Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, September 15

Trump Itz and jockey Julien Couton


AUBURN, Wash. (September 15, 2018) – Trump Itz collared Cody’s Choice in the final strides for a half-length victory Saturday in the $18,500 Susan G. Komen Purse for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs.

With Julien Couton aboard, Trump Itz ran 6 ½ furlongs in a very fast 1:14.52 and paid $4.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Blaine Wright is the trainer for owners John and Janene Maryanski and Gail and Gerald Schneider.

Runner-up in last year’s Gottstein Futurity, Trump Itz has won twice in five starts this year with earnings of $25,238. A Washington-bred by Coast Guard-Knight Weave, Trump Itz is 3-3-1 in 10 starts overall with earnings of $62,130.

Cody’s Choice nearly bagged his fourth win of the season, but yielded to the winner late and paid $2.60 and $2.10. Ridden by Javier Matias, the runner-up now has three wins and three seconds in eight starts at the meeting.

Golden Cowboy, with Francisco Orduna-Rojas riding, finished third and paid $2.80, while Take Charge Deputy, Sherm and Mischief Miss rounded out the order of finish. Smoothee Lee was scratched earlier in the day.

Rocco Bowen

NOTES: One winning ticket paid $15,490 in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 7, the fourth highest payoff in the Jackpot Pick 7 this season. . .Rocco Bowen rode four winners Saturday—his 98th, 99th, 100th and 101st wins of the meet—and now has three straight 100-win seasons at Emerald Downs. Bowen swept races three through six on Fairfaithhills ($10.60), Rocket Power ($6.60), Iknowyourface ($4.40) and Outdidya ($6.60). Bowen has wrapped up his third straight riding title, leading Kevin Orozco by 34 wins with only four days remaining in the season. . .The trainers’ race has yet to be decided, with Jeff Metz leading Wright by a 43-40 margin. . .Cody’s Choice has lost two straight heart breakers to the Wright barn—Argosy Fleet caught Cody’s Choice in the final strides September 1, running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.97. . .Couton’s mother and sister, visiting from France, were on hand for his feature race victory. . .The Maryanskis are completing another very successful season at Emerald Downs, compiling an overall mark of 9-3-5 in 23 starts with over $175,000 in earnings. Those totals include horses owned in partnership with Riverbend Farm. . . .Former jockey Jorge Rosales had his first two-win day as a trainer at Emerald Downs, taking the opener with Beefcake ($5) and the third with Fairfaithhills. . .Washington-bred Psycho Sister ($3.40) moved past $90,000 in 2018 earnings with another gate-to-wire victory on the turf at Golden Gate. A 5-year-old mare by Freud-Melba Jewel, Psycho Sister us 4-2-1 in nine starts this year for Ari and Scott Herbertson. . .Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m. . .Also Sunday, artist Dagmar Galleithner Steiner will autograph her book—The Art of Old Friends—from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on track level. The book is $39.99 plus tax with all proceeds to Old Friends.