Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 2

Buckley Bay and jockey Gary Wales


AUBURN, Wash. (August 3, 2019) – Buckley Bay shook off Guardingthemoney into the lane and drew away for a four-length victory Friday in the $13,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse at Emerald Downs.

Nicely rated by Gary Wales, Buckley Bay ran one mile in 1:37.31 and paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.60 as the betting favorite. Joe Toye is the winning trainer and co-owner with Greg Conley and Chuck Conley of Redmond, Wash..

Breaking from the No. 2 post, Buckley Bay set fractions of :23.90, :46.66, 1:11.39 and 1:24.48 en route to his second straight victory and his fifth career win at Emerald Downs. A 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Harbor the Gold-Courtroom Charmer, Buckley Bay is 5-3-1 in 17 lifetime starts with earnings of $57,840.

Rough and Ready rallied belatedly and edged Remembertobreathe for second place. Ridden by Ryan Barber, Rough and Ready paid $5.20 and $4 and now has two wins and a second in his last three starts.

Remembertobreathe finished third and paid $7.20 to show, while Guardingthemoney, Hello Bourbon and Playoff Bound completed the order of finish.

Kevin Krigger


Kevin Krigger made a triumphant return to Emerald Downs by riding three winners on Friday’s seven-ace card. Krigger swept the early double on I Double Dare You ($11.40) and Tap That Spot ($4.40) and captured the nightcap aboard Lew’s Skyhook ($10.80).

The 2005 Emerald Downs’ riding champion, Krigger last rode here in 2017 and last won here in 2011. A 35-year-old native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Krigger captured the 2005 title with 126 wins and is No. 16 all-time with 345 wins at Emerald Downs. Krigger, who won the 2013 Santa Anita Derby aboard Goldencents, most recently rode at Thistledown in Cleveland.

Krigger rode all seven races Friday and also had a second and a third.

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NOTES: The $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7 returned a season-high $16,777 to one winning ticket Friday. The sequence included two 4/1 shots, a 9/2 winner, and a $44.40 knockout by Helaman in race four. . . Gary Wales rode two winners Friday and leads Kevin Orozco 67-47 atop the riders’ standings. . . Judicial, younger sister of Buckley Bay, also won Friday at Emerald Downs. A 4-year-old filly by Tribal Rule-Courtroom Charmer, Judicial ($2.40) scored gate to wire in a $15,000 claimer for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up. Buckley Bay and Judicial were both bred by Ron Crockett and Mr. and Mrs. William T. Griffin. . .At Del Mar, Washington-bred Pas de Panique finished second in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for 2-year-olds. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 5 p.m.