Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 5


Dare Me Devil (yellow silks) up in final stride


AUBURN, Wash. (August 5, 2016) – Dare Me Devil caught long shot Perfect Night in the final stride for a head victory Friday in the $11,500 BetAmerica Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, Dare Me Devil ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.10 and paid $9, $4.40 and $3. Candi Tollett is the winning trainer for owner John Parker of Lake Bay, Wash.

An 8-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Devil On Ice, Dare Me Devil is 18-for-55 lifetime and a sterling 13-for-40 at Emerald Downs, and was named the track’s Top Claimer in 2014. The $6,325 winner’s share bumped Dare Me Devil’s earnings to $182,325.

Perfect Night, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, nearly led gate-to-wire, setting fractions of :22.19, :44.44 and 1:08.63, but was caught in the final jump. Perfect Night, younger brother of 2008 Longacres Mile winner Wasserman, paid $9.60 and $5,40.

Mr. Takahashi, finished third, paid $3.40 to show, and was followed by Archie Graham, Doctor Bruce S., Songandabullet and Dustin’s Passion.

Cinematic Cat was scratched earlier in the day.

Parker, whose Gold Rush Dancer has won three consecutive stakes in California, won two races Friday at Emerald Downs, as Knight Club won first off the claim in race four. Parker is now tied for second in the owners’ standings with eight wins, one behind Muddy Waters Stables LLC (Mike Waters).

Candi Tollett, who also trains Knight Club, is 12-for-58 at the meet (20.6 percent).

NOTES: Copy Begone ($8.40) and Knight Club ($10.60) became the meet’s sixth and seventh four-time winners with come-from-behind victories in Friday’s third and fourth races. They joined Barkley, O B Harbor, Italian Warrior, Xerxes and Mike Man’s Gold as quadruple winners in 2016. Copy Begone romped by 5 ¼ lengths vs. $15,000 claiming 3-year-old fillies, running six furlongs in 1:09.81, and Knight Club prevailed by 1-½ lengths vs. $5,000 older fillies and mares in 1:09.79 for six furlongs. . . Rocco Bowen rode two more winners to extend his streak to 18 straight days with at least one win, 12 off the track record 30 set by Kevin Radke in 2003. Bowen now owns a 22-win lead—77-55—over Leslie Mawing in the riders’ standings. . .Leonel Camacho-Flores also rode two winners Friday including a perfectly timed ride on Dare Me Devil in the feature race. . .It’s Little Richie ($9.80) posted the fastest six furlongs of the night, 1:08.74, while leading coast-to-coast in the fifth race for $7,500 claimers. . .Jeff Metz saddled Storm in Paris ($4.80) to a gate-to-wire win in the nightcap and leads Blaine Wright 33-39 in the trainers’ race. . .Washington-bred Spin Forty ($6.40)—owned by Gordy Jarning, Mike Medley and Dr. Rodney Orr—romped to a 9 ¼-length triumph in a $10,000 claiming race at Del Mar. A 4-year-old gelding by Hard Spun-Sweet Fourty, Spin Forty is 4-for-11 lifetime and 3-for-3 at seven furlongs. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2 p.m.