Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, August 8

Slew’s Tiz Whiz and jockey Jose Zunino


AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 8, 2021) – Slew’s Tiz Whiz rallied fom off the pace for a 2 ¾-length victory in the $20,900 Muckleshoot Casino Purse 3-year-olds Sunday at Emerald Downs.

With Jose Zunino aboard for his second feature race winner of the week, Slew’s Tiz Whiz ran one mile in 1:38.15 and paid $5.60 as the public betting choice. Tom Wenzel is the winning trainer for K D Thoroughbreds (Darlyne Krieg, Oak Harbor, Wash.).

In fifth place around the second turn, Slew’s Tiz Whiz remained inside before darting through an opening in upper stretch to win going away.

A Washington-bred by Slew’s Tiznow, Slew’s Tiz Whiz is a double winner at the meet and has an overall mark of 2-1-0 from five starts with earning of $25,750. Her dam, Ros’s Girl, is the sister of multiple Emerald Downs stakes winner Lady Rosberg.

American Buddah, also trained by Wenzel, edged Ididntseethatcomin for second place while Gordon Anthony, Rings of Saturn and Juspassinthru rounded out the order of finish.

Julien Couton aboard Anatolia


In Sunday’s sixth race, Julien Couton rode the 1,000th winner of his career with a head victory aboard Anatolia ($4.20) for trainer Frank Lucarelli and owner Peter Redekop. It was Couton’s second of three wins on the day and his 49th of the season, good for second in the Emerald Downs’ rider standings.

“I’m so grateful to be here and achieve this milestone,” Couton said in a brief winner’s circle ceremony. “It’s a great day for me, my wife and all of the horsemen who have supported me.”

Couton, 40, rode his first North American winner April 23, 2008, at Hollywood Park and has ridden mainly in California and Washington, capturing the 2015 Emerald Downs’ riding title with 100 wins. Couton rides local favorite Papa’s Golden Boy in the $100,000 Longacres Mile (G3) next Sunday.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,238,484. . .Apprentice McKenna Anderson made it two wins in two days, guiding betting favorite Count Alexei ($5.60) to victory in race seven for trainer Joe Toye. . .Toye and owners Greg Conley, Chuck Conley and Terra Firma Farm clicked with Count Alexei and fifth race winner Omache Kid ($7.20) and trail John Parker 14-13 for first in the owners’ standings. . .Couton and Alex Cruz each tripled Sunday and Cruz leads Couton 54-50 atop the standings. . .First-time starter Check the Gear ($8.80) dominated Sunday’s $20,350 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds, winning by 11 ¼ lengths in :57.58 for five furlongs. A Washington-bred gelding by Coast Guard, Check the Gear is the third foal out of Great Mom whose previous two foals are both stakes winners. . .Candy Zip ($5.60) handed Mike Man’s Gold his first defeat of the season, running 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.16 for owner/trainer Bob Bean. Mike Man’s Gold, bidding for his 27th Emerald Downs victory, was reclaimed Sunday by Greg Conley, Chuck Conley and Terra Firma Farm. . . Entries for next Sunday’s $100,000 Longacres Mile (G3) will be drawn Wednesday morning at the Quarter Chute Café. . .Several Mile horses worked Sunday: Papa’s Golden Boy breezed four furlongs in :47 for trainer Vince Gibson, Windribbon worked six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 for Blaine Wright and Unmachable went five furlongs in 1:00 for Jack McCartney. . .Princess of Cairo breezed a half-mile in a bullet :45 1/5 for Sandi Gann in advance of the $50,000 Emerald Distaff, also on Mile day. . .Live racing resumes Thursday with first post 6 p.m.