09/23/2008 11:00PM

Wasserman turned out


Wasserman, who qualified for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with his victory in the Longacres Mile, has been turned out for the rest of the year.

Owner/trainer Howard Belvoir said the 6-year-old gelding is sound and has earned a vacation. He will be at Coal Creek Farm in Enumclaw, Wash., and will will return to racing next spring at Emerald Downs.

Belvoir would have had to pay $90,000 to supplement Wasserman to the Breeders' Cup race.

Wasserman scored 5 victories in 8 starts this year at Emerald Downs, while earning $245,478 to increase his record career earnings at the track to $422,412.

Wasserman won photos in four stakes races, the FSN Handicap, Governor's Handicap, Longacres Mile, and Muckleshoot Tribal Classic in Washington Cup VI. He also lost a photo in the Mount Rainier.

Wasserman had the fastest time of the meet at four different distances.

Jockey battle remains tight

Leading jockeys Seth Martinez and Ricky Frazier, who continue their battle for the jockey title, will be aboard two key runners in Friday's contentious Emerald Downs feature, a $12,500 claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Martinez, who led Frazier 112-108 going into the final week of action, appealed a two-day suspension that was to run Thursday and Friday.

Martinez will ride D Devil, who is coming off a strong victory at the distance in a $17,500 claimer on Sept. 5.

Frazier will ride Desert Sea, fourth in a $15,000 claimer at a mile on Sept. 7 after scoring two straight wins, including one against $20,000 claimers.

Martinez's mount, which drew the post 2, has more natural speed and led most of the way in his last start. He was won 3 of 6 starts at the distance.

Frazier's mount got a rail draw and will lag early and try to make one big run late. He is 0 for 2 at the distance.

Bluffed Ya comes off a sprint win at this level, and Toll Charge and West Seattle Boy are both stepping up off wins.