Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, July 6

Fly Far Away (inside) edges Retreat Yourself in the Friday feature race


AUBURN, Wash. (July 6, 2018) – Fly Far Away rallied inside and caught Retreat Yourself in the final strides for a head victory Friday in the $15,000 McKinney Trailer Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

With Austin Solis riding, Fly War Away ran six furlongs in 1:10.14 over a sloppy track and paid $5.40, $2.80 and $2.60. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for owners/breeders Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, Washington.

A steady 5-year-old mare, Fly Far Away is 2-0-1 in three starts at the meet and 3-3-2 in 15 starts overall. A Washington-bred by Pleasantly Perfect-Country Light, Fly Far Away earned $8,250, boosting her career total to $46,033.

Retreat Yourself, also trained by Wright, gained command in deep stretch and just missed winning first off the claim for owner Rolling Donut Stable. Ridden by Javier Matias, the runner-up paid $4.40 and $4.

Spot On, a 14-1 long shot ridden by Kevin Orozco, was a length back in third and paid $6 to show. Afleet Hope, Colleen’s Diamond, E Z Star Maker, Pre Mo Diamond and Red Hot Bubblegum rounded out the order of finish.

Rocco Bowen

NOTES: The track was listed fast for races 1-3 and changed to sloppy for races 4-7. It was the first “off” track in 32 days this season. . .Rocco Bowen rode three winners Friday, upping his season total to 52 wins in 32 days. . .Erick Lopez is 4-1-0 in seven mounts this season when riding for trainer Manny Ortiz, including a victory on Botch ($5.40) in Friday’s fifth race. An 8-year-old Brother Derek gelding owned by Luigi DiPietro and Diana DiPietro, Botch has 10 career wins and over $150,000 in earnings. . .Ortiz also saddled the runner-up in race five, Trill Point, and is 10-3-2 in 22 starts this season. . .Long shot Remembering Rita ($41.60) edged Dalmore in Friday’s $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3) in Iowa. Dr. Dorr, the 2-1 morning line favorite, was scratched. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 5 p.m. Also, Breakfast at the Wire returns Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. near the deli across from the winner’s circle. Bowen and Jeff Metz are Dean Mazzuca’s featured guests. . . Saturday’s races also include a $26,017 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick Seven.