Copper City prevails in Labor Day feature | Emerald Downs

Copper City and jockey Juan Gutierrez cruise to a one-length victory in the $14,800 feature race for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs on Monday. - Courtesy photo/Erin Palmer, Emerald Downs
Copper City and jockey Juan Gutierrez cruise to a one-length victory in the $14,800 feature race for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs on Monday.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Erin Palmer, Emerald Downs

For the Reporter

Copper City turned back Quiet Wisdom in the deep stretch and notched a one-length victory Monday in the $14,800 feature race for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Juan Gutierrez, Copper City ran six furlongs in 1:09.60 on a fast track and paid $7.80, $4 and $2.80. Jim Penney is the trainer for owner Whieldon Thoroughbreds.

Prior to Monday, Copper City had raced exclusively at Hastings Racecourse, compiling a 1-2-1 record in eight starts including a fifth in last year's $75,000 Fantasy for 2-year-old fillies. She made a smooth transition to the bigger Emerald Downs oval, leading through fractions of :22.23, :44.82 and :56.93, straightening for home with a 1 ½-length lead on Quiet Wisdom, and then gamely holding to the wire.

A Louisiana-bred by City Zip, Copper City earned $8,140 for the victory, pushing her career earnings to $28,658.

Quiet Wisdom, the 5-to-2 second choice ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, chased the winner home but settled for second place, paying $2.80 and $2.40. Tom Grether Farms and trainer Robert Lawrence claimed the runner-up for $20,000.

I Absolutely Will rallied to finish third and paid $3.60 to show. I Thought So, Strawberry Dawn, Lake Piru and Five Alarm Charm completed the order of finish.


Jockey David G. Lopez remained red-hot with a four-win day and has climbed into fifth place with 43 wins despite missing the first five weeks of the meet. Lopez had multiple wins all three racing days this week, and also rode two more winners Sunday for trainer Rigoberto Velasquez. . .Lopez and Velasquez are a combined 13-for-35 this season. ... Doris Harwood achieved another milestone Sunday, becoming only the fifth trainer with 500 wins at Emerald Downs when 2-year-old gelding Daytona Beach ($13) drew off for a 5¾-length victory under Lopez in race five. Harwood joined Tim McCanna, Frank Lucarelli, Howard Belvoir and Jim Penney as trainers with 500 wins at Emerald Downs. Harwood ranks No. 1 with 64 stakes wins at Emerald Downs. ... Natasha Coddington rode her first winner at Emerald Downs, guiding Twilight Harbor ($8.60) to a gate-to-wire victory in race three. A 21-year-old Seattle native, Coddington has ridden mainly on the east coast, winning 67 races the last two seasons at Penn National. ... Lucarelli said Emerald Downs Derby winner Mebossman has been sold privately to Dr. Mark Dedomenico and North American Thoroughbred Racing Company. A 3-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Petionville-Peaceful Wings, Mebossman is 3-3-1 in 12 lifetime starts with earnings of $109,917. In his final start for R.E.V. Racing, Mebossman edged Del Rio Harbor and Noosito in the $74,000 Emerald Downs Derby on Aug. 10. ... Lucarelli saddled two winners Sunday, his 35th and 36th wins of the meet, and pulled within nine wins of Jeff Metz in the trainers' standings. ... Jockey Rocco Bowen, second with 61 wins, was taken to Valley Regional Medical Center for X-rays of his lower right leg and ankle following a starting gate mishap prior to race nine. Bowen rode the race, finishing fourth on Seventyprcentcocoa, but dismounted on the backstretch and was assisted to the ambulance and taken to the hospital. ... Leonel Camacho-Flores and Isaias Enriquez rode two winners each on the 11-race card. ... Live racing resumes Friday with a seven-race program at 6:45 p.m.

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