09/07/2014 10:28PM

Mike Man's Gold captures Muckleshoot Tribal Classic


AUBURN, Wash. -- Mike Man's Gold raced to a 2 1/2-length victory Sunday in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic to put the finishing touches on Washington Cup XII at Emerald Downs. 

The Washington Cup -- six $50,000 stakes restricted to horses bred in Washington or by stallions standing in the state -- went according to script through the first three races. Noosito ($2.20) took the Chinook Pass Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings, Trackattacker ($2.10) romped in the Daily Racing Form Dennis Dodge for 2-year-old colts and geldings, and Madam Pele ($3.60) scored in the Pegasus Training Center for older fillies and mares.

The string of favorites ended abruptly with Seattles Best Copy's $42.40 upset in the Northwest Farms for 2-year-old fillies. Chu and You ($6) led all the way to defeat her stablemate and 6-5 favorite, Mylast Sweet Pea, and Mike Man's Gold ($10.80) won as the third choice in the Muckleshoot. Dare Me Devil finished second, a length ahead of I Keep Saying, the 4-5 favorite. 

Mike Man's Gold, a homebred for Keith and Jan Swagerty of Auburn, had been competing at Del Mar, finishing fourth in a $40,000 claiming sprint in his most recent start Aug. 22. The Muckleshoot victory marked his fourth career stakes triumph, all at Emerald Downs. Javier Matias was the winning rider for trainer David Martinez.

By Liberty Gold out of the Slewdledo mare Chedoodle, Mike Man's Gold has won 7 of 21 starts and earned $175,974.

Noosito, facing three rivals in the Chinook Pass, kicked away easily to win by four lengths in his final start of 2014. A full brother to 11-time Emerald stakes winner Noosa Beach, Noosito won for the fifth time in nine starts for the wide-ranging Last Rose Stable ownership group. He has four career stakes victories for trainer Doris Harwood. Leslie Mawing rode the winner, 

Trackattacker ran six furlongs in 1:09.27 under Mawing while not be asked for his best. Trainer Frank Lucarelli said Trackattacker would start next in the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sept. 28. The 1 1/16-mile Gottstein is Emerald's traditional championship for 2-year-olds, and would be Trackattacker's first start around two turns. He has won his first four starts by a combined 36 lengths for Roy Schaefer of Port Orchard, Wash.

Madam Pele won a Washington Cup race for the second successive year. She captured the Comcast Sportsnet for 3-year-old fillies in 2013. Trained by Jim Penney for Kama'aina Thoroughbreds, Madam Pele increased her lifetime ledger to $151,022. She has won 5 of 22 starts.

Seattles Best Copy went gate-to-wire to stun Fine Red Wine, who was three lengths back in second, and 3-5 favorite Pippa Bou Peep, who finished third. Rocco Bowen was up for trainer Mary Pirone, who recorded her first Emerald Downs stakes victory. Seattles Best Copy races for David Israel of Enumclaw, Wash.

Chu and You won her second straight since trainer Robbie Baze removed blinkers. Emerald's champion 2-year-old filly in 2013, she ran her record to 6 for 11 with earnings of $143,229. She is owned by Mike and Amy Feuerborn of Maple Valley, Wash. Juan Gutierrez was the winning rider,