The 7-year-old gelding wins race for third time, highlighting Washington Cup Day at Emerald Downs.
Stryker Phd couldn’t have picked a better day to get back in winning form at Emerald Downs.
The 7-year-old’s win Sunday in the $50,000 Washington Cup Muckleshoot Tribal Classic came on the day that trainers Larry and Sharon Ross were inducted into the Washington State Racing Hall of Fame. The Rosses have shaped the careers of some of the best horses in the state, including Chum Salmon and Military Hawk, both already in the Hall.
Stryker Phd seems certain to end up there as well. Sunday’s win was the gelding’s third in the Tribal Classic, the first horse to accomplish that.
Jockey Leslie Mawing and Stryker Phd made winning look easy, racing behind the leaders, Hoody and Westley, before opening up a lead in the stretch and going on to win by 5¾ lengths. Stryker Phd paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10 and covered 11/16 miles in 1:41.30.
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Grinder Sparksaglo came up to take second away from Westley, who finished third. Grinder Sparksaglo left the gate at 45-1 odds and paid $16.80 and $8. Westley returned $2.60 to show.
It was the first win in four tries this year for Stryker Phd after going 4 for 4 last year. Stryker is now 10-5-6 in 26 starts with career earnings of $564,331 for owners Mona and Jim Hour of Bellevue.
Ross said plans are to race Stryker Phd at Golden Gate Fields, perhaps returning him to turf racing.
The Tribal Classic was the finale for Washington Cup Day, an annual Emerald Downs feature with stakes races for horses bred in Washington state or British Columbia. Five of the six races were won by betting favorites.
The only exception was The Press in the $50,000 mile for 3-year-olds. The gelding, by Harbor the Gold out of Awesome Woman, closed from fourth in the stretch to overtake Mach One Rules, the favorite, by a neck. Trainer Howard Belvoir credited Javier Matias for a “heady” ride, taking the horse back from the lead and then coming back to win.
It was the second stakes win of the day for Belvoir, whose So Lucky won the $50,000, 6-furlong sprint for 2-year-old colts and geldings. With leading jockey Rocco Bowen up, So Lucky won by nine lengths in 1:09:02. So Lucky has won all four starts. The 1-5 favorite paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10.
Risque’s Legacy, ridden by Bowen, kept the favorites’ parade going with a 3-length win in the $50,000 stakes for 2-year-old fillies, covering the 6 furlongs in 1:11.33.
Mawing brought the next favorite in with Ethan’s Baby in the $50,000 route for older fillies and mares. “You got the best horse in the race, you gotta ride’em that way,” said trainer Blaine Wright, which is what Mawing did in his 2¾-length win in the 11/16 mile race. The time was 1:43.80.