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.
Popular Pick seemed primed to win in his past two starts, but finished third as the favorite in each. Give him one more chance. Expenses Paid has been in the money in all seven of his races at the $7,500 claiming level. Southfork Pegasus can sneak into the trifecta.
War Wizard might get an easy lead. Everybody Knows drops in class, and Russell Baze, who has more than 12,000 wins, has the mount. Two Step Saturday hasn’t panned out after being an $85,000 yearling purchase two years ago, but he fits well with this weak group.
Royal Tale showed a lot of promise while finishing second in his career debut. Smart Copy has a lot of early speed, but well behind the top pick in his second career race. No Claim Will Do, purchased for $65,000 in April, has worked out well for his debut.
Our Pretty Woman looks like the only horse in the field with a lot of early speed. Lizzy Lass cuts back in distance after some good tries in route races. Denim and Diamonds has finished in the money in seven of 10 starts.
Rainier Missile drops in class and might get a boost with a jockey switch to Juan Gutierrez. Bid for Pride drops in class. Marvin’s Magic, usually a front-runner, showed in his last race he can come from behind too.
Exclusive Diva is a hard-trying horse who has never been out of the money and has been first or second in 11 of 12 career races. Evelyn’s Dancer is a winning machine from Canada, and she won her only career start at Emerald. E Z Kitty is a tough horse, but she probably prefers shorter distances.
Call Me Cinderella faced a tough group in her last race and now drops in class. She has as good of a chance as any in this very even race. It has been a dismal year for Private Fortune, but maybe she can turn around her form with this big drop in class. Mum’s Joke finished second when dropping to this level in her last race.
See handicapping chart.
Liberty Lake is winless in 13 tries but has finished second or third nine times. She should be able to save ground from the inside post and meets a weak field. Diner’s Diva, a $50,000 yearling purchase, has been a disappointment in her three starts, but maybe she will improve with the stretchout in distance. Lady Rosberg looks to rebound after regressing in her second career start.
Assessment lost a draw to get into the Mile, the first time he hasn’t been in the big race in six years. Candy for Debbie has won five of 11 starts at Emerald and has Russell Baze aboard. Rocky’s Quest loves to win and is tough at this distance.
Firebender has a great chance if he doesn’t get too far behind early. Eagle Harbor beat the top pick in his last race. White River Pirate can close late to get third.
BEST BET: Our Pretty Woman
|1 61/2 furlongs, purse $7,450, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $7,500|
|1||Popular Pick||I Enriquez||9/5||124|
|5||Expenses Paid||D Lopez||4||124|
|3||Southfork Pegasus||L Camacho-Flores||8||124|
|2||Strong Move||J Zunino||15||124|
|4||Real Premium||N Chaves||7/2||124|
|2 6 furlongs, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500|
|8||War Wizard||I Enriquez||3||124|
|5||Everybody Knows||R Baze||2||124|
|3||Two Step Saturday||R Bowen||9/2||124|
|1||Ima Royal Prince||E Kubinova||10||118|
|7||Kaitlans Song||M Hardison||12||113|
|3 51/2 furlongs, purse $17,850, 2-year-olds, maiden special weight|
|2||Royal Tale||M Gutierrez||5/2||118|
|5||Smart Copy||D Lopez||3||118|
|1||No Claim Will Do||J Gutierrez||7/2||118|
|3||City Shadows||E Kubinova||9/2||118|
|4||Inkey Mooey||A Sanguinetti||12||115|
|6||Trick Or Retreat||I Enriquez||6||118|
|7||St Nicholas Becky||R Bowen||15||118|
|8||Bluegrass Fox Trot||A Gryder||10||118|
|4 61/2 furlongs, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500|
|3||Our Pretty Woman||D Hoonan||8||123|
|4||Lizzy Lass||E Kubinova||3||123|
|9||Denim and Diamonds||D Lopez||4||123|
|1||Stolen Forum||I Enriquez||8||123|
|2||Roxy Skylar||L Camacho-Flores||10||123|
|5||A. Lurie Girl||J Gutierrez||9/2||123|
|6||Smokin Badge||A Sanguinetti||5||123|
|7||Truckee Baby||J Zunino||15||123|
|8||Courtney's Prize||R Bowen||10||123|
|5 6 furlongs, purse $7,450, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $5,000/$4,000|
|2||Rainier Missile||J Gutierrez||5/2||122|
|8||Bid for Pride||R Bowen||6||124|
|7||Marvin's Magic||L Camacho-Flores||7/2||120|
|1||Just Zoom Will Do||R Richard||5||120|
|3||Stealth Attack||J Zunino||15||120|
|4||Mr. Top Kat||D Hoonan||10||124|
|6||Buds a Flyin||I Enriquez||3||120|
|6 11/8 miles, purse $65,000, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, Emerald Distaff|
|1||Exclusive Diva||J Gutierrez||2||121|
|6||Evelyn's Dancer||A Gryder||9/5||123|
|2||E Z Kitty||A Sanguinetti||3||120|
|3||Whiskey Miner||D Hoonan||20||110|
|4||Royal Moses||J Matias||10||115|
|7||Wando Woman||A Perez||12||117|
|7 11/16 miles, purse $9,350, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $7,500|
|2||Call Me Cinderella||J Matias||5||119|
|8||Private Fortune||E Kubinova||12||119|
|3||Mum's Joke||R Bowen||6||119|
|1||Midnight Maggie||A Sanguinetti||12||113|
|4||Kenzie Carolina||D Lopez||4||119|
|5||Touch of Elegance||I Enriquez||6||119|
|7||Century Union||M Gutierrez||3||119|
|9||Lady Aragorn||J Gutierrez||9/2||119|
|8 1 mile, purse $200,000, 3-year-olds and up, Longacres Mile|
|7||Golden Itiz||G Olguin||5||116|
|1||Until You||J Gutierrez||30||114|
|5||Stryker Phd||D Hoonan||8||116|
|8||Tres Borrachos||D Lopez||10||118|
|9||Why Not Be Perfect||A Sanguinetti||15||118|
|10||Herbie D||A Perez||4||121|
|11||Mr. Bowling||A Gryder||6||117|
|12||Winning Machine||J Matias||15||117|
|9 1 mile, purse $17,850, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, maiden optional claiming $30,000|
|1||Liberty Lake||J Gutierrez||2||120|
|4||Diner's Diva||E Kubinova||9/2||114|
|7||Lady Rosberg||R Bowen||5/2||117|
|3||I Am Revenge||A Sanguinetti||15||114|
|6||She's Stella Marie||L Camacho-Flores||8||123|
|10 1 mile, purse $22,575, 3-year-olds and up, Allowance|
|6||Candy for Debbie||R Baze||5/2||122|
|1||Rocky's Quest||J Gutierrez||2||122|
|2||Deacon Speakin'||I Enriquez||5||120|
|3||Lesson in Deceit||A Gryder||8||120|
|4||I Keep Saying||E Kubinova||6||122|
|11 1 mile, purse $5,350, 3-year-olds and up, maiden claiming $5,000|
|7||Eagle Harbor||E Kubinova||8/5||118|
|1||White River Pirate||R Bowen||7/2||118|
|2||Payaso Grande||C Doll||8||124|
|4||Thirsty for More||R Richard||10||118|
|6||Lots of Prayers||M Hardison||20||113|