(Auburn, WA) Days 2 and 3 came under bright sunny skies and warm temperatures as the 2024 season is officially underway. The jockey’s and trainers that were finishing the season at Turf Paradise last weekend have made their way north and several got their 1st taste of the Auburn oval track.

Al McEachern

The Jockey’s were introduced in the Paddock prior to the 1st race and singing the National Anthem was friend to racing and the reliable and talented Al McEachern from Kent. The promotions department had a bag of prizes to give away to some lucky Mom’s and the track again proved to be a popular place to bring Mom on her special day with a big crowd on hand.

Below is our coverage of both days with the feature races covered first along with some news and notes from the weekend.

Sunday Racing

Feature Race 8th Race “The Muckleshoot Casino” Purse

A field of 6 lined up for Sunday’s Feature race in front a large Mother’s Day crowd and they got to witness a terrific run from a 6-year-old Washington bred roll to a clear win. Coastal Kid with Karlo Lopez aboard broke from the 2 hole but let the 1 horse Itsallabouthteride with Javier Matias take the lead and set the pace in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint.

Coastal Kid w/Karlo Lopez

9-5 favorite Welton with Alex Cruz up sat back a bit further in 4th place and when they hit the quarter pole Lopez let Kid go and he cruised right up to Itsallaboutheride and had a 1/2 length lead by the top of the stretch. Welton began closing on the far outside as wsell and as ‘Ride began to hit the wal Dirt Road Red with Brayan Pena found room down on the rail.

But Coastal Kid had too much in the tank and pulled away to win by 1 3/4’s in a time of 1:02.38. The race was for 2nd and Welton held off Dirt Road Red by a neck who was clear of 4th place finisher Elevado with Neptali Ortiz.

Coastal Kid races for Steve and Letha Haarh and trained by Alexis Silva-Martinez. The Kid was b red by Nina and Ron Hagan and is by Coast Guard out of Creme by Somersham. Coastal Kid is now 6-8-4 from 33 lifetime starts and is 3-2-1 from 9 starts at Emerald Downs. The connections picked up $13,965 for the win to push his lifetime earnings to $193,964. 

Coastal Kid paid $8.48 on the $2 win and coupled with the 26-1 Northern Blend in the 7th returned a healthy $155.75 $1 daily double. The 50-cent pick 3 was good for $198.57.

Stretch Run of Coastal Kid’s win


Winners Circle Ceremonies with Joe Withee


1st Race

Jazzy Love w/Silvio Amador

The 1st race over the fast track featured 6 runners with the top 3 betting choices completing the trifecta. 2-1 Jazzy Love with Silvio Amador took 1st run at the top of the stretch and pulled away for a convincing 3-length win. Betting favorite Reservoir went to the early lead and battled on  well for a clear 2nd while 7-2 Mean Sharon ran and even 3rd. 12-1 Annette Marie ran on for 4th  with Manuel Americano aboard.

Jazzy Love is owned by Peter Redekop and trained by Blaine Wright. Jazzy Love paid $6.06 as the 2nd favorite. Jazzy Lover and Reservoir drew a crowd at the claim box as Jazzy was taken by Horseplayers Club for trainer Scott Tubbs and Res went to Lusk Racing  and Alexis Silva-Martinez and will be trained by Solva-Martinez. Both claims were $3,500.

2nd Race

Scatalicious w/Alex Cruz

In the 2nd race #3 Scatalicious was the only horse to finish in the top 3 8 times last year but never got to the winners circle as all 8 finishes were either 2nd or 3rd. Scataliciouis turned that around in her 1st start of 2024. Alex Cruz had her near the lead of early pacesetter and favorite Itstequila Talkin with Isaias Enriquez. The 2 would not be separated and they rounded the far turn they were heads apart with Scatalicious finally wearing down Tequila in the final 100 yards for a 1/2 length victory covering the 6-furlongs in 1:10.04.

5-2 Merry Blue with Silvio Amador got up for 3rd and 9-1 I Am Yours with Brayan Pena finished 4th. The 1st $1 daily double of the day paid $15.31. Scatalicious is owned by Camelot Racing and trained by Scott Tubbs.

3rd Race

A Skip in the Park w/Jose Zunino

In the 3rd race the 7-5 favorite, A Skip in the Park rallied from last and went extremely wide to swoop past all 5 in front of him and rolled t a 3-length win. Jose Zunino, “The Carpenter” had this race measured from the start. 5-1 Hickory Wind rallied late for a nice 2nd place finish at 5-1 while 10-1 Fed Grant and Karlo Lopez also had a nice late run to get the show and betting favorite Theuntouchableone held 4th.

A Skip in the Park stopped the clock in 1:10.10 for the 6-furlongs and races for Round Table Stable #2 and trained by Tom Wenzel. The Washington bred gelding is a 4-year-old by Prospect Park out of You Me and Ema B by You and  I and was bred by Jennifer Webber, Margo Lloyd, Tammy Sodergren and Kenneth Jochimsen.

4th Race

Holy Tutta Bella w/Luis Reyes

Newcomer Luis Reyes was looking for his 1st win at Emerald and had 3 pretty mounts for the day but 2 of them got scratched which meant if he was going to get into the winners circle today the 4th race would be his only chance aboard Holy Tutta Bella at 5-2. Reyes did not waste his opportunity dueling for the lead early and then shaking off 2-1 favorite Reign of Fire with Isaias Enriquez to pull away for more than a length win running the 6-furlongs in 1:09.83. Holy Tutta Bella also scored the 1st win of the season for owner/trainer Justin Evans who was last year’s leading owner and trainer. Evans owned this one in partnership with Rockingham Ranch.

5-2 Nan Elizabeth went wide into the stretch and closed from last to grab 3rd with Neptali Ortiz and 5-2 Class Code with Silvio Amador ran 4th. The 1st 50-cent pick 4 returned $117.27.

ESN talks with Luis Reyes after getting his 1st win at Emerald


5th Race

Bea Mischief w/Brayan Pena

5 went to the post in the first mile and 2-turn race of the year. When it was all said and done the race turned into a 300-yard quarter horse races with all 5 across the track and the one going the best of all was 9-2 Bea Mischief who was another that went exceptionally wide to get the win. Brayan Pena also picked up his 1st win at Emerald Downs as did trainer Bob Bean and owner Luann Bean running the mile in 1:37.57.

3-1 Rafanelli with Silvio Amador ran well to take the runner-up spot while Shes Got the Power with Karlo Lopez was 3rd at 4-1 and odds on choice Merino Wool and Alex Cruz took 4th. With the odds-on runner taking 4th the 50-cent trifecta was a sweet pay-off of 9-2 to 3-1 to 9-2 paying $63.36. There was a claim in the race as owner/trainer Cliff Balcom claimed Rafanelli for $8,000.

6th Race

Lie and Deny w/Isaias Enriquez

The 6th race sent 5 to the post and the 1-2 overwhelming choice did not disappoint as Lie and Deny rolled to an easy 3 1/2 length win. Jockey Isaias Enriquez sat perfectly still while sitting just off the pace and turning for home Enriquez gave Lie and Deny a couple of reminders and he was gone easily overcoming the 2-1 2nd choice New Every Morning with Karlo Lopez. 7-1 Bernalinho ran 3rd for Brayan Pena and 9-1 You Kidding Me with Neptali Ortiz finished off the superfecta.

Lie and Deny ran the 6-furlongs in a blazing 1:08.59 and races for Two Putts for the Win #21 and the Trifecta King Stable and trained by Frank Lucarelli. Lie and Deny was claimed by Rod Parkinson and goes to the barn of trainer Debbie Peery.

7th Race

Northern Blend w/Brayan Pena

A field of 7 went 5-furlongs and at the end of the short sprint was a 26-1 shocker as Brayan Pena got his 2nd win of the day and 2nd win of his career at Emerald on the longest shot on the board Northern Blend. Pena said he rides every horse like it’s the favorite but he was even stunned a bit with the huge pay-offs.

Northern Blend and Pena laid off the early speed but only about a length and half back. When they turned for home the duo engaged 9-23 Uncle Juju with Karlo Lopez. The pair would run a match race to the finish line with Northern Blend getting his head down for owner James Munch and trainer Sam Dronen.

Odds-on Grammy Winner had some traffic issues out of the 1 hole and ran on for 3rd with 5-1 Rancho Red and Alex Cruz running an even 4th place. Northern Blend paid $54.98, $20.50 and $6.32. The $1 exacta was $148.12 the $1 trifecta returned $451.48 and the $1 superfecta $1,861.30. Northern Blend would also light up the final pick 4 and pick 5 after the 9th race.

The favorite Grammy Winner was claimed by Remmah Racing for trainer Jorge Rosales at the tag price of $5,000.

ESN talks with newcomer Brayan Pena after picking up a double on Sunday


9th Race

Through 2 days of racing the 4-time defending champion rider, Alex Cruz had doubled and in race 9 he was determined to do it again and went gate to wire in a dominating front runing win on Daredevil Princess where the 5-year-old gray mare led by at least 2 lengths the entire race with a finishing time of 58.18 for the 5-furlong dash.

Daredevil Princess w/Alex Cruz

The race appeared wide-open to the bettors as there were 5 of the 7 runners between the favorite at 5-2 and 5-1. Daredevil Princess was the 2nd choice at 3-1 and races for Richard Larson for trainer Vince Gibson. 9-2 Drinkup Buttercup with Karlo Lopez ran 2nd, 7-2 Meteor Shower and Javier Matias closed well for 3rd, 5-1 Lady of the River finshed 4th and 16-1 Settler’s Cove with David Martin completed the Super High 5.

The 26-1 Northern Blend in the 7th race helped trigger some massive pay-offs at the end of the card. The 50-cent pick 3 paid $345.84, the 50-cent pick 4 returned $973.96 and 1 winning ticket in the 50-cent pick 5 collected a season high pay-out of $18,353.82. The 50-cent pick 6 paid 5 of 6 for $1,097.95 with a $3,978 carryover and the 50-cent Super High Five paid it’s lowest of the season but still a signer at $604.48.

Saturday Racing

7th Feature Race

Mr Mafioso w/ Silvio Amador

The feature race saw jockey Silvio Amador break his streak of 2nd-itis with his 1st win of the year and 1st feature race of the season. Amador was aboard 6-1 Mister Mafioso in the 1 hole and quickly got out to share the lead with Peter Flies and Alex Cruz. Peter Flies was the 2nd choice in the betting at 9-5 and the furthest these 2 would be separated would be 1/2 length and for most of the race only a head between the two.

As they turned for home the 6-5 betting favorite It’s Turbo with Isaias Enriquez would join those 2 and they battled to the wire for a 1-2-3 photo finish that gave Mister Mafioso the neck win over Peter Flies who was a neck in front of It’s Turbo. 13-1 Mangia Pane with Juan Gutierrez got up for 4th.

Mister Mafioso races for Luigi and Diana Di Pietro and is trained by Faustino “Coco” Patino. The 4-year-old Gray colt by The Factor out of Ronda Rocks by Rockport Harbor is a Washington bred  by the Di Pietro’s. Mister Mafioso picked up his 3rd career win and is now 3-1-2 from 16 lifetime starts and earned $13,965 for the win. His lifetime earnings are now $46,467.

Mister Mafioso returned $15.38 on the $2 win and $24.68 for the $2 across the board bet. A $10 combo was a nice $123.40.

1st Race

A field of 8 went 5 1/2-furlongs with a huge 1-5 favorite in Hey Barmaid with Silvio Amador aboard. But 18-1 Apricot Brandy had other ideas as Alex Cruz broke Apricot Brandy off of 2 front runners and then eased to a head lead at the 3/8ths. Hey Barmaid joined the fray with Brandy and as they wheeled for the judge as Robert Geller would say, they were noses apart and Apricot Brandy dug in like a champ and acutally pulled away in the final 16th for the 1/2 length win in a final time of 1:04.85.

Hey Barmaid a clear 2nd with 13-1 Nautical Mile and Brayan Pena running on for 3rd and 4-1 Chrome’s Best Copy and Javier Matias taking 4th. Jennifer Nunnally owned and trained the winner who returned $38.60 on the $2 win. The $1 exacta paid $38.80 and the 50-cent tri with a 1/5 shot running 2nd paid $117.45.

2nd Race

Bonnie Jenne

The longshots weren’t done yet with 14-1 Valley Echo with Javier “The Rooster” Matias going to the lead and never giving in to win by a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths over 5-2 2nd choice Coastal Girls and Alex Cruz. Valley Echo ran the 5-furlongs in 57.03 and is trained by Bonnie Jenne. The 3-year-old Washington bred by Parker’s Storm Cat out of Myladysabitshady by Harbor the Gold was bred by the owners the Shady Valley Ranch.

Simply Gracious and Kevin Orozco took 3rd as the 9-5 favorite and 3-1 Victoria’s Charge with Brayan Pena capped the superfecta. The $1 Daily Double set an early season high pay that may take awhile to top paying $396.94. The $1 super returned $477.70 as Valley Echo paid a healthy $47.40 on the $2 Combo ticket.

3rd Race

The 3rd race saw 2 firsts. #1 the favorite won for the 1st time on Saturday and #2 newcomer Karlo Lopez got his 1st win ever at Emerald Downs. Lopez took the 6-5 favorite El Bromista off the pace in the 5 1/2-furlong race to 6th out of the 7 runners. 10-1 early speed Gunnin’ for Gold went to the front and set sizzling fractions of 21.22, 43.44 and 57.18 before stopping in mid stretch to finish last.

This set up those coming off the pace and none did it than El Bromista who had company in 5-1 Elder Mack with Silvio Amador. Those 2 would go the wire where El Bromista would get the hesd bob and nexk victory. Amador now has 6 2nd place finishes from 9 mounts so far on the season still looking for his 1st win. Sir Argento with Leslie Mawing at 16-1 got up for 3rd and 4th place went to K R Rules with Isaias Enriquez.

El Bromista races for John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald and Gail Schneider and is trained by Blaine Wright. El Bromista stopped the clock in 1:03.78. The favorite also completed the largest 50-cent pick 3 pay of the early season returning $326.10.

4th Race

Outsiders continued to be the theme of Saturday as 6-1 Tiz A Tiger with Alex Cruz getting to the wire just a head in front of 7-5 favorite She’s Resilient and Karlo Lopez. Cruz laid off another quick pace and came rolling late in the stretch to just catch the favorite in a final time of 1:03.19 for the 5 1/2-furlongs. 5-1 Ms Falshy Harbor and Brayan Pena rallied 3rd by a head over 4th place finisher Eyes for Gold with Jose Zunino.

Tiz a Tiger races for Clay Sides and is trained by Jorge Rosales. Tiz A Tiger triggered a massive $5,192.43 50-cent pick 4 pay-out. There were 2 claims in the race with Ms Flashy Harbor going to Jane Maller and new trainer Alexis Silva-Martinez for $12,500 and She’s Resilient went to Alvarez Racing Stables and new trainer Sergio Alvarez for $10,000.

5th Race

Emerald icon Javier Matias showed he had plenty of wins still in him as he picked up his 2nd win of the card and on the year with betting choice Paynt Ya Later for trainer David Martinez and owners Russell Hulk, Coleton Langdon and Nolan Leifer. Paynt and “the Rooster” covered the 5 1/2-furlongs in a swift 1:02.42 after being allowed to get by with what would be considered pedestrian fractions of 22.48 and 45.39. Paynt Ya Later is a Washington bred by Paynter out of Impecunious by Vronskey and was bred by Chad Christensen.

8-1 Special Diva was a clear 2nd with Isaias Enriquez, 4-1 Bourbon Tiger and Kevin Orozco was 3rd with 2-1 Veronica’s Delight and Jose Zunino completing the superfecta.

6th Race

Karlo Lopez got his 2nd win of the card and season with betting favorite Creme de Menthe. Going 5 1/2-furlongs Lopez laid C-D-M off early in 4th while and steadily moved up to put a head in front of Hannahaza Hetty while splitting runners and pulled away to win by 3/4’s of a length in a time of 1:03.37. Creme de Menthe was bred in Washington and is by Curlin to Mischief out of Creme by Somersham and was bred by Nina and Ron Hagan. Mike Hill is the owner and trained by Frank Lucarelli.

Hannahaza Hetty with Alex Cruz held 2nd, Goats Rocks with Francisco Diaz-Lopez took 3rd after initiating the pace and Unbridled Soldier got up for 4th. The 2nd pick 4 of the day was quite a drop from the 5k pay-off in the 4th and returned $157.11.

8th Race

Rosie Simkins

A field of 9 lined up to go 5-furlongs in the Saturday finale but Kevin Orozco and Fruit Lutes decided to make it a 1-horse race breaking alertly setting the fractions and entering the stretch with a 2 length lead and hit the finish line with a dominsting 5 1/4 length win in a time of 57.44. The 5-1 Fruit Lutes gave Orozco his 2nd win of the season and races for Horse Haven Creek Farm trained by Rosie Simkins. Horse Haven Creek also bred the 4-year-old gelding here in Washington state and is by Lutes Gift out of Sweet Pleasure by Candy Ride.

7-1 Secret Riddles ran 2nd with Karlo Lopez, favorite Sir Looking Glass owned by the Emerald Racing Club which always leads to their horse being bet down and went off as the 4-5 odds on choice was 3rd with Brayan Pena while 25-1 Derby Boy with Isaias Enriquez completed a big $155 10-cent superfecta and Chinook Bend at 5-1 and David Martin wrapped up the 50-cent Super High Five which paid $908. The largest pay of the season was also hit with the 50-cent pick 5 returning $10,159.67.

News and Notes


On Saturday the Emerald Racing Club started their 1st horse of the season in the 8th and final race. Sir Looking Glass with Brayan Pena ran 3rd for the club made up of novices wanting to feel what it’s like to be a thoroughbred owner. The club is run by Emerald Media Relations Director Vince Bruun and includes up to 200 members.

Sir Looking Glass

Sir Looking Glass was bet down to 9-5 favoritism and was a clear 3rd closing from the back of the pack but far short of the winner nearly 7 lengths behind. However, this was a solid start for the club to hit board as the team collected $1,208 for the 3rd place finish. Scott Tubbs is the trainer for the club and manages both horses Sir Looking Glass and Warrens Candy Man. Bruun says they hope the Candy Man will get his first race Memorial Day weekend.

Currently there are 144 owners in the Emerald Racing Club and they can take as many as 200. The cost is a 1-time fee of $500. For more information on getting involved in the ERC go to their page on the Emerald Downs website or just click this link to the Emerald Racing Club.

In another ERC note one of their horses last year was Scataliicious who ran 8 times and was the only horse to finish all 8 times in the top 3. However, she never won a race last year. At the end of the season Scatalicious was purchased by the Camelot racing group who started her on Sunday. Alex Cruz was aboard and brought her home 1st in the 2nd race at 7-2 snapping her 10 race losing streak.

Two Putts and Tri King Sizzle!

Two Putts for the Win Stable

In the 6th race on Sunday the overwhelming favorite Lie and Deny with Isaias Enriquez blitzed the field of 5 going 6-furlings in a sizzling time of 1:08.59. Lie and Deny sat just off the pace and blistered them down the stretch for the 3 length win and could have been more. Enriquez nearly hand rode him the entire 3/4 mile giving him only a couple of taps in the stretch.

It was bittersweet for the colorful owners of Two Putts for the Win #21 led by the affable Dean Mazzuca and the Trifecta King Stables and yes…that Trifecta King, Gary Dougherty the Promotions Director at Emerald Downs who can be seen many days cruising the track level in his Imperial Margarine King outfit.

They were of course tickled for the win but Lie and Deny proved to be hot at the claim box and was taken for the $8,000 asking price.


Alex Cruz

Alex Cruz continued his hot start and has strung together 3 day winning streak and with 2 wins each day. Going back to the end of last year Cruz now has a 7 day win streak and all with multiple wins. Over his last 6 days at Emerald he has a total of 16 wins for an average of 2.5 wins per day. Cruz won the 1st and 4th on Saturday and 2nd and 9th on Sunday. Cruz is winning at a 29% clip with a 62% top 3 percent and 86% superfecta finish rate. Full jockey standings are below.

Meantime, the Turf Paradise invasion that arrived this week all made their mark. Karlo Lopez is sitting in 2nd place with 3 wins getting his 1st win in the 3rd on Saturday aboard El Bromista and then scoring in the 6th with Creme de Menthe. Lopez won the feature on Sunday and is featuerd above.

Brayan Pena got both of his wins on Sunday and his supporters would be handsomely rewarded as Bea Mischief in the 5th paid a solid $11.86 but Northern Blend in the 7th was an eye-poppiong 26-1 and paid $54.98. Also from T-P is Luis Reyes who only had 1 ride both days. He had several entries scratch and looks to be the #1 for the powerful Justin Evans barn who just arrived from the desert as well and had just 2 runners this weekend. Reyes won on his only ride on Sunday on 5-2 Holy Tutta Bella.

Javier “The Rooster” Matias doubled on Saturday taking the 2nd race at 14-1 and then winning the 5th on the 9-5 favorite. “The Carpenter” Jose Zunino got another win this weekend as the another Emerald Downs mainstay keeps proving he’s not done yet. Kevin Orozco got his 2nd win of the season with a front running win on Fruit Lutes in the Saturday finale. And Isaias Enriquez got his 1st win of the season aboard Lie and Deny (note above).

Silvio Amador had caught an early 2nd-itis bug and had 6 2nd place finishes in 9 starts before he got his 1st win of the year on Saturday in the feature race on Mister Mafioso (story above). Amador got win #2 in the opener on Sunday with a 3 length win on Jazzy Love.

Meantime a pair of long time vets and former Jockey Champs and Longacres Mile winners Leslie Mawing and Juan Gutierrez got off to a slow start still lookiong for their 1st wins of the season. As are apprentice Manuel Americano, David Martin, Vladimir Jensen and Francinso Diaz-Lopez.

Jockey Standings
Jockey Mounts Wins Place Show 4th Win % Top 3% Super % Earnings
1 Alex Cruz 21 6 4 3 5 29% 62% 86% $71,430
2 Karlo Lopez 15 3 6 2 0 20% 73% 73% $60,154
3 Kevin Orozco 12 2 2 2 1 17% 50% 58% $27,344
3 Carlos Montalvo 7 2 1 3 0 29% 86% 86% $20,351
3 Brayan Pena 13 2 0 5 2 15% 54% 69% $24,192
3 Jose Zunino 9 2 0 0 3 22% 22% 56% $19,610
3 Javier Matias 9 2 0 1 1 22% 33% 44% $27,178
3 Silvio Amador 17 2 7 2 4 12% 65% 88% $45,450
9 Luis Reyes 2 1 0 0 0 50% 50% 50% $10,125
9 Neptali Ortiz 7 1 0 1 2 14% 29% 57% $10,373
9 Isaias Enriquez 9 1 3 1 2 11% 56% 78% $23,736
12 Francisco Diaz-Lopez 2 0 0 1 0 0% 50% 50% $2,818
12 David Martin 6 0 1 0 0 0% 17% 17% $3,914
12 Manuel Americano 5 0 0 1 2 0% 20% 60% $3,290
12 Vladimir Jensen 6 0 0 1 0 0% 17% 17% $3,180
12 Leslie Mawing 9 0 0 1 0 0% 11% 11% $5,714
12 Juan Gutierrez 2 0 0 0 1 0% 0% 50% $1,735


Blaine Wright has come out firing trying to get back to the winners circle in the race for top trainer. Wright has started 16, one of just 2 trainers with double digit starts and has hit on 4 winners. Wright is 4-4-3 overall with a 25% win rate and 69% top 3 finish. 3 other trainers have 2 wins and include the winningest trainer in track history Frank Lucarelli along with David Martinez and Jorge Rosales. 14 others have 1 win including the defending training Champ Justin Evans.

Bob Bean

A few notable winners from the weekend were Bob Bean, the colorful old school trainer booted home Bea Mischief with Brayan Pena up. Bean’s groom which we didn’t get his name was pretty fired up for the win and so fun to see the joy in the grooms when they get their horse across the line.

Rosie Simkins got a win with Fruit Lutes in the Saturday finale with Kevin Orozco up. A dominating front running win as Rosie had Fruit Lutes cranked and ready to go. Jennifer Nunnally, Vince Gibson and Tom Wenzel also got their 1st photo opportunities of the year and Sam Dronen fired with 26-1 Northern Blend.

A few trainers still looking for their 1st win include Candy Cryderman, Charles Essex, Rigoberto Velasquez, Sergio Perez, Shelly Crowe and Hall of Famer Howard Belvoir. But don’t mthink it’s gonna take too long for these and many others to get it rolling here in 2024.

Trainer Standings based on Earnings

Rank Trainer Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win % WPS
1 Blaine D. Wright 16 4 4 3 $53,889 25% 69%
2 Frank Lucarelli 7 2 2 2 $33,487 29% 86%
3 David B. Martinez 5 2 0 2 $23,653 40% 80%
4 Jorge Rosales 4 2 1 0 $22,553 50% 75%
5 Alexis Silva-Martinez 6 1 2 1 $20,916 17% 67%
6 Steve Bullock 3 1 1 1 $17,273 33% 100%
7 Faustino Patino 2 1 0 0 $15,190 50% 50%
8 Vince Gibson 8 1 1 1 $13,731 13% 38%
9 Luciano Medina Gabriel 6 1 1 1 $13,071 17% 50%
10 Bonnie Jenne 3 1 1 0 $12,975 33% 67%
11 Tom Wenzel 5 1 0 2 $12,346 20% 60%
12 Candice S. Cryderman 12 0 1 3 $12,106 0% 33%
13 Kay Penney Cooper 3 1 1 0 $12,097 33% 67%
14 Charles Essex 5 0 2 1 $11,439 0% 60%
15 Scott Tubbs 3 1 1 1 $10,396 33% 100%
16 Robert A. Bean 4 1 1 0 $10,148 25% 50%
17 Justin R. Evans 2 1 0 0 $10,125 50% 50%
18 Jennifer Nunnally 6 1 0 1 $8,255 17% 33%
19 Sam Dronen 3 1 0 0 $6,190 33% 33%
20 Rosie Simkins 1 1 0 0 $5,985 100% 100%


Peter Redekop is the early leader after 3 racing days as the only owner with multiple win with 2. That leaves 22 other owners and partners who all got their 1st win picture of the season in the books. Out of the 23 winning owners only 7 are stand alone single owners and include Mike Hill, Luanne Bean, Clay Sides, Eliana Thompson, Jennifer Nunnally, James Munch and Richard Larson. 

So far 100 different owners and ownership groups have started horses in 2024. This looks like this is going to be another competitive season in all phases from riders to trainers to owners. 

Owner-Trainer Winners

Only Jennifer Nunnally was a true owner-trainer winner this past weekend with Apricot Brandy in the 1st on Saturday. Justin Evans is part owner of his lone win of the meet so far and Bob Bean’s wife Luann Bean is the owner of Bea Mischief. Early it feels like group ownership is really taking off with many groups being put together and several stables having numerous separate groups coming together to get into the game.

The Betting Window


Betting Window

The Tote Board exploded over the weekend after a very chalky opening day all of the high pays were erased except the Super High 5 which remains the highest pay-out from opening day. But the Pick 5 blasted out a 10k pay on Saturday and 18k on Mother’s Day plus nearly a $5,200 pick 4 on Saturday. There were big pay-offs ac ross the board led by 26-1 Northern Blend who set the bar high for the $2 win-place-show.

There was a $212 10-cent super, a $225 50-cent Tri and $148 exacta. The Super High Five wasn’t hit on Saturday and carried over to Sunday where it wasn’t too tough to hit and paid $650+. The 50-cent pick 6 is off to a bit of a slow start, last year it was the Jackpot pick 6 and they decided to change it to a more traditional pick 6 with a 50-cent minimum.

I’d like to see it go back to the 20-cent Jackpot pick 6. It’s too close to the 50-cent pick 3-4 and 5 and with the pick 5 paying out a total of $28,000 this weekend the pick 6 only has a little over $3,000 in the carryover. Maybe it will pick up but I love the idea of hogging the pot and playing the Pick 6 at 20-cents. I could be wrong but I think the Pick 5 is too popular to make much of a dent but maybe it’ will pick up steam it’s too early to tell. 

2024 Emerald Downs High Pay-Outs
Bet Pay-out Race/Date # Horse(s) & Rider(s)
$2 Win 54.98 R7 5-12 6 Northern Blend (Pena)
$2 Place 20.50 R7 5-12 6 Northern Blend (Pena)
$2 Show 6.32 R7 5-12 6 Northern Blend (Pena)
$1 Exacta 148.12 R7 5-12 6, 7 Northern Blend (Pena) &Uncle Juju (K Lopez)
.50 Tri 225.74 R7 5-12 6,7,1 Northern Blend (Pena) Uncle Juju (Klopez) Grammy Winner (Amador)
.10 Super 212.95 R7 5-12 6,7,1,2 Northern Blend (Pena) Uncle Juju (Klopez) Grammy Winner (Amador) Rancho Red (Cruz)
$1 DD 396.94 R1-2 5-11 1,3 Apricot Brandy (Cruz) Valley Echo (Matias)
.50 Pick 3 345.84 R7-8-9 5-12 6,2,7 Northern Blend (Pena) Coastal Kid (Klopez) Daredevil Princess (Cruz)
.50 Pick 4 5192.43 R1-4 5-11 1,3,6,5 Apricot Brandy (Cruz) Valley Echo (Matias) El Bromista (Klopez) Tiz A Tiger (Cruz)
.50 Pick 5 18353.82 R5-9 5-12 5,3-4,6,2,7 Bea Mischief (Pena) Lie & Deny (Enriquez) Northern Blend (Pena) Coastal Kid (Klopez) Daredevil Princess (Cruz)
.50 Pick 6 1097.95 R4-9 5-12 5,5,3-4,6,2,7 Holy Tutta Bella (Reyes) Bea Mischief (Pena) Lie & Deny (Enriquez) Northern Blend (Pena) Coastal Kid (Klopez) Daredevil Princess (Cruz)
.50 Sphi5 656.35 R7 5-4  6,1,7,3,4 Rockit a Day (Montalvo) Harbor Lass (Amador) Diplomatic (Cruz) Lady Mormont (Americano) My Motorhome (Orozco)

Handle Figures

The daily handle has increased significantly each race day so far with a big jump in the average bet per race. This is a great early sign and as the racing heats up with the competitive jockewy room will continue to draw interest locally and from all areas of the country. 

2024 Emerald Handles
Date Handle ave per race Cumlative  total av p/day total av p/race # races total races total av races day
4-May 817627 116803 817627 817627 116803 7 7 7
11-May 1176615 147077 1994242 997121 132949 8 15 7.5
12-May 1513601 168178 3507843 1169281 146160 9 24 8


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