OH MARVELOUS ME CRUZ’S TO VICTORY
AUBURN, Wash. (Oct. 29, 2020) – Racing came to a close for the 25th season Thursday night at Emerald Downs.
Todd and Shawn Hansen’s Oh Marvelous Me rallied smartly down the stretch to prove best in the $23,3000 allowance race. It was the 8-year-olds second consecutive victory in the final month of the season. The winner paid $7.60 to win and covered the 6 furlongs in 1:08.50.
Leading rider Alex Cruz was in the irons. Cruz upped his streak to 25 consecutive racing cards with at least one victory with a five-win day.
Windribbon finished a good second with the track’s all-time leading rider Juan Gutierrez aboard.
Trainer Blaine Wright’s runners finished first and second with the $1 exacta paying $18.50.
Catfish Hunter checked in third.
The 8/5-betting favorite Papa’s Golden Boy blazed to a huge early lead cutting fractions of :21-1 and :42-4 for the first half mile. Papa’s Golden Boy tired badly in the last furlong to finish last of the six runners.
Cruz set an Emerald Downs record by winning 72 races in the 38-day meeting. The prior best through the first 38 days of a meet was 69 set by Kevin Radke in 2003.
Notes: Thursday’s 11-race handle was $1,937,434.78. The 50-cent Pick 5 paid an all-time high of $44,452.