07/17/2016 10:12PM

O B Harbor rockets to Mount Rainier victory


O B Harbor put on another impressive display of speed in winning the $50,000 Mount Rainier Stakes at Emerald on Sunday. He paid $4.60 for his win over Dedicated to You in the 1 1/16-miles race for 3-year-olds and up.

Betrbegone got the jump on O B Harbor coming out of the gate, and for a second it looked like Jose Zunino might let him settle into a stalking position.

However, the rail was open and Zunino gunned O B Harbor to the lead, where he set quick fractions of 22.82 and 45.06 seconds. He held a clear lead over Betrbegone after six furlongs in 1:09.00. Betrbegone dropped out of the race and Dedicated to You took up the chase, but never looked like catching the winner.  The final margin was two lengths. Its Aallabout Jerry rallied to finish third.

Co-favored Stryker Phd, who won the Mount Rainier and Grade 3 Longacres Mile the past two years, finished a disappointing fourth.

“I knew he was going fast, but he can do that and he was nice a relaxed,” Zunino said.

Trained by Chris Stenslie, O B Harbor hasn’t lost in four starts as a 4-year-old. He swept the stakes races for older horses at Emerald this year.

“He’s just awesome and fun to be around,” Stenslie said. “I was a bit worried going into the first turn, but once he got clear going down the backstretch I could see he was relaxed.”

The final time was 1:41.05.

An Oregon-bred by Harbor the Gold, O B Harbor is owned by One Horse Will Do Corporation.

Longshots won two of the previous three stakes on the card and the 4-8-6-1 all-stakes Pick 4 paid $3,432.35 for a 50-cent ticket.

So Lucky paid $7.00 for his win over Mixo in the $50,000 Emerald Downs Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

He broke on top in the 5 1/2-furlong dash and cruised to a three-length win. He was ridden by Rocco Bowen and is trained by Howard Belvoir.

The race was marred when heavily favored The Chilli Man took a bad step on the turn and was pulled up. He was vanned off following the race. Track officials later said The Chilli Man was euthanized.

Trainer David Martinez, jockey Javier Matiax, and owner Oak Crest Farm won the next two races at big prices.

First-time starter Karula paid $65.20 for her front-running win in the Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Guinevere’s Finale rallied to win the $50,000 Boeing Stakes for fillies and mares. She paid $48.20 for her three-quarter-length win over Morning Coffee.

Oak Crest Farm is the breeder of both horses.



Anonymous 8 months ago
As someone who plays Emerald, a lot I'm very concerned about the break downs this year.
That horse Chilli Man. was horrible to see, he looked like he had a huge career!
2 years old to young!