Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, August 21

Mahi Mahi and jockey Kevin Radke


AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 21, 2022) – Mahi Mahi took command in mid-stretch and powered to a 3 ¾-length victory over Makah Lane in Sunday’s $16,500 Roxbury Lanes and Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up on T-Rex day at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by a red-hot Kevin Radke, Mahi Mahi covered six furlongs in a brisk 1:08.96 and paid $5.20 as the betting favorite. Blaine Wright, saddling his third winner Sunday, is the trainer for owners Richard Caswell, Jim Strelo, and Shawn Horan.

In third place as Capital Expense and Curling Secret hooked up through a half-mile in :44.20, Mahi Mahi swept past Curling Secret at the eighth pole and drew clear for a convincing score.

A 5-year-old California-bred by Ministers Wild Cat, Mahi Mahi has raced consistently at the meet, compiling two wins and three seconds from five starts with earnings of $27,700. The chestnut gelding has a life mark of 6-4-4 in 22 starts with earnings of $95,830.

Makah Lane, second choice at 9 to 5, rallied from last to finish second while Mister McLean finished third. Curling Secret, Mojave, and Capital Expense completed the order of finish.

Radke rode three winners Sunday, his second straight riding triple, and pulled within eight wins of top spot in the riders’ standings. With 11 days remaining, two-time defending champion Alex Cruz leads Radke 72-64.

Jorge Rosales leads the trainers’ race with 28 wins while Wright’s Sunday triple boosted his season total to 25 wins.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,581,791 on a nine-race card. . .Kevin Orozco rode four winners for his third career Emerald Downs’ four-bagger and first since July 6, 2019. . .In addition to Wright’s three-win day, trainer Kay Cooper had two wins. . .Wright and owners Todd and Shawn Hansen finished first and second with homebred Brady Boy ($3.40) and Trumped in the Sunday opener for maiden 3-year-olds and up. . .Owner trainer Emil Randy Abrahamson notched his first win of the season with Cocoa Cents ($6.20) in race three. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 7 p.m.