KISS MY LULU ROMPS IN FRIDAY FEATURE RACE
AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 25, 2017) – Kiss My Lulu made it look easy Friday night at Emerald Downs, leading all the way for a 4 ¼-length victory in the $13,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares.
Ridden by Julien Couton, Kiss My Lulu zipped 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.93 and paid $4.60, $3 and $2.80. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer and co-owner with Mediocre Racing.
Breaking alertly from the No. 7 post, Kiss My Lulu set fractions of :22.09, :44.96 and 1:09.97 en route to her second victory of the season. She was three lengths clear into the lane and coasted to the wire unchallenged.
Listo, ridden by Erick Lopez, rallied to finish second and paid $3.80 and $3, while Our Silver Lining, Francisco Orduna-Rojas, aboard, finished third and paid $5.40.
Trinni, Guardian One, McDove and Justitia rounded out the order of finish.
A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Coast Guard, Kiss My Lulu has a career ledger of 6-4-2 from 19 starts with earnings of $67,077. She has five wins here the last two seasons.
Wright, the meet’s leading trainer with 42 wins, appears headed to a second straight training title. He captured his first Emerald Downs’ title with 39 wins in 2016.
$0.20 PICK 7 RETURNS RECORD PAYOUT
One handicapping genius tabbed Friday’s $0.20 Pick 7 to the tune of $38,184—a record return in the two-year history of the wager.
The winning ticket included second-race winner Regazze Cat ($44.80) and seventh race winner Fluidity $70.80. Incidentally, 90-year-old H.R. Pat Mullens and 93-year-old Arturo Arboleda are the winning trainers of Fluidity and Regazze Cat.
The Pick 7 included a carryover of $15,260 from Sunday.
The $0.50 Pick 5, which included a $10,063 carryover, paid $1,876.
NOTES: Rocco Bowen hit the 100-win mark with victories on Wine At Nine ($2.80) and Mr. Takahashi ($6.40) in races three and four. . .Bowen has 11 racing days remaining to equal or surpass his 110 wins of last year. . .Wine At Nine now has five wins this season, one behind Rockport Birdie for most wins at the meet. . .Mr. Takahashi has four straight wins and became the meet’s sixth four-time winner. . .5-year-old gelding Midnight Lou ($10) rallied to win the Friday opener, becoming only the second winning foal produced by multiple champion filly Silverbulletday (1998 2-year-old filly, 1999 3-year-old filly). . .H. R. Pat Mullens, trainer of Midnight Lou, also won the nightcap with 34-1 bomber Fluidity. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2 p.m.