Henry Craig edged Ima Ramblin Eagle in the Pot O’Gold Futurity on Sunday on the final day of racing on the Sun Downs track at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
Craig, ridden by Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, won by a neck in the signature race of the six-meet schedule organized by the Tri-Cites Horse Racing Association. The victory, which paid bettors $6.60 to win, was worth $11,217 of the $28,812 total purse.
Ramblin Eagle, with Makia Ramirez aboard, paid $4.20 to place and brought its owners $5,352 in earnings. L Bar D Genuine Red and jockey Kassie Guglielmino finished third.
In the day’s other big final, Wrap You Up with Jose Guerrero aboard won the $21,420 AQHA Merial Distaff Challenge. Betrothen crossed the finish line first but was disqualified back to third for impeding Sorelli.
Wrap You up, which paid a handsome $21.60 to win, finished three-quarters of a length in front of Sorelli and Osvaldo Gonzalez. The runner-up paid $14.80 to place, which made for a nice $144 quinella and $249.60 exacta paired with the Wrap You Up. Betrothen still paid $7 to show and $1,237.60 on a trifecta.
The final day of the meet proved a strong one, with a total handle of $68,733.
In the Futurity Consolation, favored Flyin Rocks and Guerrero nosed out Js Whoisthefoolnow with Louis Zacherle aboard, with Watch Me Fly Bye half a length back in third.
The day began with Jose Madrigal riding Mariota Man to victory in a maiden race, finishing half a length ahead of Smack Dabb ridden by Jordan Hadley.
Jake Samuels brought home Angel Eyez for a victory in a 350-yard allowance, half a length ahead of Silvies ridden by Connie Doll.
Iheartlarc with Guglielmino aboard won an allowance in the fourth race, paying off big at $29.40 to win. Zacherle on Quattro Dude and Samuels on Moon Zoom were a close second and third.
There were a trio of big payouts in the claiming races. Via Zavata ridden by Zacherle won the fifth race and paid $28.80, while Sea Harbor Go with Felimon Alvarado aboard ran away with the sixth race and paid $22.
Goodlookinggeorge won the third claiming race, ridden by Gutierrez-Sosa, and paid $16 to win.
In the penultimate ninth race of the day — a handicap for 3-year-olds that had started during the Sun Downs meet — It Doesn’t Add Up and Guglielmino prevailed over Our Boy Ken and Gutierrez-Sosa.