Emerald Downs Wrap-Wednesday, July 22


Auburn, Wash. (July 22) – Make it three straight victories while climbing the class ladder.

Omache Kid did just that rallying from off the pace with red-hot rider Alex Cruz in the saddle taking Wednesday’s $11,200 feature race in a stirring stretch drive.

The 6-year-old Washington-bred owned by Joe Crawford and Joe Burke edged out Bound to Go by a neck at the 6 1/2-furlong distance. Omache Kid paid $9.20 win and has collected seven wins from 40 career starts.

So Lucky led into the stretch and faded finishing third while the favorite Mixo was never a factor finishing fifth at 5/2. The final time was 1:18.52.

Notes: One lucky British Columbia bettor had the winning unique Jackpot Pick 7 combination that paid $29,665…Juan Gutierrez, who was born in Jalisco, Mexico, in his 20th season of riding at Emerald Downs was shutout from 10 mounts and is still one win away from career victory 2,000…Cruz, who was the leading rider at Turf Paradise earlier this season, doubled to take the top spot in the jockey standings with 16 wins…Gary Wales won the sixth race and is one behind with 15…Both Cruz and Wales have won at least one race each of the nine days of racing…All-time leading trainer Frank Lucarelli won the fifth race (Azadi) to move his meet leading win total to eight…Racing returns at 5 PM Thursday with a 11-race card.