MIXO PREVAILS IN FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE RACE
AUBURN, Wash. (July 29, 2022) – Mixo continued his winning ways Friday at Emerald Downs, holding off Take Charge Deputy for a nose victory in the $22,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.
Ridden by Kevin Radke, Mixo covered six furlongs in a brisk 1:08.43 and paid $6.20 as the second choice in a field of five. Kevin Radke rode the winner for Shelly Crow and Mischief Club 4.
Mixo, in third place early as Forever Gold and the filly Frisco Frills dueled through wicked fractions of :21.57 and :44.53, rallied to the lead past mid-stretch and then held off late bids by Take Charge Deputy and Muncey for the victory.
An 8-year-old Washington-bred by Abraaj, Mixo is 3-0-1 in four starts at the meet and 9-8-11 in 47 career starts with over $150,000 in earnings.
Take Charge Deputy, the even-money favorite ridden by Alex Cruz, rallied belatedly and surged late to just miss. A 7-year-old Take Charge Indy gelding, Take Charge Deputy was claimed for $25,000 Friday by owner John Parker and trainer Candi Cryderman.
Muncey, ridden by Leslie Mawing, closed ground late to finish third, a neck behind Take Charge Deputy, while Forever Gold and Frisco Frills tired from their early efforts and finished fourth and fifth. La Waun was scratched earlier in the day.
NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,022,138 on a seven-race card. . .Wine At Nine ($5.60) won the Friday opener for his 18th Emerald Downs’ victory, lifting the 10-year-old gelding into sole possession of third place on the track’s all-time victory list, one ahead of Olympic Lights and Buddy Dave. . .Mike Man’s Gold, No. 1 all-time with 26 wins at Emerald Downs, finished fourth in Friday’s third race. The 12-year-old gelding has at least one win here every year since 2012 and is 26-6-6 in 66 career starts at Emerald Downs. Incidentally, Friday was the 10th anniversary of Mike Man’s Gold’s first stakes win at Emerald Downs, a $20.20 upset in the 2012 Premio Esmeralda Stakes. . .Feather Inthe Wind paid a season-high $81.40 for her gate to wire triumph in race five. Alex Cruz rode the 3-year-old filly for Jose Navarro and Big Bill and Company. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick 6 paid $40,052 to one winning ticket while the $0.50 Paid 5 paid $9,169.05. . .Juan Gutierrez and Eddie Martinez rode two winners each while Joe Toye led the trainers with two wins. . .. . .Live racing continues Saturday at 2:15 p.m.