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Emerald Downs entries

Emerald Downs entries for Saturday, April 19


Seattle Times handicapper

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First three horses listed in each race in order of predicted finish.

Saturday

First race: 2 p.m.

1 51/2 furlongs, purse $13,225, 3-year-old, fillies, maiden claiming weight for age $25,000
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
2Red Ran Back J Gutierrez7/2121
1Tsarina Haven L Mawing6/5121
5Mylast Sweet Pea G Mitchell5/2121
3Articulate E Kubinova10121
4Seadrifter F Valdez9/2121

Red Ran Back was third of eight in her only race, last June, and has been working out well for her return. Tsarina Haven has been competitive in six tries at Golden Gate in Northern California for trainer Frank Lucarelli, who had three winners from seven starters in the opening week at Emerald. Mylast Sweet Pea doesn’t have much early speed, but she will be rallying late.

2 51/2 furlongs, purse $9,975, 3-year-old, maiden claiming $15,000
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
5Its Guiness Time J Zunino2122
2Tactical Strike E Kubinova5122
3Sthenios F Valdez7/2122
1Cantcatchme R Richard4122
4Money Cat I Enriquez9/2122
6My Chief L Zacherle6122

Its Guiness Times has the most experience in the field (four are making their first career start) and has been working out well. Tactical Strike wasn’t great in two starts last year, but his trainer, Charles Essex, usually has his horses ready after long layoffs. Sthenios is making his career debut for trainer Blaine Wright, who does well here year after year.

3 5 furlongs, purse $6,725, 3-year-old, maiden claiming $7,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
2The Bainster I Enriquez7/5122
4Wedgey Time J Gutierrez3122
3Debauch L Camacho-Flores8122
1Private Ride R Richard7/2122
5Regazze Cat P Fernandez10122
6Onetimeforolmark J Zunino8122

The Bainster drops in class after racing OK at Golden Gate, and trainer Lucarelli and jockey Isaias Enriquez were a good combination last year. Wedgey Time has been working out well for his career debut for trainer Jim Penney, a Washington Racing Hall of Famer. Debauch didn’t do much in two starts on the synthetic surface at Golden Gate but is trained by Tim McCanna, the all-time leading trainer at Emerald.

4 5 furlongs, purse $5,400, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
3Seattle Game P Fernandez7/5123
5Montelena R Richard4123
1Kilauea J Whitaker12123
2Cookies and Milk L Camacho-Flores12123
4Redseasalt R Bowen9/2123
6Its Diva Time J Zunino5/2123

Seattle Game has won 12 times in 27 starts at Emerald, and while she is on the decline at age 8, she is good enough to beat this group. Montelena isn’t the most consistent horse these days, but can be tough if she’s ready after a long layoff. Kilauea didn’t have a great winter at Portland Meadows, but she has been in the money in 10 of 13 starts at Emerald.

5 51/2 furlongs, purse $5,400, 3-year-olds and up, WCL $2,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
1Jerry's Fever R Bowen7/5124
6Mr. Top Kat L Camacho-Flores7/2124
3Sharp Focus J Gutierrez9/2124
2Master's Bluff R Camacho8124
4Secret Element E Kubinova12124
5Royal Shrine J Matias10124
7Sharper Knight R Richard6124

Jerry’s Fever is coming off a win in March at Turf Paradise in Phoenix and it’s hard to go against trainer Jeff Metz, who had a remarkable seven wins and three second-place finishes from 11 starters on opening weekend at Emerald. Mr. Top Kat is an all-or-nothing horse with five wins in 18 starts with no second- or third-place finishes, and he is a threat to win today as he could get an easy early lead. Sharp Focus has raced at this level twice, winning each time.

6 51/2 furlongs, purse $5,300, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
5Opening Buzz F Valdez5/2121
3La Pearla I Enriquez2119
4Brats Brat L Camacho-Flores5119
1B B's Quick Action E Kubinova3119
2Goin Out Tonite R Richard10119
6Sixteen Reasons P Fernandez6119

Opening Buzz was ready last year in her first race at Emerald after a long layoff, winning impressively. La Pearla has been racing against better at Golden Gate. Brats Brat can fill out the trifecta for trainer Don Munger, the 90-year-old who fought on Iwo Jima in World War II.

7 51/2 furlongs, purse $7,450, 3-year-olds and up, WCL $7,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
3Songandabullet L Mawing3121
2Attempt R Bowen5/2124
6Popular Pick J Gutierrez3121
1Stormin Parker G Mitchell12115
4Mister Breeze R Richard8115
5Expenses Paid E Kubinova5121
7Last Defense F Valdez15115

SCRATCHED: Air Grinder.

Songandabullet returns from Golden Gate to Emerald, where he has had all of his success. Attempt looked great beating a weak maiden group last week at Emerald. Popular Pick has been in the money in 11 of 14 starts but seems to lack the will to win with just one victory.

8 51/2 furlongs, purse $14,375, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $25,000/$22,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
3Belt R Bowen7/5121
1Follow My Tracks J Gutierrez6/5121
2Bound to Win R Richard12121
4Dogleg Left L Mawing9/2118
5Direct Cost J Whitaker8118

Belt showed good promise last year for trainer Tom Wenzel, who has his horses ready coming off long layoffs. Follow My Tracks will also get a lot of support as the top two picks seem to stand out from the rest of the field. Bound to Win seems the best of the rest.

9 51/2 furlongs, purse $5,500, 3-year-olds and up, maiden claiming $5,000
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
4Kowboy Doc L Mawing3118
3Cowboy Cocktail R Bowen5/2124
1Nacho Macho J Rosales7/2118
2Mister Messenger F Valdez9/2124
5Three Bales Left L Camacho-Flores8124
6Something Magic A Rosales8124
7Dr. Ryan's Gold L Gonzalez15118

This is an extremely weak field, and it’s tough to endorse any of them. Kowboy Doc had a rough beginning in his only career start, in January at Golden Gate, and maybe he can improve a lot with a better start. Cowboy Cocktail has had slow workouts in preparation for his career debut, but he has a solid trainer and jockey (Chris Stenslie and Rocco Bowen). Nacho Macho beat a total of one horse in two races last year, but still looks better than the rest.

BEST BET: Belt.



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