KENNEWICK -- The first of six race dates at Sun Downs race track in Kennewick kicks off today with a nine-race card.
Highlighting today's meet will be the ninth-race, $3,000 Boekenoogen Memorial at 250 yards. That's a lot shorter distance than the Boekenoogen is normally run.
"In the past, when we had five weekends of racing, we always had it at 400 yards," Sun Downs racing secretary Shorty Martin said. "But because of the shorter meet, we can't run every race like we normally do, like the Quarterhorse Speed Sprint at 250 yards. When I wrote the Boekenoogen I did it at both distances, and had the trainers pick it. Most of them wanted it at 250 yards."
Martin said some of the horses haven't been able to get as many workouts as needed, so trainers wanted the shorter distance. Some of the entries are here for the AQHA Challenge later in the meet and are using this race as a warmup for that.
The oddsmaker has made Vodka Soda No Fruit, owned by Bob and Scott Giltner and trained by Kurt Calton, the favorite in that race.
Other featured races include the eighth race Western States Equipment feature at 4 fourlongs, with 7-year-old At the Bada Bing the favorite at 5-to-2 odds; and the fourth race Homer Thoroughbreds "Home of Prospected" claiming race at 4 furlongs.
The Western State feature is a $6,250 claiming race.
"We rarely have a claiming race that high," Martin said.
First post today is at 1:30 p.m.
Trey Fecta's picks
It's a short meet, with just six race dates. But Trey wants to make some bets.
So the Herald gave him an imaginary bankroll of $300 for the meet. Let's see what he can do with it.
In the first, we'll start with $5 across the board on Sittin on a Secret, and bet the first half of the Daily Double on him.
In the second, pick Implausible to complete the Daily Double. Also bet a $5 quinella on Implausible and Caertotopthat.
We'll go with $2 across the board on Thr On a Famous High in the third, and we'll box an exacta of Voice of Angels and Snowbound Queen in the fourth.
Let's box an exacta in the fifth consisting of welfare Cadillac and Reason to Reckon.
For the sixth, we'll do a $5 quinella of Kimz Red Drover and Catch a Medal.
We're boxing a trifecta of Star of Nome, Coreythenavigator and Indys Wild Child in the seventh; and a $5 quinella of Justice for Al and Want the Facts in the eighth.
For the ninth, we're boxing a trifecta of Mr Easy Okie, Dashing Strawfly and Vodka Soda No Fruit.
That's $56 in wagers for today.
Post time 1:30 p.m.
FIRST -- DeMatteis Racing Stable QH Mdn, 3YO&Up, 330 yards, Purse $1300: 1. Kipassecret. 2. Snowbound Whiz. 3. Algutis. 4. Check This Diamond. 5. Kipas Ace. 6. Sittin On a Secret. 7. Effortless Terms. 8. Oldies Red Filly.
SECOND -- TB mdn, 3YO&Up, 4 furlongs, Purse $1300: 1. Glorious Game. 2. Snowbound Lady. 3. Implausible. 4. Mamie Za Card. 5. Flying Squirrel. 6. Caertotopthat. 7. Raw Damask. 8. Explosive Alex.
THIRD -- QH mdn, 3YO&Up, 330 yards, Purse $1300: 1. Kittydidit. 2. Catlow Rim. 3. Thr On a Famous High. 4. Looks Like Texas. 5. Levi 501. 6. Snowbound Star Lady. 7. Dalightfullyfast. 8. Im Sassy Mary. 9. Fnf Say When.
FOURTH -- Homer Thoroughbreds "Home of Prospected" TB clm $2500, 3YO&UP have never won a race in 2011, 4 furlongs, Purse $1600: 1. Voice of Angels. 2. Call Me Emily. 3. Vicky's Magic Girl. 4. Fly Pole. 5. Slews Fancy. 6. My Blue Heart. 7. Snowbound Queen. 8. Solex Sisters.
FIFTH -- TB clm $2500, 3YO&Up never won a race in 2011, 4 furlongs, Purse $1600: 1. Welfare Cadillac. 2. You Darn Right. 3. What a Shamus. 4. Swiss Ace. 5. Reason to Reckon. 6. Dutch Apple. 7. Slew Can Dance. 8. Tom West.
SIXTH -- QH alw, 3YO&Up never won two races, 350 yards, Purse $1600: 1. Thats D Reason Y. 2. Real Queen Like It. 3. Fathers Johns Cash. 4. Make Mischief. 5. Kimz Red Drover. 6. Streakin Bully. 7. Smugglers Ridge. 8. Dash Tc. 9. Catch a Medal. 10. Cocos Platinum Cat.
SEVENTH -- TB clm $5000, #YO&Up never won two races, 4 furlongs, Purse $1600: 1. Arizona Diamond. 2. Star of Nome. 3. Windsong Music. 4. Silky Chumaree. 5. Coreythenavigator. 6. Lilbitajojo. 7. Indys Wild Child. 8. Senator D.
EIGHTH -- Western States Equipment TB clm $6250, 3YO&Up not won a race in 2011, 4 furlongs, Purse $1800: 1. Skimming Song. 2. At the Bada Bing. 3. Justice for Al. 4. Whatsamillion. 5. Skiing Chumaree. 6. Via Zavata. 7. Want the Facts. 8. Bandalito Hombre.
NINTH -- Boekenoogen Memorial, QH alw, 3YO&Up, 250 yards, Purse $3000: 1. Mr Easy Okie. 2. Dashing Strawfly. 3. Easily a Smash Hit. 4. Roberts Running Boot. 5. Cowboys First Review. 6. Runnin for the Boys. 7. Rr Red Rocket. 8. Vodka Soda No Gin.