Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, June 12

Frisco Frills holds off Daffodil Sweet (No. 4) for the victory


AUBURN, Wash. (June 12, 2022) – Frisco Frills held off Daffodil Sweet in a driving finish to score a major upset in Sunday’s $28,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares.

With Kevin Radke riding, Frisco Frills prevailed by a nose in 1:01.71 for 5 ½ furlongs and paid $35 as the longest price in the field of six. Cliff Balcom is the winning owner, trainer, and breeder.

Breaking sharply from the No. 2 post, Frisco Frills set fractions of :21.56, :43.77 and :55.44, and had just enough in the tank to hold off an onrushing Daffodil Sweet.

“You win some, you lose some when it comes to those photos, but I honestly thought (Frisco Frills) got caught,” said Radke, the meet’s leading rider with 20 wins.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Coast Guard, Frisco Frills is 3-2-2 in 13 starts with earnings of $54,448 including $15,675 for Sunday’s triumph.

Daffodil Sweet, the 7 to 10 favorite, moved up inside on the turn, angled out into the stretch and closed strongly to just miss. Twice a champion at Emerald Downs, Daffodil Sweet is 9-3-0 in 16 starts lifetime with earnings of $171,471.

Dontkissntell, the 3 to 1 second choice, flew late to finish third, followed by Zippin Sevens, Time for Gold, and You Go Girl.

Total mutuel handle was $1,098,352 on an eight-race card.

NOTES: Frisco Frills’ $2 mutuel is the biggest through the first 11 days of racing. . .In fact, long shots ruled the afternoon of racing. Celinas Blue Bird paid a then meet-high $31.80 for her maiden victory in race three and gave 102-year-old owner Howard Hammer his first win of the season. . .Three winners paid 10 to 1 or higher on the card, including Harbor Outlaw ($25.20) in race four. . .Favorites went 0 for 8 Sunday. . . Zero winning tickets in the $0.50 Pick 5. The carryover is $13,385 to Friday. . .Also, there is a $15,569 in the $0.20 Jackpot Pick 6. . .Kevin Radke rode two winners and tops the standings with 20 wins. . .Vince Gibson was the lone trainer with two wins. . . Live racing resumes Friday with first post 7 p.m.