Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, Aug. 25, 2023

The Calabrese Kid with jockey Silvio Amador


AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 25, 2023) – The Calabrese Kid swept to the lead past mid-stretch and drew off for a convincing 2 ¾-length triumph in Friday’s $13,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Silvio Amador, The Calabrese Kid covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.06 and returned $5.40 straight as the public betting choice. Hilario Perez saddled the winner for owner Joe Abrahamson of Wellpinit, Wash.

A 4-year-old California-bred by Finnegans Wake, The Calabrese Kid has five wins in 2023 including two this season at Emerald Downs. His career record is 5-7-2 in 25 starts with earnings of $66,540.

Spire, ridden by Carlos Montalvo, rallied to finish second while Mahi Mahi, with Kevin Orozco up, finished third. Rounding out the order of finish were Stand To, Western Rule, You Split Tens, and Crooked Finger Ray.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $698,536 for a seven-race card. . .Luis Negron swept the early double and hit 50 wins in his first Emerald Downs’ season. . .Alex Cruz, bidding for an unprecedented fourth straight riding title, leads Negron 55-51 with eight days remaining in the season. . .Silvio Amador also rode two winners while trainers Vince Gibson and Jorge Rosales won two races each. . .Harris Farms Inc., among the perennial leading owners/breeders in California, notched their first ever Emerald Downs win with Shemakescents ($6.60) in race five. . .Trainer Hilario Perez is 2-2-0 from his last four starts with wins by Young Life Laura and The Calabrese Kid. . .Live racing continues Saturday with a 5 p.m. twilight card.