Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, June 14

Twirling Cinnamon (inside) holds off Roamin Effort (No. 6)


AUBURN, Wash. (June 14, 2019) – Twirling Cinnamon held off Roamin Effort in a driving finish for a head victory in the Muckleshoot Casino Purse Friday evening at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Franklin Ceballos, Twirling Cinnamon ran six furlongs in 1:10.79 and paid $13.40 to win. Mike Puhich is the winning trainer for owner Dr. Mark Dedomenico of Redmond.

With the victory, Twirling Cinnamon became the 21st horse with two wins at the meet. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred by Twirling Candy, Twirling Cinnamon is 8-2-2 in 31 starts lifetime with earnings of $168,364.

Roamin Effort closed from last to finish second, while Rox the Fox, Nice Guys Finish, Das Bear and Botch completed the order of finish. Das Bear, the 8 to 5 favorite bidding for his third win of the meet, dueled with Twirling Cinnamon to the quarter pole and gave way in the stretch.

Carlson Relay of Browning, MT, captures Heat 1


Carlson Relay, Grizzly Mountain and Omak Express won qualifying heats Friday on opening night of the fourth annual $67,000 Muckleshoot Gold Cup, featuring 21 of the nation’s finest Indian Relay Racing teams.

Defending champion Abrahamson Relay of Omak finished second in its qualifying heat, and will be in action Saturday in the first qualifying heat.

The three-day competition continues with three qualifying heats Saturday, followed by two consolations and the Muckleshoot Gold Cup on Sunday.

Results of Friday’s Qualifying Heats:
Heat 1: 1st-Carlson Relay (Chazz Racine), Browning MT, 3:35.91; 2nd-Pikunii Express (Narsis Reevis), Browning, MT; 3rd-River Road Relay (Darren Charges Strong Jr.), Crow Agency, MT.
Heat 2: 1st-Grizzly Mountain (Oliver Pakootas), Omak, WA, 3:44.17; 2nd-Little Badger (Chris Carlson), Little Badger, MT; 3rd-Black Rock Relay (Blayne DeRoche), Browning, MT.
Heat 3: 1st-Omak Express (Tyler Peasley), Omak, WA, 3:42.89; 2nd-Abrahamson Relay (Scott Abrahamson), Omak, WA; 3rd-North West Express (Mathew Pakootas), Omak, WA.

Saturday’s Qualifying Heats:
Heat 1: 5:50 p.m. (after Emerald Downs Race 2)
Heat 2: 6:58 p.m. (after Emerald Downs Race 4)
Heat 3 8:16 p.m. (after Emerald Downs Race 6)

Preston Boyd

NOTES: For the second straight year trainer Preston Boyd and owner Carl Seymour—both members of the Colville Tribe—combined to win a Thoroughbred race on the first night of Indian Relay. First-time starter Dazzling Debbi ($6.40) and Gary Wales combined to win a $15,000 maiden claimer for the Boyd-Seymour connection Friday. . . Boyd almost bagged a second win but Chief a Chiefs missed by a neck against Mojave ($18.60) in race four. . .Brown Tiger contributed to the Omak Express victory, running the final leg. A 4-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding, Brown Tiger raced at Emerald Downs in 2018-19. . .Jaded Tiger ($5.80) prevailed in the meet’s third race for 2-year-olds, running 4 ½ furlongs in :53.20 under Kevin Orozco for trainer Blaine Wright and owners Dan Warden, Margaret Root and Ben Root. The winner is an Oregon-bred by Smiling Tiger-Jadelet. . .Orozco and Gary Wales rode two winners apiece Friday, and Wales leads Orozco 28-20 atop the jockeys’ standings. . . Live racing continues Saturday with first post 5 p.m.