Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, June 25

It’s all Queen Breezy in the Saturday feature race


AUBURN, Wash. (June 25, 2022) – Queen Breezy powered to the lead into the stretch and drew off for a convincing 5 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $16,500 John Parker Racing Purse for older fillies and mares.

Ridden by Alex Cruz, Queen Breezy ran six furlongs in 1:09.60 on a fast track and paid $7.60 as second choice in the wagering. Candi Cryderman is the winning trainer for John Parker, the meet’s leading owner with nine wins.

One of six horses to record four wins here in 2021, Queen Breezy picked up where she left off last year. Stalking the leaders as Judicial set fractions of :22.50 and :45.44, Queen Breezy darted through the inside to wrest control into the lane and bounded home to win easily.

A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Linchpin, Queen Breezy earned $9,075, boosting her life mark to $50,279. Her overall record is 5-3-2 from 16 starts.

Parker is dominating the owners’ standings with a 9-3 lead over Lusk Racing, Purple Rose Ranch, and Chad and Josh. Parker’s 159 career wins rank fourth all-time at Emerald Downs. Cryderman tied Blaine Wright for third in the trainers’ standings with at nine wins each.

Sleepy Sue, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, held second place, and has now finished first, second, and third in three starts at the meet.

Red Noon Rising, ridden by Kevin Radke, finished third, followed by Lady O’Prado, even-money favorite Judicial, and Clochard Street.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $941,217 on an eight-race card. . .Cruz rode two winners and leads Kevin Radke 29-24 in the jockeys’ race. . .Trainer Frank Lucarelli is approaching his latest milestone. The track’s all-time leader with 1,104 wins, Lucarelli needs four wins to reach the 2,000 mark for his career. . .Aloha Breeze ($12.20) romped in the meet’s first race for 2-year-old fillies, running five furlongs in :57.67 under Eddie Martinez for trainer Tom Wenzel and owner George Todaro. A Kentucky-bred by The Factor, Aloha Breeze sold for $25,000 at the 2021 Keeneland Yearling Sale. . .Collecting Stars ($2.80) became the meet’s third triple winner with another gate to wire score in race six for trainer Sam Dronen and owner William Sandeman. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Six carryover is $27,134.80. . .Gutierrez also rode Feather Inthe Wind ($16.20)—the lone filly in the race—to a maiden victory in race eight to join Cruz and Radke as jockeys with 20 wins at the meet. . .MMA superstar Nick Diaz attended the races Saturday at Emerald Downs. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes for 3-year-olds and up and $50,000 Hastings Stakes for older fillies and mares. First post 2:15 p.m.