Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, July 22

You’re the Cause prevails by a half-length in Friday’s feature


AUBURN, Wash. (July 22, 2022) – You’re the Cause caught Mischief Road in the final strides and scored a major upset in Friday’s $15,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs.

Rallying from last under jockey Javier Matias, You’re the Cause ran six furlongs in 1:09.96 and paid $39.40, $17, and $7.80. Debbie Van Horne is the trainer for WillWin Stable, who claimed the gelding for $8,000 out of his maiden victory two weeks ago.

The winner overcame a poor break, falling some 15 lengths off the pace, before rallying in the middle of the track for the victory. A Kentucky-bred by Creative Cause, You’re the Cause is 2-2-3 from nine starts lifetime with earnings of $24,830 including $8,250 for Friday’s triumph.

Mischief Road, ridden by Alex Cruz, drove through a wide opening to gain the lead into the stretch and just failed to last for the victory. The 7 to 5 favorite, Mischief Road paid $3.40 and $2.60.

Whatsthediff, a 9 to 1 shot ridden by Jose Zunino, finished third and paid $3.60 to show, while Summanus, Stylish Elegance, Syzslak, After the Candy, and Man in Black rounded out the order of finish.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,236,520 on a seven-race card. . .Crooked Finger Ray ($5.60) became the meet’s seventh triple winner with a front-running score under Leslie Mawing in race five. . .Matias ranks fifth all-time with 629 wins at Emerald Downs. . .Matias rode Master Recovery to a $32.40 upset in last Friday’s feature race. . .Lookout Taylor ($2.80) won his second straight to give owner John Parker his meet-high 14th win of the season. . .Trainer Kimberley Johnston scored her first career Emerald Downs’ victory, saddling Atlatl ($7.80) to a come from behind victory in the nightcap. . .Alex Cruz rode two winners, upping his lead to 52-42 over Kevin Radke in the jockeys’ standings. Twenty-two of Cruz’ wins have come on Fridays. . .Emerald Sea ($10.40) rode the rail to victory in race two, giving 94-year-old trainer Bob Meeking his second win of the meet. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Six carryover is $20,789. . .Live racing continues Saturday at 2:15 p.m. . .Saturday simulcasts include the $1 million TVG.COM Haskell from Monmouth Park featuring Santa Anita Derby champ Taiba vs. unbeaten Jack Christopher at 1 1/8 miles.