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Noosito pours it on in stretch to win Auburn Handicap | Emerald Downs
For the Reporter
In his first start of the year, the strapping colt overpowered four opponents for a five-length victory in the 19th running of the $50,000 Auburn Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Trained by Doris Harwood and ridden by Leslie Mawing at 120 pounds, Noosito ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 14.71 seconds and paid $6.40, $4.80 and $2.20.
The margin of victory was a stakes record and the winning time was just shy of the stakes record of 1:14.53.
"This horse has a crazy good turn of foot down the lane," Mawing said. "He's a magnificent specimen of a horse."
Mebossman, ridden by David G. Lopez at 118 lbs, rallied to finish second and paid $8 and $3.20.
It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Del Rio Harbor, the 4-to-5 betting favorite ridden by Isaias Enriquez at high weight of 122 lbs, and a $2.10 show payoff. Also trained by Harwood, Del Rio Harbor drew the No. 1 post-position, and the track's 2013 Top Juvenile was in tight traffic into the turn and was outrun in the stretch.
Noosito – now 3-0-2 in five starts with earnings of $80,378 for Last Rose Stable – is bred to be a monster. A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Julia Rose, he's a full brother to the great Noosa Beach, who won a record 11 stakes including the 2009 Auburn Handicap and two Horse of the Meeting titles at Emerald Downs.
Noosito has a long way to go to equal Noosa Beach, but the dark bay or brown colt obviously has talent.
"He looked an awful lot like big brother today," said Harwood, who added she wasn't too concerned that Noosito didn't have a prep race for the Auburn. "Once you get a racehorse fit they run to their pedigrees, and that's what he did today."
Noosito used a perfect trip for the victory. Breaking from the outside No. 5 post-position, he stalked 17-to-1 long shot Stikine Slough through fractions of :23.15 for the quarter mile and :45.54 for the half.
Noosito took command into the lane and drew off under a Mawing hand ride.
"Initially, I thought Del Rio Harbor and Stikine Slough would be dueling for the lead, but I saw that Isaias (Enriquez) got a little tight (on Del Rio Harbor)," Mawing said.
"I knew Felipe (Valdez) was going pretty slow up front on Stikine Slough, so I just wanted to keep him honest. I had the perfect post-position and for me, that created the perfect trip. At the head of the lane, I tapped my horse a couple times and he just opened up. One minute I was next to Felipe's horse, and the next minute I was gone."
Harwood said Del Rio Harbor, who defeated Noosito in two of three match-ups as 2-year-olds, figures to get another crack at his stable mate in the one-mile Coca-Cola Handicap on June 22.
"I'm proud of that horse, too," Harwood said of Del Rio Harbor. "They definitely had a target on him today, and Noosito was already in motion by the time he got to run."
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