09/03/2011 10:11AM

Emerald Downs: Harbor the Gold offspring clash in allowance


AUBURN, Wash. – A pair of $21,000 allowance races, one for 2-year-olds at six furlongs, the other for 3-year-old fillies at 6 1/2, will serve as the featured events on a 10-race Labor Day program at Emerald Downs.

The 2-year-old race is restricted to horses who passed through the sales ring at a Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association auction. The WTBOA, which will hold its annual select yearling and mixed sale Tuesday at Emerald Downs, kicked in $5,000 to help fund the purse, and the race will showcase a handful of graduates from its 2010 sale.

The two leading contenders are both by Harbor the Gold, the Northwest’s hottest stallion and sire of 2010 Longacres Mile winner Noosa Beach. Memphis Beach, a $19,000 yearling purchase last September, will make his career debut for trainer Doris Harwood, while Harbor Wind, who went for $10,000, will make his fourth start and is trained by Frank Lucarelli.

Harbor Wind scored a front-running victory in a $25,000 maiden claimer in his most recent outing. He has a full brother, Hip No. 93, in Tuesday’s sale.

Also of note in the auction catalog is Hip No. 61, a full sister to three-time stakes winner Carrabelle Harbor. In a case of serendipitous timing, Carrabelle Harbor is set to run Monday in the co-featured race for 3-year-old fillies. A gritty winner of the 1 1/16-mile Kent Handicap in July, Carrabelle Harbor ran out of steam in the nine-furlong Washington Oaks in her last start and came home a distant last. She is 3 for 6 at sprint distances, however, and figures to appreciate the softer company.

Another nicely bred horse could give Carrabelle Harbor fits. Risque Humor, a homebred for Karl Krieg, is by Mingus, a son of A.P. Indy, from a Distorted Humor mare. Risque Humor sizzled in her career debut for trainer Tom Wenzel, running six furlongs in 1:10.02 to win by four easy lengths. Carrabelle Harbor has the advantage of extensive racing experience, yet there’s no telling how good Risque Humor might be. Those two figure to dominate the wagering in a five-horse field.

Jockey Gallyn Mitchell, who has been aboard Carrabelle Harbor in each of her five starts this year, will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday to ride Hard Way Ten in the $50,000 Delta Colleen Stakes for older fillies and mares. In her most recent start, Hard Way Ten won the $65,000 Emerald Distaff as an 11-1 longshot. Leslie Mawing, Emerald’s leading rider, will step in for Mitchell on Carrabelle Harbor.