Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, September 11

Adens Dream and Julien Couton


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 11, 2021) – The classy Adens Dream held off Fantastic Day and scored a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $15,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

With Julien Couton riding his third winner on the card, Adens Dream ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.35 and paid $7.60 as second choice in the wagering. Ari Herbertson is the trainer for winning owner Johnny Taboada of Pleasanton, Calif.

Breaking from the outside post in a four-horse field, Adens Dream set fractions of :22.26, :44.04 and 1:08.57 enroute to his third victory of the meet and 10th in 43 starts lfetime. Saturday’s winner’s share, $8,250, bumped his career bankroll to $314,172.

Fantastic Day, the 1 to 5 favorite, chased the winner gate to wire but failed to threaten late and finished second.

Missed the Boat and My Grandpa rounded out the order of finish; Christine’s Jack was scratched.

With three wins Saturday, Couton leapfrogged Alex Cruz into first place in the jockeys’ standings, opening a 68-66 lead with five days remaining in the season. Juan Gutierrez is third with 62 wins.

NOTES: Mutuel handle totaled $847,317 on an eight-race card. . .Joe Toye became the first trainer to saddled three winners on a card this season, scoring with Stanley Ryder ($24), Count Alexei ($7.40) and Oxbow Park ($4). . .Toye opened a 27-22 leads over two-time defending champion Frank Lucarelli. . .Toye and apprentice McKenna Anderson clicked with Stanley Ryder and Count Alexei. . .Juan Gutierrez also rode two winners. . .Emerald Distaff champion Princess of Cairo finished runner-up to Infinite Patience ($4.10) in the $75,000 Northlands Distaff Handicap at Century Mile in Edmonton. . .Washington-bred Bodenheimer finished ninth in the $600,000 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Franklin-Simpson Stakes (G2) at Kentucky Downs. Irish-bred The Lir Jet ($19.60) prevailed in 1:15.38 for 6 ½ furlongs on turf. . .Live racing continues Sunday with a Washington Cup stakes doubleheader for 2-year-olds and the final day of the Muckleshoot Gold Cup Indian Relay Races.