Frank Lucarelli grabs trainer standings lead as Harbor Wind takes Labor Day feature at Emerald Downs | Horse Racing

The speedy Harbor Wind led all the way and scored a nine-length victory Monday over stable mate Eileen Is a Saint in the $20,000 Pepsi Purse for 2-year-olds at Emerald Downs.

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  • Monday, September 5, 2011 11:26pm
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Harbor Wind and jockey Pedro Terrero are all alone Monday in the $20

Harbor Wind and jockey Pedro Terrero are all alone Monday in the $20

The speedy Harbor Wind led all the way and scored a nine-length victory Monday over stable mate Eileen Is a Saint in the $20,000 Pepsi Purse for 2-year-olds at Emerald Downs.

With Pedro Terrero riding his third winner of the day, Harbor Wind ran six furlongs in 1:09.99 on a fast track and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. Frank Lucarelli is the trainer for Z Thoroughbred Racing Partners I.

Lucarelli saddled four winners on the 10-race card and leapfrogged past Howard Belvoir 49-47 atop the trainers’ standings.

Eileen Is a Saint, also trained by Lucarelli, finished second under Leslie Mawing and paid $4.20 and $2.20. First-time starter Memphis Beach raced greenly but got rolling late to finish third and paid $2.40, while Coco’s Honor finished last.

Orlando Xpress, Ferociously and Cardinals Gold were all late scratches at the starting gate.

A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Bon Jour Paris, Harbor Wind has won two straight, and is 2-0-2 in four starts lifetime with earnings of  $22,745. Sunday, he shook off Coco’s Honor into the turn, opened a five-length lead into the stretch and widened the gap through the lane.

Although he rode the second-place finisher in the feature, Mawing added four more wins Sunday and finished the week with 14 wins to tie Chelsea Zupan’s track record for most wins in a four-day week. Mawing rode three winners Thursday, two on Friday, five on Saturday and four on Sunday.

Moreover, Mawing has ridden at least one winner on 15 straight cards, and at least two winners on the last seven programs. Since Aug. 12, the 37-year-old South African has won on 34-of-98 mounts to turn the jockeys’ race into a runaway. With nine days left in the 82-day meet,

Mawing now leads Juan Gutierrez by a 116-88 margin.

Lucarelli, meanwhile, has saddled 21 winners since Aug. 1 to overtake Belvoir atop the standings. The trainers’ race, however, figures to go down to the wire.


NOTES: In the third race, a $21,000 allowance for 3-year-old fillies, The Gang and I ($9.60) prevailed by a neck over Risque Humor in 1:15.66 for 6-½ furlongs. Kent Handicap winner Carrabelle Harbor finished third. And in the eighth, a $21,000 allowance for older fillies and mares…And in the eighth, a $21,000 allowance for older fillies and mares, Vanessa R N ($20.40) remained unbeaten with a two-length triumph over Dream Sweeper in 1:35.91 for one mile… Thru 23 stakes races, the average field size is 7.8 horses and the average $2 win payoff $16.40. Next stakes action is Washington Cup IX on Sunday, Sept. 18, featuring six stakes for Washington-breds worth $215,000 in purses…City to City, co-owned by Mark Dedomenico won the $150,000 Palomar Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares on the turf at Del Mar…At Hastings Racecourse, Dashing Daisy ($5.90) won the $50,000 Delta Colleen Handicap by a head over Emerald Distaff winner Hard Way Ten…Live racing resumes Friday with first post at 6 p.m.


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