Derby Day at Downs

Long shot No Talking Back storms to feature victory

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018 8:27am
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The festive hats shone on Kentucky Derby Day at Emerald Downs. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

The festive hats shone on Kentucky Derby Day at Emerald Downs. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

No Talking Back, the longest shot on the board, rallied from far back and drew away for five-length victory Saturday in the $18,500 feature race for older fillies and mares on Kentucky Derby Day at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, No Talking Back ran six furlongs in 1:09.44 and paid $60.40, the biggest $2 win price of the four-day-old meeting. Chris Stenslie, saddling her second winner Saturday, is the trainer for owners One Horse Will Do Corporation, Steve Shimizu and Carol Hubbird.

A maiden racing against winners, Stenslie said No Talking Back was only in the race because a maiden special weight race failed to fill, and she decided to take a shot against winners.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Flatter, No Talking Back is out of 2011 Gottstein Futurity champion Talk to My Lawyer. Her record is 1-4-1 in 10 starts with $37,567 in earnings, including $10, 175 for Saturday’s win.

In sixth place early as Retreat Yourself set contested fractions of :21.75 and :44.49, No Talking Back rallied wide into the lane, collared Racy Rascal and Retreat Yourself past mid-stretch and won going away.

Grace Bay, the 2-1 co-favorite, rallied inside for second place and paid $4 and $3, while Retreat Yourself held third and paid $3.80 to show. Jerre to Carrie, the other 2-1 favorite, rallied belatedly to finish fourth while Pepper Chrome, Sassy Debs Firefly, Racy Rascal and Getting Joellenned completed the order of finish.

Notes: In the $18,500 co-feature for 3-year-old fillies, George Todaro’s Diamonds R rolled to a gate-to-wire victory over Brilliant Bird in 1:03.07 for 5 ½ furlongs. A Kentucky-bred by Alternation, Diamonds R showed promise as a 2-year-old with an 11½-length maiden victory and a fourth in the Gottstein Futurity. Trained by Tom Wenzel and ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, the winner set splits of :21.85, :44.83 and :56.79 en route to a 2 ¼-length victory. … Frank Lucarelli book-ended the card with Das Bear ($6) and Cool Hard Luck ($8.20) for his second straight training double. … Stenslie and Jeff Metz also had a pair of wins on the nine-race card. … Javier Matias swept the early double aboard Das Bear and Oh Yes I Did ($27.40), and is now No. 10 all-time with 460 wins at Emerald Downs. … Newcomer Gary Wales also rode two winners Saturday while apprentice Lucas Gutierrez notched his first Emerald Downs’ victory in race three on Weaveittobeaver ($7). … Sanguinetti’s win on No Talking Back was her first at EmD since 2014. She mainly has ridden in California the last four years. … Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m. and features carryovers in the $0.50 Pick 5-$8,077 and $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7-$5,173.

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