09/01/2008 11:00PM

Once DQ'd in Emerald stakes, Gallon now put up


AUBURN, Wash. - What goes around comes around.

It was a little over a year ago when the 2-year-old Gallon appeared to win the $50,000 Premio Esmeralda at Emerald Downs, only to be disqualified and placed second to Margo's Gift for bumping in the stretch. Owner Mike Feuerborn shuffled reluctantly out of the winner's circle, no doubt grumbling under his breath, to make room for the jubilant connections of Margo's Gift.

Feuerborn experienced the other side of a DQ after Monday's running of the $100,000 Emerald Derby, after Gallon fell just inches shy of catching California invader Thiscatsgotcharm after bumping repeatedly with that rival down the stretch. The stewards determined that Thiscatsgotcharm was mostly responsible for the bumping and reversed the order of finish, much to the displeasure of trainer O.J. Jauregui and rider Frank Alvarado.

"I know how they felt," said Feuerborn. "It's no fun at all to think you won a race, then have it taken away from you. I wish we could have won this race outright, but I think that's what would have happened if we hadn't got bumped. I thought it was a good call."

Not surprisingly, Gallon's rider agreed with the owner.

"I felt like we were running by that horse when he came out and hit us, and that stopped our momentum," said rider Ricky Frazier. "He knocked my horse off stride a little bit, and that made the difference."

Thiscatsgotcharm has been unlucky of late. He was coming out of a stakes at Pleasanton where he appeared in position to win until he ducked in and hit the rail in the deep stretch.

Still, Gallon was a deserving winner on Monday. A consistent son of Victory Gallop from the barn of trainer Jim Penney, Gallon has never finished worse than fourth in an 11-race career. He has won three stakes and $187,940. He gave his best performance of the year on Monday, which Penney attributes to a change of tactics.

"For most of this year we have been concerned about catching Fear No Evil, so we have kept him closer to the pace than he really prefers," Penney said. "Today we thought Thiscatsgotcharm would push Fear No Evil, so we let Gallon drop back early. It didn't work out the way we planned because Thiscatsgotcharm didn't show the speed we expected, but Gallon finished with a lot more momentum."

Penney said Gallon will likely run next in the 1 1/8-mile, $250,000 B.C. Derby at Hastings Park on Sept. 21.

Cherokee Echo gets lucky win

Jockey Gallyn Mitchell also got to experience the shoe being on the other foot after guiding Cherokee Echo to an unlikely win in Sunday's one-mile, $75,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Mitchell was riding for second money with Carrie Cat enjoying a daylight lead approaching the sixteenth marker, but Carrie Cat then veered out sharply and essentially handed the victory to Cherokee Echo.

"I've been on the other side of that situation any number of times," said Mitchell, who was coming off a five-win day Saturday. "Remember when Enduring Knight ducked out and lost this same race? I guess things even out in the long run."

In the short run, however, Carrie Cat and her connections suffered a tough beat in the Barbara Shinpoch, finishing a half-length behind Cherokee Echo in second. Jockey Seth Martinez was quick to blame himself for hitting Carrie Cat left-handed, but trainer Tom Wenzel disagreed.

"Who really knows why she veered out?" Wenzel said. "There were shadows and tire tracks on the track, or maybe she saw something else that spooked her. It was a tough deal, and it is hard to get over a loss like that, but that's what we have to do."

Though Cherokee Echo probably wasn't the best filly on Sunday, she may well prove best over time.

A daughter of Cherokee Run who races for Art McFadden and Billie Klokstad, Cherokee Echo was making only her third start in the Barbara Shinpoch, and her second start should not count against her. She acted up in the gate when favored at 6-5 in the six- furlong Angie C. on July 13, then failed to enter contention at any point in the race.

"My biggest concern was her fitness," said trainer Bud Klokstad. "I know she couldn't have gotten much out of her last race, and I wasn't able to train her up to this race the way I wanted. I think she did it pretty much on her own today. She's a really nice filly. I just loved her when I saw her at the sale, and I don't like her any less now."

Both Cherokee Echo, a $42,000 purchase at last year's WTBA summer yearling sale, and Carrie Cat, a homebred daughter of Tale of the Cat owned by Ron Crockett, are under consideration for the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity at 1o1/16 miles on Sept. 27. The exceptional filly Smarty Deb used the Shinpoch as a springboard to victory in last year's Gottstein.

Gallant Son awaits in Gottstein

If the fillies do run in the Gottstein, they will face Gallant Son, who tightened his grip on the 2-year-old colt and gelding division with his third straight win in Saturday's one-mile, $50,000 WTBA Lads Stakes. Gallant Son, a Malabar Gold colt who races for Chris and Dianna Randall, split rivals under Leslie Mawing near the furlong marker and surged to a three-quarter-length victory over Rooster City in 1:37.20.

Trainer Frank Lucarelli said he will send Gallant Son into the Gottstein with a good deal of confidence, whether the fillies go in the race or not.

"I think I've got one of the best 2-year-old fillies on the grounds in All the Rage, and I know she can't beat this guy," he said. "I've got to like his chances."

All the Rage finished third in the Barbara Shinpoch."