Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, Sept. 3

You’re the Cause (No. 2) and jockey Javier Matias


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 3, 2023) – You’re the Cause, last year’s champion 3-year-old, rallied from last and scored a one-length victory in Sunday’s $25,000 Tacoma Post Office Employee Day Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Perfectly ridden by Javier Matias, You’re the Cause covered the mile in 1:35.99 and paid $12 as fourth wagering choice in a field of seven. Debbie Van Horne is the winning trainer for WilWin Stable, who now have five wins and over $85,000 in purses since claiming You’re the Cause for $8,000 last year.

Saving ground throughout, You’re the Cause rallied strongly into a solid early pace—six furlongs in 1:10.01—catching Missed the Boat in the final furlong to win going away. A 4-year-old Creative Cause gelding, You’re the Cause has a career mark of 6-2-4 in 23 starts and earnings of $107,445. At Emerald Downs, his record is 6-0-1 in 12 starts including a 56 to 1 stunner in the 2022 Muckleshoot Derby.

Missed the Boat, the 2 to1 favorite ridden by Rocco Bowen, held second and the steady 7-year-old is 9-5-3 in 28 career starts at Emerald Downs, earning over $105,000.

El Alto Hombre, ridden by Jose Zunino, finished third, while Muncey, Jin Tong, Smiling Goodbye, and Prayer of Jabez rounded out the order of finish. Langston Road was scratched earlier in the day.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,631,647 on a nine-race card. . .The track was labeled fast on races 1-7 and wet-fast races 8-9. . .Rocco Bowen rode two winners while trainers Blaine Wright and Justin Evans had two wins apiece. . .I’m Telling Mom ($3.20) became the fifth winning foal out of Great Mom, a 12-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile whose progeny include stakes winners This Great Nation and Squeeze Me. . Sunday was the final day as an apprentice jockey for Vashon Island’s McKenna Anderson, riding here this weekend after a successful 16-win summer at Horseshoe Indianapolis. . .Wright swept Sunday’s 2-year-old race with first timers I’m Telling Mom and Tougherthantherest ($8.20), the latter a son of Take Charge Indy running six furlongs in 1:11.15. . .After beginning his career 1 for 42, Super Classic ($6.20) won his third straight for Evans, this one via DQ as Barbarian was taken down for interference against State of the Union. . .Frank Lucarelli finished one-two in the seventh with Big Fashion ($6.20) taking honors over Slice of Pie. . .The top three trainers in track history—Lucarelli, Tim McCanna, and Howard Belvoir—all had wins Sunday. Lucarelli is No. 1 at 1,144 wins, followed by McCanna with 971, and Belvoir with 820. . .The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Six carryover is $8,577. . .Italian Day festivities included live music performed by Tony La Stella & The Goombas. . .Live racing resumes Saturday at 5 p.m.