LOLO PANIOLA PREVAILS IN SATURDAY THRILLER
AUBURN, Wash. (July 10, 2021) – Lolo Paniolo wore down Adens Dream and then held off a flying Swam Souffle for a neck victory Saturday in the $15,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by the red-hot Juan Gutierrez, Lolo Paniolo ran a mile in 1:35.12 and paid $14, $5.60 and $3.40 as third choice in the wagering. Tim McCanna is the winning trainer and co-owner with Al Hodge and Daniel Dapper.
For Gutierrez, it was his second win of the night and gave him his fifth straight multiple win day. He also has four wins in his last five mounts in one-mile races.
In third most of the way, as Adens Dream blazed through fractions of :22.37, :44.51 and 1:08.66, Lolo Paniolo gradually reeled in the leaders with a tenacious stretch drive and had just enough to hold off a late charge from Swamp Souffle.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Paynter, Lolo Paniolo has an overall record of 6-1-0 in 23 starts with earnings of $65,656. He has two wins and a second since being claimed by his current owners May 20.
Swamp Souffle, a 9 to 1 long shot, surged from last place and just missed the victory. Ridden by Alex Anaya, the runner-up returned $9.60 and $4.40. Adens Dream ridden by Julien Couton, was a nose back in third and paid $2.80 to show.
Rate for Me, All American Hero, Norski and Once On Whiskey rounded out the order of finish.
NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,102,817 on the eight-race card. . .Arizona-bred Rocky King ($6.40) captured Saturday’s $25,000 maiden claimer for 2-year-olds, zipping 4 ½ furlongs in :51.38 under Alex Cruz for trainer O.A. Martinez and owner Eli Diamant. . .The victory on Rocky King extended Cruz’ consecutive days winning streak to 43. . .For the second straight night jockey Eddie Martinez and trainer Tena Birdwell clicked in the nightcap as Freiburg ($36.80) edged 12-year-old Doctor Bruce S. for the victory in race eight. . .The $0.50 Pick 5 paid a mammoth $33,298, largest of the season and third largest in track history. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Six carryover is up to $17,171. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Governor’s Stakes for 3-year-olds and up and the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes for older fillies and mares. First post 2:30 p.m.