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    Budweiser Handicap-Nominations
    6/10/2014


    Ron & Rosalie Warren's Jebrica wins the 2013 Budweiser Handicap

    WHY NOT BE PERFECT HEADS 17 NOMINEES
    FOR $50,000 BUDWEISER HANDICAP

    AUBURN, Wash. (June 10, 2014) – Why Not Be Perfect, upset winner of the Governor’s Handicap, heads a list of 17 nominations to the $50,000 Budweiser Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at one mile.

    The 19th running of the Budweiser is a pivotal steppingstone to the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 24, and the second of four open stakes for older horses at the meet. Why Not Be Perfect took the opening leg with an authoritative 1 ½-length victory in the May 18 Governor’s Handicap, running 6 ½ furlongs in a stakes record 1:13.72 and paying a whopping $59.80 to win. Conditioned by Jeff Metz for J.C. Racing Stable, Why Not Be Perfect would tie Kid Katabatic (2000) for oldest horse to win the Budweiser Handicap.

    The top four finishers in last year’s Budweiser—Jebrica, Stryker Phd, Winning Machine and Why Not Be Perfect—are all nominated again in 2014. Jebrica, the defending champion, finished second behind Why Not Be Perfect in the Governor’s, and all three of Jebrica’s career stakes wins are around two turns.

    Stryker Phd makes his first start since being transferred to trainer Larry Ross. The 5-year-old gelding earned Top Washington-bred honors last year after finishing second in all four open stakes for older horses including a second to Herbie D in the Longacres Mile.

    Winning Machine, the 2012 Budweiser winner, also has changed barns and is now trained by Howard Belvoir. A first or second place finish would push the 8-year-old gelding over a half-million in career earnings.

    Hudson Landing is a triple stakes winner in California including Grade 3 wins on turf and synthetic surfaces at Golden Gate, and the gelding previously performed well at Emerald Downs to win the 2012 Mt. Rainier Handicap.

    $50,000 Budweiser Handicap, Sunday, June 15
    3-Years-Old & Up, One Mile

    Horse. . . . .Wt. . . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
    Disruption (4-FLA). . .115. . .Nelson Family Racing. . .Monique Snowden
    Dogleg Left (4-KY). . .112. . .D. Tollett or R. Wise. . .Bill Tollett
    Dontmesswithkitten (4-KY). . .115. . .H. Leong & D. Lew. . .Chris Stenslie
    Fist Full of Green (5-CA).116.B Diamond, Robbins & Kirschman. .R Lumm
    Hudson Landing (7-KY). . .120. . .Chappell Alpine Farms. . .Blaine Wright
    Jebrica (6-WA). . .118. . .R & R Warren LLC. . .Jim Penney
    Memphis Beach (5-WA). . .113. . .Blue Mt Stables. . .Mary Pirone
    Mike Man’s Gold (4-WA). . .115. . .Swag & Gallo Stables. . .David Martinez
    Mr. Bowling (5-KY)118. Dedomenico/N America Tbred Racing. . .M Puhich
    Pepnic (5-CA). . .117. . .David P. Taylor Jr. . . . Tim McCanna
    Rocky’s Quest (6-KY). . .116. . .John & Janene Maryanski. . .Blaine Wright
    Shooting Jacket (4-KY). . .116. . .Swift Thoroughbreds. . . .D.Condilenios
    Somewhere With You (4-WA). . .113. . .Coal Creek Farm. . David Martinez
    Stryker Phd (5-WA). . .118. . .Mona Hour. . .Larry Ross
    Twistgrips (5-BC). . .116. . .Gordon Christoff. . .John Snow
    Why Not Be Perfect (7-KY). . .119. . .J.C. Racing Stable. . .Jeff Metz
    Winning Machine (8-KY). . .116. . .Fleur De Lis Stables. . .Howard Belvoir
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