07/16/2017 10:35PM

Mach One Rules captures Mt. Rainier Stakes, Citizen Kitty lands Boeing

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With a two-length victory in Sunday's Mt. Rainier Stakes, Mach One Rules marked himself the local favorite for the Aug. 13 Longacres Mile.

Mach One Rules established himself as the local favorite for the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile with a two-length victory over Bistraya in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier at Emerald Downs on Sunday. He paid $6.60 as the second choice behind Barkley in the 1 1/16-mile for 3-year-olds and up.

It was the first win at a middle-distance for the Washington-bred son of Harbor the Gold who is trained by Frank Lucarelli.

With Isaias Enriquez aboard, Mach One Rules was in a stalking position while Moon King posted a quick-half mile time of 45.93 seconds. He started to move into serious contention while going three wide around the stretch turn, was joined by Bistraya coming out of the turn, and took control of the race in the final sixteenth. Bistraya made a strong move to take a short lead between calls, but couldn’t keep up late. Sent off as the 7-5 favorite, Barkley lacked racing room at the top of the stretch while finishing third.

The final time was 1:42.55.

“I felt very confident,” said Enriquez. “He used to be a run-off horse in the mornings, but now he relaxes very nicely for me. He’s a warrior.”

“He’s doing really well physically and mentally right now,” said Lucarelli. “He’s just in a good zone, and hopefully we can keep him that way until the Mile.”

The Longacres Mile is scheduled for Aug. 13.

The win brought his career earnings to $209,356 for owner REV Racing

Two-time Longacres Mile winner, Stryker Phd, was scratched just prior to the field being loaded into the starting gate.

Citizen Kitty shows versatility in Boeing Stakes

Citizen Kitty proved she was more than just a sprinter with a convincing win over Princess Katie in the one-mile $50,000 Boeing Stakes for fillies and mares. She paid $6.60.

Prior to the Boeing, the daughter of Proud Citizen had never won a race longer than 6 1/2 furlongs for trainer Jeff Metz. Metz has trained the 5-year-old Washington-bred mare throughout her 23-race career.

Usually in the mix early, Citizen Kitty looked comfortable while sitting mid-pack with Julien Couton riding. She split horses while making a strong move on the stretch turn, emerged with the lead turning for home and drew off to win by 4 1/2 lengths over Princess Katie. Princess Katie was last early, moved into contention at the top of the stretch, but couldn’t sustain her bid. Princess Kennedy rallied late to finish a non-threatening third.

“Very impressive,” said Couton, who was riding Citizen Kitty for the first time. “The pace was perfect for her.”

Citizen Kitty, owned by Highlander Racing Stable, was coming off a runner-up finish behind Profound Moment in the $50,000 Washington Legislators Stakes June 17. Profound Moment was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the Boeing, but never really threatened while finishing sixth.

The final time was 1:36.84.