05/26/2013 8:53PM

Emerald Downs: Wenzel barns sweeps trifecta in Seattle Handicap

Erin Palmer/Emerald Downs
Stopshoppingdebbie, with Rocco Bowen aboard, wins the Seattle Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths over stablemate Goin to the Window.

AUBURN, Wash. – Trainer Tom Wenzel dominated the Seattle Handicap for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Emerald Downs, saddling the first three finishers, all homebreds for Jerre Paxton’s Northwest Farms, and taking home $45,000 of the $50,000 purse.

Stopshoppingdebbie, by Curlin from the stakes-winning mare Taste the Passion, got a patient ride from Rocco Bowen to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths over the previously undefeated Goin to the Window, with Blueberry Smoothie another 2 1/2 lengths back in third. The winner covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.41 to equal the stakes record.

Breaking from the No. 3 post in an eight-horse field, Stopshoppingdebbie got away alertly to claim the early lead. But when Goin to the Window and jockey Juan Gutierrez made a move for the lead nearing the turn, Bowen took back Stopshoppingdebbie, allowed her to relax in a stalking position, and then ranged up on the outside to collar Goin to the Window in midstretch and win going away.

In her only previous start, Stopshoppingdebbie won a maiden race last August by seven lengths in front-running fashion. Goin to the Window was unbeaten in two starts in 2012, and Blueberry Smoothie was 2 for 3, finishing second behind Goin to the Window in a stakes for her only defeat. Those three gave Paxton and Wenzel an overwhelming hand in Emerald’s 3-year-old filly division heading into 2013.

All three Paxton fillies could be seen next in the one-mile Irish Day Handicap on June 23, the first of four route stakes at the meeting for sophomore fillies. The traditional division championship, the $65,000 Washington Oaks at nine furlongs, is Aug. 10.

Sunset Time finished fourth, followed by Locket, Innocent Love, Lasting Rose, and Song of Seattle, who lugged out badly on the turn and was eased.