Time for Week 2 of the Xpressbet Washington Cup at Emerald Downs, and this time 2-year-olds take center stage for a Sunday doubleheader featuring the $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile presented by Elysian Brewing Company and the $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Filly presented by Pegasus Training & Rehabilitation.
Both races are 6½ furlongs in distance, and both drew fields of 10. If all 20 horses start, it would boost the average stakes field size to 8.5 this season.
Scott Stevens, who has enjoyed tremendous success in limited action this season at Emerald Downs, rides Harbors Rule for trainer Chris Stenslie in the Juvenile Colt & Gelding. Harbors Rule and Stevens nearly pulled of a 31-to-1 upset in the WTBOA Lads three weeks ago, but were tagged by Muncey in the final jumps of the six-furlong stakes. Improving with every start, Harbors Rule (Harbor the Gold-Felice the Cat)is a full brother to Trackattacker, who won this race by 9¼-lengths as a 1 to 20 favorite in 2014, accounting for over $520,000 of a record $554,000 show pool.
Stevens is 5-3-2 in 15 starts at the meet including three stakes wins. He rode 5-year-old mare No Talking Back to a pair of stakes wins for Stenslie, and 3-year-old filly Alittlelesstalk to a victory in the Washington Cup Sophomore Filly last week.
In the Juvenile Filly, Windy Point, You Go Girl and For You Only – second, third and fourth in the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes three weeks ago – square off at 6½ furlongs. Windy Point is 1-2-0 in three starts with earnings of $30,677, and has fired in all three starts including seconds to For You Only in the Angie C Stakes and Cakewalk in the Barbara Shinpoch.
The field for the Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes presented by Elysian Brewing Company (Race 8, 5:30 p.m.): 1-Gold Crusher, Gary Wales, 120 pounds; 2-Riggski, Connie Doll, 118; 3-Love the Vino, Ryan Barber, 120; 4-Unmachable, Alex Anaya, 118; 5-Stanley’s Wave, Juan Gutierrez, 118; 6-Forty Smooches, Kevin Orozco, 118; 7-Code Charlie, Kevin Krigger, 120; 8-Wilson to Lockett, Eddie Martinez, 120; 9-Wicked Winnings, Lorenzo Lopez, 118; 10-Harbors Rule, Scott Stevens, 118.
The field for the Washington Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes presented by Pegasus Training & Rehabilitation Center (Race 6, 4:30 p.m.): 1-Known Value, Gary Wales, 117 pounds; 2-Windy Point, Juan Gutierrez, 119; 3-You Go Girl, Kevin Krigger, 117; 4-Miss Prospector, Javier Matias, 117; 5-Salty Little Lass, Jose Zunino, 119; 6-For You Only, Jennifer Whitaker, 119; 7-Pinchalinch, Ryan Barber, 117; 8-Discreet Demons, Connie Doll, 117; 9-Smashing Success, Scott Stevens, 117; 10-Lovefliesonwings, Eddie Martinez, 119.
2019 Xpressbet Washington Cup
$50,000 Soph C&G presented by Muckleshoot Casino: Makah Lane ($4.20), 1M 1:36.21
$50,000 Soph Filly presented by Freight NW: Alittlelesstalk ($2.60), 1M 1:37.26
$50,000 Juvenile C&G presented by Elyisan Brewing Company, 6½ F
$50,000 Juvenile Filly presented by Pegasus Training Center, 6½ F
$50,000 Filly & Mare presented by Xpressbet, 1 1/16 M, Sept. 15
$50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, 1 1/16 M, Sept. 15
Racing this week
• Friday, Sept. 6 (59 live race date/67 live race-day meet)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
• Saturday, Sept. 7 (60/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
• Sunday, Sept. 8 (61/67)
2 p.m. (10 races)
$50,000 WA Cup Juvenile C&G presented by Elysian Brewing Co.
$50,000 WA Cup Juvenile Filly presented by Pegasus Training Center
Killarney Lass is the 3-to-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 BC Oaks at Hastings Racecourse. A victory would be worth $55,000 plus a $25,000 bonus for sweeping the Washington Oaks and BC Oaks. Washington Oaks runner-up Twirling Devon also is shipping to Vancouver for the BC Oaks. … Mt. Rainier Stakes winner More Power to Him runs in the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate for 3-year-olds and up, also Saturday in Vancouver. Kevin Orozco rides More Power to Him and Twirling Devon. … 2018 Washington Horse of the Year Sippin Fire worked a mile in 1:43 2/5 Thursday and is possible for the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic on Sunday, Sept. 15. … Undefeated Baja Sur, unraced since winning the Coca-Cola Stakes in June, worked four furlongs in :49 3/5 Monday…Fresh off his record 22nd victory at Emerald Downs last week, Mike Man’s Gold looks to add another victory in Sunday’s seventh race for $25,000 claimers at 6½ furlongs. … Sunday’s 10-race card begins with a $3,200 maiden race for Quarter Horses at 300 yards. To date, Emerald Downs has run six Quarter Horse races at the 2019 meeting.