Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, Sept. 4


Complicate and jockey Alex Cruz


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 4, 2022) – Complicate edged past Five Star General in the final strides for a three-quarter-length victory in Sunday’s $31,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Longacres Mile winner Slew’s Tiz Whiz, the even-money favorite, finished 2 ¾ lengths back in third place.

Ridden by Alex Cruz, Complicate ran one mile and 70 yards in 1:39.22 and paid $22.80 as fourth choice in the wagering. Ken Person is the winning trainer for owner Missed the Boat Stable.

Five Star General, ridden by Leslie Mawing, finished a resilient second and nearly gave Washington Hall of Fame trainer Doris Harwood a victory in her final career start.

Slew’s Tiz Whiz, ridden by Jose Zunino, made a strong move on the last turn but failed to sustain the bid and finished third. A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Slew’s Tiznow, Slew’s Tiz Whiz is 3-0-1 in six starts at the meet with $132,112 in earnings for K D Thoroughbreds.

Top Executive finished fourth while El Alto Hombre and House of Lords completed the order of finish. Hard to Deny and Spittin Image were scratched earlier in the day.

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Lookin At Lucky, Complicate earned $17,050, boosting his career mark to $120,058. His overall record is 6-1-4 in 17 starts.

Among the most celebrated trainers in Washington history, Harwood ranks No. 1 in Emerald Downs stakes wins (67), fifth in overall wins (561), and fifth in earnings (over $8 million). She trained Noosa Beach, owned by her husband Jeff Harwood, to a dominant win in the 2010 Longacres Mile.

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,306,682 on a nine-race card. . .Alex Anaya posted his first three-win day of the meet including double-digit scores on R Happy Place ($25.80) and Mancuso At the Mic ($12.40). . .Alex Cruz rode two winners and leads Kevin Radke 83-70 in the jockeys’ standings. . .Trainers Joe Toye and Vince Gibson each had two wins. . .William Rabung of Aberdeen won the Sorelli’s Pizza Eating Contest, part of the annual Italian Day festivities at Emerald Downs. . .Sunday’s $0.50 Pick 5 returned a whopping $19,812.90, second largest of the season. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 7 p.m. . .Emerald Downs is open for simulcasting Monday including Labor Day programs from Saratoga and Del Mar.