Emerald Downs Wrap-Wednesday, July 3

Beau Rocket


AUBURN, Wash. (July 3, 2019) – Beau Rocket sprinted clear early and held off Tillicum Grey late for a 1 ¾-length victory Wednesday in the $11,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse on Fireworks Spectacular night at Emerald Downs.

With Franklin Ceballos riding, Beau Rocket covered six furlongs in 1:10.42 and paid $5.20, $3 and $2.40. Blaine Wright—now with at least one win on 11 straight cards—is the winning trainer for owner/breeder Ernest Sherman.

Hustled to the lead, Beau Rocket set fractions of :22.09 and :44.73 for the quarter and half-mile, shook off Mrs Taylor into the stretch, and held a safe advantage to the wire.

A California-bred 4-year-old filly by Heatseeker, Beau Rocket improved to 2 for 3 lifetime with earnings of $13,840. In her May 5 debut, she ran the fastest five furlongs of the meet, :56.54, before struggling through a troubled trip in her subsequent out June 8.

Tillicum Grey, ridden by Eddie Martinez, rallied to finish second and paid $6.40 and $3.20, while Angelofmontgomery, ridden by Ryan Barber, was a neck back in third and paid $2.40 to show.

Mrs Taylor, Bluegrass Lily and Glitter and Gold completed the order of finish. Lulu’s Lightening was scratched earlier in the day.

NOTES: Beaulena, dam of Beau Rocket, captured the 2007 Boeing Handicap at Emerald Downs for owner Ernest Sherman and trainer Richard Wright. . .Owner Darrin Paul, trainer Frank Lucarelli and jockey Kevin Orozco combined for a pair of wins Wednesday, scoring with Jupiter S. ($7.40) in race three and Frisky Fox ($4.60) in race seven. . . Blaine Wright’s 23 wins this season include six stakes wins and six feature race wins. . .Orozco rode three winners Wednesday, while Juan Gutierrez and Gary Wales rode two winners each. . .Wales has ridden at least one winner on 20 straight cards. . .Kevin Radke owns the Emerald Downs’ record with 30 straight winning days in 2003. . .Live racing resumes Friday with a seven-race program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Emerald Downs offers Fourth of July simulcast wagering from Belmont Park, Los Alamitos, Pleasanton and several other venues.