Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, September 4

Zippin Sevenz (No. 3) and Leslie Mawing


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 4, 2021) – Zippin Sevenz held off Brilliant Bird and scored a head victory Saturday in the in the $17,160 Muckleshoot Casino Purse at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Leslie Mawing, Zippin Sevenz ran six furlongs in 1:10 .62 and paid $16.60 as the fifth betting choice in a field of seven fillies and mares. Alan Bozell is the trainer for winning owner Mike Phillips of Bonney Lake, Wash.

The lone 3-year-old in the race, Zippin Sevenz earned $9,438 to push her bankroll to $38,923. Her overall record is 3-1-1 from nine starts.

Zippin Sevenz overtook Judicial into the lane and fended off a stretch-long challenge by Brilliant Bird for the victory.

Brilliant Bird, bidding for her second straight victory and seventh in 18 starts at Emerald Downs overall, challenged the winner late but was a head short at the wire.

Please Me rallied from far back to finish third while Judicial, Stay in Grace, Choteau and Hold That Smile rounded out the order of finish.

Judicial, the 2 to 1 favorite bidding for her fifth win of the meeting, set fractions of :21.70 and :44.72 for the quarter and half-mile, and gave way through the stretch and finished fourth. Following a stewards’ inquiry, Judicial was disqualified and placed last for interference on the backstretch.

NOTES: Mutuel handle totaled $973,243 on an eight-race card. . .Chinook Quick’s ($8.60) victory in race two gives John Parker a 15-14 lead over Greg and Chuck Conley and Terra Firma Farm atop the owners’ standings. . .Leslie Mawing and Alex Anaya rode two winners each. . .Alex Cruz and Julien Couton each rode a winner and remain locked in a head and head battle for the riding title. With seven days remaining, defending champion Cruz leads Couton 66-65. . .Trainer Jorge Rosales remained red hot with two wins and tied Rigoberto Velasquez for third with 17 wins. . .Joe Toye tops the trainers’ standings with 23 wins, two clear of Frank Lucarelli. . .Stryker Phd owners Jim and Mona Hour were back in the winner’s circle with Hygh I.Q . ($10.40), a 3-year-old Sky Mesa colt that prevailed in the $20,900 allowance for 3-year-olds and up at one mile. . .The Federal Way Harmony Kings performed the national anthem Saturday. . .Live racing continues Sunday with Italian Day at 2:30 p.m.