Emerald Downs Wrap-Thursday, September 24

La Waun prevails over Legitimate Cause in Thursday’s feature race


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 24, 2020) – La Waun overtook So Lucky past mid-stretch and held off a late surge by Legitimate Cause and scored a half-length victory Thursday in the $13,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Alex Cruz, La Waun ran six furlongs in 1:09.42 on a wet-fast track and paid $4.60 as the betting favorite. Candice Cryderman—saddling her 100th career winner at Emerald Downs—is the winning trainer for owners John Parker, Maggie Pimentel and Mike Pimentel.

A 5-year-old gelding by The Pamplemousse, La Waun now has back to back three-win seasons at Emerald Downs, and an overall mark of 11-7-3 in 38 starts with earnings of $157,315.

Legitimate Cause, ridden by Javier Matias, flew late to finish second, while So Lucky, Missed the Boat, D O’s Reignofire, Capital Expense and Freiburg completed the order of finish.

La Waun sat behind the leaders as So Lucky and Capital Expense dueled through fractions of :21.56 and :44.10, advanced three deep into the stretch, powered past So Lucky from the outside and held Legitimate Cause safe at the wire.

Total mutuel handle on the 11-race card was $2,054,939.

NOTES: In the $0.50 Pick 5, which included a $21,772 carryover, tickets with five winners paid $1,297.65. . .In Thursday’s opener, multiple stakes winner Unmachable ($4.80) tagged Hard to Deny late for a neck victory in a $19,000 allowance for 3-year-olds. Ridden by Javier Matias for Jack McCartney and Tawnja Elison, Unmachable ran a mile in 1:36.11 on a sloppy track and improved to 3-2-2 in seven starts with earnings of $89,515. . .The track was labeled sloppy on races one through three and wet-fast on races four through 11. . .Leslie Mawing, just back from Canterbury Park, rode Emerald Sea to a $29 upset in race three for trainer Bob Meeking and later gave McCartney his second win of the night aboard Intelicrypt ($10.80) in race eight. For Mawing, No. 4 all-time with 746 wins at Emerald Downs, they were his first victories here since 2016. . .Five riders rode two winners apiece on the 11-race card—Mawing, Matias, Alex Cruz, Juan Gutierrez and Gary Wales. . .Cruz has four straight multiple win days, 15 straight days with at least one win, and leads Gutierrez 48-39 in the jockeys’ standings. . .Gutierrez is now seven wins from tying Gallyn Mitchell’s all-time track record of 1,419 riding wins. . .Trainer Sergio Perez notched his first career Emerald Downs’ victory with Fuzzy Dolphin ($21.40) in race eight. . .Live racing resumes Wednesday, September 30, with first post 2:15 p.m. Simulcasting, meanwhile, is open on track level and includes Friday’s 10-race opener of the Santa Anita Autumn Meeting.