Rooster City, second in three stakes races last season, battled to a
half-length victory over Dixie Meister in Sunday's $20,000 optional
claiming feature for older horses at Emerald Downs.
Martinez riding at 121 lbs., Rooster City ran one mile in 1:35 2/5 on a
fast track and paid $4.40, $2.60, $2.40. Tim McCanna trains the winner
for owner Victor Bahna Jr., of Kirkland, Wash.
a graded stakes winner on California, rallied to finish second under
Inoel Beato at 120 lbs., and paid $5.20 and $3.60. It was an
encouraging comeback for the 8-year-old Texas-bred gelding, whose last
start was a sixth-place finish in the Budweiser-Emerald handicap on
June 21, 2009.