No Last Hurrah For Yodeler

There will be no “last hurrah” for Yodeler on Closing Weekend with both races that were entered on Saturday and Sunday not filling.

We were fortunate that this didn’t happen earlier in the season but unfortunate that we were unable to get one final race in.

Sharon is welcoming all visitors to the barn on Saturday and Sunday if you’d like to say goodbye to Yodeler and Anelina and give them a final pat or carrot.

Both will be shipping out on Monday to the Ross farm in Maple Valley.

An agreement has been reached to sell Dancing Yodeler to Left Coast Thoroughbreds LLC for his $3,500 claiming price. The group is mainly comprised of existing Emerald Racing Club members and some new owners.

They plan to rest Yodeler over the winter and race him at Emerald Downs next year. We wish them the best of success campaigning Yodeler in the future! Who knows, next year’s Club just might be racing against Yodeler. He’ll be tough to beat.


Anelina will go to Sharon’s farm for continued layup and rehab. We have had a Club member interested in offering her a home and we’ll be working on those details over the next month.

Her ankle continues to look good and she is being hand walked twice a day. Dr. Stenslie also makes farm visits to the Ross farm and will be able to continue to monitor her progress and recommend her exercise schedule.

Wrapping Up

We’ve got a few more blog posts to wrap up the first year of the Emerald Racing Club:

-September Financials

-Guest blog post by Dr. Everett Macomber on drug testing

-Final financials upon the transfer of Anelina to a good home

Next Year’s Club

I plan to open registration for the 2015 Emerald Racing Club to existing members in January. In February, I’ll open it to the general public.

You will be notified by email when registration opens.

We are extremely grateful that Sharon has accepted the opportunity to train for the Club in 2015.

If you have friends or family that would like to participate next year, please have them email to be put on the notification list.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions please ask them in the comments or send an email to

Thank you for making this new endeavor such a wonderful experience for myself and for all the staff here at Emerald Downs. Our staff got so much enjoyment out of watching Yodeler and Anelina race for the Club. You were truly part of something special.

I sincerely enjoyed getting to know each of you and relished the opportunity to partake in your journey in racehorse ownership! We shared a lot of ups and downs and in my career in racing, this has been the most satisfying and rewarding project I have ever been a part of (and that includes being on the team for the 2007 Breeders’ Cup). So THANK YOU!











Yodeler Will Not Run Sunday

Yodeler’s race did not “fill” today and was not carded for Sunday. Yodeler was the only horse entered.

There are no more races for him in the condition book for the remainder of the season, but there is hope that the racing secretary will write an “extra” that he would fit.

So what happened to his competition? How could they suddenly disappear or not race?

A couple things have happened.

1) His current competition moved up or down in class to find a race. An example of this is on Friday in race 5, War Wizard and Marvin’s Magic – both horses he has raced against in the past – are entered in a 6 furlong race for $5,000 – $4,000 claimers.

2) His current competition still meet non-winners conditions. An example of this also is on Friday, race 7, a $3,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs restricted to horses that have not won two races since April 12, 2014 or have never won four races.

Essentially, Yodeler has outraced his competition and now finds himself alone. It happens, but it is more common at the end of a season when horses are trying to get one last start in.

Fingers crossed for one final start. Either way, Yodeler is due a rest at the farm. He has not been turned out since he started racing and will enjoy a vacation.


The party on Sunday, September 21 will still take place. I’ll accept RSVP until end of day today. Thank you to those that have already done so.

The list of those that have RSVP’d will be at the tent for check-in. If your name isn’t on the list, you will not be granted admission regardless of whether or not you are a Club member.

General admission tickets will be left at the Will Call Window under Emerald Racing Club on Sunday even though Yodeler is not racing.

See you all Sunday!



August Financials

August Financials are complete. Dancing Yodeler earned $3,890 in August with his one victory and one fourth place finish.

Updated budget is here: August Budget.

August Statement and Bills include monthly account statement, training bill and vet bills (Sport Horse Medicine and Cavalli Equine).

Training bill was $3,539.20 and shows the reduction in the day rate for Anelina when she injured her ankle.

The vet bills reflect the usual treatment pattern we’ve come to see for Yodeler with joint health supplements, and race day administration of lasix.

The only new item you’ll see on August 22 was an injection of vitamin B12. It’s the same vitamin that humans take and helps alleviate fatigue.



Upcoming Events and Yodeler’s Next Race

WHBPA Annual Member Meeting

The WHBPA (Washington Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association) is holding their annual membership meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm refreshments and meeting to follow. It is at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion at the North end of Emerald Downs Drive.

It is requested that you RSVP to the WHBPA Office by Monday, September 15 so they can plan food accordingly. 253-804-6822 or email

As a licensed owner, you are a member of the WHBPA. To learn more about their work, click here.

Yodeler’s Next Race

There is a race in the new condition book for Yodeler on Sunday, September 21. It is number 15 in the Book – a $3,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs. He will be entered on Thursday, September 18.

Since the race isn’t for another week, Sharon has planned a work for him this Sunday at 9:30 am if you’d like to watch him train.

Party! – Sunday, September 21

In conjunction with Yodeler’s last race, we will be hosting a party in the Trackside Tents for the Emerald Racing Club to celebrate a successful season.

party hat

You and one guest are welcome to attend, but we require an RSVP. If you do not RSVP, you will not have access to the tent and buffet (but are certainly welcome in the usual areas).

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 18. This is open to Emerald Racing Club Members plus +1.

Party includes: seating in the trackside tent, track program, and buffet meal.

BBQ Beef Sandwiches and Grilled Chicken Breast served with Mac & Cheese, housemade potato chips and dip, coleslaw, Emerald green salad, fresh and marinated vegetable platter with Ranch dip, sliced watermelon and assorted dessert bars & cookies.

  • Tents open 1 pm
  • First race 2 pm
  • Food served 3 – 4 pm
  • Cash bar available

If Yodeler’s race does not fill, or if he scratches for some unforeseen reason, we will still have the party. I look forward to seeing you all there!



Dancing Yodeler to Work Saturday Morning

Dancing Yodeler is scheduled to work Saturday, September 6 at 9:30 am (first after the break). The Breakfast at the Wire program ended in August, but you can still enter at the Quarterchute Cafe and walk up the track apron to watch the work.

Dancing Yodeler was also in the Emerald Downs Training Day video from Thursday. You can see him at :42 (for those of you viewing in the email, you’ll have to visit to view the video).

Yodeler’s Next Race

The current condition book goes through September 14 and there aren’t any races in the book that are suitable for Yodeler. However, the racing secretary may write an “extra” that suits him so there is a chance that there might be a race for him next weekend.

Dancing Yodeler will be sold at the end of the season. There currently is a group of Emerald Racing Club members that are pursuing putting together a syndicate to purchase him. If you’d like to be involved, contact Jim Engstrom ( You do not need to be a current member to get involved.

Anelina Update

Anelina continues to be on layup. The Club funds will cover her expenses until she finds a new home even if that continues beyond the end of the racing season. She will go to Sharon’s farm for layup.

Some of you have inquired as to the costs of continuing ownership of her. I hope to have a guest blog post regarding those expenses (as a broodmare) from Nina at El Dorado Farms shortly. Upon recovery, she should be sound for light riding (trail riding) or as a broodmare.

Sale Recap

I saw many of you at the sale and understand some of you have acquired a young racehorse. Congratulations! For full sales recap, click here.


Anelina Officially Retired

Anelina is officially retired after consultation with our veterinarian Dr. Stenslie. She worked great on Saturday and came back to the barn fine. However, she began to exhibit swelling in the right ankle (the opposite of the one that was previously injured).

Upon x-rays Tuesday morning it was discovered that she has a fracture on the outside of her sesamoid bone in her right front ankle. It does not require surgery, but she will not race again – now – nor after time off.

She is now on “lay up” again in Sharon’s barn. She is available as a broodmare prospect for any Emerald Racing Club members interested in pursuing that with her. If you are, email me at and we can discuss details.

You are truly experiencing the full gamut of being an owner. From the highs of winning, to the lows of having to retire a successful racehorse.

Anelina has given us great joy and pleasure with her friendly personality and voracious appetite for carrots. We can only do the best for her in return.



Dancing Yodeler Runs 4th

Dancing Yodeler ran a game fourth yesterday. Replay at > Racing>Race Replays.

Full chart here. He earned $480 for his 4th place effort. Your appreciation and applause for him when he returned to be unsaddled did not go unnoticed. Longtime horsemen were commenting on how impressed they were that all of Yodeler’s owners stayed to give him an ovation. Well done!


Dancing Yodeler (#2) closes steadily to finish fourth. Photo by Hilary Hutchison.


Dancing Yodeler returns after the race with jockey Leslie Mawing. His trademark tongue is in full display. Photo by Erin Palmer. 

Yodeler will get a short break before his next start. He’s been running hard every two weeks for two months and if you watched him yesterday, you could see that even though he was giving his best, he appeared a bit tired. He came back fine and appears to be good this morning.

Because the races had been cycling every two weeks, we can anticipate his next race coming in four weeks provided he bounces back with his usual gusto but Sharon will continue to monitor his health and attitude.

Anelina Update

Anelina had her first work since her injury – an easy 1/2 mile under jockey Leslie Mawing. She was 4 of 7 for the distance going in 49.80. Dr. Stenslie will evaluate her on Monday.


Anelina and jockey Leslie Mawing after their work. Photo by Hilary Hutchison.


Sharon watches Anelina after her work. Photo by Hilary Hutchison.

Yearling Sale

Reminder that the Yearling Sale is Tuesday, August 26 at 2 pm. Seating and admission is free. You’ll see me wandering around the barn and sales pavilion – say hi!

Yearling viewing is any time 8 am – 4 pm until the sale. For viewing, you can enter the North security gate (behind the Sales Pavilion) and there’s a courtesy golf cart that will run you back to the temporary stalls. Or you can walk back. “Window shopping” is encouraged so don’t feel awkward just strolling through and peaking in each stall. Pick up a catalog when you arrive and the horses will be noted by their hip numbers.

Keep your head up. On occasion a frisky yearling can get loose from it’s handler and we don’t want you to get run over.

You’ll likely see some familiar faces that you saw at the farms – Debbie Pabst from Blue Ribbon, Mary Lou Griffin from Griffin Place, Nina Hagen from El Dorado, and Rosalia DiPietro from DiPietro Thoroughbreds.

And because it’s Mile Day…it’s worth noting that Jebrica ($15,000) and Stryker Phd ($45,000) were purchased out of the WTBOA Yearling Sale. They have earned $327,576 and $182,751 respectively.

Happy Mile Day!

Paddock List for Saturday

Paddock List for Saturday:

  • Jeff Childs
  • Christi Walkley
  • Wade Thorlacius
  • Elizabeth Castro
  • Joe Diehl

Meet by the entrance to the paddock immediately after the fifth race. We have a short list, so if you are hanging by the paddock, I’ll bring in as many repeats as I can.

REMINDER: NO barn visits Saturday and Sunday. The barn thanks you!


Anelina to Work Saturday

There are NO BARN VISITS on Saturday and Sunday. Please respect Sharon and her staff as they prepare for a big weekend of races and refrain from visiting the barns.

However, Anelina is scheduled to return to the work tab on Saturday with her first work since the layoff. Since many of you are eager to see her, Sharon has scheduled the work for 9:30 am Saturday, and she will join Club members at the Breakfast at the Wire for the work.

Breakfast at the Wire – a casual morning workout show from 8 am – 10 am every Saturday morning in August. You can order breakfast for $6 (cash only) and watch the workouts while guests from the backstretch stop by to chat. It is located by the finish line under the building overhang by the Trackside Deli (south end of Grandstand, track level). Just enter the track by the paddock gate.

Paddock list will be posted Friday afternoon.

Upcoming Events

The WTBOA Yearling Sale is Tuesday, August 26. Beginning Saturday (8 am – 4 pm) is the yearling preview in the temporary stables. They are located at the North end of the barns and it is best to enter the North Security Gate (keep going North past the Quarter Chute Cafe on Emerald Downs Dr then turn right past the Sales Pavilion).

The sale starts at 2 pm on Tuesday and you will likely see me there, Will, Darrin, Rosy, and the whole crew! Be sure to say hi and we’re happy to walk through and offer our comments.

Also, yearling photos are being posted on the WTBOA website and are listed by hip number.

Hip 16

Hip 16

At the Sales Seminar we mentioned keeping an eye on Hip 16. The colt is by Lucky Pulpit (sire of KY Derby winner California Chrome) and out of the dam Eclante. This horse is a half brother to Trackattacker – winner of three straight and the most impressive two year old on the grounds. He set a track record in his first start, and a stakes record in his second start. He’s won his three starts for a combined 27 lengths. 74, 76, 59.  so we expect this handsome colt to get some attention thanks to his older brother.

Giving Back

Each year we the Emerald Downs Chaplain hosts a Backstretch BBQ Picnic and Carnival to benefit the Chaplaincy and it’s programs for backstretch workers.

They are looking for volunteers to help and I offered to spread the word to you:

Volunteers needed 8/27 from 1 – 4 pm, and Thursday 8/28 12 – 5 pm. If you are interested in assisting with setup, carnival games, and clean up please contact Jodi at


Yodeler Entered For Saturday

Yodeler is entered in the 6th race on Saturday, August 23. Overnight is here.

If you HAVE NOT been to the paddock this year, RSVP for the Paddock, click here. Please do so by Friday at noon.

There are a couple of you that have not yet put in, or made it into the paddock so please RSVP. If there aren’t enough of you, then I will open up the RSVP to the others and we’ll start cycling through again.

Tickets will be left at the Will Call gate under Emerald Racing Club for your added guests. Reserved Seat Section 15, as always, is reserved for horsemen (that’s you!).

Yodeler’s Race

You may have missed the race in the condition book because this is not a claiming race. But how does our claiming horse manage to not run in a claiming race?

Let’s take a look at the conditions:

starter allowance


This is a “Starter Allowance” race which means that he can not be claimed. In the past we have referred to the “Allowance horses” as those a step below Stakes horses. Essentially horses performing at the top of their game where they aren’t at risk of being claimed.

However, the “Starter Handicap” or “Starter Allowance” category is reserved for horses that have been running in inferior claiming company, but have improved to the point that they would not be risked being sold in a claiming race. In effect this race is an allowance race restricted to horses that have previously run in a claiming race at a specific level (e.g. starters for a claiming price of $3,500).

We will tend to see these races towards the end of the season and the purse is worth $200 than our usual $3,500 purse.

So as we read the conditions (for reference Yodeler’s Past Performances):

  • “For Three Year Olds and Upwards…” – We are 6 yrs old – YES
  • “…Which have started for a claiming price of $3,500 or less in 2013 – 2014..”. – we have started for $3,500 or less eight times in 2013 – 2014 – YES
  • “And which have not won a race for $4,000 or more since last starting for $3,500 or less.” – Our last win was for $3,500 – YES
  • Race is 6 1/2 furlongs – YES

We meet the conditions and are eligible.

We are an Older horse so our starting weight is 124lbs.

“Non-winners of two races for a starter or claiming price of $4,000 or more since January 1, 2014 … 2 lbs”.

We must review Yodeler’s Past Performances to see if we are allowed our 2 lbs. Since January 1, 2014 he has won for $3,200 (March 15), $3,500 (July 13) and $3,500 (August 9). Non of these races were over $4,000 so we subtract 2 lbs from our starting weight of 124 = 122 lbs.

Next it reads:

“Non-winners of a race for starters or claiming price of $4,000 or more since January 1 … 5 lbs”

We have not won a starter race, nor have we won for a claiming price of $4,000 or more so we are allowed the 5 lbs.

We don’t get to add both together and take off 7 lbs, we just get to have one allowance (124 – 5 lbs = 119). Yodeler will carry 119 lbs on Saturday.

Yodeler will break from post position 2 in a field of 8. Jockey Leslie Mawing will be aboard again.

Anelina Update

Dr. Stenslie will look at Anelina tomorrow morning. Provided she still looks good, she will plan to work this weekend. Sharon will give us a heads up on when (depending on weather and track conditions) since many of you are eager to see her return to the work tab.