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2017 EMERALD DOWNS STAKES SCHEDULE
30 Stakes: $1,685,000

DATE . . . STAKES . . .PURSE 
Sunday, May 7 Seattle Stakes (3YO F) 6 F $50,000
Sunday, May 14 Auburn Stakes (3YO C&G) 6 F $50,000
Saturday, May 20 Hastings Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6F $50,000
Sunday, May 21 Governor’s Stakes (3&UP) 6 F $50,000
Sunday, May 28 Kent Stakes (3YO F) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sunday, June 4 Coca-Cola Stakes (3YO C&G) 6 ½ F $50,000
Saturday, June 17 WA State Legislators S (3&UP F&M) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sunday, June 18 Budweiser Stakes (3&UP) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sunday, June 25 Irish Day Stakes (3YO F) 1 M $50,000

Sunday, July 2 Seattle Slew Stakes (3YO C&G) 1 M $50,000
Sunday, July 16 Mt. Rainier Stakes (3&UP) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sunday, July 16 Boeing Stakes (3&UP F&M) 1M $50,000
Sunday, July 16 Angie C Stakes (2YO F) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sunday, July 16 Emerald Express (2YO C&G) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sunday, July 23 Washington Oaks (3YOF) 1-1/8 M $75,000
Sunday, July 30 Emerald Downs Derby (3YO) 1-1/8 M $75,000

Saturday, August 5 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (2YO F) 6 F $50,000
Sunday, August 6 WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO C&G) 6 F $50,000
Sunday, August 13 Pete Pedersen Memorial S (3&UP) 6 ½ F $25,000
Sunday, August 13 King County Overnight S (3&UP F&M) 6 ½ $25,000
Sunday, August 13 Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1-1/8 M $65,000
Sunday, August 13 Longacres Mile (G3) (3&UP) 1 M $200,000
Sunday, August 20 Bank of America Challenge (3&UP) 440 Y $55,000
Sunday, August 27 WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes 6 F $50,000
Sunday, August 27 WA Cup Juvenile C & G Stakes 6 F $50,000
Sunday, August 27 WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes 1 M $50,000
Sunday, August 27 WA Cup Sophomore Stakes 1 M $50,000
Sunday, August 27 WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sunday, August 27 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic 1-1/16 M $50,000

Sunday, September 17 Gottstein Futurity (2YO) 1-1/16 M $65,000

THE HORSES ARE BACK!

AUBURN, Wash. (January 30, 2017) – Over 200 horses were on the grounds Monday as Thoroughbreds began training for the 2017 live racing season at Emerald Downs.

Barkley, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, became the first horse on the track at 8:15 a.m. The track’s champion 3-year-old last year when he won three stakes and over $110,000, the Munnings colt is a top contender for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on August 13.

Stable superintendent Vern Baze said 223 horses had been checked in as of 8 a.m., almost exactly the same as last year. The hope is to have a horse population over 1,000 by opening day, Saturday, April 8.

Trainers on hand Monday included Chris Stenslie, Tom Wenzel, Roy Lumm, Blaine Wright, Cliff Balcom, Jose Navarro, Vince Gibson, Terry Gillihan, and 2016 training champion Blaine Wright, currently third in the standings at Golden Gate.

Co-owned by trainer Howard Belvoir and Rising Star Stable, Barkley was 4-1-0 in five starts last year, missing a perfect season by a head to Opportunistic in the Emerald Downs Derby. So Lucky, the track’s champion 2-year-old of 2016, gives Belvoir a top contender in this year’s 3-year-old ranks. Owned by Pegasus Too and Rising Star Stable, So Lucky was 4-1-0 in five starts with earnings of $103,835.

According to Belvoir, Barkley and So Lucky began light training last month at Dunn Bar Ranch in Enumclaw and both should be ready for stakes action in May.

Opening day of training was streamed on Facebook Live with Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler at the controls. Track mascot Emerald ED also was on hand for the event.

Since racing ended in September some 424 tons of silica sand—or one quarter-inch to the one-mile oval and chutes—has been added to the racing surface. According to track Vice President Jack Hodge the restoration is a semi-annual event, and helps level the surface to its original GPS grade.

The 70-day meeting begins with an opening night Fireworks show and features 30 stakes worth $1,685,000. The $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies begins stakes action Sunday, May 7.

Training hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, and fans can eat breakfast and watch training in the Quarter Chute Café.

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REFORMED CLAIMER CUDDLE ALERT SPRINGS SURPRISE IN $100,000 SPRING FEVER HANDICAP, WINNING BY A HEAD UNDER DELGADILLO WHILE GETTING SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.86; MARE GIVES SALDANA HER FIRST STAKES WINNER

RACE IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017)—Longshot Cuddle Alert, claimed for $10,000 this past August, rallied late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita by a head under Agapito Delgadillo while getting six furlongs in 1:09.86. Trained by Melissa Saldana, the 6-year-old California-bred mare by Bedford Falls registered her first stakes win in her 21st career start.

Breaking from the rail in a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Cuddle Alert was a close fourth while under restraint at the half mile pole, rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled both heavily favored Sunday Rules and pacesetter Late ’n Left well inside the sixteenth pole to win.

“I’m a little sore,” said Delgadillo, who was unseated during the running of Sunday’s second race. “My collarbone is a little sore, the same one that I’ve broken twice already but it’s nothing big…She always finishes well. I knew she likes to run in the stretch, so I waited for it.”

A close fourth down the hillside turf course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint here on Jan. 28, Cuddle Alert was dispatched at 8-1 and paid $18.40, $6.60 and $2.60.

Owned by Reed Saldana and Leopoldo Urbina, she collected $60,000 for the win, boosting her career earnings to $229,000. Her overall mark now stands at 21-6-1-7.

“I can’t put it into words, to be honest,” said Melissa Saldana, who, along with her horse, collected her first career stakes win. “She’s special. She’s very, very special. The stretch run was awesome. She had to sit much closer than she usually does so she ended up going quicker than what she’s used to. She still had that final kick though and just got up…

“We’ll probably give her about 30 days before we run her again because I think she does better with a little more time…She gives her all every time that we ask her to come out here.”

Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Late ’n Left set fractions of 21.93, 45.01 and 57.19. Off at 9-1, she paid $7.60 and $3.00.

Sunday Rules, who had been idle since July 4, tried to rally while between the winner and runner-up, but was third best under Tyler Baze. Off at 2-5, she paid $2.10 to show.

The Spring Fever Handicap is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.