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$50,000 Angie C Stakes draws six fillies | Emerald Downs

With two giant victories in the books, Trackattacker is obviously the best 2-year-old colt or gelding at Emerald Downs in 2014.

The 2-year-old filly division appears a little less cut and dried, but Sunday’s 19th running of the $50,000 Angie C Stakes should begin to sort things out. A field of six is entered in the six-furlong Angie C, with Ethan’s Baby, Seeking the Light and Boise shipper Boss Lori the main contenders.

Ethan’s Baby could scarcely have been sharper in her debut on June 28, romping to a 5 ½-length victory in :57.46 for five furlongs on a wet-fast track. Trained by Howard Belvoir and owned and bred by Todd and Shawn Hansen, Ethan’s Baby earned a 55 Beyer for her efforts, second only to a 57 earned by Seeking the Light in her debut on June 14.

“I thought she was a cinch, she hadn’t missed a work and had been training great,” Belvoir said of Ethan’s Baby. “As soon as she was good in the paddock, I knew she was going to win. I was a little worried about (jockey) David Lopez because he hadn’t been on her before. She works in :58 and change and is just bucking and playing the next day. That’s a sign of a good horse. “

A Washington-bred by Offlee Wild-Hope and Vow, Ethan’s Baby drew post-position No. 5 for the Angie C Stakes. Seeking the Light, a Heatseeker filly trained by Blaine Wright, drew No. 1 and could be a tad quicker, setting splits of :21.57 and :44.31 en route to a 3 ¾-length triumph.

Belvoir, however, said Ethan’s Baby could stalk or press the pace, if necessary.

“I don’t think you’d have to send her,” he said. “I think she’s a good filly and she’ll do anything you want. However, for most 2-year-olds it’s easiest to win on the front end.”

Ethan’s Baby attracted the interest of at least one potential buyer with her sharp debut, but Belvoir said the filly isn’t going anywhere.

“There was one offer but (Todd Hansen) doesn’t want to sell, so he killed the deal right away,” Belvoir said. “He wants a good one to keep, and I think he’s got one here.”

· The Angie C Stakes is race 9 at 6:18 p.m.

· Boss Lori ships in from Boise after finishing runner-up in the $22,425 Chris Christian Futurity at Les Bois Park. By Harbor the Gold, she’s the second foal out of the quadruple stakes-winning mare Silver Patrona.

· Favorites have dominated the Angie C in recent years, winning six of the last seven runnings. Judicature, $43.20 upset winner in 2006, is the last double-digit winner in the race. Bill Tollett, trainer of Judicature, sends out long shot Twelfth Fan in this year’s running.

The field for Sunday’s $50,000 Angie C Stakes (from the rail out): Seeking the Light, Felipe Valdez, 119 lbs; Boss Lori, J. Luis Torres, 117; Pippa Bou Peep, Eliska Kubinova, 117; Dancingwithdebbie, Isaias Enriquez, 119; Ethan’s Baby, David G. Lopez, 119; Twelfth Fan, Javier Matias, 117.


EMERALD QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT RETURNS SATURDAY

Several of the nation’s top handicappers face off Saturday when Emerald Downs hosts the 16th annual Emerald Qualifying Tournament (EQT) in the Emerald Room on the fourth floor.

The top finishers Saturday will receive prize money, while the top two players earn a berth to the 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas.

The entry fee and bankroll for each participant is $100 with a maximum of four entries per person. Players will be required to bet a minimum of five races at Emerald Downs and five races at Saratoga or Del Mar.

Registration for the EQT is still open. For more information call Customer Service at 253-288-7711.

NOTES: Weekly honors: Jockey-Anne Sanguinetti (9-3-3-1); Trainer-Frank Lucarelli (13-5-1-2); Owner-Rancho Viejo & Jerry Carmody (2-2-0-0); Groom-Manuel Osoria-Perez (Chris Stenslie); Washington-bred-Wind a Flyin (breeder Jack Arnold). . .Stryker Phd earned a 91 Beyer for his one-length victory in the Mt. Rainier Handicap and 2-year-old Trackattacker got a 76 for his 11-length triumph in the Emerald Express. In two starts, Trackattacker has wins of nine and 11 lengths, and already owns a track and stakes record. The 76 Beyer is the largest in the race since a 78 by Hollywood Harbor in 2009. Harbor the Gold sired both Trackattacker and Hollywood Harbor. . .Stryker Phd has the meet’s fastest times at one mile-1:34.20-and 1 1/16 miles- 1:40.20-and set stakes records in both the Budweiser Handicap and Mt. Rainier Handicap. . . Dontmesswithkitten and Disruption, second and third in the Mt. Rainier at odds of 23-1 and 13-1, earned career-high Beyers of 89 and 87, respectively. . .Leslie Mawing has ridden the last four stakes winners at Emerald Downs, including a sweep of last weekend’s three stakes, and has won 6-of-13 stakes run at the meet. . .Stopshoppingdebbie hasn’t had an official workout since her victory in the July 6 Boeing Handicap, but trainer Tom Wenzel said everything is fine with the undefeated 4-year-old Curlin filly. “We gave her a week off after the Boeing, and lightened up just a tad because of the month-and-a-half before her next race,” Wenzel said. The trainer is 99 percent sure Stopshoppingdebbie will race next in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, August 24. . .The track’s two leading active winners are in action Sunday, as Polish Dollar (14-for-39 at Emerald Downs) is entered in race five for $32,000 claimers, and Seattle Game (14-for-34) runs in race six for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares. . .Dare Me Devil earned a career-high 84 Beyer in Sunday’s victory over Hard Slider, the second of two of two wins Sunday for Owners of the Week Rancho Viejo & Jerry Carmody. . . Montelena continues to defy bettors. The 6-year-old Spinelessjellyfish mare has seven career wins including three at the current meet, yet she’s never been favored in 26 lifetime starts. . .Five-time Emerald Downs riding champion Ricky Frazier celebrated his 50th birthday Wednesday, and also received news that he’s been voted into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame. . .Assessment, scratched from Sunday’s seventh race, worked four furlongs in :47.60 Monday for owner/trainer Howard Belvoir. . .Winning Machine is entered in a $77,000 allowance/optional claimer Saturday at DelMar. The 8-year-old Toccet gelding is now with trainer Gary Mandella. . .Also Saturday at Del Mar, 2013 Longacres Mile nominees Summer Hit and Fed Biz run in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on synthetic. . .Santa Rosa begins its 13-day meet Friday with an eight-race card at 3:15 p.m. The only stop on the fair circuit with a turf course, Santa Rosa continues live racing through August 10. . .Perfect weather is forecast this week at Emerald Downs: Friday 75 & clear, Saturday 79 & clear,Sunday, 81 & clear.

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