The Frank Lucarelli-trained Mach One Rules captured three stakes, set fast times at two distances and finished runner-up in the Longacres Mile this season at Emerald Downs. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Mach One Rules chosen 2017 Horse of the Meeting | EMERALD DOWNS

  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:00am
  • Sports

R.E.V. Racing’s Mach One Rules was voted Horse of the Meeting, Top Handicap Horse and Top Washington-bred as Emerald Downs announced its 2017 season honors on closing day of the track’s 22nd season.

A 4-year-old gelding by Harbor the Gold-Felice the Cat, Mach One Rules won three stakes and posted meet-fastest times at 6½ furlongs and 1 1/16 miles. Trained by Frank Lucarelli, Mach One Rules also finished runner-up in the 82nd running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (Grade 3) won by Gold Rush Dancer in 1:33.85.

Trainer Blaine Wright turned in one of the greatest seasons in track history – finishing first in wins (53), stakes wins (10) and earnings ($819,232) – the latter second highest in track history – while capturing his second straight title. Wright also established a single-season record for win percentage (35.8).

Jockey Rocco Bowen won his second straight riding title, piling up a career-high 126 wins – 16 more than last year – while finishing 61 wins clear of runner-up Julien Couton in the standings. Bowen dominated the 72-day meet with 38 multiple-win days, including a meet-best five wins Saturday, September 16, and easily finished first in earnings with $1,224,068.

Emerald Downs Derby winner Riser and Washington Oaks champ Little Dancer were voted Top 3-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Filly respectively, while Citizen Kitty won three stakes races including the Emerald Distaff and was a unanimous choice for Top Older Filly or Mare.

Bella Mia, also a triple stakes winner in 2017, captured honors as Top 2-Year-Old Filly, while Elliott Bay won two stakes including the Gottstein Futurity and earned honors as Top 2-Year-Old Colt or Gelding.

Emmett Park, four-for-four at the meet, was the choice for Top Sprinter and Wine At Nine was 6-1-1 in nine starts and took honors for Top Claimer.

John Parker led the owners’ standings in both wins (22) and earnings ($329,297), and also bagged the Northwest’s top racing prize with homebred Gold Rush Dancer in the Longacres Mile.

Emerald Downs 2017 season honors

Horse of the Meeting: Mach One Rules (4/WA)

Top Washington-bred: Mach One Rules (4/WA)

Top Older Horse: Mach One Rules (4/WA)

Top Sprinter: Emmett Park (6/KY)

Top Older Filly or Mare: Citizen Kitty (5/WA)

Top 3-Year-Old Male: Riser (3/OH)

Top 3-Year-Old Filly: Little Dancer (3/KY)

Top Juvenile Male: Elliott Bay (2/WA)

Top Juvenile Filly: Bella Mia (2/WA)

Top Claimer: Wine At Nine (5/KY)

Race of the Meeting: Longacres Mile

Leading Jockey: Rocco Bowen (126)

Leading Jockey Stakes Wins: Julien Couton (6)

Leading Trainer: Blaine Wright (53)

Leading Trainer Stakes Wins: Blaine Wright (10)

Leading Owner: John E. Parker (22)

Top Riding Achievement: Rocco Bowen

Top Training Achievement: Blaine Wright

Durkan Award: Joe Toye

Lindy Award: Javier Matias

More in Sports

Hazen football player receives award named for a former Issaquah athlete

The Dillon S. Reagan Hammer Award honors the late-husband of a Risdon Middle School teacher.

Hazen loses 63-52 to Kentlake Jan. 5

The Hazen Highlanders boys basketball team have now lost four in a row.

Renton schools face off at All City Meet

Lindbergh Eagles hosted the Renton All City Wrestling Meet Jan. 3.

Seattle Seahawks safety fields question at inaugural answers for Elders’ 12 Days of Goodness

Jordan Babineaux fielded questions at Kent Senior Activity Center Dec. 12.

Hazen swim wins first meet of the season

The Highlanders are in fifth place in the North Puget Sound League 4A Cascade Division.

Stacy Edwards runs the GYMGUYZ, a mobile personal training company that brings equipment, trainers and workouts to homes and businesses in the local area. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter
Mobile gym brings working out to you

GYMGUYZ brings equipment,trainers and workouts to homes and businesses in the local area.

Liberty Patriots girls soccer win 2A state title

This win came after last season’s championship game where the Patriots lost 3-2 to Columbia River.

Fab four: Kentridge seniors sign to play ball

Four Kentridge High senior standouts signed letters of intent to play collegiate… Continue reading

Liberty football beats Fife, moves onto Elite Eight

Liberty plays Hockinson at Battle Ground High School Saturday.

Special Olympic Flag Football team trains with Seahawks

Members of the Special Olympic Flag Football team trained with current and… Continue reading

Liberty girls soccer team celebrates its 3-0 win over Cedarcrest Saturday to win the District 1/2 2A girls soccer tournament at Shoreline Stadium. The Patriots enter the state tournament as the No. 1 seed. (Sarah Brenden | Renton Reporter)
Liberty soccer are district champs

The Liberty girls soccer team hosted its first game of the 2A… Continue reading

Lindbergh wins SPSL meet

The Eagles took first place in seven different events last week.