Mike Man’s Gold scores his record 22nd victory, with Gary Wales riding. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Mike Man’s Gold scores his record 22nd victory, with Gary Wales riding. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Mike Man’s Gold sets all-time wins record | Emerald Downs

  • Monday, September 2, 2019 9:26am
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Mike Man’s Gold surged past Cody’s Choice and Capital Expense in the final furlong of Sunday’s fifth race, and into the record book at Emerald Downs.

Powering home for a four-length victory in a $25,000 claiming race, 9-year-old Mike Man’s Gold became the track’s all-time leader in wins with 22, one better than West Seattle Boy.

Ridden by Gary Wales, Mike Man’s Gold ran 5½ furlongs in 1:03 and paid $6.40 to win. Joe Toye is the trainer and co-owner with Greg Conley and Chuck Conley of Redmond.

A Washington-bred by Liberty Gold-Chedoodle, Mike Man’s Gold is 22-5-6 in 51 starts at Emerald Downs, a career that fittingly began with a victory on July 7, 2012, and includes four stakes wins.

Mike Man’s Gold earned $9,130 Sunday and has career earnings of $346,833, good for No. 47 all-time among Washington-breds. His 22 victories include 15 sprints and seven routes.

Wales, who has been up for all three wins this year, said he was a bit stressed before the race, but said he enjoyed a push-button trip sitting behind speedsters Capital Expense and Cody’s Choice.

“I felt a little pressure riding him today,” said Wales, the meet’s leading rider with 87 wins. “I didn’t want to disappoint Joe, Greg and Chuck, but once I slipped him outside, the rest was history.”

Toye and the Conleys have owned Mike Man’s Gold for his last 12 wins and reclaimed the gelding twice this season for $25,000.

“We enjoy him and we love him,” Greg Conley said. “Everyone at the track loves him.”

Breeders Keith and Jan Swagerty, who owned the gelding through his 4-year-old season and won four stakes with him, were on hand in the winner’s circle.

Said Joe Toye: “We are lucky to have Mike Man’s Gold, and thank you to the Swagertys for raising such a valiant horse.”

Emerald Downs all-time wins

Mike Mans Gold, 22

West Seattle Boy, 21

Buddy Dave, 17

Olympic Lights, 17

Bob Stories, 16

Market Master, 16

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