Thank you to all those that have responded to the RSVP. We have 300+ RSVP’d for Yodeler’s first race.

Seating in the Trackside Tents will accommodate approximately 250+ and is first come, first serve.  Remember that section 15 in the Grandstand will also accommodate you with your owner license. Again, just non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, but there will be a cash bar and mutuel teller in the Tents. Sunday might be a great time to use your BetEmerald account and bet from your smartphone or tablet to avoid lines at the teller.

If you still have additional guests joining the party, no need to let me know. We needed a rough count to set the tables.

The lucky ten going to the paddock are:

  • Joshua McCleary
  • Kevin Geloff
  • Katherine Powell
  • Peggy Neff
  • Dennis Erwood
  • Charles Miller
  • Becky Hunter
  • Perry Kusakabe
  • Robert Grutko
  • Joe Hawks

Meet at the entrance to the Trackside Tents immediately after the running of the 7th race. One of our customer service staff will escort the ten of you into the paddock for Yodeler’s race.

For the rest of you…you can see Yodeler being saddled from the outside of the paddock. The best view will be on the North side, so you’ll have to cross the horse path up by the track and then walk down on the other side. You can see from the photo, it’s on the far side where there aren’t many people.

paddock high

After he is saddled, cheer him on from your favorite (lucky) spot!

Jockey Felipe Valdez will be wearing our silks and Yodeler will have a green saddle towel for post position # 5.


The race has come up quite salty and competitive with some very consistent runners coming out to challenge him. It will not be an easy race. Track announcer Robert Geller has Dancing Yodeler picked to run third in his picks on the Emerald Downs website.

IF Dancing Yodeler should win…queue outside the Winner’s Circle and then we’ll bring you all down on the racetrack for the all important win photo.

Alas, there is no sure thing in horse racing and as owners, as long as he returns to the barn safe and healthy, that’s all we ask for.

For those of you unable to attend you can watch the race LIVE on under Racing>Live Streaming OR you can download the Horse Races NOW app on your iPhone or Droid and watch the race live.

Won’t be free to watch him run? You can relive every moment watching the race replays at Racing>Race Replays

The following is from our Media Department and went out in our Barn Notes this week:


The Emerald Racing Club springs into action Sunday when Dancing Yodeler makes his long-awaited Emerald Downs debut for trainers Larry and Sharon Ross in the eighth race. Felipe Valdez has the mount on the 6-year-old gelding in the $5,000/$4,000 claiming race at six furlongs.

For his first assignment, Dancing Yodeler lands in a competitive eight-horse field. Hip Hop City already is a double winner at the meet, and Snooper Dauper, Making Fire and Marvin’s Magic also have wins here this season. Buddy Dave, meanwhile, has 13 career wins at Emerald Downs, Hard Slider has won five races at Emerald Downs, and Rezar has finished in-the-money 15 of 27 starts and adds the riding services of Juan Hernandez, currently second to Russell Baze in the Golden Gate jockeys’ standings.

A California-bred by Swiss Yodeler, Dancing Yodeler was a rugged competitor in Northern California, compiling a 10-13-6 record in 54 starts with earnings of $102,816. He was acquired from a $3,200 claiming race April 4, and has served the mandatory 45-day period required when a claimed runner leaves Golden Gate Fields.



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