A bank of lights extending from mid-backstretch to the quarter-pole lost power Friday evening, forcing Emerald Downs to cancel the final three races on the seven-race card.
According to Emerald Downs’ President Phil Ziegler, impending darkness would have placed horses and riders at risk, and made cancellation a necessity.
Full refunds are available on all advance wagers on Races 5, 6 and 7.
Also, Saturday’s eight-race card will begin at 4:25 p.m., 35 minutes earlier than usual, to ensure the completion of the card.
Only eight days remain in the 2019 season: Sept. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.
Rosso’s Gatto ($6) became a five-time winner at the meet with a gate to wire victory in Friday’s third race. A 3-year-old Courageous Cat filly owned by Marjorie Avery and trained by Jorge Rosales, Rosso’s Gatto joins Das Bear and General Mach Four as five-time winners, and Rosales trains all three. … Mark Dedomenico’s Motion Emotion, last seen finishing ninth in the Kentucky Oaks, returns to action as the 5-to-2 morning line favorite in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Los Alamitos. … Emerald Downs’ regular Gordy Jarnig enjoyed a big day at Golden Gate, scoring back to back victories with first-time starter Big Maria ($9) and Rebarules Again ($4.80), the latter co-owned with Eric Schweiger and Ken Marshall. A 6-year-old mare, Rebarules Again is out of 2009 Washington Horse of the Year Reba Is Tops. … Live racing continues Saturday with a special first post of 4:25 p.m.