Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, June 10

Le Tub and jockey Juan Gutierrez


AUBURN, Wash. (June 10, 2022) – Le Tub took command early and powered to a 2 ¾-length victory in Friday’s feature race at Emerald Downs, the $16,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older filles and mares.

With Juan Gutierrez in the saddle, Le Tub covered six furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:09.65 and paid $6.40 as the second choice in the wagering. Joe Toye is the winning trainer for owner Paddock Partners Ltd.

Breaking from the outside post in a five-horse field, Le Tub set fractions of :21.73, :44.37 and :56.52 enroute to his fourth victory from 15 starts lifetime. He earned $9,075, boosting his career total to $70,384.

Emerald Sea, ridden by Jose Zunino, rallied to finish second while Sleepy Sue, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, finished third. Red Noon Rising and Classic Leah rounded out the order of finish. Heat Seeking Leta, the 9 to 5 morning line favorite, was scratched earlier in the day.

Total mutuel handle was $924,841 on a seven-race card.

Jose Zunino

NOTES: Betting favorites, clicking at nearly 50 percent this season, went 0 for 7 Friday capped by a season-high $24.80 upset by Tribunal Love in the seventh race. . .With the victory on Tribunal Love, Jose Zunino tied Nathan Chaves for No. 12 on the track’s all-time list with 417 wins apiece. . .Alex Cruz and Juan Gutierrez rode two winners each Friday. . .Kevin Radke rode one winner and tops the standings with 18 wins, followed by Cruz with 17 and Gutierrez with 16. . .Suddenly Winning ($14.80) returned from a nine-month vacation to prevail in Friday’s opener, a $25,000 claimer for fillies and mares non-winners of two lifetime. A 5-year-old Nationhood mare trained by Kay Cooper, Suddenly Winning is out of the Emerald Downs’ stakes winner Sudden Departure and younger sister of Emerald Downs stake winner Find Your Spot. . .Firewalker ($8.60) held off even-money A.P. Pharoah to prevail in the $25,000 maiden claimer for 3-year-olds and up. A Washington-bred by Daredevil, Firewalker earned $9,625 for the victory and a $1,000 bonus in the Washington-bred incentive program. . .Congratulations to trainer Jill Soranno on her first career Emerald Downs victory, achieving the milestone with Antecedence ($13.40) in race two. . .Hope’s Love, dam of Antecedence, is a full sister to 2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year California Chrome. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick 6 carryover is $12,266. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2:15 p.m., including the Belmont Stakes simulcast between races three and four at 3:44 p.m.