Emerald Downs News & Notes-Thursday, June 8



Carlson Relay defends title in 2017


One of the nation’s most prestigious events, the Muckleshoot Gold Cup will feature three relay heats on Friday and Saturday, and two consolations and the $50,000 Gold Cup on Sunday.

In addition to three heats daily, a series of Indian-themed events will accompany the relays, along with the regular schedule of Thoroughbred races.

Gayle Skunkcap Jr., from Track Level, and Darrin Old Coyote, from high atop the grandstand, will announce all nine races, and Skunkcap will conduct post-race interviews following every race from the Winner’s Circle.

Carlson Relay of Browning, Montana, is the defending champion. In a new wrinkle this year, any team sweeping the Muckleshoot Gold Cup and the championship heat August 26 at Canterbury Park earns a $10,000 cash bonus.

The festivities were scheduled to begin Thursday evening with a welcome barbecue and entertainment in the North Park.

Friday, June 9
6:40 p.m. Relay Heat 1 (between Emerald Downs 1st and 2nd races)
7:58 p.m. Relay Heat 2 (between Emerald Downs 3rd and 4th races)
9:16 p.m. Relay Heat 3 (between Emerald Downs 5th and 6th races)
Notes: Nicole Suyama sings National Anthem and performs between races; Parade of tribal princesses perform on horseback prior to 1st Emerald Downs race; Winner’s Circle interviews and drum/singer performance after each Relay Heat.

Saturday, June 10
2:42 p.m. Relay Heat 1 (between Emerald Downs 2nd and 3rd races)
4:11 p.m. Relay Heat 2 (between Emerald Downs 4th and 5th races)
5:29 p.m. Relay Heat 3 (between Emerald Downs 6th and 7th races)
Notes: Nicole Suyama sings National Anthem; A tribute to Jim Penney from Joseph Martin, Muckleshoot Tribal Education Officer, after Relay Heat 1; Winner’s Circle interviews and drum/singer performance after each Relay Heat.

Sunday, June 11
3:07 p.m. First Consolation (between Emerald Downs 3rd and 4th races)
4:54 p.m. Second Consolation (between Emerald Downs 6th and 7th races)
6:45 p.m. Muckleshoot Gold Cup (after Emerald Downs 9th race)
Notes: Nicole Suyama sings National Anthem and performs between races; Winner’s Circle interviews and drum/singer performance after each Relay Heat; Championship presentation following Muckleshoot Gold Cup.

2017 Muckleshoot Gold Cup Indian Relay Teams
Abrahamson Relay, Omak, Wash; Blanket Bull, Garryowen, Mont; Carlson Relay*, Browning Mont; Coby Team, Blackfoot, Id; DeRoche Relay, Browning, Mont; Grizzly Mountain, Omak, Wash; Lakota Warpath, Oglala SD; Little Badger, Browning, Mont; Mountain Crow Relay, Hardin, Mont; Mountain River, Hays, Mont; Northwest Express, Omak; Wash; Omak Express, Omak, Wash; Pikuni Express, Browning, Mont; Werk N Plain Feather, Hays, Mont; Rides A Pretty Horse, Billings, Mont; River Road Relay, Crow Agency, Mont; Starr School, Browning, Mont; Teton Team, Blackfoot, Id; Two-Tone, Pocatello, Id; Umatilla Express, Pendleton Ore; Wolf Mountain Express, Lodge Grass/Lodge Pole, Mont. *defending champion

Mike Man’s Gold


In addition to Indian Relay Racing, Emerald Downs’ has an enticing $42,633 in the $0.20 Pick 7 carryover Friday. The carryover is a track record for the Pick 7, introduced at the beginning of the 2017 season.

Friday’s seven-race card begins at 6:30 p.m. and features 53 horses, or 7.6 per race.

The feature race is an open $25,000 claimer for 3-year-olds an up at 6 ½ furlongs, with Mike Man’s Gold the 7-to-5 morning line favorite. The field of six includes four Washington-breds with over $100,000 in career earnings: Mike Man’s Gold, $250,382; Del Rio Harbor, $240,323; Grinder Sparksaglo, $115,440; Trick Or Retreat, $118,648.

The Emerald Downs’ record Pick 7 payout is $23,222 to one winning ticket on May 27.


Friday, June 2
Race 1: Pre Mo Diamond-69*
Race 2: Lofty Cause-46
Race 3: No Talking-47
Race 4: Live Like Mike-59
Race 5: Crimson Warlock-41
Race 6: Bullet Express-57
Race 7: Jima-51*

Saturday, June 3
Race 1: L Bar D Bonnie Lee-qh
Race 2: Pulpits Power-65*
Race 3: Silver Chrome-53
Race 4: Exit Sixty Slew-70
Race 5: Copper Creek-57*
Race 6: Calex-74*
Race 7: Hello Brown-67
Race 8: Winninginfashion-58
Race 9: Tondasarh-33*

Sunday, June 4
Race 1: Tickle Ur Fancy-qh
Race 2: Guardian One-61
Race 3: Rockport Birdie-60*
Race 4: Thorn Legacy-72*
Race 5: Kitten de Pere-57
Race 6: Ozark Daredevil-68*
Race 7: Riser-80
Race 8: Ready Set Jet-64
Race 9: Jerre to Carrie-75*
Race 10: Atta Boy Dexter-43
* Career-high
# First-time starter

Fastest Times
4 ½ Furlongs :52.78 Sea N Redd (2yof), May 29
5 Furlongs :56.38 All for Me (4yog), April 9
5 ½ Furlongs 1:01.10 Prime Engine (5yog), April 22
6 Furlongs 1:07.92 Barkley (4yoc), May 21
6 ½ Furlongs 1:15.26 Riser (3yoc), June 4
One Mile 1:35.83 Sharp Focus (9yog), April 28
300 Yards :15.940 Ez Frosty Morn (3yog), May 20
350 Yards :17.968 Tickle Ur Fancy (4yof), June 4

Betting Favorites
Last Week: 11-24 (46%)
Season: 74-203 (36%)
Largest $2 Win: $103 Tondasarh (June 3)
QH Favorites: 1-4

WEEKLY HONORS #9 (June 2-4): Valpak Jockey-Rocco Bowen; Las Margaritas Trainer-Roddina Barrett; Owner-Chappell Alpine Farms; Quarter Chute Café Groom-Hugo Chavez (Junior Coffey); WTBOA Washington-bred-Exit Sixty Slew (Nina Hagen & Holly Sturgeon breeders); Exercise Rider of the Week-Marc Witkowski (Alan Bozell).

FINISH LINES: Rocco Bowen was favoring an ankle after being unseated in the gate prior to Sunday’s finale, but rides all seven races Friday including four morning line favorites. Bowen has ridden 178 of 203 Thoroughbred races this season or 86.7 percent. Bowen’s four-win day Sunday was the first this season by an Emerald Downs’ jockey, and he opened a 47-24 lead 24 on Kevin Orozco in the jockeys’ standings. . .Bowen and trainer Charles Essex are a combined 10-for-27 this season. . .Eswan Flores rides Emerald Downs’ track record-holder Kaabraaj in the $50,000 Albany Stakes at five furlongs on turf Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. . .Apprentice David Martin has an average $2 win payoff of $22.10, highest of any rider currently in the top-10 at Emerald Downs. A 24-year-old native of Guatemala, Martin recorded his first two-win day Sunday, scoring victories aboard Thorn Legacy ($23.40) and Ready Set Jet ($19.20). . . Northwest native Cassidy Burg has ridden 11 winners at Penn National, including a mammoth upset Wednesday on Jump Street Hero in a $33,000 allowance race. A 4-year-old Street Hero colt with one win in 13 career starts, Jump Street Hero won by 3 ½ lengths at odds of 149-1. . . Sunday’s fourth at Emerald Downs is an $18,5000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies at 4 ½ furlongs. Goose Prairie, younger sister of Kaabraaj, is among 10 entered in the season’s second event for 2-year-olds. . .The field in Sunday’s third race has a combined 81 wins, with both and Memphis Mobster and Midda’s Gold Touch attempting to win their 20th career race. . .
Saturday’s simulcast of the Belmont Stakes is at 3:37 p.m. (PDT), between the 3rd and 4th races at Emerald Downs.