AUBURN, Wash. (June 17, 2017)
Rising star Profound Moment won a race-long battle with Citizen Kitty and edged clear for a two-length victory in the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes for older fillies and mares Saturday at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Javier Matias at 119 lbs, Profound Moment zipped 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.90 and paid $6, $3 and $2.60. Mike Puhich is the winning trainer for co-owners Dr. Mark Dedomenico of Redmond and Mike Waters of Seattle.
For Waters, last year’s co-leading owner at Emerald Downs, it was his first stakes win, and interviewed in the winner’s circle said, “This is awesome. I’m speechless.”
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Haynesfield, Profound Moment began her career at Emerald Downs with a 13-length maiden win last year. She shipped to the Midwest this year and scored a pair of six-furlong allowance wins at Oaklawn Park before finishing fifth in a mile and one-sixteenth allowance at Churchill Downs last month.
“(Trainer) Jack Van Berg did a great job with her all year long and she came back to Washington in great shape,” Puhich said. “And I want to say it’s great that Mike Waters got his first stakes win.”
Profound Moment earned $27,500 for the victory to push her career bankroll to $110,826. She has a 4-3-0-0 record in seven lifetime starts.
Citizen Kitty, the 8-to-5 betting favorite ridden by Eswan Flores at high weight of 123 lbs, ran gamely to finish second and paid $3.20 and $2.40.
Winner of the Hastings Stakes last month, Citizen Kitty, with intense pressure from Profound Moment, led through fractions of :22.82 for the quarter-mile and :45.21 for the half. Profound Moment attacked from the outside, and the two raced head-and-head to mid stretch when Profound Moment finally got the better of Citizen Kitty and edged away for the victory.