06/26/2011 9:43PM

Emerald Downs: Zayda put up after wild Pepsi Cola finish


Sunday's $50,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday turned into a mad scramble in the final yards, and when the smoke had cleared the top five finishers were separated by less than a length, and the first-place finisher had been disqualified.

Rainier Ice held off the fast-closing Zayda by a neck in the one-mile race for 3-year-olds, but the stewards ruled he was responsible for a bumping incident that affected Zayda, third-place finisher and 1.70-1 favorite Winter Warlock, and fourth-place finisher Showme Yourfriends, and they disqualified Rainier Ice to fourth place. Zayda, under Leslie Mawing, was moved up to first; Winter Warlock, who finished a nose behind Zayda, was placed second; Showme Yourfriends, a neck behind Winter Warlock, was placed third. Come Away Home finished fifth, three necks and nose behind Rainier Ice, who was the 2.70-1 second choice.

Zayda returned $18.60 to win.

Zayda raced at Golden Gate Fields over the winter and had finished fifth in the 6 1/2-furlong Auburn in his lone start of the Emerald meet. Clearly the extra distance and turn of the Pepsi Cola benefited Zayda, a Bluegrass Cat colt owned by Nelson Family Racing and trained by Blaine Wright.

Irish Day: Elusive Noise beats archrival

Elusive Noise took a 2-1 lead in her personal duel with Class Included by winning the $50,000 Irish Day Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday.

As she did in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance sprint at Emerald May 7, Elusive Noise took the lead at the start of the one-mile Irish Day under Juan Gutierrez and held off Class Included. In their last meeting, Class Included defeated Elusive Noise by six lengths in the 6 1/2-furlong Seattle Handicap on May 29, and bettors figured the extra distance of the Irish Day would help Class Included, the 7-10 favorite, more than Elusive Noise, the 3-1 second choice.

They were wrong. Elusive Noise, by Elusive Quality, jumped out to the lead out of the gate and was stalked by For You My Heart through fractions of 23.69 and 47.62. Elusive Noise repelled a bid from For You My Heart at the quarter pole, and held off the late charge of Class Included to win by a half-length in 1:37.11. Class Included edged For You My Heart by a nose for second.

Elusive Noise, owned by Debbie Paxton and Northwest Farms and trained by Tom Wenzel, paid $8.