It’s official! Dancing Yodeler is entered and ready to run his first race at Emerald Downs on Sunday, June 1.
He will be breaking from post position 5 (green saddle towel) in race # 8.
We are fortunate to have the Trackside Tents open on Sunday and we are hosting the Emerald Racing Club there so you can all enjoy Yodeler’s first race together and be the loudest cheering section on track. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided and we’ll have a bar and mutuel teller in the tent. No food will be provided but you are located just down from the Trackside Deli and regular concession stands. You do not need a ticket to enter the area, please just wear your lanyard (proudly).
You are welcome to bring your friends and family. For additional tickets at Will Call, call Alex Segura, Horsemen’s Liaison (253-288-7753) if you require tickets beyond your existing passes.
RSVP with your name and number in your party by end of day Friday, May 30. The link will take you to a form, please click all the way through it (past the message about where the tents are located…keep clicking)! I’ll let you know by end of day Saturday if you are selected to go in the paddock.
Sharon has asked that there are no barn visits after noon on Saturday through race day on Sunday. Yodeler will be off-limits. Respect this rule and refrain from going to the barn during that time, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to see him in the paddock, on the track for post parade, and in his race.
The Entry Process
So now that we know he’s running…just how did it happen?
As the racing office takes entries throughout the morning, they post to the TV’s how many horses are entered in each race so that the trainers can tell if the race is a “go.” If you refer back to the blog post on the condition book, you can reference how many horses were entered in each type of race. Yodeler is one of the eight horses entered in condition book race 7. The blue highlight indicates the races that will be used. This board is updated throughout the morning. The photo below was taken after entries closed, showing the final counts. If it says “off-1” that means the race was not used and only had 1 horse entered.
There are ten races highlighted in blue, which means we will run ten races on Sunday, one of which will be a Quarter horse race.
After entries close for the day, then the entries are double checked for jockey, equipment and claiming price. They are organized and then the “draw” takes place to determine post position for each horse. The “draw” is typically attended in person by the jockey’s agents because they want to make sure their jockey is riding the correct horse. If there’s a question, or a jockey is named to ride on two horses at entry time, they sort it out immediately.
The racing office sets the order of the race. That is why his race is race 8, even though it was “7” in the condition book. The next step is the shaking of a pea with a number on it, this is the post position. Then the horse’s entry is drawn and they are assigned that post position number – a completely random draw. Watch the video below to see the post position draw for Yodeler’s race. Jockey agent Keith Drebin is drawing the pea, and jockey agent Denise Mitchell is drawing the entry of each horse. Racing Secretary Bret Anderson then records the position and confirms it.
After the draw, an “overnight” is produced. The overnight sheet is the precursor to the race day program that you’ll have in your hand Sunday. The overnight sheet then goes to the morning line odds maker and to Equibase and Daily Racing Form so they can build out all the past performances and information for the races. It is all ready to go and in your hands by end of day Saturday for your handicapping pleasure!
Ana Training Update
Ana appears to enjoy Emerald Downs and trained with gusto. She’s a real professional and it appears exercise rider Brian is enjoying her too! Track photographer Erin Palmer made it out this week to get some photos of our new addition.