An update below on the Farm Tour information for Saturday and Sunday. Kids are welcome. No need for lanyards for your visits.
The Farm Tours have been scheduled for Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18 (10 am – 3 pm).
Three of the top farms in Washington State are generously opening their doors to the Emerald Racing Club both days from 10 am – 3 pm. You are welcome to bring friends and family along. The farms are located within 30 – 45 minutes of Emerald Downs and you may visit at your leisure during the hours listed. They are close enough in proximity that you may have time to visit all three.
Dress appropriately – you will be at a farm so wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
El Dorado Farms
41818 228th Ave. SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022
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. See below for the planned activities for the weekend.
The following is from Nina and what you can expect at El Dorado Farms this weekend:
- Mr. Mongo Man – teaser stallion
- Mr. Mongo Man’s son that was born April 29th that is as friendly as can be and loves to be petted…(He will help Mr. Mongo Man with his job in the future)
- Mares and babies everywhere that are very curious and friendly and will come right up to people!
- Miniature mares that are also very friendly and can be petted!
- A miniature stallion
- 2 mules….Sassy and Peter that talk quite a bit!!! Very cute!
- Chickens: Hens, Roosters and babies wandering where they please
- Dr. Bob Campbell will have Ultra Sounds from start to finish:
- Breeding Follicles
- Ovulations(when breeding is over)
- 14 to 16 day pregnancies
- 27 to 30 day heart beats
- And finally the Embryo!! YAY, baby on the way!
- Then Ron will have Fuzzy (Quarter Horse mare) saddled up to lead any children that show up around in the round pen by hand!
- Plus more Miniature mares are hauling in on Saturday to be Ultra sounded in foal.
- We will have handouts with information if they would like to know more about nutrition and the process from time of conception to Racetrack
Blue Ribbon Farm
26719 120th St. E.
Buckley, WA 98321
Blue Ribbon Farm has earned the Top Breeder Award for the last three 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.
Debbie will not have a stallion person on call on Saturday — just Sunday, so if you want to see Atta Boy Roy and Nationhood, then plan your visit for Sunday. Also, Debbie will be watching the Preakness in her home so if you happen to be there then, she has graciously offered visitors the opportunity a chance to watch with her.
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.
26925 120th St. E.
Buckley, WA 98321
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.
Saturday, May 17 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.
If you’d like to make a weekend of horse racing, we have Preakness Pancakes from 9 am – 11 am on Saturday at the track. It is a FREE pancake breakfast hosted by track announcer Robert Geller. He’ll have special guests including 2008 Longacres Mile winner, Wasserman, who will come to the paddock for a demonstration on saddling.
Yodeler will likely train during that time frame at approximately 9:30 am so you’ll have a chance to see him on the track for his morning exercise.
UPDATE ON ANELINA
Anelina aka “Ana” came out of her race well and is expected to ship up from California at the beginning of next week. She ate all her oats the morning after the race and appears in good health. She was wormed, vaccinated and had her teeth done this week.