Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, July 31

Missed the Boat dominates in the Saturday feature race


AUBURN, Wash. (July 31, 2021) – Missed the Boat remained razor-sharp with a 4 ¾-length victory over Rate for Me in Saturday’s $10,500 Bud Light Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

With Alex Cruz riding his third winner on the card, Missed the Boat ran a mile in 1:36.79 and paid $5.20 as the betting favorite. Kay Cooper is the winning trainer for owner Lyle Conway.

Missed the Boat was in perfect position throughout the race, stalking Cody’s Choice through fractions of :23.22, :46.20 and 1:10.31. The winner powered to the lead into the stretch and drew off to win with complete authority.

Missed the Boat, a 7-year-old Kentucky-bred by Midshipman, is 6-5-4 in 29 career starts with earnings of $58,172. He’s 6 for 16 at Emerald Downs and ran the fastest mile of the mee—1:34.80—while scoring by 9 ½ lengths on July 3.

Rate for Me, the 3 to 1 second choice ridden by Juan Gutierrez, rallied late to edge Cody’s Choice for second, while Cody’s Choice, a 19 to 1 long shot ridden by Joree Scriver, finished third. Rounding out the order of finish were Deepingreen, Christine’ Jack, Pistol Power, Playoff Bound and Remembertobreathe.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,018,177 on the eight-race card. . .In addition to riding three winners Saturday, Alex Cruz also prevailed in the Emerald Downs Jockeys’ Foot Race between the fifth and sixth races, part of the annual activities to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund. . .Julien Couton and Ari Herbertson are 12 for 24 combined at the meet, including a win by Galileta ($6.20) in Saturday’s second race. . .Trainer Kay Cooper had two wins Saturday. . .2018 Washington-bred Plater of the Year Party for One ($5.60) ended a 22-race losing streak with a hard-fought victory over Eddie and the King in Saturday’s fourth race. . .Missed the Boat was claimed for $7,500 Saturday by trainer Ken Person and owner Brent Stapley. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Six carryover is $14,126. . .Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:30 p.m.