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Sunday’s racing handicaps | Emerald Downs
Seattle Times handicapper
First three horses listed in each race in order of predicted finish.
First race: 2 p.m.
It has been a tough year for trainer Martin Pimentel, but maybe he can get into the winner’s circle with Graytful Harbor. Rough Idea ran OK in his last start, his first race in 3½ years. Brother Greg has been racing in California and fits well with this group.
Grindster scratched out of a race on Saturday to run in this one. He drops in class after finishing third to a horse who returned to win a stakes race. He’s Zuberrific could improve after finishing third at this level in his career debut. Cantcatchme is making his career debut and had a very fast workout on July 14 (fastest of 35 at 4 furlongs).
Crescent Bar has a habit of getting close without winning but he looks good against this group. Big Payday has been racing decently in Northern California and plunges in class for his Emerald debut. He will likely be heavily favored. Spending is usually in the money.
Lady Rosberg won’t have to improve much in her second career race to win this. Liberty Lake is usually in the money, but is winless in 12 starts. Ms. Sutherland has been in the money in all three of her starts.
Cat On Base drops in class and might be too fast for these, even though there are other early-speed horses to contend with. Red Colt Fortyfive will be rallying late. All My Friends is in good form.
War Wizard will try to lead from gate to wire. Bad Boy K is in decent form. Mo’em Down looks for his second straight win.
Sovereign Bay drops in class to a proper level. A Courting Venture cuts back in distance after losing by a half-length at a mile. Our Pretty Woman has won three of eight career starts.
Belt races against older horses again but is talented enough to win. Fist Full of Green won a similar race in his last start. Hello Frankie hasn’t raced in almost a year, but his form in Southern California indicates he is a threat to win this race.
Chu and You looked very good beating maiden claimers in her debut and can handle the step up in class. Jockey Debbie Hoonan sticks with Tinkerbelle Tops and gets off of Strawberry Dawn, who were both impressive winners in their debuts.
Firebender should improve in his second start at Emerald and looks very tough against this field. Harbor Star will try to lead from gate to wire. Wisest Cat is very unlikely to win but can sneak into the trifecta.
BEST BET: Sovereign Bay
|1 6 furlongs, purse $8,925, 3-year-olds and up, maiden claiming $12,500/$10,000|
|3||Graytful Harbor||L Camacho-Flores||4||118|
|2||Rough Idea||N Chaves||5||124|
|1||Brother Greg||E Kubinova||3||115|
|4||Mr. Leroy||D Lopez||8||115|
|5||Happy Childhood||I Enriquez||5/2||124|
|6||I Was Made for You||D Hoonan||7/2||118|
|2 5 furlongs, purse $13,225, 2-year-olds, maiden claiming $25,000|
|3||He's Zuberrific||N Chaves||3||118|
|2||Air Grinder||L Camacho-Flores||12||118|
|6||Dark Heat||J Whitaker||6||118|
|3 11/16 miles, purse $4,400, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500|
|2||Crescent Bar||J Gutierrez||5/2||124|
|3||Big Payday||A Sanguinetti||8/5||124|
|6||Diamond Peak||D Hoonan||10||118|
|7||Eagle Butte||N Chaves||8||118|
|4 61/2 furlongs, purse $17,850, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, maiden optional claiming $30,000|
|1||Lady Rosberg||R Bowen||3||117|
|4||Liberty Lake||J Gutierrez||5||123|
|8||Ms. Sutherland||A Sanguinetti||9/2||120|
|3||She's Purdee||D Hoonan||15||114|
|5||You Send Me||J Whitaker||6||114|
|6||I Am Revenge||D Lopez||12||117|
|7||Diner's Diva||I Enriquez||7/2||114|
|5 51/2 furlongs, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500|
|5||Cat On Base||J Gutierrez||7/2||124|
|3||Red Colt Fortyfive||J Matias||2||124|
|6||All My Friends||D Lopez||5/2||124|
|2||Newaukum Creek||J Zunino||20||124|
|7||Power Fleet||I Enriquez||8||124|
|8||The Bien's Gift||E Kubinova||10||124|
|6 6 furlongs, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500|
|6||War Wizard||I Enriquez||5/2||124|
|7||Bad Boy K||J Whitaker||4||124|
|5||Mo'em Down||L Camacho-Flores||9/2||124|
|2||Foolish Chopper||R Bowen||12||124|
|4||Cavanagh Bay||A Sanguinetti||7/2||124|
|7 61/2 furlongs, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500|
|5||Sovereign Bay||E Kubinova||9/5||123|
|6||A Courting Venture||R Bowen||5/2||123|
|8||Our Pretty Woman||D Hoonan||3||123|
|1||Sicily Grace||C Doll||10||123|
|2||Angel Unaware||D Lopez||12||123|
|3||Roxy Skylar||L Camacho-Flores||20||123|
|4||Fly Away||N Chaves||10||123|
|7||Mile Easy||J Zunino||20||123|
|8 6 furlongs, purse $18,000, 3-year-olds and up, AOC $20,000|
|2||Fist Full of Green||E Kubinova||5||124|
|3||Hello Frankie||I Enriquez||5/2||124|
|1||Edge Forward||D Lopez||8||124|
|5||Dare Me Devil||R Bowen||7/2||124|
|6||Perfect Night||J Whitaker||10||124|
|7||Until You||J Matias||5||124|
|9 6 furlongs, purse $50,000, 2-year-olds, fillies, Angie C Stakes|
|2||Chu and You||J Gutierrez||2||119|
|3||Tinkerbelle Tops||D Hoonan||3||119|
|5||Strawberry Dawn||L Camacho-Flores||5/2||119|
|1||Simba's Sis||E Kubinova||12||119|
|4||Decatur Princess||R Bowen||12||117|
|6||Rosie's Revenge||R Richard||12||119|
|7||See My Tail Lites||I Enriquez||4||119|
|10 1 mile, purse $5,350, 3-year-olds and up, maiden claiming $5,000|
|3||Harbor Star||J Whitaker||9/2||118|
|2||Wisest Cat||A Sanguinetti||7/2||124|
|1||Dead Eye||L Camacho-Flores||8||124|
|5||Payaso Grande||C Doll||12||124|
|6||White River Pirate||R Bowen||8||118|
|7||Eagle Harbor||E Kubinova||4||118|