.90-to-1 in the May 18 Governor’s Handicap.
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