Sippin Fire scores convincing win in $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes

Bowen rides gelding to victory, one of five on the day for the jockey

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 12:48pm
  • Sports

For The Reporter

Sippin Fire passed his first route test with flying colors Sunday at Emerald Downs.

The chestnut gelding overtook Boundary Bay and long shot Smoothee Lee in the final furlong, rolling home to a 2¾-length victory in the $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

With regular rider Rocco Bowen aboard at 124 pounds, Sippin Fire covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.78 and paid $4.60, $3.20 and $2.80. Steve Bullock is the winning trainer for How We Roll #4, an ownership syndicate composed of David Israel, Joe Withee, Al Adams, Charlie Clark, Angela Wilson and Steve Pilgrim.

With the victory, Sippin Fire became the first double stakes winner at the 2018 meeting and has three stakes wins overall (2017 Washington Cup Juvenile, 2018 Coca-Cola, 2018 Seattle Slew).

A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Bahati, Sippin Fire is 4-1-0 in seven career starts with earnings of $102,688 including $26,675 for Sunday’s victory.

Sippin Fire settled in fourth place early, as Freiburg set fractions of :23.38, :46.56 and 1:10.25, then rallied four wide into the lane and swept past Boundary Bay and Smoothee Lee for a convincing victory.

Bowen, who rode five winners Sunday, praised Bullock and exercise riders Lance Bullock and Abbie Johnson for having Sippin Fire ready for the two-turn assignment.

“I lost a lot of sleep the last few nights worrying about the mile and a sixteenth,” Bowen said. “I have to give credit to everyone at the barn for an amazing job. This horse is special.”

After a fifth in his season debut in the six-furlong Auburn Stakes, Sippin Fire has won the Coca-Cola at (6½ furlongs) and Seattle Slew by a combined 6¼ lengths. And he has a chance for three more stakes this season: $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby, 1 1/8 miles, July 29; $50,000 Washington Cup Sophomore, one mile, Aug. 26; $100,000 Getaway Stakes, 1 1/16 miles, Sept. 23.

Smoothee Lee, longest shot on the board at 44-1, gained a brief lead into the stretch, but was unable to fend off Sippin Fire in the lane. Ridden by Austin Solis at 118 pounds, Smoothee Lee paid $21.80 and $7.80.

Boundary Bay, ridden by Aaron Gryder at 118 pounds, edged Elliott Bay for third and paid $4.60 to show. The full brother to 2016 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting O B Harbor has finished third in all three stakes this season for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Golden Cowboy, Trump Itz, Schoenhardt and Frieburg completed the order of finish. Whatwasithinking was scratched.

Henry takes nasty fall in fifth race

Jockey Patrick Henry Jr. escaped serious injury Sunday after taking a nasty fall in the final yards of the fifth race.

Henry, riding 15-1 long shot Shopping Tizzy, was headed to victory when the 3-year-old filly veered in suddenly in the final 16th of a mile, unseating the jockey. Henry hit the ground hard, and appeared to be grazed either by the rear leg of Shopping Tizzy or oncoming Dakota’s Tango.

After laying virtually motionless for several minutes, Henry was carried off the track on stretcher and taken to Valley Medical Center in Renton, where the jockey was said to have a mild concussion and a back contusion.

A native of Jamaica, Henry is in his first season at Emerald Downs and has ridden seven winners in 73 mounts.

Shopping Tizzy was uninjured in the incident.

More in Sports

Photo from Seahawks training by Haley Ausbun
Seahawks Announce 2018 Enhancements to Fan Experience on Gamedays at CenturyLink Field

The following a release from the Seattle Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks announced… Continue reading

The 2018 Seahawks training camp schedule is here

Seattle Seahawks 2018 Training Camp presented by Safeway Schedule

Sounder trains to run for Saturday Sounders FC match, Sunday Mariners game

Fans can avoid weekend traffic congestion and ride hassle-free.

Sippin Fire scores convincing win in $50,000 Seattle Slew Stakes

Bowen rides gelding to victory, one of five on the day for the jockey

Submitted photo
Third time proves charm for Seattle Seawolves, win first ever Major League Rugby championship title

Seattle rallies in second half to clinch coveted win over Glendale in league final

Courtesy photo Emerald Downs
                                Diamonds R and Leonel Camacho-Flores score a $28.20 upset in the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs on Sunday.
Diamonds R scores an Irish Day upset

Camacho-Flores rides filly to one-length victory in $50,000 stakes

File photo from Seahawks Training Camp last year at the VMAC.
New process for purchasing single game Seahawk tickets

Registration required prior to ticket purchasing event

Lindbergh’s Jalen Green commits to WWU

Western Washington University men’s basketball coach Tony Dominguez announced athletic guard/forward Jalen… Continue reading

File photo from last year’s Seahawks training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Photo by Kayse Angel
Important information regarding Seahawks training camp registration

The following is a release from the Seattle Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks… Continue reading

Eagles welcome new coach

Danny Thompson was named head football coach for the Lindbergh Eagles on May 24.

Renton youngsters get their turn in the fast lane

Boys, girls race responsibly through Junior Dragster program; teams come out to honor Mark Lyle, beloved NHRA chief starter

Hazen drops two | Boys Soccer

The following is a release from Hazen Boys Soccer: Hazen varsity soccer… Continue reading