Besting a highly competitive group of trainers was Frank Lucarelli. The New York native has seven Emerald Downs training titles to his credit and leads the Auburn track in all-time wins (1,122) and earnings ($12,706,343) and is second in stakes wins (56). Among the Washington champions he’s trained are 2017 horse of the year Mach One Rules, additional two-year-olds No Curfew, Trackattacker, Time for Gold and most recently Cobra Jet in 2021. He also nurtured older filly or mare titleholders Point of Reference and Marva Jean and three-year-old distaffer Nifty Misty Dawn, his first state champion in 1988. Another of his top trainees was Grade 3 stakes winner Gallant Son, who won a total of eight stakes, earned $552,528 and is his top earner. Another graded stakes winner in Lucarelli’s barn was Santa Ana Stakes (G2) winner Stormy Lucy. According to Equibase records, from 1979 through March 5, 2023, Lucarelli has saddled the winners of 2,035 races and the earners of $26,668,054.