Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, July 22

Nan Eizabeth (left) rallies past Classic Leah


AUBURN, Wash. (July 22, 2023) – Nan Elizabeth rallied past Classic Leah late and scored a one-length victory in Saturday’s $18,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

With Kevin Orozco riding, Nan Elizabeth covered six panels in 1:09.30 and paid $10.60 as fourth choice in the field six. Luciano Medina Gabriel is the winning owner and trainer.

A 5-year-old California-bred by Flat Out, Nan Elizabeth has won two straight from off the pace and improved to 4-3-3 in 19 starts overall with earnings of $61,240.

Saving ground while outrun on the turn, Nan Elizabeth advanced strongly into the stretch and collared Classic Leah past mid-stretch to win going away.

Classic Leah, ridden by Alex Cruz, won the pace battle but lost the war. Shaking clear after a half-mile in :44.43, Classic Leah settled for her second straight runner-up finish.

Gold Coast Girl was three lengths back in third, while Your Roil Coil, Pearl River Delta, and Heart ON the Run rounded out the order of finish. Your Royal Coil, the 5 to 2 betting favorite, broke slowly and never threatened.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $561,808 on a seven-race card. . .Rocco Bowen and Alex Cruz rode two winners apiece. . .Trainer Jorge Rosales also had two wins. . .Anne Wisdom swept the exacta with Washington-breds Ohwhatarush ($25.20) and Its Kraken Time in race four, the former a 3-year-old Gold Rush Dancer gelding making his fourth career start. . .Washington-breds by Coast Guard finished first and second in the maiden special weight for 2-year-olds, stakes-placed Freightline ($4.80) catching first-time starter Knightline for the victory in :57.41 for five furlongs. The dams of Freightline and Knightline, Knight Raider and Knight Club, are both out of five-time Emerald Downs’ winner Knight Weave. . .Owner/trainer Liz Kowalski notched her first win of the meet with Papawasarollnstone, an 8-year-old Grindstone gelding that rallied from last to score at 12 to 1 in race two. . .The $0.50 Pick 5 returned a healthy $10,294. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Six carryover is The top three finishers in the 2021 Longacres Mile are faring well in recent races. Background scored in a $62,500 optional claimer at Ellis Park, Windribbon prevailed at 13 to 1 in a $20,000 claimer at Del Mar, and Five Star General finished second in a $100,000 stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis. . .Nominations for the 2023 Longacres Mile close Sunday, August 6. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Governor’s Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes for older fillies and mares, and the annual Corgi Races. The Governor’s is the final local prep for the $150,000 Longacres Mile on Sunday, August 13. First post 2 p.m.