Stamping himself as the top local contender for the Longacres Mile in six weeks, Anyportinastorm blitzed a solid field of older horses in Sunday's $50,000 Budweiser Stakes at Emerald Downs.
A 5-year-old by City Zip, Anyportinastorm blazed 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.35 and romped home 6 ½ lengths clear of stable mate Oh Marvelous Me in another convincing performance.
With Juan Hernandez riding at high weight of 124 lbs, Anyportinastorm paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 as the prohibitive 1 to 5 choice in the wagering. Blaine Wright—winning his sixth stakes already this season—is the winning trainer for Peter Redekop of Vancouver, B.C.
Breaking alertly from the No. 6 post, Anyportinastorm led through fractions of :22.66, :44.92 and 1:08.26, entered the stretch three lengths clear of Oh Marvelous Me, and drew off to win with total authority.
Anyportinastorm's winning time represents the fastest 6-½ furlongs of the meet and is two ticks off Mach One Rule's stakes record set two years ago. Anyportinastorm also ran the meet's fastest six furlongs, 1:07.54, while winning the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes four weeks ago.
“When I asked him at the quarter-pole, he responded very well,” said Hernandez, now a lofty 7 for 12 lifetime with six stakes wins at Emerald Downs. “Today he was on fire.”
Anyportinastorm is 7-1-4 in 13 lifetimes starts with four stakes victories. Sunday's winnings, $26,400, boosted his career total to $241,925.
The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Stakes on July 21 is the final local prep for the $200,000 Longacres Mile on August 11. Wright, however, said Anyportinastorm would skip the Mt. Rainier to await the 84th renewal of the Grade 3 Mile.
Oh Marvelous Me, ridden by Juan Carreno at 120 lbs, ran another excellent race to finish second and paid $4.40 and $3. Owned by Todd and Shawn Hansen, Oh Marvelous Me has finished in the money in four straight stakes at Emerald Downs—thirds in last year's Longacres Mile and Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes, and seconds in this year's Governor's Stakes and Budweiser Stakes.
Hit the Beach, ridden by Jose Zunino at 120 lbs, finished with a late rush for third and paid $4.80 to show, while Grinder Sparksaglo, El Huerfano, Elliott Bay and Many Roses rounded out the order of finish.
El Huerfano, second choice at 9 to 2, was off a step slow and never really got untracked Sunday.
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