Sippin Fire, with Rocco Bowen up, dashes to a 3½-length victory in Sunday’s $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Emerald Downs on Sunday. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Sippin Fire, with Rocco Bowen up, dashes to a 3½-length victory in Sunday’s $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Emerald Downs on Sunday. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Sippin Fire explodes to the fore in Coca-Cola Stakes

Bowen rides Washington-bred gelding to solid victory

  • Monday, June 18, 2018 8:14am
  • Sports

For the Reporter

Sippin Fire overhauled Freiburg into the lane and drew clear for a convincing 3½-length victory in Sunday’s $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

With Rocco Bowen riding at 120 pounds, Sippin Fire ran 6½ furlongs in 1:15.41 and paid $7.60, $4.40 and $3.20. Steve Bullock is the winning trainer for How We Roll #4, composed of David Israel, Joe Withee, Al Adams, Charlie Clark, Angela Wilson and Steve Pilgrim.

A Washington-bred gelding by Harbor the Gold-Bahati, Sippin Fire is 3-1-0 in six career starts with earnings of $76,013, including $26,950 for Sunday’s victory. He now has two stakes wins – 2017 Washington Cup Juvenile and 2018 Coca-Cola Stakes.

The victory made amends for a fifth place finish in last month’s Auburn Stakes, the gelding’s first start of 2018.

Breaking alertly from the outside No. 7 post, Sippin Fire stalked Freiburg around the turn, gained command three-wide into the lane and powered through the stretch to victory.

“Steve (Bullock), Lance (Bullock) and Abbie (Johnson) do an awesome job with this horse,” Bowen said in a jubilant winner’s circle. “I don’t want to take credit for the win today.”

Freiburg, improving rapidly for trainer Jose Navarro, was clearly second best and paid $9.40 and $5 for place and show. Ridden by Eswan Flores at 119 lbs, Freiburg set fractions of :22.75 and :45.35, and finished well after relinquishing command to Sippin Fire.

Boundary Bay, ridden by Julien Couton at 118 lbs, rallied for third and paid $3.40 to show. Auburn Stakes winner Whatwasithinking, the 2-1 favorite, finished fourth, followed by Golden Cowboy, Elliott Bay and Vicente’s Shadow.

Next for 3-year-olds is the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday, July 8.

Regazze Cat wins “not in any rocking chair”

The first ever “Not in any Rocking Chair Starter Allowance” was taken in gate-to-wire fashion by Regazze Cat in 1:09.45 for six furlongs.

It was undoubtedly the most unique race in Emerald Downs’ 22-year history. The field was limited to 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $3,500 or less in 2017-18 and whose trainer was born on or prior to June 6, 1928.

Arturo Arboleda – 94 years old – took first and third with Regazze Cat and Cats Gulch, while Trelawny finished second for 90-year-old Bob Meeking, and Ryan Walt was fourth for 91-year-old H.R. Pat Mullens.

With Kevin Orozco riding, Regazze Cat sprinted clear from the No. 1 post and held off a dogged challenge by 11-year-old Trelawny through the stretch for the victory. Regazze Cat has won two straight for owner/trainer Arboleda, who watched the race from the winner’s circle with his fellow nonagenarians.

“This was a lot of fun, I hope we can do it again,” Arboleda said. “I’m the oldest in the bunch, so it’s fun to beat the young guys.”

Veteran owner Glyn Kelly, 84, presented all five trainers with a $500 voucher.

Trelawny and Regazze Cat shared favoritism at 3-2. (Trelawny had $10,267 in the win pool, Regazze Cat $10,242).

Notes

Bowen is No. 6 all-time with 27 stakes wins at Emerald Downs, while Bullock is tied for No. 9 with 22 stakes wins at EmD. … Blaine Wright saddled three more winners, including a one-two finish with Baja Sur ($10.20) and Helaman in the $18,500 maiden special for 2-year-olds. A Washington-bred by Smiling Tiger-Premo Copy, Baja Sur won by 5 ¼ lengths while covering five furlongs in :57.36. … Bowen and Julien Couton rode two winners apiece on the 10-race card…2018 Portland Meadows Mile winner Grinder Sparkasglo ($16.20) rallied to edge Oh Marvelous Me in the $18,500 supporting feature for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Couton, for trainer Robbie Baze and owner Richard Sena, the 7-year-old Grindstone gelding ran 6½ furlongs in 1:15.15. … Razor-sharp 5-year-old Iron Rob ($9.80) rallied from far back to win the $11,200 John Parker Racing Purse in 1:14.99 for 6 ½ furlongs. A star-studded field of older claimers included 2017 claimer of the meet Wine At Nine and 17-time Emerald Downs’ winner Mike Man’s Gold. … 2017 Longacres Mile winner Gold Rush Dancer finished off the board in Sunday’s $80,000 Siren Lure Stakes won by Bombard on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita. … Racing resumes Friday with first post 6:30 p.m.

–##–

From left, Bob Meeking, Ira Rhodes, H.R. Pat Mullens and Arturo Arboleda. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

From left, Bob Meeking, Ira Rhodes, H.R. Pat Mullens and Arturo Arboleda. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

More in Sports

Royal ending: Kent-Meridian’s Tuifua repeats as state champion

Sophomore avenges her only loss; Kentwood’s Sanford, Long come up with silver

Chargers capture district title behind Jenkins, Miller

Kentridge boys earn No. 6 seeds to regionals

Kentwood’s Stanton swims to state backstroke title

Kentwood’s Stanton swims to state backstroke title

The Thunderbirds’ Matthew Wedman controls the puck in front of the Winterhawks’ Reece Newkirk during WHL play. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Thunderbirds fall to Winterhawks

Kaluski, Wedman score in 5-2 loss at Portland

Courtesy photo, Stars
Sockers complete home-and-home sweep of Stars | MASL

The San Diego Sockers completed a home-and-home sweep of the Tacoma Stars… Continue reading

Reporter honors Kentwood’s Yang, Canning

Kentwood High School’s Ashley Yang, gymnastics, was selected as the Kent Reporter’s… Continue reading

Thunderbirds goalie Roddy Ross deflects the puck, one of 46 saves he made in the WHL win over the Silvertips at the accesso ShoWare Center on Saturday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Ross pulls out the stops against Silvertips

T-Birds goalie has 46 saves in 4-1 win over Everett

Chargers’ Woods signs with San Jose State; Banks joins Central Washington | College football

Natano Woods, Kentridge’s record-breaking quarterback, signed a national letter of intent with… Continue reading

Stars come up short in San Diego; Donovan makes MASL debut

A crowd of 8,492 fans packed Pachanga Arena in San Diego on… Continue reading

Most Read