The Extra Races

In yesterday’s blog we covered in depth the condition book and the races in the book. Based on that, we projected Charlie’s first start to be on May 30 going 6 1/2 furlongs.

However, the racing office has the flexibility to write “extras.” Extras refer to the extra races that are written to supplement the races in the condition book.

On Wednesday the racing office took entries for Saturday, May 23 and after entries are taken, an “overnight” is produced. This is a preliminary entry list. On the back of the overnight are a list of extra races that are noted as X1, X2, X3 etc. These are extra races that are available to enter in for the following entry day.

There we found X5:

OVERNITE 5-23-15-2

X5 is a $12,500 Claiming race going one mile. This would be an ideal race for Charlie as we know he prefers a route and we claimed him last out for $10,000. This would theoretically be easier company for him that the race we spoke about yesterday.

This morning Sharon entered Charlie Thomas to run in X5 for Sunday, May 24.

As the entry day continues on, the racing office marks the entry board so we know if our race is a “go”.

entry board

From the photo above you can see the Xtra 5 was “off 2″. That means that only two horses entered the race and the racing office is not using the race. There weren’t enough horses to fill the race.

The numbers highlighted in yellow are the races that will be used for Sunday, May 24 and refer to the condition book races and the extras. These will make it into the Official Racing Program on Sunday and an Overnight was produced as soon as entries closed today.

If we refer to the overnight for Sunday, May 24 we can now see that because of lack of interest in our race, it was not written back as an extra for Monday. As a consequence, we have to wait until next week and see if our race has enough entries to make the card!

 

 

Charlie’s First Race and El Dorado Farm Tour

The number one question on everyone’s mind is when will Charlie race?

We already established that Charlie Thomas was “in jail” for 45 days after the claim, which made him eligible to race on May 18. So how do we determine when he will race?

For that, there is the condition book. The condition book is the primary tool for the trainer to determine when the horse will run. It is a set of races planned out by the racing secretary, Bret Anderson, and then printed for the horsemen and published online.

The condition book truly is the realm of the trainer, and a good trainer knows how to read the book and tailor their training to point to a particular race.

The condition book only covers a couple weeks at a time so that the racing secretary can adjust the races written based on the needs of the current horse population.

For example, Condition Book #1 covered 7 days from April 18 – May 3. Condition Book #2 covered 9 days from May 8 – May 25.

We are now into Condition Book #3. You can find the condition book in hard copy at the racing office or online at emeralddowns.com >Horsemen>Condition Book.

The easiest place to start when looking at the condition book is the index. The index below is from page 8 in Condition Book #3 and is a quick glance at the races ahead that are in the book for colts and geldings (fillies and mares are listed in the index on page 9).

CB3 8

Charlie is a four year old so we can skip the two year old and three year old races and go straight to the “three year olds and upward”.

There we see a number of dates listed across from the category of race and distinguished in two columns: short and long. Short refers to any race under 1 mile and long refers to any race a mile and over.

Next we look at the category of race. Charlie was claimed for $10,000 in California, so it’s safe to say that his first race at Emerald Downs will be for a slightly higher value, perhaps $12,500 claiming or $15,000 claiming.

As we continue down the list, you’ll see the first six races for three year olds and upward start with a “M”. This designates a maiden race. Charlie has won a race so he is not a maiden and doesn’t qualify.

Next come the conditional claiming races. The “C” designates it as a claiming race, then the number designates the claiming price, and finally the “NW” and a number designate conditions.

For example, C7500NW2 means a claiming race for $7,500 non-winners of 2.

There are no conditional claiming races listed for Charlie so we keep going down the list and we come to the wide open claiming races. We call them “open” claiming races because there are no conditions attached.

Here we find C15000, a $15,000 claiming race with a short race on May 30 and a long race on June 14.

From the index we now know the basics that there are potentially two races in this condition book that we would want to point Charlie to. Next we find the date of the race in the following pages.

CB3 13

The ninth race in the condition book for May 30 shows the $15,000 claiming race going six and a half furlongs. This is the “short” date.

If you look at the full condition book here, there are 16 races “in the book” for that date to choose from. Entries are taken Wednesday, May 27. The racing office will then build the official race card with the races that have the most entries, i.e. betting interests for the wagering public. Those races will be used for the Saturday, May 30 card.

So after that long explanation we get back to the question “when will Charlie race?”

We will know on Wednesday, May 27 if enough horses entered the race in order to make it a go. If the race is used, then Charlie would race Saturday, May 30.

However, this doesn’t take into account the “Xtras” but that’s a topic for another blog!

Farm Tours

Saturday, May 23, 10 am and 11 am

El Dorado Farms

http://www.eldoradofarms.net

41818 228th Ave. SE

Enumclaw, WA 98022

(360) 825-7526

El Dorado Farms is owned by Ron and Nina Hagen. El Dorado Farms has also earned WA Breeder of the Year award, most recently in 2009. They are a full service facility, standing stallions Music Of My Soul, Abraaj, Car Talk, Coast Guard, Private Gold and Raise the Bluff. They breed, raise and sell Thoroughbreds. They also provide rehab and layup facilities and have a nurse mare program.

Tours will begin at 10 am and 11 am. They will have mares, sucklings, minis, vet work with ultra sound for breeding follicles and looking for pregnancies, plus ovulations.

There is also the possibility of a live breeding if a mare needs to be bred (as determined by the ultra sound and their teaser stallion Mongo Man).

foal

You’ll also see a lot of kittens, chickens and other critters at El Dorado!

Tribal Waters Update

Tribal Waters has finally arrived! TW arrived late Monday night after an extremely long van ride up from Golden Gate. He walked yesterday and we will have the vet go over him to make sure he’s in good health. He is stabled next to Charlie and will train over the track later this week.

 

 

A note from the farm

Have a great time tomorrow at the farms! Griffin Place wanted to pass along the following note and be sure to follow them on Facebook Griffin Place, LLC. They posted some fun new photos in advance of your visit!

“To those of you in the Emerald Racing Club take note: If you are on the Farm Tour, you will want to take a good look at these two so you don’t get them mixed up. The cat on the left, “Cougie” is the good one. She will make sure you feel welcome. The one on the right looks cute but don’t be fooled. He bites and has other lovely habits. Should you encounter him, do not pet, do not feed. Run. Or you can just avoid them both which would be a perfectly rational option. Seriously, we look forward to meeting you and showing you the farm.”

coogie

First Weekend of Farm Visits

Farm Visits

This weekend is the first of two weekends for farm visits.

Please note that Saturday, May 16 is Preakness Day and the farm tours are scheduled in the morning to allow for everyone (including the farms) to get back to the track to watch the races!

The first tour is a self-tour at 9:15 am at Griffin Place. Griffin Place has provided a wonderful guide to their farm. Click here for GP Farm brochure.

The second tour is at 10:45 am, right next door at Blue Ribbon Farm.

NOTE: Unlike last year, the farms are not open all day. Please plan on arriving as close to the scheduled time as possible for the visit. There is also limited parking, so if you’d like to carpool from the racetrack, comment here and perhaps someone else would like to ride with you.

On Saturday, May 23 El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw will be having their farm tour so if you can’t make this Saturday, pencil in for next weekend.

Dress appropriately! Farms are dirty places!

It probably won't be this bad at the farm, but be prepared!

It probably won’t be this bad at the farm, but be prepared!

Saturday, May 16, 9:15 am

Griffin Place

www.griffinplace.com

26925 120th St. E.

Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-9911

Griffin Place is located on the same street as Blue Ribbon Farm. Griffin Place has a strong history of breeding, raising and selling top class horses. They were WA’s Leading Breeder by money won in 2000. That year, two of their homebreds, Rings a Chime and Best Judgement became WA Champions. Rings A Chime was their first G1 Stakes winner, and WA Horse of the Year. Her dam, Outofthebluebell was voted Broodmare of the Year. Expect to see lots of broodmares with their babies at this farm. Griffin Place does not stand any stallions.

Griffin Place shares a driveway with Blue Ribbon Farm.  So once you go through the metal automatic gate, just go all the way straight back for Griffin Place.  There are two lanes going off from the driveway, one on each side.  Do not take either one. Just go straight back and you dead end at their house. Parking will be set up in the field in front of the house and they will try to have people out there to guide visitors.

Mare and foal in paddock at Griffin Place.

Saturday, May 16, 10:45 am

Blue Ribbon Farm

www.blueribbonfarm.com

26719 120th St. E.

Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-6573

Blue Ribbon Farm has earned the Top Breeder Award for the last four years in a row and stands the stallions Atta Boy Roy and Nationhood. They also breed and race their own horses and provide foaling services. Blue Ribbon Farm is owned by Rick and Debbie Pabst.

To enter the farm, turn right up their driveway – you’ll see a roundpen (horse pen) out front and the house. The number is on the mailbox.

Charlie Thomas Update

Charlie is tentatively scheduled for a workout on Sunday, weather and track conditions permitting. He’ll go out “second after the break”, which would be approximately 9:15 am.

Everyone is welcome to come out and watch his workout and we will be out there to point him out. We’ll meet on the track apron (paved part of track with benches) in front of the Grandstand.

Tribal Waters Update

Tribal Waters got bumped from the last shipment to Washington due to Shared Belief shipping up to Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center. We are still working with the shipping companies to determine when the next shuttle is coming up from California.

Tribal Waters will continue galloping at Golden Gate.

Miscellaneous

If you don’t have plans to go to the farms Saturday morning (or you plan to go on the 23rd) be sure to check out our Preakness Pancakes morning program. It’s free pancakes, bacon, orange juice and coffee 9 am – 11 am. We’ll have track announcer Robert Geller as host and he’ll have special guests stopping by throughout the morning. You just enter the main Grandstand gates and head out towards the track. Then follow your nose…to the bacon!

Then stick around for the Preakness Stakes!

Welcome Tribal Waters

Congratulations, you are the new owners of Tribal Waters!

Tribal Waters

Tribal Waters

Tribal Waters is a four year old, bay gelding by Tribal Rule (sire aka “Dad”) and out of Rio Tejo (dam aka “Mom”).

Tribal Waters was purchased privately this week and will be on a horse van to Emerald Downs tomorrow.

Because we purchased him privately, he is not subject to the 45 day “jail rule” that Charlie is subject to.

He has 10 lifetime starts, 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third and lifetime earnings of $38,827. All of his starts have been in sprints and his body type is more “sprinter” than “route” horse. Once he arrives we’ll do conformation comparisons between him and Charlie as their builds are very different.

Past Performances: Tribal Waters

Because Tribal Waters has never raced at Emerald Downs, he is eligible for the Ship and Run Incentive Program. That program provides $400 for a horse whose most recent start was made outside of Washington and that has not previously started at Emerald Downs. It will be deposited into the Emerald Racing Club account upon his first start. The program is designed to alleviate some of the expenses of racehorse ownership.

Charlie did not meet the eligibility for the incentive because he raced at Emerald Downs last year.

 

 

Happy Derby Day!

In between slurping down your mint juleps and cashing all your winning tickets today, please save the date(s) for our breeding farm tours!

Spring is a special time of year for Thoroughbred breeding farms with fresh babies on the ground and mares coming in to be bred.

The top Washington breeding farms have graciously offered to open their doors to the Emerald Racing Club. Griffin Place Farm and Blue Ribbon Farm are located adjacent to each other in Buckley and will open their gates on Saturday, May 16. El Dorado Farms, located in Enumclaw, will open their gates to the Club on Saturday, May 23. Hopefully that allows any of you with conflicts to make the alternate date. OR better yet, you can visit all three farms!

Saturday, May 16, 9:15 am

Griffin Place

www.griffinplace.com

26925 120th St. E.

Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-9911

Griffin Place is located on the same street as Blue Ribbon Farm. Griffin Place has a strong history of breeding, raising and selling top class horses. They were WA’s Leading Breeder by money won in 2000. That year, two of their homebreds, Rings a Chime and Best Judgement became WA Champions. Rings A Chime was their first G1 Stakes winner, and WA Horse of the Year. Her dam, Outofthebluebell was voted Broodmare of the Year. Expect to see lots of broodmares with their babies at this farm. Griffin Place does not stand any stallions.

Griffin Place shares a driveway with Blue Ribbon Farm.  So once you go through the metal automatic gate, just go all the way straight back for Griffin Place.  There are two lanes going off from the driveway, one on each side.  Do not take either one. Just go straight back and you dead end at their house. Parking will be set up in the field in front of the house and they will try to have people out there to guide visitors.

Mare and foal in paddock at Griffin Place.

Mare and foal in paddock at Griffin Place.

Saturday, May 16, 10:45 am

Blue Ribbon Farm

www.blueribbonfarm.com

26719 120th St. E.

Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-6573

Blue Ribbon Farm has earned the Top Breeder Award for the last four years in a row and stands the stallions Atta Boy Roy and Nationhood. They also breed and race their own horses and provide foaling services. Blue Ribbon Farm is owned by Rick and Debbie Pabst.

If you attend the races on Mother’s Day, Blue Ribbon Farm will be bringing a mare and foal to the races for the occasion.

To enter the farm, turn right up their driveway – you’ll see a roundpen (horse pen) out front and the house. The number is on the mailbox.

Blue Ribbon mare and foal Mother's Day 2014 at Emerald Downs

Blue Ribbon mare and foal Mother’s Day 2014 at Emerald Downs

Blue Ribbon Farm stallion Atta Boy Roy

Blue Ribbon Farm stallion Atta Boy Roy

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Saturday, May 16 is Preakness Day – the second jewel of the Triple Crown. You can watch the race from Emerald Downs – approximate post time is 3:20 pm.

Saturday, May 23, 10 – noon

El Dorado Farms

http://www.eldoradofarms.net

41818 228th Ave. SE

Enumclaw, WA 98022

(360) 825-7526

El Dorado Farms is owned by Ron and Nina Hagen. El Dorado Farms has also earned WA Breeder of the Year award, most recently in 2009. They are a full service facility, standing five stallions, Abraaj, Car Talk, Coast Guard, Private Gold and Raise the Bluff. They breed, raise and sell Thoroughbreds. They also provide rehab and layup facilities and have a nurse mare program. Nina plans multiple activities for the Emerald Racing Club, and we’ll provided an updated schedule as it gets closer.

foal

A foal and mare mare their way into the barn at El Dorado Farms.

 

What’s in a Workout?

Workout Recap

On Sunday, Charlie had his first workout for the Club. He worked a 1/2 mile in 48 seconds, which was 11 of 42 for the distance. Jockey Leslie Mawing reported that Charlie felt good and did the work easily.

You can find all this information yourself by going to http://www.emeralddowns.com, Click on “Racing” tab, then “Workouts”.

Link to Charlie’s workout is here. You can also set up a free virtual stable through Equibase and it will send you a notification any time Charlie works or is entered to run.

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If you came to watch the morning workout, or have been out for training, you might get a little disoriented on where the horses are on the track and where they are going. As a rule of thumb, all horses traveling at a canter or gallop travel counter-clockwise around the track. The faster the horse goes, the closer to the rail they move. If a horse is jogging, they can “backtrack”, which means going counter to traffic on the outside rail.

Jogging and/or trotting is a two-beat gait where the legs move diagonally together. Jogging is a term typically used by Western riders for a slow jog, but in racing lingo jog and trot are often interchanged.

Charlie Thomas backtracks at a trot.

Charlie Thomas backtracks at a trot. The right front and left hind move together for one “beat” and the left front and right hind move together for the second “beat” of the two-beat gait.

The canter is a three-beat gait. This may be faster than a trot, but is generally a relaxed gait that is modest in speed. As the horse picks up speed, they will transition from three-beats to the four-beat gallop.

Showing the three beats at a canter.

Showing the three beats at a canter.

When Charlie Thomas works and trains he is at a gallop. The gallop is a four-beat gait where each foot hits the ground independently and then there is the moment of suspension where you get the dramatic photos of the horses with all four feet off the ground.

Charlie appears to fly at the gallop!

Charlie appears to fly at the gallop!

If you make it out to watch future training, you’ll likely see all of these gaits performed by Charlie as he goes through his morning training. First, he will jog backwards to the 1/2 mile pole, then turn around and gallop a mile to a mile and a half counter clockwise. After he pulls up, he’ll turn around and jog back to the “gap”. The gap is quite literally the “gap” in the fence where the horses come on and off the track. You are lucky at Emerald Downs that we only have one gap and it is located at the quarter chute. Other tracks may have multiple locations where the horses can access the track.

At Emerald Downs (and tracks the world over), red and white striped poles are located every 1/4 mile. You may have heard the term “quarter pole”. Since our track is one mile around you will find four red and white striped poles. The 1/8th poles are located in between the red and white and are green and white striped. The 1/16th of a mile poles are black and white and are more slender than the others.

The next time you are at Emerald Downs, start at the finish line and work your way backwards down the track and see if you can identify all the poles. The first you’ll find is black and white and is 1/16th from the finish. The next is green and white and is 1/8th of a mile from the finish. Then a red and white 1/4 mile from the finish.

Charlie worked 4 furlongs. A furlong is an 1/8th of a mile so 4 furlongs equals a 1/2 mile. When Charlie worked, he would pick up speed on the back part of the racetrack and the goal is that he hits race speeds as he goes by the 1/2 mile pole. That is when the clockers will start their stopwatches. He finishes his work at the finish line and the clockers would stop their watches then.

On occasion, a trainer may opt to work a horse past the wire (finish line). This means they may have a 1/2 mile work start at the 3/8 pole and go a 1/8 mile past the finish line. Horses learn very quickly where the finish line is, so this strategy of training past the finish line can teach them to keep running hard all the way until the end.

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