Auburn, WA (August 11, 2019)-My Grandpa (Grazen) wouldn’t be denied in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby for 3-year-olds.
Overcoming a poor start, My Grandpa out dueled the gutsy filly Alittlelesstalk in a prolonged drive and scored by 1-¼ lengths in 1:49.71 for 1 1/8 miles.
Ridden by Jorge Carreno at 123 lbs, My Grandpa paid $17, $6 and $4.20, Tom Wenzel is the trainer for owner Ron Crockett of Seattle.
For Carreno, it was his first Emerald Downs’ stakes victory. The veteran jockey rode My Grandpa to a third in the Seattle Slew Stakes last month at 34 to 1 odds, and said he pled with Wenzel for a return engagement in the Derby.
“Since I rode him last time, I’ve been asking Tom about riding him again,” Carreno said. “He has a tendency to break a little slow, but he’s very nice and it’s great to get a stakes win.
A Washington-bred gelding by Grazen-Creole Delights, My Grandpa earned $26,400 and is 2-1-1 in six career starts with a bankroll of $48,075, he is the 11th stakes winner for his sire.