Sundays final day of horse racing at Sun Downs belonged to the family.
Whether it was Eagle B Gones rich bloodlines winning the Pot OGold Futurity, or Feature Miss Alibi winning for the Hadley family in the final stakes race, there was some family love being spread around the track.
To top off the good feelings, the Tri-City Horse Racing Association finished another meet in an upbeat mood.
No horses got hurt, and no jockeys got hurt, said Cliff Schellinger of the TCHRA. Thats what I cared about the most.
A final large crowd wagered a handle of $65,410 on Sunday.
Its been an excellent turnout, said Nancy Sorick of the TCHRA. Once again the fans came out to support us, and were looking forward to next years meet.
But before the TCHRA can get to the next meet, it needed to finish the current one.
And it ended with two major races, including the meets signature race, the $22,850 Pot OGold Futurity.
Eagle B Gone wasnt the fastest qualifier for the Pot OGold after the trials two weeks ago, and he was missing his rider. Nikeela Black, who qualified him in the trials, separated her shoulder, cracked her nose and had to wire her teeth shut after suffering a spill last Monday in Boise during a workout.
Eagle B Gones trainer, Hector Magallanes of Boardman, Ore., got Luis Gonzalez to come over from Emerald Downs to ride the horse.
But it was the horse who was the star on Sunday, blasting out of the gate and pulling away from the field for the victory. He covered the 300 yards in 15.78 seconds and finished three-fourths of a length ahead of runnerup La Jackye.
(Eagle B Gone) is bred right, said Magallanes. His mom (Go Girl Gone) won the Distaff Challenge before. Hes coming from good breeding, so expect more from him.
Magallanes will take his champion and run him next at the Far West Futurity in Grants Pass, then head to Los Alamitos later this year.
In the final stakes race, the $24,120 Sun Downs/AQHA Merial Distaff Challenge finals, 22-year-old rider Jordan Hadley rode 4-year-old Feature Miss Alibi to victory, covering the 400 yards in 19.82 seconds.
Hadleys father, Sherman, is the horses owner and was present for the victory. He watched from a wheelchair.
Five years ago my dad had three 800-pound bales of hay fall on him and he suffered a stroke, said Jordan. He was the trainer. Now my mom (Susan Hadley) is the trainer.
Jordan was also helping with the family business in Ogden, Utah. He also did some training. Only in the last two years has he been a jockey.
And he knows his familys horses, like Feature Miss Alibi.
She is just a really gutsy horse, he said. Really honest horse.
Ruben Camacho was named the meets top jockey for the first time in his career.
Todays horses have been great, Camacho said with a smile. But last week I fell down off a horse.
Camacho has come a long ways from where he was breaking the 2-year-olds in Mexico City and Tijuana nine years ago, he said.
Don Young was named the trainer of the meet.
Trey Fecta lost $43.50, bringing the imaginary bankroll (that started the meet at $300) down to $49.70 for the meet.
FIRST TB mdn, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,300, 4 furlongs: 7. Belle Chippendale 7.60, 6.20, 7.60. 5. Chica Caliente 2.80, 3.20. 6. Pursue the Moon 8.40. EX (7-5) 46.20, QU 23.10, TRI (7-5-6) 165.80. T -- NA.
SECOND QH mdn, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,300, 350 yards: 4. Little Fools Cash 9.80, 5.40, 3.60. 8. Kevins Last Shot 7.60, 4.80. 9. See Sea Look 5.00. DD (7-4) 61.00, EX (4-8) 69.20, QU 83.70, TRI (4-8-9) 186.40. T 18.09.
THIRD TCHRA Futurity Consolation, 2YO, Purse $2,000, 300 yards: 2. Imafeline 8.20, 3.40, 2.80. 3. Reel Fast 2.40, 2.20. 4. Go Getter Back 2.80. EX (2-3) 10.60, QU 7.80, Superfecta (2-3-4-5) 22.90, TRI 52.40. T 15.78.
FOURTH TB clm $2500, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2013, Purse $1,500, 4 furlongs: .6. Notes of Freedom 7.20, 3.40, 2.40. 3. Blazethepaige 7.40, 3.80. 4. Fly Pole 3.20. EX (6-3) 43.00, QU 42.30, TRI (6-3-4) 60.60. T NA.
FIFTH QH alw, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,700, 350 yards: 5. Snip N Dale 3.60, 3.20, 3.00. 1. Shez Pretty Awesome 8.40, 5.00. 2. Unique Sneak 4.00. EX (5-1) 43.20, QU 32.70, TRI (5-1-2) 39.60. T 17.56.
SIXTH TB clm $2,000, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2013, Purse $1,500, 4 furlongs: 2. Here Comes Lucky 4.00, 2.40, 2.60. 5. Dee Rain 4.20, 3.40. 1. Lasting Influence 3.20. EX (2-5) 15.20, QU 14.40, Superfecta (2-5-1-3) 33.40, TRI 66.20. T NA.
SEVENTH Bill Henderson Memorial, QH alw, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,700, 770 yards: 6. Swiss Ace (TB) 8.80, 3.40, 3.00. 2. The Biens Gift (TB) 3.20, 2.80. 1. Sugar Kane Train (QH) 3.60. EX (6-2) 22.20, QU 7.80, TRI (6-2-1) 212.60. T 41.15.
EIGHTH Pot OGold Futurity, QH Futurity, 2YO nominated and qualified in time trials, Purse $22,850, 300 yards: 5. Eagle B Gone 20.00, 10.60, 4.00. 8. La Jackye 6.80, 3.60. 1. Avatarr 4.00. EX (5-8) 496.80, QU 357.00, TRI (5-8-1) 412.20. T 15.78.
NINTH Sun Downs Au Revoir Handicap, TB Handicap, 3YO&Up which have started at the 2013 Sun Downs meet, Purse $2,100, 61⁄5 furlongs: 3. Chaching Pete 4.40, 2.40, 2.80. 7. Bucks Bro 2.40, 2.80. 2. Only Be Cause 3.80. EX (3-7) 8.80, QU 7.50, TRI (3-7-2) 60.00. T NA..
TENTH Sun Downs/AQHA Meriel Distaff Challenge finals, Purse $24,120, 400 yards: 7. Feature Miss Alibi 11.80, 2.60, 4.20. 6. The Streakin Clean 2.40, 3.00. 3. L Bar Snow Princes 3.40. DD (3-7) 38.20, EX (7-6) 20.00, QU 20.10, Superfecta (7-6-All-All) 21.20, TRI 220.00. T 19.82.
Total handle $65,412.