Free Beer rallies from last to win Friday's feature race
FREE BEER FRIDAY NIGHT AT EMERALD DOWNS
AUBURN, Wash. (June 8, 2012) – A horse with a popular name—Free Beer—flew home for a thrilling 1-¼-length victory over Shamundi in the $11,100 feature race for 3-year-olds-and-up Friday night at Emerald Downs.
Rallying from some 12 lengths back under Rocco Bowen, Free Beer rallied furiously in the final furlong, passing six horses, for the victory in 1:37.74 for one mile on a sloppy track.
Free Beer paid $20.40, $8.20 and $4.40. Joe Toye is the trainer for owners Bill Jensen and Don Crow.
Shamundi, ridden by Jose Zunino, took the lead briefly in the final sixteenth-of-a-mile, but had to settle for second place and paid $4.40 and $3.40. The consistent 4-year-old gelding has finished first, second or third in 15 of 16 career starts.
Ricky Ricky, ridden by apprentice Eliska Kubinova, finished in third place and paid $4.60. Emancipated, the early leader, finished fourth, and was followed by Advancement, 5-to-2 betting favorite Win Photos Will Do and Touch the Sun.
Free Beer lagged in last place as Emancipated and Advancement dueled for the lead through fractions of :22.99, :46.01 and 1:24.04. The eventual winner raced far wide through the last turn, responded to brisk urging and wore down the leaders late.
A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Medaglia d’Oro, Free Beer has a lifetime record of 4-3-4 in 32 starts with earnings of $56,272.
The $0.50 Pick 5 (6-1/5-7-3/6-4/5/7/10) paid $5.434.10.
NOTES: The 10-year-old gelding Chickasaw Park ($4.60) notched his 13th career Emerald Downs’ victory in the seventh race finale under Leonel Camacho-Flores. Chickasaw Park is second to Noosa Beach (14 wins) for most wins by an active horse at Emerald Downs, and has a career record of 14 wins in 64 starts for trainer/co-owner H.R. Pat Mullens…Mullens and Joe Toye led the trainers with two wins each Friday…Seven different jockeys rode winners including Juan Gutierrez, who ranks first with 29 wins through 26 days…Live racing continues Saturday at 2:15 p.m. The featured ninth race is the $10,000 Stella Artois Purse for 3-year-olds and up at 6-½ furlongs. The evenly-match field of eight includes Polish Dollar (3-to-1), Buddy Dave (7-to-2) and Who’s Your Next Ex (4-to-1), who have a combined 22 victories at Emerald Downs.