No Last Hurrah For Yodeler

There will be no “last hurrah” for Yodeler on Closing Weekend with both races that were entered on Saturday and Sunday not filling.

We were fortunate that this didn’t happen earlier in the season but unfortunate that we were unable to get one final race in.

Sharon is welcoming all visitors to the barn on Saturday and Sunday if you’d like to say goodbye to Yodeler and Anelina and give them a final pat or carrot.

Both will be shipping out on Monday to the Ross farm in Maple Valley.

An agreement has been reached to sell Dancing Yodeler to Left Coast Thoroughbreds LLC for his $3,500 claiming price. The group is mainly comprised of existing Emerald Racing Club members and some new owners.

They plan to rest Yodeler over the winter and race him at Emerald Downs next year. We wish them the best of success campaigning Yodeler in the future! Who knows, next year’s Club just might be racing against Yodeler. He’ll be tough to beat.


Anelina will go to Sharon’s farm for continued layup and rehab. We have had a Club member interested in offering her a home and we’ll be working on those details over the next month.

Her ankle continues to look good and she is being hand walked twice a day. Dr. Stenslie also makes farm visits to the Ross farm and will be able to continue to monitor her progress and recommend her exercise schedule.

Wrapping Up

We’ve got a few more blog posts to wrap up the first year of the Emerald Racing Club:

-September Financials

-Guest blog post by Dr. Everett Macomber on drug testing

-Final financials upon the transfer of Anelina to a good home

Next Year’s Club

I plan to open registration for the 2015 Emerald Racing Club to existing members in January. In February, I’ll open it to the general public.

You will be notified by email when registration opens.

We are extremely grateful that Sharon has accepted the opportunity to train for the Club in 2015.

If you have friends or family that would like to participate next year, please have them email to be put on the notification list.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions please ask them in the comments or send an email to

Thank you for making this new endeavor such a wonderful experience for myself and for all the staff here at Emerald Downs. Our staff got so much enjoyment out of watching Yodeler and Anelina race for the Club. You were truly part of something special.

I sincerely enjoyed getting to know each of you and relished the opportunity to partake in your journey in racehorse ownership! We shared a lot of ups and downs and in my career in racing, this has been the most satisfying and rewarding project I have ever been a part of (and that includes being on the team for the 2007 Breeders’ Cup). So THANK YOU!











Yodeler Will Not Run Sunday

Yodeler’s race did not “fill” today and was not carded for Sunday. Yodeler was the only horse entered.

There are no more races for him in the condition book for the remainder of the season, but there is hope that the racing secretary will write an “extra” that he would fit.

So what happened to his competition? How could they suddenly disappear or not race?

A couple things have happened.

1) His current competition moved up or down in class to find a race. An example of this is on Friday in race 5, War Wizard and Marvin’s Magic – both horses he has raced against in the past – are entered in a 6 furlong race for $5,000 – $4,000 claimers.

2) His current competition still meet non-winners conditions. An example of this also is on Friday, race 7, a $3,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs restricted to horses that have not won two races since April 12, 2014 or have never won four races.

Essentially, Yodeler has outraced his competition and now finds himself alone. It happens, but it is more common at the end of a season when horses are trying to get one last start in.

Fingers crossed for one final start. Either way, Yodeler is due a rest at the farm. He has not been turned out since he started racing and will enjoy a vacation.


The party on Sunday, September 21 will still take place. I’ll accept RSVP until end of day today. Thank you to those that have already done so.

The list of those that have RSVP’d will be at the tent for check-in. If your name isn’t on the list, you will not be granted admission regardless of whether or not you are a Club member.

General admission tickets will be left at the Will Call Window under Emerald Racing Club on Sunday even though Yodeler is not racing.

See you all Sunday!



August Financials

August Financials are complete. Dancing Yodeler earned $3,890 in August with his one victory and one fourth place finish.

Updated budget is here: August Budget.

August Statement and Bills include monthly account statement, training bill and vet bills (Sport Horse Medicine and Cavalli Equine).

Training bill was $3,539.20 and shows the reduction in the day rate for Anelina when she injured her ankle.

The vet bills reflect the usual treatment pattern we’ve come to see for Yodeler with joint health supplements, and race day administration of lasix.

The only new item you’ll see on August 22 was an injection of vitamin B12. It’s the same vitamin that humans take and helps alleviate fatigue.



Upcoming Events and Yodeler’s Next Race

WHBPA Annual Member Meeting

The WHBPA (Washington Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association) is holding their annual membership meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm refreshments and meeting to follow. It is at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion at the North end of Emerald Downs Drive.

It is requested that you RSVP to the WHBPA Office by Monday, September 15 so they can plan food accordingly. 253-804-6822 or email

As a licensed owner, you are a member of the WHBPA. To learn more about their work, click here.

Yodeler’s Next Race

There is a race in the new condition book for Yodeler on Sunday, September 21. It is number 15 in the Book – a $3,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs. He will be entered on Thursday, September 18.

Since the race isn’t for another week, Sharon has planned a work for him this Sunday at 9:30 am if you’d like to watch him train.

Party! – Sunday, September 21

In conjunction with Yodeler’s last race, we will be hosting a party in the Trackside Tents for the Emerald Racing Club to celebrate a successful season.

party hat

You and one guest are welcome to attend, but we require an RSVP. If you do not RSVP, you will not have access to the tent and buffet (but are certainly welcome in the usual areas).

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 18. This is open to Emerald Racing Club Members plus +1.

Party includes: seating in the trackside tent, track program, and buffet meal.

BBQ Beef Sandwiches and Grilled Chicken Breast served with Mac & Cheese, housemade potato chips and dip, coleslaw, Emerald green salad, fresh and marinated vegetable platter with Ranch dip, sliced watermelon and assorted dessert bars & cookies.

  • Tents open 1 pm
  • First race 2 pm
  • Food served 3 – 4 pm
  • Cash bar available

If Yodeler’s race does not fill, or if he scratches for some unforeseen reason, we will still have the party. I look forward to seeing you all there!



Dancing Yodeler to Work Saturday Morning

Dancing Yodeler is scheduled to work Saturday, September 6 at 9:30 am (first after the break). The Breakfast at the Wire program ended in August, but you can still enter at the Quarterchute Cafe and walk up the track apron to watch the work.

Dancing Yodeler was also in the Emerald Downs Training Day video from Thursday. You can see him at :42 (for those of you viewing in the email, you’ll have to visit to view the video).

Yodeler’s Next Race

The current condition book goes through September 14 and there aren’t any races in the book that are suitable for Yodeler. However, the racing secretary may write an “extra” that suits him so there is a chance that there might be a race for him next weekend.

Dancing Yodeler will be sold at the end of the season. There currently is a group of Emerald Racing Club members that are pursuing putting together a syndicate to purchase him. If you’d like to be involved, contact Jim Engstrom ( You do not need to be a current member to get involved.

Anelina Update

Anelina continues to be on layup. The Club funds will cover her expenses until she finds a new home even if that continues beyond the end of the racing season. She will go to Sharon’s farm for layup.

Some of you have inquired as to the costs of continuing ownership of her. I hope to have a guest blog post regarding those expenses (as a broodmare) from Nina at El Dorado Farms shortly. Upon recovery, she should be sound for light riding (trail riding) or as a broodmare.

Sale Recap

I saw many of you at the sale and understand some of you have acquired a young racehorse. Congratulations! For full sales recap, click here.