It’s a subtle nod to a winning barn. The brown, unassuming donut box, the lid halfway closed, donut crumbs spread below the bench it sits upon. There are certain traditions in racing that are the same no matter where you go, and donuts are one of them.
In racing, if you win, the next day the winning jockey (or his agent) deliver a box of donuts to the winning barn. It’s even a deductible expense on a jockey’s tax return. It’s a gesture of thanks to the team at the barn.
It is also common place for an owner to “stake” the jockey, groom, trainer or exercise rider. In the case of Sharon’s barn, she automatically charges 2% of prize money for her grooms. However, any additional stake is at the discretion of the owner. Emerald Racing Club will “stake” an additional $50 each for the groom, jockey, trainer and exercise rider for their work. It will be listed as a miscellaneous expense on the budget totaling $200.
Yodeler cooled out of his race great. We swung by the barn today for a quick visit and captured Yodeler goofing off with his tongue (if you are reading this in an email, go to http://www.emeraldracingclub.com to watch the video, it is 5 seconds long). He’s tired, but happy.
Official Win Photo
A reminder that Reed Palmer Photography, the official track photographer of Emerald Downs is offering discounted “Win Photos” for the Emerald Racing Club members. You may purchase your Win Photo direct from them for $10. You can stop by their office on race day (located on ground level to your left as you exit the last escalator). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and phone number with your email. They are only in the office on race days so don’t expect a response during the week.
Official Race DVD
For the DVD, it is also $10. Please email email@example.com and you’ll be instructed on payment and pickup.
Barn Tour Recap
Rosalia sent over some great photos from the group’s barn trip to DiPietro Thoroughbreds. Great reports all around and Darrin Paul and Will Brewer really enjoyed hosting the trip.
Next Club activity is the WTBOA Yearling Sale. The sale is held on Tuesday, August 26 at 2 pm at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion located at the North end of Emerald Downs Drive. This is North past the three way stop for the main stable gate and Quarterchute Cafe.
The seating is free and completely open, no reservations required. You are permitted to move freely from the sales pavilion to walking area to barn area. Just don’t sit in the very front rows as they are typically reserved.
There are hot dogs and beverages available for purchase. Children are welcome as well but must be watched and be well-behaved as the yearlings can be very jumpy and they need to perform their best for potential buyers.
Viewing of yearlings takes place beginning Saturday, August 23, 8 am – 4 pm up until the time of the sale. The viewing can be accessed through the NORTH stable gate located right near the Pavilion. Then walk straight back to the temporary stalls (white barns) where they are all housed.
If you’d like a catalog, pop in at the WTBOA offices located adjacent to the Sales Pavilion and they have them available. They are free.
Ana has returned to the track and has been jogging. Dr. Stenslie is scheduled to stop by and see her tomorrow and if good will gallop. She’ll need two to three works before we can begin looking for another race for her – assuming that she continues to progress well and stays sound.