06/03/2006 11:00PM

Raise the Bluff best in Pepsi-Cola Handicap


AUBURN, Wash. - Raise the Bluff came from next-to-last in a field of eight to win Sunday's $55,000 Pepsi-Cola Handicap at Emerald Downs by 1 3-4 lengths over Ragin Nonno, who edged even money favorite Courting Seattle for second.

Raise the Bluff, a 3-year-old son of Pine Bluff who races for Ron Crockett Inc., got the 6 1-2 furlongs in 1:16 under rider Nate Chaves. He paid $13.60 to win as the third choice in the wagering.

Raise the Bluff earned $29,425 for his owner, bringing his career bankroll to $88,176 from three wins in seven career starts. It was the first stakes win for Raise the Bluff, who is trained by Junior Coffey.