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Gutierrez-Sosa wins two, Southern Belle Stakes at GDP

GRANTS PASS — Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa highlighted a trio of jockeys to win a pair of races Sunday at the Grants Pass Downs.

Gutierrez-Sosa, along with Robert Burney and Brandon Boulanger, won two races but in his second race of the day claimed the featured event, the Southern Belle Stakes riding Wild Derby Daze, the biggest long shot of the field with 19-1 odds.

Even more impressive than the upset was how convincing the victory was for Wild Derby Daze, which won the five furlong race by four lengths on its way to improving to a perfect 3-for-3 in starts at the Grants Pass Downs. Gutierrez-Sosa and Wild Derby Daze also teammed to win the Southern Belle Stakes in 2017.

Gutierrez-Sosa also won with Cute Gurl in the first race to bump his win total up to five in four days at the GPD.

The Grants Pass Downs’ leading jockeys, Burney and Boulanger, ran their win totals up to eight apiece. Burney captured the third and fifth races with Shot of Reality and Meetmeatthebar, respectively. Boulanger was victorous in the fourth race with Doubledeesonthetee and in the sixth event with Diana’s Red Wine, which was the first horse to claim two wins at the track this season.

Both of Boulanger’s victories delivered wins to both of the Grants Pass Downs’ leading trainers, Bill Hof and Jim Craig, who are tied for the lead with three wins apiece.

The Grants Pass Downs improved its attendance by nearly 1,000 people on the fourth day of the season, jumping to 2,815 on Sunday compared to 1,880 on the same day last year. The total handle also improved to $57,156 from $53,991 in 2018.

Racing resumes Saturday for Dutch Bros Coffee Day where fants receive a buy-one, get-one free beverage coupon when they bet on the race sponsored by Dutch Bros. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with a post time of 1 p.m.

Sunday’s Results

FIRST RACE

QH Mdn, 350 yd. 1, Cute Gurl (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 4.80, 2.40, 2.10; 2, Addysdream (B. Boulanger), 2.20, 2.10; 3, Chicks Fast Freeda (J. Guerrero), 2.10. Q — 1-2 $6.60; EX — 2-1 $6.60; TRI — 2-1-4 $16.70. Time — :17.901.

SECOND RACE

TB Mdn, 51/2 F. 1, Dolliys Gold (T. Smith), 21.60, 4.40, 2.20; 2, Delta Bound (R. Burney), 3.60, 2.10; 3, Americas Grind (J. Munoz-Estrada), 2.40. Q — 2-4 $15.80; EX — 4-2 $30.90; TRI — 4-2-3 $93.80. Time — 1:10.4.

THIRD RACE

TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Shot of Reality (R. Burney), 8.40, 4.60, 3.00; 2, Lizetta (J. Lopez), 10.60, 5.20; 3, Parkers Rose (B. Boulanger), 2.80. Q — 1-5 $38.60; EX — 5-1 $36.40; TRI — 5-1-3 $62.90; DD — 4-5 $121.40. Time — 1:00.2.

FOURTH RACE

TB Clm, 6 1/2 F. 1, Doubledeesonthetee (B. Boulanger), 7.80, 2.80, 2.40; Coco Loco (R. Burney), 3.00, 2.40; 3, Hunterwood Point (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.40. Q — 3-5 $8.40; EX — 5-3 $6.50; TRI — 5-3-2 $13.50. Time — 1:23.6.

FIFTH RACE

TB Alw, 5 F. 1, Meetmeatthebar (R. Burney), 10.60, 3.80, 3.00; 2, Dusalut (B. Boulanger), 3.40, 3.00; 3, Good Job Jackie (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.80. Q — 1-2 $18.00; EX — 2-1 $16.60; TRI — 2-1-3 $60.20. Time — 1:01.2.

SIXTH RACE

TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Diana’s Red Wine (B. Boulanger), 4.60, 2.60, 2.60; 2, Mean Like My Momma (J. Munoz-Estrada), 6.00, 4.00; Astounding Abby (J. Guerrero), 3.40. Q — 2-7 $34.00; EX — 2-7 $17.50; TRI — 2-7-5 $99.50. Time — 1:07.6.

SEVENTH RACE

Mixed Stks, 5 F. 1, Wild Derby Daze (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 40.20, 9.20, 5.60; 2, Fay Belle (R. Burney), 3.80, 3.20; 3, Adios Princess (J. Guerrero), 4.20. Q — 3-2 $50.20; EX — 3-2 $199.80; TRI — 3-2-5 $2,073.20. Time — 1:00.2.

EIGHTH RACE

TB Clm, 6 1/2 F. 1, Unusually Big (J. Guerrero), 6.00, 3.20, 2.40; 2, Solar Heat (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.80, 2.40; 3, Duh Its Dave (T. Smith), 2.80. Q — 1-6 $7.60; EX — 6-1 $11.90; TRI — 6-1-2 $27.30; DD — 3-6 $142.60; Pick 3 — 2-3-6 $250.70. Time — 1:23.4.

Attendance — 2,815; Handle — $57,156 (On track: $36,734; Off track: $20,422).

Horse Racing at Grants Pass Downs on Sunday. [PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR]