05/16/2010 11:00PM

Noosa Beach ties track record in Seattle Cap


AUBURN, Wash. - Noosa Beach tied Atta Boy Roy's six-furlong track record of 1:07 and ran his sprint record to 6 for 6 with a one-length victory Sunday in the $50,000 Seattle Handicap at Emerald Downs.

A 4-year-old son of Harbor the Gold, Noosa Beach downed a stellar field of 10 older horses that included the past two winners of the Longacres Mile, the Northwest's only graded race. Stablemate Winning Machine was second, completing a one-two finish for trainer Doris Harwood. Peaceful Reign and Kruger Park dead-heated for third, while Assessment, who won the 2009 Mile en route to horse-of-the-meeting honors, came home fifth as the 2-1 favorite.

Noosa Beach ($11.40) tracked front-runners Peaceful Reign and Kruger Park through fractions of 21.80 and 44.20 seconds, reached the front while passing the eighth pole in 55.40 and surged the final furlong in 11.60 seconds to draw clear under jockey Ricky Frazier.

"The race really unfolded the way I saw it on paper," Frazier said. "I had so much horse and I didn't want to move too soon. When we got the lead, I kept waiting and waiting for someone to come. When nobody came, I started to get really excited."

Noosa Beach, bred by Harwood and her husband Jeff, and owned by Jeff Harwood, earned $27,500, increasing his lifetime earnings to $179,340. He has won 6 of 11 starts, including three other Emerald Downs sprint stakes: The restricted Captain Condo during his 2-year-old season in 2008, and the Auburn and Pepsi-Cola handicaps last year at 3.

Doris Harwood saddled her 41st Emerald Downs stakes winner, one shy of Bud Klokstad's track record. Harwood has amassed 32 stakes victories since 2007.

Winning Machine, who captured the Emerald Derby and the British Columbia Derby last summer at 3, rallied boldly in the stretch to gain the place under Francisco Duran.

"I knew there was a lot of speed, so I wanted to sit behind the leaders," Duran said. "I had a good trip, except it got a little tight the last eighth of a mile. I thought I was a winner for sure, but it was one of those days where there was a better horse in the race."

Noosa Beach could be seen next in the one-mile, $50,000 Budweiser Handicap on June 20, the second of four stepping-stones to the Grade 3, $250,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 22.