The average daily handle (the amount of money wagered) from all sources was $1.107 million, up 14.5 percent. The amount wagered at the racetrack on Emerald Downs races was up 1.5 percent.
Sippin Fire was voted horse of the meeting, top 3-year-old and top Washington-bred as Emerald Downs announced its season honors Monday.
Trained by Steve Bullock, Sippin Fire won a meet-high four stakes and earned $115,425 for owners How We Roll #4. He becomes the third 3-year-old to win horse of the meeting, and is the third consecutive gelding sired by Harbor the Gold to win the honor (Sippin Fire, 2018; Mach One Rules, 2017; O B Harbor, 2016).
Rocco Bowen, regular rider on Sippin Fire, topped the 100-win mark for the third consecutive year while becoming the first jockey to win three straight titles at Emerald Downs. Bowen led in wins (109), stakes wins (six) and earnings ($1,065,618).
Jeff Metz won his fourth straight training title, with 43 wins, while Blaine Wright led in stakes wins (nine) and earnings ($787,191). Wright also trained four different 2018 champions: Riser (sprinter and older horse), Reginella (older filly or mare), Bella Mia (3-year-old filly) and Baja Sur (juvenile male).
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John Parker and Saratoga West tied for leading owner with 17 wins apiece, giving Parker his third straight title.
Northwest Factor, upset winner of the Gottstein Futurity, was voted top 2-year-old filly. Her owners, How We Roll #4, won six stakes and were No. 1 in owners’ earnings with $211,800.
Papa Mambo, the meet’s only five-time winner, was voted top claimer.
H.R. “Pat” Mullens was given the honor for top training achievement after becoming the oldest trainer to win a stakes at Emerald Downs at age 91. Hit the Beach won both the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes and won four races overall for Mullens.