Dancing Yodeler did it! He won in breath stealing fashion. At the 1/4 pole, we all surely were rooting for him simply to get fifth. At the 1/8 pole, we would have been happy with fourth. But then suddenly, in the final 1/16th of a mile, something happened. Something in that big chestnut’s heart came to the surface and with his tongue flying, the game gelding bellied down and gave it his all. With his ears pinned he dug in, found another gear and closed between horses to find the front – and the crowd went wild!
The grand experience in racehorse ownership couldn’t possibly have had a more fairy tale ending than it did today on a hot, humid day. With the slightest hint of rain threatening, our California boy got the win in the 10th and final race. It capped a fantastic day for our new jockey, Leslie Mawing (three wins including the Seattle Slew Handicap).
Many thanks to trainers Larry & Sharon Ross, jockey Leslie Mawing, exercise rider Brian, and Yodeler’s groom Gumaro Martinez. It really is a team effort to get each and every horse to the races and a superb job by everyone in the Ross barn.
At the end of the day we all have our memories of the experience, but we also have the very official (and coveted) “Win Photo” taken by the track photographer.
You may order one from Reed Palmer Photography (official track photographer) for $10. This is a special promotional rate offered to Emerald Racing Club members. Email email@example.com to request your photo.
For future reference (and wins), the track photographer is located on ground level of the Grandstand to your left before you exit the main gates. The photos are copyrighted, please don’t print from here.
If you captured your own and you’d like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll collect them together.
The race replay can be found at http://www.emeralddowns.com>Racing>Race Replays. DVD’s of the race are also available for $10. To order those, please just email email@example.com and I can assist.
Thank you to all that attended today – and CONGRATULATIONS on your win!
YOU officially broke your maiden!