Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, June 18

House of Lords (right) edges Missed the Boat in Saturday’s feature race


AUBURN, Wash. (June 18, 2022) – House of Lords found racing room inside and out finished Missed the Boat for a hard-earned head victory in Saturday’s $25,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Kevin Orozco, House of Lords covered one mile in 1:35.39 and paid $5.80 as the public betting choice in a field of six. Kay Cooper, saddling her second winner Saturday, is the winning trainer for owner/breeder Fleur De Lis Stable.

Missed the Boat, ridden by Alex Cruz, was a stubborn customer on the front, battling back when challenged by House of Lords, but settled for second place.

Bronze Warrior was four lengths back in third place, followed by Bernalinho, Complicate, and Muncey. Forever Gold was scratched.

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Munnings, House of Lords improved to 3-0-1 in 13 starts with earnings of $36,468 including $13,650 for Saturday’s triumph. His dam, Champagneandcaviar, was Emerald Downs’ champion 3-year-old filly of 2012.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $818,892 on an eight-race card. . .Willing to Burn ($4.40) became the meet’s second three-time winner with a gate to wire score in the Saturday opener, running six furlongs in 1:09.43 under Juan Gutierrez. A 5-year-old California-bred mare, Willing to Burn has won for three different trainers—M.L. Pierce, Jeff Metz, and Charles Essex. . .Owner/trainer/breeder Ryland Harwood collected his first win of the meet, scoring with Lafonda ($20) off a layoff in race four. . .Trainer Kay Cooper pulled off a one-two finish with Forty Smooches ($10.40) and Rings of Saturn in race five, and Frank Lucarelli accomplished the feat twice, saddling Stylish Elegance ($13.60) and Silver King Bain to finish first and second in race two and Irish Knight ($39.80) and Executive Action to a $98.60 exacta in race six. . .Irish Knight’s 18.90 to 1 victory produced the largest $2 win mutuel of the season. . .Wahasha added a $25.40 upset in the eighth race finale and helped trigger an $11,240 carryover in the $0.50 Pick 5. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick 6 carryover is $19,387. . .Leslie Mawing and Kassie Guglielmino rode two winners each. . .Candy Cryderman scored with Northwest Rain ($4.40) in race three and tied Jorge Rosales at eight wins apiece in the trainers’ standings. . .Live racing continues Sunday with a stakes doubleheader featuring the $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and $50,000 Auburn Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post 2:15 p.m.


In addition to seven live Thoroughbred races, Saturday’s action co-featured day two of the sixth annual $65,000 Muckleshoot Gold Cup Indian Relay Races.

For the second straight day, Abrahamson Relay with Scott Abrahamson riding and Two Medicine with Cody Carlson riding won qualifying heats and earned spots in Sunday’s championship Muckleshoot Gold Cup heat. Also winning Saturday was Teton with Miaus Teton handling riding duties.

The three-day competition features 18 teams and concludes with Championship Sunday featuring two consolation races and the championship Muckleshoot Gold Cup heat at 5:46 p.m.

Results from Saturday’s qualifying heats

Heat 1: 1st-Teton (Miaus Teton rider), Lincoln Creek, Idaho, 3:29.49; 2nd-River Road (Tristan Bird in Ground), Crow Agency, Montana, 3:35.81; 3rd-Amskapi Pikunii (Chris Carlson), Browning, Montana, 3:39.92; 4th-Cedar Ridge (Jorge Galloway), Fort Hall, Idaho, 3:50.31; 5th-Strong Horse Relay (Matthew Pakootas Jr.), Nespelem, Washington, 3:57.21; DNF-Counting Coup/Pikuni Express.

Heat 2: 1st-Abrahamson (Scott Abrahamson rider), Omak, Washington, 3:33.28; 2nd-Omak Express (Tyler Peasley), Omak, Washington, 3:36.23; 3rd-Starr School (Preston Butterfly), Starr School, Montana, 3:50.13; 4th-S/M Express (Desmond Archilita), Lodge Grass, Montana, 4:03.53; 5th-NorthWest Express (Garrett Mason), Omak, Washington, 4:14.63; DNF-Little Badger.

Heat 3: 1st-Two Medicine (Cody Carlson rider), Browning, Montana, 3:35.56; 2nd-Tissidimit (Azeri Coby), Fort Hall, Idaho, 3:38.31; 3rd-Mountain Crow Relay (Darren Charges Strong Jr.), Crow Agency, Montana, 3:41.31; 4th-Old Sun (Fox Running Crane), Siksika, Alberta, Canada, 3:43.13; 5th-Carlson (Chazz Racine), Browning, Montana, 3:44.38; 6th-Grizzly Mountain (Terrence Holford), Omak, Washington, 3:51.63.