Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, June 28

Frisco Frills and jockey Allyssa Morales


AUBURN, Wash. (June 28, 2024) – Frisco Frills remained razor sharp Friday evening at Emerald Downs, spurting clear on the turn and romping home for an 8 ½-length victory in the $24,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Allyssa Morales, Frisco Frills zipped 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.78 and paid $4.98 as the betting favorite. It was the second straight daylight win for the 6-year-old Coast Guard mare, claimed for $8,000 on June 8 and now with wins at the $15,000 and $25,000 claiming level.

Although the winner is a Washington-bred, her connections are all up from Turf Paradise in Arizona—Morales, trainer Miguel Hernandez and owner Vanessa Arballo.

Frisco Frills set fractions of :22.13, :44.67, and 1:09.24, shaking off Bangie Go on the turn, and having plenty in reserve to hold Zazen safe in the stretch.

By Coast Guard, Frisco Frills is 5-5-4 from 29 starts with earnings of $99,348. Her record at the current meet is 2-1-0 in four starts with $27,120 in earnings.

Zazen, 2 to 1 second choice, rallied for second while Oreo’s Dream finished third. She’s So Funny, Bangie Go, and Goat Rocks rounded out the order of finish.

Reign of Fire was a late scratch at the starting gate.

NOTES: Friday’s mutuel handle $784,960 on a seven-race card. . .The stewards were busy Friday, disqualifying the winners of the second and fifth races for interference in the stretch. In race two, Warrens Candy Man ($18.76) was promoted from second to first as Helen’s Sun was disqualified and placed second, and in race five Eyes for Gold ($6.40) was moved up from second to first as Don’t Tell Hydee was disqualified from first and placed second. Both incidents occurred in deep stretch and were the first DQs from wins of the meeting. . .Morales and Hernandez also clicked with Blues Rapper ($9.68) in the nightcap and have combined for five wins at the meet. . .Hernandez finished one-two in the seventh with Blues Rapper edging Sport Coat for the victory. . .Alex Cruz swept the first three races and opened a 30-18 lead over Karlo Lopez in the jockeys’ standings. Cruz is one win shy of 900 for his career. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 1:30 p.m.