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·                      EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-SUNDAY, JUNE 11


·                      EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-SATURDAY, JUNE 10

·                      EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-FRIDAY, JUNE 9

·                      EMERALD DOWNS EXTENDS SEASON






AUBURN, Wash. (June 25, 2017) – Lightly-raced Top Quality made a looping move to the lead and poured it on late and scored a sharp 3 ¾-length victory over Blazinbeauty in the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 118 lbs, Top Quality raced one mile in 1:34.88 and paid $11.40, $6.20 and $4.80 as third betting choice in the field of 10. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for owner Dave Mowat of Medina, Wash.

Top Quality’s winning time was just shy of the stakes record 1:34.74 set by Stopshoppingdebbie in 2013.

Sunday’s race was only the fourth career start for Top Quality, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Quality Road who sold for $280,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale. Her previous three starts were in California with trainer Simon Callaghan, including a maiden special weight victory June 3 at Golden Gate Fields. Her overall record is 2-0-0 in four starts with earnings of $43,790.

Blazinbeauty, ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 119 lbs, rallied to finish second and paid $4.20 and $3.20. The gray daughter of Tale of Ekati now has a second and two thirds in the first three stakes in the sophomore filly division.

Retreat Yourself, ridden by Javier Matias, nosed out Reginella for third and paid $4.60 to show.

Risque’s Legacy, the 9-to-5 betting favorite, led through six furlongs in 1:10.97, but gave way under high weight of 123 lbs and finished eighth. Winner of the Kent Stakes last month, Risque’s Legacy is 3-1-0 in five career starts.

Top Quality raced in fifth place as Risque’s Legacy set the pace under heavy pressure from Sheeza Sassy Girl. The winner rallied four wide on the turn, gained the lead into the stretch and drew off to win with authority.
“When I asked her, she exploded,” Gutierrez said of Top Quality. “I hadn’t been on her in the morning, but she is a very nice filly.”

The $75,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles is next for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday, July 23.