Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, June 30

Buckley Bay and Gary Wales


AUBURN, Wash. (June 30, 2018) – Buckley Bay wore down Cody’s Choice in the final strides for a 1 ¼-length victory Saturday in the $11,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Gary Wales, Buckley Bay ran six furlongs in 1:09.31 and paid $7, $3.80 and $2.40. Dan Markle is the winning owner and trainer.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Courtroom Charmer, Buckley Bay is 2-0-0 in five starts with earnings of $15,460.

Cody’s Choice did everything but win the race, setting fractions of :21.51, :44.02 and :56.30, and leading to deep stretch before yielding. Ridden by Kevin Orozco, the runner-up paid $5 and $3.

Aliante, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Rocco Bowen, closed ground late for third and paid $2.40 to show.

Wales, who also won the Friday feature race, was an apt winner Saturday on Scottish Night at Emerald Downs. The 32-year-old jockey hails from Edinburgh, Scotland.

NOTES: Matt Dinerman, visiting from California, called Saturday’s second race won by Tuscan Warrior ($7.40). Dinerman will be in town through Tuesday. . .And birthday boy Dean Mazzuca called Saturday’s fourth race won by Cats Gulch ($8). . .Money In the Starrs ($11.80) held off Northwest Factor in the $18,500 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies, running five furlongs in :57.82. Javier Matias was up for Mike Puhich and Dr. Mark Dedomenico. . .How’s My Hero ($14.80) prevailed in the $18,500 maiden special weight for 3-year-olds and up, covering six furlongs in 1:09.63 under Kevin Orozco for Frank Lucarelli and Michael Pollowitz. . .Orozco and Lucarelli also teamed with Atta Girl Misty ($8.40) to win the eighth race finale. . .Lucarelli is only one win behind Tim McCanna, 928-927, for No. 1 all-time at Emerald Downs. . .Jockey Anne Sanguinetti and trainer Paul Treasure are a combined 5 for 11 at the meet, including a victory by Josie Treasure ($10.60) in the Saturday opener. . . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles. First post is 2 p.m., and action includes an $11,224 carryover in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7.