Emerald Downs Wrap-Monday, July 3

In the Red with jockey Rigo Sarmiento


AUBURN, Wash. (July 3, 2023) – In the Red took command early and rolled to a two-length victory over Hollywood Mistress in Monday’s $16,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares on Fireworks Spectacular night at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Rigo Sarmiento, In the Red covered a mile in 1:35.65 and paid $14 as fourth choice in the wagering. M.L. Pierce, saddling his second winner in as many days, is the trainer for Purple Rose Ranch.

Slipping through to take command on the backstretch, the winner set fractions of :46.10, 1:09.94, and 1:22.40 enroute to his first win of 2023 and fifth of his career. A 7-year-old Kentucky-bred by Red Rocks, In the Red is 5-5-4 from 27 starts overall with earnings of $107,772.

Hollywood Mistress, ridden by Kevin Radke, chased the winner home and was clearly second best, while 19 to 1 long shot Kerralia was up for third. Shesaheatwave, bidding for her third straight win, finished fourth while Emerald Sea, Red Panty Night, and Oreo’s Dream completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,778,672 on a nine-race card. . .Luis Negron rode three winners and tops the standings with 36 wins, while three-time defending champion Alex Cruz is second with 26. . .In the training ranks, Justin Evans notched another win Monday and has 29 wins over the first 22 days of racing. . .Jose Zunino rode two winners Monday. . .Including a win by Luvahappyending ($6.80) in the Monday opener, Tim McCanna is 4 for 8 at the meet and up to 970 wins all-time at Emerald Downs. Frank Lucarelli, who joins McCanna in the Washington Racing Hall of Fame next month, is No. 1 all-time with 1,130 wins. . .Tuesday simulcast action features the $200,000 Great Lady M. (G2) for older fillies and mares at Los Alamitos. . .Live racing resumes Friday at 7 p.m., including an $8,544 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick Six.