Sippin Fire, sent off at even money, beat 9-5 shot Weekend Wizard by three-quarters of a length in the $50,000 race.
Emerald Downs bettors viewed Sunday’s $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby as virtually a two-horse race, and that’s how it played out.
Even-money favorite Sippin Fire, ridden by Rocco Bowen, used a powerful stretch run to beat 9-5 shot Weekend Wizard by three-quarters of a length.
Sippin Fire, a Washington-bred gelding trained by Steve Bullock, ran 11/8 miles in 1 minute, 48.54 seconds and returned $4 to win.
With three-eighths of a mile to go, Sippin Fire was fifth in a field of nine 3-year-olds. Weekend Wizard, a winner of two stakes races this season at Hastings in Vancouver, B.C., had a 1½-length lead at that point after covering 6 furlongs in 1:10.35 with Julien Couton aboard.
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Weekend Wizard couldn’t hold off Sippin Fire, but he finished 9¾ lengths in front of third-place Elliott Bay, an 8-1 shot who was the third choice in the wagering.
Sippin Fire came into the Derby after two consecutive stakes victories. His owners are David Israel of Enumclaw, Steve Pilgrim of Kent, Al Adams and Charlie Clark of Seattle, and Angela Wilson and Joe Withee of Auburn.
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Mach One Rules and Barkley, second and fourth, respectively, in last year’s Mile, also are on the list of nominees for Emerald’s most important race of the season.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer nominated four horses — Full of Luck, Ike Walker, Sheer Flattery and Shivermetimbers.
• When Jupiter S. ($12.60 to win) took the eighth race, Frank Lucarelli moved ahead of Tim McCanna, 931-930, for No. 1 in all-time victories by a trainer at Emerald.