June was a productive month for the Emerald Racing Club with three starts between the two horses. June Budget Actuals shows the club earned $3,075 while incurring $4,554.25 in expenses. Statement of account, training bill, and vet bills are here: June Bills The Cavalli Equine Veterinary Services is a great demonstration of the vet bill you expect to see regarding the race day medication. The bute (butazoladin) is administered as an injection the day prior to the race. And the Lasix is administered the day of the race. Most horses race on Lasix and it is indicated as an “L” in the race day program to the right of the horse’s name. If the L has a circle around it, then that indicates the horse is a “first-time Lasix” and will be running on it for the first time. Lasix is a diuretic (makes you lose water) and is used in the treatment and prevention of EIPH (exercised induced pulmonary hemorrhage) also known as “bleeding.” When a racehorse is at full speed the capillaries in the lungs are under extreme pressure and can burst – leading to blood in the lungs and making it difficult for a horse to breath. The Lasix is believed to lower the blood pressure in the lungs and thereby reduce or prevent EIPH. Severe bleeding and damage in the lungs can also lead to an infection. Yodeler has received it each time he’s run, and you’ll also see it noted on the day that he scratched. Lasix must be administered at least four hours prior to the race, so he had already received the Lasix before scratching. For Anelina’s race on June 21, we see the same treatment program, but then also the immediate results from her injury: a bute/banamine injection administered after the race when we determined she had hurt herself. The two act as an anti-inflammatory and painkiller. The tranquilizer kept her calm while the cast was applied. We don’t have her bills yet for the x-ray and ultrasound that were taken in the week after. They will be posted with July’s financials due to Dr. Stenslie’s billing cycle. Yodeler’s Next Race: Yodeler’s race is a go for Sunday, July 13. He is in race 10, post 4 in a 6 horse field. Here is the link to the overnight. The race distance is 6 1/2 furlongs. He has been “dropped in class” from an open $5,000 claiming to a $3,500 conditional claimer. The conditions are that the horses must not have won two races in 2014. He’s only won one, so he is eligible. Three of the five competitors he’s against he faced in his first race here at Emerald (and defeated); Snooper Dauper, Buddy Dave, and Rezar. So those horses are also stepping down in class to find an easier spot. We also have a jockey change from Felipe Valdez to leading jockey Leslie Mawing. Tickets will be left at the Will Call Window under Emerald Racing Club for those of you planning on bringing additional guests, so no need to email the Horsemen’s Liaison unless you are looking to make reservations in the Rainier Terrace restaurant or in the boxes. Section 15 is open seating and a reminder that Sunday is Wiener Dog Day! Leave your own Dachshund at home, but come watch the four-legged furballs race down the track. We’ll have the wiener dogs on the track after races 3, 4 and 5. Ana Update: Anelina has streptococcus, a virus caused by natural occurring bacteria. It manifest itself in the lymph nodes and has resulted in an abscess under her jaw. The abscess had not popped as of this morning, but once it does, it will drain all the bacteria out and she will recover. As long as there is no fever, there shouldn’t be a need for antibiotics and it will clear up on it’s own. IMPORTANT: If you visit the barn, pet all the other horses first and then pet Ana last. DO NOT touch any other horses after touching her as it is contagious and we do not want to infect any other horses in the barn. Wash your hands well after petting her. This is extremely important – if Yodeler (or any of the other horses) were to contract it as well, he will not be able to race.