10/01/2005 11:00PM

Mr. Makah best in Muckleshoot Tribal Classic


AUBURN, Wash. - Mr. Makah came from 20 lengths back under Leslie Mawing to run down the pacesetters at the top of the lane, then dug in to stave off the late move of entrymate Best Game In Town to prevail by a neck in Sunday's $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at Emerald Downs.

Mr. Makah, a 5-year-old trained by Bonnie Jenne, got the 1 1-16 miles in 1:42.40 over a sloppy track and paid $5.00 to win as the second choice in a compact field of five.

The Muckleshoot Tribal Classic was the centerpiece of the third Washington Cup Day, which included six other stakes for Washington-bred or 'sired horses.

Halonator got the stakes parade under way with her eighth straight win in the $50,000 Belle Roberts for fillies and mares. Halonator, a 4-year-old trained by Dan Markle, led throughout 1 1-16 miles in 1:43.40 to defeat Carrie's a Jewel by 1 1-2 lengths and paid $7.80 to win under Mawing.

Next up was Cinderella Liberty, who won the $40,000 Diane Kem for 2-year-old fillies by 3 1-2 lengths for trainer Bud Klokstad. Cinderella Liberty got six furlongs in 1:10.20 and paid $9.60 to win under rider Gallyn Mitchell.

Indian Weaver then won the $40,000 Trooper Seven for 3-year-olds by a neck over a fast-finishing Confidential Call in 1:36.60 for a mile. Indian Weaver, who is trained by Frank Lucarelli and was ridden by Navin Mangalee, paid $7.60 to win.

The most spectacular performance of the day was turned in by Fast Parade, who won the $40,000 Captain Condo for 2-year-olds by 13 lengths in 1:08, the fastest six furlong clocking ever recorded by a juvenile at Emerald. Fast Parade, a son of Delineator from the barn of trainer Manuel Calvario, was ridden by Alfredo Miranda and paid $4.80 to win.

Golden Pine upset her field in the $40,000 John and Kitty Fletcher for 3-year-old fillies, leading throughout a mile in 1:36.20 to prevail by 1 3-4 lengths over the heavily favored Queenledo at odds of 10-1. Juan Gutierrez rode Golden Pine for trainer Tom Wenzel.

The biggest surprise of the day came from Polo Bender, who won the $40,000 Chinook Pass Sprint in 1:08.60 for six furlongs. Polo Bender defeated Wasserman by 4 1-2 lengths under Gutierrez, who matched Mawing's feat of posting two stakes wins on the card. Polo Bender, who is trained by Jim Penney, paid $28.60 to win as the longest shot on the board in a field of six.