Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, September 20


AUBURN, Wash. (September 20, 2019) – Freiburg continued his winning ways Friday night at Emerald Downs, rallying between rivals and scoring by 2 ¼ lengths in the $16,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

Ridden by Javier Matias, Freiburg zipped 5 ½ furlongs in a meet-fastest 1:01.85 and paid $5, $3.20 and $2.60. It was the gelding’s third straight win and fourth in eight starts overall at the meeting.

Also continuing their winning ways, Frank Lucarelli saddled Freiburg for owner Chad Christensen. It was the 76th win of the season for Lucarelli and the 30th for Christensen—both track records.

Boundary Bay, the leader through of :21.76 and :44.27, gamely held second over The Press and returned $8 and $5, while The Press paid $3.40 to show. Mystical Image, Blue Law, Mixo and Cody’s Choice completed the order of finish.

Saving ground around the turn, Freiburg angled off the rail into the lane, split horses in upper stretch and drew clear for the victory. For Matias, third leading rider at the meet with 57 wins, it was his 33rd victory this season combined with Liucarelli.

A 4-year-old by Langfuhr, Freiburg has an overall mark of 5-2-1 in 16 starts and earnings of $59,780.
Best of Me, with a 1:02.04 on May 5, ran the previous fastest 5-½ furlongs this season.

Lucarelli and Christensen also clicked with Crest Drive ($2.20) in the seventh race finale, upping their totals to 77 and 31 respectively. Crest Drive also has won three straight.

NOTES: Owner Where We At and trainer Kay Cooper claimed Freiburg for $25,000 on Friday. . . Gary Wales rode three winners Friday and needs two wins in the final two days to reach 100 for the season. . .Classy 6-year-old gelding Iron Rob ($9.20) smoked six furlongs in 1:08.32 for his 10th career victory, and is closing in on $300,000 in career earnings. Ridden by Jose Zunino and trained by Ken Elison, Iron Rob has two wins in each of the last two seasons at Emerald Downs. . .Classic Leah ($5.80) became a triple winner at the meet for owner Paul Johnson of Auburn, prevailing in the Friday opener for 3-year-old fillies. A daughter of Sixthirteen, Classic Leah defeated double stakes winner Alittlelesstalk in April and scored vs. $10,000 claimers in August. . .Live racing continues Saturday at 5 p.m. on Jersey Night, featuring two 1 ½-mile marathon finals worth $18,200 each.