Chavis, Doll star amid tragedy at Sun Downs opener

By the Herald staff April 24, 2011 

KENNEWICK -- Sun Downs riders Jessie Chavis and Connie Doll won three races apiece Saturday and Vodka Soda No Fruit won the Boekenoogen Memorial race to cap a nine-race card on Saturday at the Sun Downs track in Kennewick.

Vodka Soda No Fruit (No. 8) won the 250-yard race with a track record time of 13.04 seconds, followed by Dashing Strawfly and Easily a Smash Hit.

The track had a tragedy Saturday when Explosive Alex died in the second race, a 4 furlong thoroughbred maiden race.

According to Sun Downs secretary Shorty Martin, the 5-year-old mare got spooked during the race and fell on the outside railing of the track and died at the scene.

The horse's rider, reported as Jesus Afonador, was transported by ambulance to the hospital to be checked out by doctors as a precautionary measure. No word was available Saturday as to the existence, nature or extent of injuries.

Official results of the meet were unavailable, as the Daily Racing Form website was not working. Martin said official results should be available today.

The meet continues today with 10 races including five Pot O'Gold Futurity trials, with 36 quarterhorses vying for one of 10 spots in the final, which is set for May 8.

Today's first post is 1:30 p.m.

Trey Fecta's Picks

So back to the grindstone today. In the first race, we'll put $5 on Warbeast across the board and take him for the first half of the daily double, which we fully expect Royal Blue Iceman to complete in the second, with another $5 across the board.

We'll try a $5 quinella in the third race of Ez Seis Me and Letter Be Famous, and go for the boxed trifecta (our favorite bet) in the fourth with Everbodys Thriller, Dashin Baby Boy and Long Live Cowgirls.

In the fifth, Mighty B Zoomn be gettin' our love with $5 across the board. An exacta of Bellingham and Junos Jesse in the sixth is the winning ticket, and an exacta of Kipas Dash and Hy Lonesome in the seventh.

In the eighth, we like Hockey the General to win for $5, and Cash in Black will pay off in the ninth with $2 across the board.

In the final race, a boxed trifecta of Easter Sonny Boy, Yin Your Eyes and Call Me a Yankee is a nice capper.

That's $79 in bets.

Saturday's results

First post 1:30 p.m.

FIRST -- DeMatteis Racing Stable QH Mdn, 3YO&Up, 330 yards, Purse $1300: 4. Check This Diamond 3.60, 4.00, 4.20; 2. Snowbound Whiz 6.80, 4.20; 3. Algutis. 4.20. EX (4-2) 24.80; QU 36.30; TRI (4-2-3) 234.60. Time 0:17.25.

SECOND -- TB mdn, 3YO&Up, 4 furlongs, Purse $1300: 5. Flying Squirrel 7.40, 3.40, 2.60; 3. Implausible 3.00, 2.80; 1. Glorious Game 6.40. Ex (5-3) 10.80; QU 9.60; TRI (5-3-1) 93.60; DD (4-5) 15.60.

THIRD -- QH mdn, 3YO&Up, 330 yards, Purse $1300: 5. Levi 501 5.60, 4.00, 3.80; 6. Snowbound Star Lady 8.80, 4.20; 2. Catlow Rim 3.00. EX (5-6) 42.00; QU 27.60; TRI (5-6-2) 60.60; SUP (5-6-2-All) 25.40.

FOURTH -- Homer Thoroughbreds "Home of Prospected" TB clm $2500, 3YO&UP have never won a race in 2011, 4 furlongs, Purse $1600: 5. Slews Fancy 3.60, 3.20, 2.80; 4. Fly Pole 5.00, 4.00; 1. Voice of Angels 2.60. EX (5-4) 19.80; QU 24.00; TRI (5-4-1) 58.40.

FIFTH -- TB clm $2500, 3YO&Up never won a race in 2011, 4 furlongs, Purse $1600: 4. Swiss Ace 7.20, 5.00, 2.80; 3. What a Shamus 4.80, 3.20; 7. Slew Can Dance 2.60. EX (4-3) 23.40; QU 18.90; TRI (4-3-7) 53.60.

SIXTH -- QH alw, 3YO&Up never won two races, 350 yards, Purse $1600: 8. Dash Tc 16.20, 7.20, 4.80; 9. Catch a Medal 6.20, 3.80; 5. Kimz Red Drover 3.40. EX (8-9) 58.20; QU 74.40; TRI (8-9-5) 311.20; SUP (8-A-A-A) 24.20.

SEVENTH -- TB clm $5000, #YO&Up never won two races, 4 furlongs, Purse $1600: 5. Coreythenavigator 4.80, 2.80, 2.60; 1. Arizona Diamond 4.40, 4.20; 2. Star of Nome 4.20. EX (5-1) 34.00; QU 27.30; TRI (5-1-2) 98.80.

EIGHTH -- Western States Equipment TB clm $6250, 3YO&Up not won a race in 2011, 4 furlongs, Purse $1800: 6. Via Zavata 22.00, 14.00, 16.00; 3. Justice For Al 7.20, 5.40; 5. Skiing Chumaree 13.60. EX (6-3) 88.00; QU 312.00; TRI (6-3-5) 1,041.20.

NINTH -- Boekenoogen Memorial, QH alw, 3YO&Up, 250 yards, Purse $3000: 8. Vodka Soda No Fruit 3.20, 3.00, 2.40; 2. Dashing Strawfly 5.40, 2.40; 3. Easily a Smash Hit 2.40. EX (8-2) 12.60; QU 13.50; TRI (8-2-3) 47.20; DD (6-8) 50.60; SUP (8-2-7-3) 94.80.

Today's races

First post time 1:30 p.m.

FIRST--TB mdn, 3YO&Up, 4 furlongs, Purse $1,300: 1. Chumaree Red; 2. Pursuit of Victory; 3. Snowbound Torque; 4. Fuzzy Pitch; 5. Starswildcat; 6. You Can Win; 7. Warbeast; 8. Prince Chumaree.

SECOND--Pot o' Gold Futurity Trials QH 2YO nominated & remain eligible, 300 yds, Purse $1,000: 1. Royal Blue Iceman; 2. Moon Carver; 3. Chicks First Prize; 4. Cr Baq to Baq; 5. Cool Blue Corona; 6. Uncle Sam Sweetly; 7. Queens Dasher; 8. Unique Sneak.

THIRD-- Pot o' Gold Futurity Trials QH 2YO nominated & remain eligible, 300 yds, Purse $1,000:1. Eck Hardy; 2. Bones Show Boy; 3. Ez Seis Me; 4. Smr Bronte; 5. Lil Diamond A; 6. Dasher Dancer. 7. Letter Be Famous.

FOURTH-- Pot o' Gold Futurity Trials QH 2YO nominated & remain eligible, 300 yds, Purse $1,000: 1. Everbodys Thriller; 2. Chitchattin Memories; 3. Java Jumpn; 4. Dashin Baby Boy; 5. Long Live Cowgirls; 6. The Streakin Clean; 7. Tanya Turner.

FIFTH-- Pot o' Gold Futurity Trials QH 2YO nominated & remain eligible, 300 yds, Purse $1,000: 1. Meareds Boy; 2. Aflamin; 3. Warnock; 4. Seven Shot Doc; 5. Real Buccaneer; 6. Mighty B Zoomn; 7. Fly Chet Fly.

SIXTH-- Pot o' Gold Futurity Trials QH 2YO nominated & remain eligible, 300 yds, Purse $1,000: 1. Cash for Chivato; 2. Deniro; 3. Jess Eye Am; 4. Bedas Jumpin Okie; 5. Bellingham; 6. Mikkalo Vision; 7. Junos Jesse.

SEVENTH--Malon & Lola Cowgill QH alw (jacket to winning trainer), 3YO&Up never won 3 races, 350 yds, Purse $1,700: 1. Hy Lonesome; 2. Hasta Be Hawkin; 3. Kipas Dash; 4. Carry On Cappy; 5. Kimz Huckleberry Hank; 6. Dont Look Back; 7. Queens Prince Gol.

EIGHTH--Jack Yearout Memorial, TB clm $2,000 (jacket to winning trainer), 3YO&UP not won race in 2011, 4 furlongs, Purse $1,500: 1. Honour the West; 2. Velvet Sword; 3. Holystack; 4. Mountain Mustang; 5. Ohmyohmy; 6. Hockey the General; 7. Rush Ahead.

NINTH--TB clm $3,200, 3YO&Up never won 3 races, 4 furlongs, Purse $1,700: 1. I'ma Chancy Choice; 2. Vice'n Quiet; 3. Hoopdaloop; 4. Trieste'd N True; 5. I C a Charm; 6. Vital Move; 7. Cash in Black; 8. Native Dynasty.

TENTH--QH alw, 3YO&Up, 770 yds, Purse $1,900: 1. Easter Sonny Boy; 2. Call Me a Yankee; 3. Yin Your Eyes; 4. Lucky Thirteen; 5. Algutis; 6. Camanche Moon; 7. On the Hill; 8. My Desert Sage.

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