Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, June 3

Take Charge Deputy and Alex Cruz power home to victory


AUBURN, Wash. (June 3, 2022) –Take Charge Deputy splashed to a frontrunning three-length victory in Friday’s $16,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

With Alex Cruz riding his fourth of five winners Friday, Take Charge Deputy ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.72 on a sloppy track and paid $5.20 as the public betting choice. Jorge Rosales is the winning trainer for owner Rosales Racing F1.

Setting fractions of :22.03 and :44.65, Take Charge Deputy shook off Cody’s Choice and Western Rule into the stretch and drew off to win with complete authority. Candy Zip edged Mahi Mahi for second place.

A 7-year-old California-bred gelding by Take Charge Indy, Take Charge Deputy is 12 for 42 lifetime—including five for six on wet tracks—with earnings of $162,493.

For Cruz, it was his second five-win day at Emerald Downs. The two-time defending riding champion previously rode five winners Oct. 29, 2020. He now trails Kevin Radke 14-11 in the jockeys’ race.

In addition to Take Charge Deputy, Cruz won the opener on Heredia Boxer ($3), race two aboard Lage de Oro ($2.40), race four on Missed the Boat ($3.80), and race seven on Miss Kitness ($6.80).

Total mutuel handle was $1,184,656 on a seven-race card.

NOTES: Heredia Boxer ($3) became the meet’s first two-time winner, rallying from off the pace to prevail in the Friday opener for owner Oscar Heredia and trainer Jorge Rosales. . .Missed the Boat ($3.60) edged Hydrogen in the meet’s first route race, running one mile in 1:35.41 under Cruz for the victory. A 6-year-old Midshipman gelding, Missed the Boat is 7 for 18 at Emerald Downs. . .Javier Matias rode two winners Friday while Rosales was the lone trainer with two wins. . .The racetrack was labeled wet fast for race one and sloppy for races two through seven. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2:15 p.m.