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Classy Mike Man's Gold outfinishes I Keep Saying in Saturday feature | Emerald Downs

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Mike Man's Gold and jockey Javier Matias (white silks) outfinish I Keep Saying for a half-length victory Saturday in the $17,950 feature race for 3-year-olds and up.
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A stakes winner at ages 2 and 3, Mike Man's Gold already is showing his class vs. older horses.

Saturday, Mike Man's Gold out-finished I Keep Saying in a driving finish for a half-length victory in the $17,950 Swagerty & Gardner Financial Group Purse at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Javier Matias, Mike Man's Gold ran six furlongs in a brisk 1 minute, 8.01 seconds and paid $9, $4.40 and $6. It was his sixth win in 14 starts for the son of Liberty Gold-Chedoodle, the $9,873 winner's share pushing his earnings to $128,799. David Martinez is the trainer.

Afterward, Keith Swagerty, co-owner of Mike Man's Gold with William Gallo, said that Chedoodle had given birth earlier Saturday to a full brother to Mike Man's Gold. All told, offspring of Chedoodle have won seven stakes at Emerald Downs*No Flies On Doodle with four and Mike Man's Gold three.

I Keep Saying, the early leader ridden by Juan Gutierrez, finished second and paid $3.60 and $6.40. A triple winner here last year, I Keep Saying led through fractions of :22.36, :44.32 and :55.89, and resisted gamely when headed by Mike Man's Gold

It was three lengths back to Fist Full of Green, ridden by Eliska Kubinova, and a $6 show payoff.

Polish Dollar and Somewhere With You completed the order of finish. King of the Sky and Why Not Be Perfect were scratched earlier in the day.

Polish Dollar, the 6-to-5 betting favorite, including $3,805 of $5,705 wagered to show, broke a step slow and raced wide on the turn before finishing fourth.

NOTES: The first $0.50 Pick 5 carryover of the season*$5,933*is up for grabs Sunday on races six through 10. . .Always the Same ($6.80) became the meet's third two-time winner, scoring in race five and joining Cha Cha Latte and Vegas Burn in the double winner category. Jeff Metz trains all three of those horses, and already leads Frank Lucarelli 13-8 atop the trainers' standings. . .Metz and Rocco Bowen combined to win races four, five and six with Supreme Ballerina, Always the Same and Storming Kentucky. . .Metz and Bowen are a combined 10-for-16 at the meet, averaging two wins per day as a combination. . .Bowen has ridden three winners on four of the first five cards and owns a 13-7 lead over Isaias Enriquez and Leslie Mawing atop the standings. . .Trainer Roddina Barrett, 1-for-4 at Emerald Downs last year, picked up her first win of 2014 as Ms. Sutherland ($26.20) held off betting favorite Hetty for a nose victory in race seven. A 5-year-old Sir Shackleton mare co-owned by Barrett and Wayne Williams, Ms. Sutherland is 2-1-3 in six career starts including a runner-up finish to Spot On Babe at Emerald Downs last summer. . .The Blaine Wright-trained Alert Bay finished third to Awesome Return ($10) in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds on the turf at Santa Anita. . .Live racing continues Sunday with a 10-race card at 2 p.m. River of Aces is the 5-to-2 morning line favorite in the $17,950 feature race for older fillies and mares at six furlongs.

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