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Originally published Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

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Emerald Downs entries


Seattle Times handicapper

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

July 18

First race: 6:43 p.m.

1 41/2 furlongs, purse $8,925, 2-year-old, maiden claiming $12,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
3Oscar's America J Matias3-1118
1Badrock Canyon J Gutierrez7-2118
4Musical Choice L Camacho-Flores5-1118
2Storm to the Top R Bowen5-2118
5Recon Patrol J Zunino4-1118
6Eight Ball Parker G Mitchell5-1118

Oscar’s America makes his career debut for trainer David Martinez, who has done a good job the past three years with 2-year-olds. Badrock Canyon has an experience edge over the rest of the field. Musical Choice is trained by Hilbern Mullens, who knows how to get a horse ready for its career debut.

2 1 mile, purse $8,925, 3-year-olds and up, maiden claiming $12,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
3Owner's Choice R Bowen2-1118
2Hearts Harbor D Lopez8-1118
1Grindster J Gutierrez3-1118
4Brilliant Thought R Richard15-1118
5Tactical Strike G Mitchell4-1118
6Inviting Roman I Enriquez12-1118
7Right Idea L Mawing7-2118

Owner’s Choice took a big step forward when taking a big drop to this level in his last race, finishing second. Heart’s Harbor drops in class and was second at this level two races ago. Grindster has been in the money in four of seven starts at Emerald Downs.

3 61/2 furlongs, purse $5,300, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
1Brother Greg E Kubinova3-1124
6Atta Boy Lucky D Lopez7-2124
3Colton's First A Sanguinetti5-2118
2Lots of Prayers L Mawing10-1124
4Shuddle L Camacho-Flores6-1124
5Direct Cost J Whitaker10-1124
7Mr Gnarly J Zunino15-1124
8My Boy Butch I Enriquez6-1124

Brother Greg looks to atone for losing as the 8-5 favorite at 5 furlongs. He might do better with the extra distance. Atta Boy Lucky will likely have the early lead, but he will face some pace pressure. Colton’s First takes a big drop in class.

4 51/2 furlongs, purse $5,500, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, maiden claiming $5,000
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
3Bell Wether R Bowen7-2123
4Nothin Like a Dame L Gonzalez4-1123
1Game Kick D Lopez5-1117
2Free Entertainment J Rosales15-1117
5Hitchslap E Kubinova10-1117
6Musical Delight L Camacho-Flores3-1117
7Mia Sorella I Enriquez15-1123
8Wemissstacy J Matias8-1117
9River Call J Zunino15-1123
10A Walk With Marie P Fernandez20-1117
11Kanya Win C Doll20-1123

Bell Wether ran a big race in her debut, losing by a neck after a very slow start. She can win with a good start. Nothin Like a Dame was third of 10 while racing from post No. 9 in her last start, which was her first in a year. Game Kick has some early speed.

5 1 mile, purse $5,800, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $4,000
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
5Just Like Uptown L Mawing4-1124
3Bird Colonel J Gutierrez2-1121
6Soul Intent I Enriquez7-2124
1Doc Duffy D Lopez10-1115
2Salsa Boy E Kubinova10-1121
4Play Hard to Win J Rosales9-2121
7Air Grinder R Richard12-1115
8Miners Night F Valdez10-1118

Just Like Uptown keeps leading jockey Leslie Mawing after a tough trip. Bird Colonel has been second in each of his past three races. Soul Intent might like this distance after running 6 furlongs in each of his past four starts.

6 1 mile, purse $9,975, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $12,500/$10,000
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
8Bluegrass Fox Trot I Enriquez5-2118
1Stretch Home J Gutierrez3-1124
3Tros G Mitchell10-1121
2Nitro Road F Valdez8-1121
4Nosetodagrindstone A Sanguinetti5-1115
5Uptownfreddybrown E Kubinova8-1118
6Moony Moony R Richard6-1115
7Happy Childhood J Zunino8-1124

Bluegrass Fox Trot holds a speed-figure advantage over this group. Stretch Home races against winners for the first time, but he fits well in this field. Tros won at this distance last year in his only career start at Emerald Downs.

7 5 furlongs, purse $5,100, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500
PPHorseJockeyLineWt.
5Hollywood Holly A Sanguinetti5-1119
1Hope for Sara R Richard5-2117
4Katsthoughts E Kubinova7-2117
2Parkers Pirate P Fernandez12-1119
3Alta's Forever C Doll3-1113
6Zafari Nation J Zunino10-1113
7Appealing Artie D Lopez6-1123

Hollywood Holly might have the most early speed and should improve in her second start after a long layoff. Hope for Sara is usually in the money. Katsthoughts has been first or second in three of six starts at this distance.

Best bet: Bell Wether



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