Emerald Downs News & Notes-Monday, May 31




Wednesday, June 2
6 p.m. (8 races)
$0.20 Jackpot Pick 6 Carryover: $11,299
$0:50 Super Hi 5 Carryover: $4,799

Thursday, June 3
6 p.m. (10 races)

Alex Cruz


With at least one victory this Wednesday and Thursday, Alex Cruz would establish an Emerald Downs’ record for most consecutive winning days by a jockey.

Cruz enters the week with 29 consecutive winning days, one shy of Kevin Radke’s record of 30 straight winning days in 2003. Cruz is scheduled to ride all 18 races this week—eight Wednesday, 10 Thursday—in pursuit of the mark.

A 28-year-old native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Cruz captured the 2020 Emerald Downs’ riding title with 72 wins in 38 days. He is 58 for 264 (21.96 percent) during the streak which began August 6 with victories on Guardingthemoney and Doctor Bruce S.


Papa’s Golden Boy

Wednesday, June 2, Race 5 (7:51 p.m.) $23,100 allowance/optional claiming, 3YO & Up, 5 ½ furlongs: Speed horse fared well last week and Papa’s Golden Boy is as fast as they come. Papa tailed off late last season but the now 5-year-old gelding has some dazzling drills leading into his 2021 debut. Oh Marvelous Me, now trained by Sharon Ross, is 9 for 24 at Emerald Downs against top competition and finished 2020 on a roll. Windribbon fired all five starts last year and is two for three at this distance. Catfish Hunter also is a capable sprinter but finished behind Oh Marvelous Me and Windribbon in his final two starts of 2020. Take Charge Deputy is just 1 for 9 locally, but the victory was at 5 1/2 furlongs against six-time stakes winner Barkley. Collusiionist is new to Emerald Downs but the 5-year-old Colorado-bred won a pair of restricted stakes last year and is three for three at the distance. Deep field.

For You Only

Thursday, June 3, Race 4, (7:08 p.m.) $20,900 allowance, 3YO & Up Fillies & Mares, 5 ½ furlongs: For You Only gets class relief in this allowance dash for fillies and mares. A stakes winner at age 2, For You Only finished second four times last year and a good third to Daffodil Sweet in her 2021 debut two weeks ago. For You Only won the 2019 Angie C Stakes at this distance. You Go Girl is the lone two-time winner in the field although both victories were against slightly softer competition. Madigan Squeeze and Tothemoonandback are talented 3-year-olds making their first start vs. winners. The former blitzed $15,000 maiden claimers in good time on opening day, the latter scored determinedly in her debut last fall. In Race 8, Mike Man’s Gold goes for his record 25th Emerald Downs’ victory in an open $5,000 claimer at six furlongs. The 11-year-old gelding surprisingly hasn’t been a betting favorite since July 20, 2019, a span of 16 starts.


All American Hero

Wednesday, May 26
Race 1: All About Time-64
Race 2: Mean Sharon-52*
Race 3: Coastal Jazz-60*
Race 4: Rita Lorraine-40#
Race 5: Dame of the West-31#
Race 6: Club Royale-41
Race 7: All American Hero-69
Race 8: Rough Ride-42

La Una

Thursday, May 27
Race 1: Awesome Image-54
Race 2: Orcadian Storm-53
Race 3: Code Charlie-67*
Race 4: Blowing Bayou-48
Race 5: Remembertobreathe-63
Race 6: Nationheart-61*
Race 7: The Metal Man-60
Race 8: La Una-51*
Race 9: Tippytap On Sand-25
* Career-high
# First-time starter

Fastest Times

Daffodil Sweet

5 Furlongs :57.47 All About Time (5g) May 26
5 ½ Furlongs 1:02.81 All American Hero (5g) May 26
6 Furlongs 1:09.01 Daffodil Sweet (4f) May 20
1 Mile 1:37.60 Remembertobreathe (10g) May 27

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 2-17 (11.8%)
Season: 10-34 (29.4%)
Largest $2 Win: $29, Big Tony (May 20)
$2 Place: $22.60, Camden High (May 27)
$2 Show: $10.60, Inquisition (May 26)
Biggest Payout: $16,675 ($0.50 Pick 5, May 27)

Franklin Ceballos

Jockey Wins
8-Julien Couton
5-Alex Cruz
5-Juan Gutierrez
3-Franklin Ceballos
3-Javier Matias
3-Alex Anaya
2-Kevin Radke
2-Jennifer Whitaker
2-Jose Zunino
1-Cerapio Figueroa

Charles Essex

Trainer Wins
4-Joe Toye
2-Howard Belvoir
2-Charles Essex
2-Ari Herbertson
2-Blaine Wright
1-Dione Asmussen
1-Cliff Balcom
1-Robbie Baze
1-Alan Bozell
1-Steve Bullock
1-Kay Cooper
1-Candi Cryderman
1-Sam Dronen
1-Valentin Garcia
1-Vince Gibson
1-Doris Harwood
1-Steve Koler
1-Nick Lowe
1-Frank Lucarelli
1-David Martinez
1-O.A. Martinez
1-Tim McCanna
1-Jeff Metz
1-Greg Moore
1-Jose Raudales
1-Chris Stenslie
1-Debbie Van Horne

Keith and Jan Swagerty

Owner Wins
2-Greg and Chuck Conley or Terra Firma Farm
1-Cliff Balcom
1-Howard Belvoir and Robert Buchanan
1-BG Stables
1-Alan Bozell
1-Chappell Alpine Farms LLC
1-Joe Crawford and Joe Burke
1-Dave Desautel
1-Fred & Cindy Desimone
1-Carol Dronen
1-Valentin L. Garcia, Valentin G. Garcia and Christina Garcia
1-Gold Coast Racing
1-Randy Hahn and Jose Raudales
1-Scott Herbertson
1-Bill Jensen
1-Paul Johnson
1-Laurie Kallsen-George
1-Steve Koler
1-Nick Lowe & Mark Loebner
1-Frank Lucarelli & Dennis Snowden
1-Kurt Luscombe
1-John and Janene Maryanski, Riverbend Stable and Blaine D. Wright Racing Stable
1-One Horse Will Do Corporation and Steve Shimizu
1-John Parker
1-Poseidon Partners II
1-Rising Star VII
1-Dawn Spillman
1-Swag Stables and Gregg Kingma
1-Johnny Taboada
1-Vital Sign Stable & Jeff Harwood
1-Gay Welliver
1-Anne Wisdom
1-Ed Zenker

Remembertobreathe-8 career wins @ Emerald Downs

Horse Wins
1-All About Time
1-All America Hero
1-Awesome Image
1-Bella’s Back
1-Big Tony
1-Blowing Bayou
1-Club Royale
1-Coastal Jazz
1-Code Charlie
1-Daffodil Sweet
1-Dame of the West
1-Devils Workshop
1-Float On
1-Frisco Frills
1-Jupiter S.
1-La Una
1-Madigan Squeeze
1-Mean Sharon
1-Mike Man’s Gold
1-Mister McLean
1-Orcadian Storm
1-Playing Through
1-Queen Breezy
1-Rita Lorraine
1-Rocket Power
1-Rough Ride
1-The Metal Man
1-Tippytap On Sand

Coast Guard

Sire Wins
2-Coast Guard
1-32 tied


Winner Bred
15-Washington (44.1%)
6-California (17.6%)
6-Kentucky (17.6%)
2-New York (5.9%)
1-Arizona (2.9%)
1-Florida (2.9%)
1-Louisiana (2.9%)
1-Oregon (2.9%)
1-Virginia (2.9%)

Claims Report
Total Claims: 9
Aggregate $: $34,500
Largest Claim: $10,000, Reelfoot (5g)

Alex Anaya

WEEKLY HONORS #2 (May 26-27): Jockey: Alex Anaya Trainer: Dione Asmussen Owner: Poseidon Partners II WTBOA Washington-Bred: La Una (Rick & Debbie Pabst breeders)

Ryan Barber

NOTES: Jockey Ryan Barber has mounts Wednesday and Thursday at Emerald Downs. Barber rode 27 winners here in 2019, tying for seventh place in the jockeys’ standings. . .Majestic Eagle, co-owned by John Lindley, finished second in the $100,000 Daytona Stakes (G3) on turf Saturday at Santa Anita. Lindley produces Parker’s Picks and provides trip notes on emeralddowns.com. . .2019 Longacres Mile winner Law Abidin Citizen finished fourth in the Daytona.