Showme Yourfriends registered one of the biggest surprises in Emerald
Downs' history Monday with a half-length victory over Winter Warlock in
the $50,000 Auburn Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings.
at odds of 50-to-1, the lightly raced gelding took the lead past
mid-stretch and held on gamely for the stunning triumph under red-hot
jockey Deborah Hoonan-Trujillo.
Showme Yourfriends ran 6-½
furlongs in 1:15.05 on a fast track and paid $102.40, $38.40 and $9.40.
The $2 win payoff was the highest of the 22-day-old meeting and the
second biggest for a stakes race in the track's 16-year history. No
Giveaway at 60-1 in the 2005 Longacres Mile holds the Emerald Downs
stakes payoff record.
Winter Warlock chased the winner home but
had to settle for second place. Ridden by Joe Crispin, Winter Warlock
paid $12.40 and $5.80.