Schoolin You pulled out a dramatic win at the wire in the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs Saturday evening, giving the gelding back-to-back stakes victory.Schoolin You was ridden by Miguel Perez and trained by Jim Penney.
It has been 22 years since Penney won the race with Chief Kamiakin in 1973. Penney's first victory in the race came in 1967 with Pataha Prince.The son of You and I, the betting favorite, broke from fourth post and chased opening fractions of :22 4/5 and :46 2/5 seconds set by leaders Tom Two and Switzerland. After the break, Schoolin You ran nearly four lengths back until the far turn when Perez began to move his charge forward. At the head of the stretch, Raise the Bluff took the lead. Schoolin You held second about three lengths back when Perez moved his gelding to the rail."I saw the rail and it was open" Perez said. "That's when I came through."
With a light rain falling and less than a sixteenth mile to go, the two juvenile runners battled for the wire with Schoolin You finally edging out Raise the Bluff in the last few jumps.Mike and Amy Feuerborn and John and Janene Maryanski own the gelding.
For the Feuerborns, it is their fourth stakes victory this year at Emerald Downs.
"I've been nervous for two days," Mike Feuerborn said. "We were behind. He caught him in the last 100 yards. What a way to cap this year."The Feuerborns won the $100,000 Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks with A Classic Life, the $75,000 Barbara Shinpoch with Chestnut Lady, and the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Lads Stakes with Schoolin You.Chestnut Lady also ran in the Futurity, finishing last in the field of 10 horses.
Schoolin You finished the race in 1:42 4/5 and paid $4.40, $2.10, and $2.10. Raise the Bluff paid $2.60 and $2.20 for second.Coastal King paid $2.60 for third.
Schoolin You earned $55,000 for the win and has posted a record of 2-1-2 from five lifetime starts with $90,781 in earnings.The Futurity, the final stakes race of the 2005 season at Emerald Downs, was named in memory of Longacres founder Joe Gottstein. The 1 1/16-mile event for 2-year-olds was run for the 68th time.(Chart, Equibase)