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Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Page updated at 08:00 p.m.
Emerald Downs handicaps for Thursday, July 26
By Scott Hanson
Seattle Times handicapper
First three horses listed in each
race in order of predicted finish.
First race: 6 p.m.
Wedge of Gold drops a level in class after finishing fourth against a strong group of $3,500 claimers. Fly Away is consistent and has won twice in six tries at this distance. Hurry Home Honey has been in the money in 15 of 26 career starts.
1 5 ½ furlongs, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500 PP Horse Jockey Line Wt. 2 Wedge of Gold Antongeorgi 3 123 1 Fly Away D Hoonan 2 123 3 Hurry Home Honey L Mawing 8-5 123 4 We Got You Babe J Zunino 9-2 123 5 Just Smile 'n Wave E Kubinova 12 114
Im Pure Brass scratched out of a race last weekend in favor of this one, and seems overdue for a win. Seventeenmiledrive cuts back in distance and has two wins and four seconds in 10 starts at 5 ½ furlongs. Guzzlingin has won twice in four starts at this distance and returns to Emerald after running a dud 10 days ago in Sacramento.
2 6 furlongs, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500 PP Horse Jockey Line Wt. 1 Im Pure Brass J Gutierrez 5-2 120 2 Seventeenmiledrive L Mawing 3 124 6 Guzzlingin Antongeorgi 2 124 3 Mattallie J Whitaker 10 118 4 Glitterville J Zunino 12 120 5 Reggiano D Hoonan 9-2 120
Olympic Lights has lost a step at age 8, going winless in six starts here after winning 12 of 28 at Emerald entering the year. He drops in class and gets a slight nod in a tough race for this level. One Lucky Hoss is another of many with a chance. He lost by a head in his last start, and was 3 lengths clear of the third-place horse. Buddy Dave has won nine times at Emerald (as has Carry On John) and beat $10,000 claimers earlier in the meet.
3 6 ½ furlongs, purse $5,975, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $4,000 PP Horse Jockey Line Wt. 2 Olympic Lights Antongeorgi 5-2 121 5 One Lucky Hoss E Kubinova 9-2 119 6 Buddy Dave J Rosales 7-2 124 1 Big Daddy's Vision J Matias 6 124 3 Carry On John L Mawing 3 124 4 Warrior Jon J Gutierrez 9-2 124
Ontheshadyside takes a big drop in class and should lead gate to wire against this group. Snow On The River is consistent and fits well at this level. Kinzie's King has a win and three thirds in his past four starts.
4 6 furlongs, purse $7,775, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $7,500 PP Horse Jockey Line Wt. 5 Ontheshadyside L Mawing 8-5 121 4 Snow On the River J Whitaker 5-2 121 2 Kinzie's King J Matias 9-2 118 1 Wild Hoss J Zunino 8 118 3 Rockmystar Antongeorgi 3 124
National faces an easier group than he has been in recent races, and he should be near the lead early in a race void of early speed. Wasserman won the 2008 Longacres Mile, his only win in 19 career starts at this distance. The 10-year-old gelding is the sentimental pick. Mr. Mad Max will be flying late, but the lack of early speed in the race doesn't help him.
5 1 mile, purse $12,700, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $15,000 PP Horse Jockey Line Wt. 3 National Antongeorgi 2 122 5 Wasserman J Whitaker 7-2 120 1 Mr. Mad Max D Hoonan 5-2 120 2 Hunter Kane J Zunino 9-2 122 4 Free Beer R Bowen 4 124
All the Way In could improve in her second start at Emerald Downs after finishing third July 7 at this distance, and gets the slightest of nods in an even race. Whiskey Miner has two wins and a second in three starts at this distance and beat the top pick in his last race. She will be tough again. Quinnette won by 6 lengths in her last start and has won two straight, but she is unproven at this distance.
6 1 mile, purse $12,700, 3-year-old, fillies, claiming $15,000 PP Horse Jockey Line Wt. 3 All the Way In G Mitchell 4 117 2 Whiskey Miner L Mawing 3 117 4 Quinnette E Kubinova 5-2 112 1 Bartab J Whitaker 6 117 5 Evie Jo Antongeorgi 9-2 117 6 Stephiano J Gutierrez 7-2 117
Sarbonne stays at the same level after being claimed out of his last race. He has a huge edge in speed figures and should win as a huge favorite. Camp Pendleton had a troubled trip in his last race and seems to be improving. Cavanaugh Bay gets a soft spot for his first try against winners.
7 6 ½ furlongs, purse $4,400, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500 PP Horse Jockey Line Wt. 6 Sarbonne Antongeorgi 6-5 124 4 Camp Pendleton J Zunino 5 121 7 Cavanagh Bay L Mawing 7-2 124 1 Curvitude J Gutierrez 12 121 2 Kasino Man J Rosales 6 121 3 Hillbilly Cadillac J Matias 10 121 5 Hooked On Gold R Bowen 20 115 8 Proud Cozzene C Doll 20 121
Best bet: Sarbonne
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