09/08/2013 8:16PM

Emerald Downs: E Z Kitty cruises in Pegasus Training Center Stakes

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E Z Kitty (right), ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, wins the Pegasus Training Center Stakes on Sunday.

AUBURN, Wash. – E Z Kitty raced to an easy victory Sunday in the $50,000 Pegasus Training Center Stakes at Emerald Downs.

After pressing quick fractions set by Cielator, E Z Kitty took charge near the quarter pole and kicked home to win by 3 3/4 lengths in a field of five Washington-bred fillies and mares. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.43 and paid $3.

The victory improved E Z Kitty’s career record to 12 victories from 22 starts, and the $27,025 winner’s check increased her earnings to $263,340. She has won 3 of 6 starts for current owner Bruce Maller of Incline Village, Nev., who purchased E Z Kitty privately this spring at Turf Paradise. Anne Sanguinetti rode the winner for trainer Jeff Metz.

E Z Kitty, a 5-year-old by the Seattle Slew stallion He’s Tops, surely wrapped up honors as Emerald Downs’ leading older female with her victory. In her prior start, E Z Kitty dominated the $65,000 Emerald Distaff on the Longacres Mile undercard Aug. 18. She also captured the six-furlong Hastings Handicap in May and placed in two other stakes at the current meeting.

The Pegasus Training Center Stakes unfolded as expected, with Cielator making a beeline for the lead and E Z Kitty lurking close behind in second. They separated themselves from the rest of the field past the half-mile pole, and E Z Kitty put away her only serious rival with a quick burst of speed.

Cielator was four lengths clear of third-place finisher Royal Moses, with Stephanie Plum and Whiskey Miner completing the order of finish.

He's Not Bluffin wins Jim Beam Stakes

With jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse adding a touch of Southern California glamour to the occasion, He’s Not Bluffin raced to a hard-fought victory in the $50,000 Jim Beam Stakes.

Claimed out of his last start for $25,000, He’s Not Bluffin recouped the purchase price in his first start for owner Sauci Belvoir of San Dimas, Calif., and trainer Howard Belvoir, her father-in-law. He’s Not Bluffin defeated five statebred 3-year-old colts and geldings by running a mile in 1:35.52.

Longshot Somewhere With You rallied from midpack to finish second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, and Music of My Soul, the 6-5 favorite, was another head back in third.

Sutherland-Kruse, in her first appearance at Emerald Downs, allowed He’s Not Bluffin to settle at the back of the pack while Music of My Soul and Mike Man’s Gold mixed it up on the front end. As the pacesetters began to tire from their efforts – they ran a 45.42-second half-mile and six furlongs in 1:09.78 – He’s Not Bluffin moved into contention.

Sutherland-Kruse then drove He’s Not Bluffin through an opening between horses at the top of the stretch and into the lead.

He’s Not Bluffin, by the Pine Bluff stallion Raise the Bluff, ran his career record to 4 wins from 8 starts. He earned $26,180, pushing his career mark to $64,056.

Mike Man’s Gold finished fourth, followed by Belt, the expected pacesetter who broke slowly and never got involved, and So Legit.