08/18/2013 8:32PM

Emerald Downs: E Z Kitty impresses in winning Emerald Distaff

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E Z Kitty, with Anne Sanguinetti aboard, picked up her seventh career stakes win in Sunday's Emerald Distaff.

AUBURN, Wash. – E Z Kitty raced to a resounding victory Sunday in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff at Emerald Downs, taking the suburban Seattle track’s traditional championship for older fillies and mares with surprising ease.

E Z Kitty ran nine furlongs in 1:49.24 to win by 3 1/2 lengths and paid $9 as the third choice in a field of seven.

E Z Kitty, a 5-year-old by He’s Tops, a son of Seattle Slew, won for the 11th time in 21 career starts – posting her seventh career stakes victory – and easily passed her first test at 1 1/8 miles.

Most of the prerace conversation surrounded shipper Evelyn’s Dancer, a multiple stakes winner at Hastings and presumed to be the dominant speed horse in the Emerald Distaff. Evelyn’s Dancer did succeed in getting to the front under Aaron Gryder, but E Z Kitty, always close up, put her away around the turn and built a lead as large as eight lengths in the stretch before coasting to the wire under Anne Sanguinetti.

Wando Woman, who joined Evelyn’s Dancer in making the short trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Emerald Distaff, rallied from last to finish second. It was another 5 1/2 lengths back to Whiskey Miner, who was followed by Royal Moses, Evelyn’s Dancer, Champagneandcaviar, and Exclusive Diva.

E Z Kitty earned $35,750 for owner Bruce Maller of Incline Village, Nev., who purchased E Z Kitty in a private sale in March. She took the six-furlong Hastings Handicap at Emerald Downs on May 12 in her second start for Maller and trainer Jeff Metz and most recently was third in the one-mile Boeing Handicap after breaking poorly.Bred in Washington, E Z Kitty might be seen next in the $50,000 Belle Roberts for statebreds on Washington Cup Day, Sept. 8.