Emerald Downs Wrap-Thursday, July 22

The amazing Mike Man’s Gold


AUBURN, Wash. (July 22, 2021) – Mike Man’s Gold show no signs of slowing down at age 11.

The track’s all-time leader in wins, Mike Man’s Gold improved to three for three this season with a five-length victory in Thursday’s $9,680 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Kevin Radke, Mike Man’s Gold ran six furlongs in 1:12.05 and paid $4 as the betting favorite. Joe Toye is the winning trainer and co-owner with Greg Conley and Chuck Conley.

Mike Man’s Gold now has 26 career victories—all at Emerald Downs—and tops the track’s all-time victory list by five wins over West Seattle Boy.

In Thursday’s win, Mike Man’s Gold overhauled front-runners Code Charlie and Pure Pursuit in mid-stretch and drew clear to win with resounding authority while becoming the meet’s sixth three-time winner.

An 11-year-old Washington-bred by Liberty Gold, Mike Man’s Gold improved to 26 for 61 at Emerald Downs, a career that began with a maiden victory July 7, 2012. He has at least one win each of the last 10 seasons including four stakes victories. Mike Man’s Gold also ranks seventh in all-time track earnings with $348,898 and 38th among Washington-bred earners with $375,004.

Mike Man’s Gold was claimed for $6,250 Thursday by trainer Candi Cryderman and owner John Parker, the ninth time the gelding has been claimed in his 79-race career.

Tumac Mountain, second longest price at 19 to 1, rallied to finish second while Crest Drive overcame a poor start and finished third. Code Charlie, the leader through fractions of :21.92 and :45.03, finished fourth and Pure Pursuit, Dudley Studley and Fuzzy Dolphin completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Thursday’s mutuel handle totaled $1,524,957 on the eight-race card. . . Alex Cruz wasted no time beginning a new winning streak with two victories Thursday, taking the opener aboard Irish Swing ($4.80) for trainer Rigoberto Velasquez and the sixth on Jimjimmyjames ($6.40) for Charles Essex. The meet’s leading rider with 41 victories, Cruz’ track-record winning streak ended at 46 days last Sunday. . .Juan Gutierrez also rode two winners. . .Trainer Jorge Rosales clicked for two victories, Raiderette ($6.80) in race two and Seventh Wave ($16.20) in race five. . .Live racing resumes Saturday with first post 6:30 p.m. . .Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. program includes Corgi Races and a pair of $50,000 stakes—Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings and Kent Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.