Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, Sept. 3

Todd and Shawn Hansen’s Brady Boy


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 3, 2022) – Brady Boy gained command in mid-stretch and powered home for a three-length victory in Saturday’s $25,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Perfectly ridden by Kevin Radke, Brady Boy covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.78 and paid $4.80 as the public choice. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for owners/breeders Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, Wash.

Brady Boy sat in fourth place as A View From Above, Itsallabouttheride and newcomer Tax Code lined up three across the track through a half-mile in a blistering :44 flat. Swinging four-wide into the lane, Brady Boy collared Tax Code in mid-stretch and drew off to win with complete authority. A 3-year-old Washington-bred by Twirling Candy out of the Curlin mare Thunderina, Brady Boy has won two straight and is 2-1-0 in four starts overall with earnings of $30,250.

Midnight Mojo, a 13 to 1 long shot ridden by Eddie Martinez, closed strongly to take second place, the second straight runner-up finish for last year’s Gottstein Futurity winner and second to You’re the Cause in the recent Muckleshoot Derby.

A View From Above, ridden by Kevin Orozco, held third, while Tax Code, March On Linch, Itsallabouttheride, and Napoletano completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $778,332 on the eight-race card. . .With a victory in race two, Collecting Stars ($4) and Antecedence ($16) were victorious Saturday and joined Willing to Burn and Crooked Finger Ray as horses with four wins at the meet. . .Collecting Stars and Antecedence are the 32nd and 33rd wins of the meet for the Alex Cruz-Jorge Rosales combination. . .Cruz and Jake Samuels both finished with two wins Saturday. . . With six days remaining in the season, Cruz leads Kevin Radke 81-69, with Juan Gutierrez third with 62 wins. . .Rosales tops the trainers with 35 wins, followed by Blaine Wright at 27 wins and Frank Lucarelli with 26. . .Saturday’s third race—“The Victor the Predictor Purse”—honored long time handicapper/syndicate head Vic Cozzetti, now 93 years old and residing comfortably in a local nursing home. . .Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:15 p.m., featuring Longacres Mile winner Slew’s Tiz Whiz in a $31,000 allowance at one mile and 70 yards.