09/13/2010 7:48AM

Noosa Beach too good for Washington Cup rivals


AUBURN, Wash. – Noosa Beach capped a record-setting meeting with an easy victory Sunday in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, one of six stakes for statebreds on Washington Cup Day at Emerald Downs.

The 4-year-old by Harbor the Gold won for the sixth time in seven starts in 2010, and set an Emerald Downs record with his fifth stakes victory; he had been one of 10 horses to record four stakes win in a season at the suburban Seattle track, which opened in 1996.

Ridden by Ricky Frazier for owner Jeff Harwood and trainer Doris Harwood, the owner’s wife, Noosa Beach ran one mile in 1:35 and returned $2.40 as a prohibitive favorite in a six-horse field.

Frazier settled Noosa Beach into a striking position behind pacesetter Siberian Cocktail before moving him to the front around the second turn. Noosa Beach gradually increased his advantage from there, winning by 2 3/4 lengths. Wasserman rallied to finish second, with He’s All Heart another half-length back in third. They were followed by Margo’s Gift, Siberian Cocktail, and Scalding Passion.

Noosa Beach’s season included victories in the six-furlong Seattle Handicap, the one-mile Budweiser Handicap, the 1 1/8-mile Mount Rainier Handicap, and the Grade 3 Longacres Mile. He earned $26,180 Sunday, increasing his 2010 earnings to $225,930 and his lifetime bankroll to $366,770. He has won 10 of 16 starts.

“The plan today was to just keep him clear,” Frazier said. “I knew that everyone was trying to beat him, so I just wanted to get him in a good spot. He did it so easily. If any horses came close, he would have just blown them away. He was much the best today. It just feels awesome to ride a horse like this. I just wish the season wasn’t almost over.”

In other Washington Cup races:

* Sis’s Sis ($9.40) rebounded from a last-place showing behind Zenovit in the Washington Oaks to beat that rival in the one-mile, $37,000 John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. After putting away pace foe Knight Raider at the top of the stretch, Sis’s Sis repelled a challenge by 2-5 favorite Zenovit in the final sixteenth to win by a half-length in 1:36.20 under Juan Gutierrez. Trainer Jim Penney saddled the winner for his 500th victory at Emerald Downs. She is owned by Mike and Amy Feuerborn.

* Mizzen You, claimed out her last start for $15,000 by owner Howard Hammer, captured the $37,000 Belle Roberts for older fillies and mares. Ridden by Francisco Duran for trainer Frank Lucarelli, Mizzen You tracked 4-5 favorite Clair Annette to the stretch before inching clear to beat Ghost Tree by three-quarters of a length, with Clair Annette a neck behind in third. Mizzen You paid $15.80 as the second-longest price in a five-horse field. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.20.

* Lady Golightly, owned by William Griffith in partnership with trainer Tom Wenzel, raced to a convincing victory in the $40,000 Diane Kem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Lady Golightly ($4.40) had no troubled shortening up from her victory in the one-mile Barbara Shinpoch Stakes in her last start, running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.40 to beat longshot Last Wild Kiss by 8 1/2 lengths under Pedro Terrero.

* Slew the Man ($6.80) rallied from just off the pace to win the $40,000 Chinook Pass Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Owned by Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz, Slew the Man was ridden by Kevin Krigger for trainer Mike Chambers. Slew the Man ran one mile in 1:36.20 to beat longshot Wheelhouse by three lengths. Bogachiel finished third after setting the pace, and Newfound Man, the 8-5 favorite, was fourth.

* Mack’s Gold Bullet scored his second victory in as many starts, leading all the way to take the $40,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings by a length over Winter Warlock. Trained by Vann Belvoir for owner Ron McCormack, Mack’s Gold Bullet was ridden by Juan Gutierrez. He ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.80 and paid $11.20.