Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, July 19

La Waun and jockey Gary Wales


AUBURN, Wash. (July 19, 2019) – La Waun made it two wins in 12 days with a 3 ¼-length victory Friday in the $11,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

With Gary Wales riding, La Waun ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.61 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the prohibitive betting favorite.

Wales, who also won race three on Salty Little Lass, extended his consecutive winnings days streak to 27 and is three shy of Kevin Radke’s track record of 30 straight winning days set in 2003.

Taking command on the turn, La Waun opened a 2 ¼-length lead into the stretch and drew off to win with complete authority. A 4-year-old California-bred gelding, La Waun won under almost identical conditions on July 7, and is 3-2-0 in six starts in 2019. His overall record is 6-3-1 in 22 starts with earnings of $98,495.

There were three claims in for La Waun, with owner John Parker and Candi Cryderman winning the post-race shake.

Big Hat Charlie, ridden by Jorge Carreno, held second and paid $5.20 and $3, while Bob’s All In rallied from last to finish third and paid $2.20. Giopress, Maurice Code and Aliante completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Trainers Steve Bullock and Frank Lucarelli each had two wins Friday. . .For Lucarelli, it’s the ninth time this season he’s saddled multiple winners on a card, and he now leads Blaine Wright 37-26 in the standings. . .In addition to Wales, Javier Matias and Kevin Orozco also rode two winners each Friday. . .In Saturday’s sixth race, Mike Man’s Gold will attempts to win his record 22nd race at Emerald Downs. The 9-year-old gelding is currently tied with West Seattle Boy at 21 wins apiece. The eight-race twilight card begins at 5 p.m.