Portland Meadows runner Devon Dat Cash wins B of A Emerald Downs Challenge Championship
Press Release Courtesy of Emerald Downs and Vince Bruun
LONG SHOTS FINISH ONE-TWO IN THE $63,810
BANK OF AMERICA EMD CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP
AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 4, 2011) – Devon Dat Cash edged Vodka With Ice by a head as 17-to-1 long shots finished first and second Sunday in the $63,810 Bank of America Emerald Downs Challenge Championship for older Quarter Horses.
Ridden by Luis Torres at 124 lbs, Devon Dat Cash ran 440 yards in :21.82 seconds and paid $36.60, $17.20 and $9.20. The victory in Emerald Downs’ richest Quarter Horse race qualified Devon Dat Cash for the $350,000 Bank of America Championship Final on Oct. 29 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Owned and bred by Donald and Beverly Conway of Rainier, Wash., 6-year-old Devon Dat Cash earned $29,063, and is 10-6-8 in 28 lifetime starts.
Vodka With Ice, ridden by Santos Carrizales at 125 lbs, dueled with the winner from start to finish, but was a head short at the wire. Vodka With Ice paid $15.20 and $7.60.
A photo finish was required as Devon Dat Cash, in post –position 10, and Vodka With Ice, in post-position 1, raced on the outer and inner parts of the racing strip.
“I wasn’t sure if he won at the wire,” Torres said. “When I came back, the crowd was cheering, and I knew I had won it. He’s a really nice horse.”
Devon Dat Cash won at the 440-yard distance despite the fact he hadn’t raced since a Jan. 24 victory at Portland Meadows.
“It’s been a long time since he ran, so I didn’t know if he’d be able to go 440 yards,” Torres said. “He broke really well, but then he started to lug in a little bit. I switched sticks and he started to run straight again. He’s the kind of horse that you have to stay busy on.”
Vodka With Ice, competing primarily in Texas this year, fired a big shot and just missed. Also a 6-year-old, Vodka With Ice finished a head of A Royal Dervish, while even-money betting favorite Simons Wonder Choice was bumped on both sides at the break, and struggled home seventh.
A Royal Dervish, the 3-to-1 second choice ridden by Jeff Jerman, paid $4.60. The top three finishers were all 6-year-olds.