Orientation Recap


Charlie Thomas gallops in front of the Emerald Racing Club on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

We had a full house for our Orientation and Party!

Just to reiterate for those that were there, and for information for those that weren’t, we covered the basic barn rules and expectations moving forward. Also, lanyards were handed out and per the barn rules below, you will need to make arrangements with me to get yours.

These Barn Rules are posted at emeraldracingclub.com under “Barn Rules” and you can refer to them at any time. No excuses for not knowing what they are!

Barn Rules

All Emerald Racing Club members are licensed by the Washington Horse Racing Commission as owners. This Owners License allows you access to the restricted backstretch and barn area.

However, this is a privilege, not a right, and we ask that you be respectful of the barn rules as outlined below.


The barn is open to visitors 6:30 am – 11:30 am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The afternoon is the quiet rest time for both horses and grooms. Please be respectful of their work and only visit during the hours designated above. Charlie Thomas is located in barn 2 West.

The barn is NOT OPEN to visitors any time on Saturday and Sunday unless you are escorted by an ERC volunteer. A schedule of these mini visits will be posted here. Race days are a busy time for the staff and the horses get special attention on these days. For this reason, we ask that you refrain from visiting the barn on the weekend.

Watch training anytime! You are welcome to come out to the track and watch training at any time on the track apron (the tarmac stretching in front of the grandstand all along the track to the turn and Quarter Chute Cafe). Training hours are 6:30 am – 11:30 am, with a renovation break at 8:30 – 9. The track is closed for training on Tuesdays.

The track kitchen aka Quarter Chute Cafe is open to the public and is a great place to watch training. You’ll also likely see Sharon Ross walking back and forth (or driving her golf cart) as each set of horses goes out to train. If you are wearing your lanyard, she’ll be able to easily recognize you as a Club member.

Emerald Downs gates do not open until approximately 9 am, so if you come before that, you’ll have to enter by the Quarterchute Cafe and walk up the track apron towards the grandstand.

Barn Rules:

1) Visits only Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 6:30 am – 11:30 am

2) No barn visits on weekends except as escorted by an ERC volunteer. You are still welcome to watch training.

2) Do not walk through other people’s barns.

3) Wear your Emerald Racing Club lanyard with your racing license.

4) If you have guests accompanying you, you must sign them in at security and accompany them at all times. Keep groups small – no larger than 6 in a group.

5) Horses bite, kick and can be reactive. Use good “horse sense” when in the barns. NEVER reach out to a horse you don’t know and keep your eyes and ears open at all times.

6) Be respectful. There are other horses in the Ross barn owned by others.

Charlie Thomas Update

The number one question asked was when will Charlie be able to race. He was claimed April 3 and per the 45 day jail rule, he is not eligible to race until after May 18. The current condition book only extends to May 3 at this time so we are not able to consider any races after the 18th just yet. Nor will we know what level we will consider running him back at.

Charlie is expected to have a workout later this week pending weather. A “workout” is where he will run at near race speed for a specific distance around the track as opposed to his regular training where he will gallop or jog. Workouts are timed by the WHRC clockers.

Workouts are high intensity training sessions designed to help get a horse fit, and once he’s fit, maintain his fitness, energy, and air capacity. Workouts are scheduled based on the horse’s needs and Sharon will share with us when his workout is planned for this week.

Our track photographer got some great photos of Charlie from training on Sunday. Enjoy!

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11 thoughts on “Orientation Recap

  1. Hi Sophia!

    Unfortunately Kayla and I weren’t able to join the club this year, but look forward to rooting everybody on! I was curious about pictures taken last year and where they may be available to purchase. In particular, the one I am looking for is the last win (I think), that Dancing Yodeler had last year and the winners pic was taken on the track. Our little girl was 3 months old at the time of the picture and thought it would be cool to buy it for her and use it as a future birthday gift!

    Thanks for any help!


  2. Thanks to Sophia and the crew, it was a wonderful day. I welcome all new members and hope they have a year like we had last year.
    I still say we ought to produce a Club Hat for purchase, only if desired by the Member. I am willing to work with anyone interested in funding the effort if that’s what it takes
    Thanks again Sophia,

    Joe Hawks…
    ERC Member 2014, 2015

  3. Thanks Sophia and everyone else involved for the good orientation to the club and the track. Not sure I’m an expert on reading a Racing Form yet but I came away from the day $8 ahead so I’m content. It happens I’m off on Monday mornings so I’m delighted at the prospect of being able to visit the barn or watch training. See you all there.

  4. Thanks for the Orientations and the bonus pictures!!! Looking forward to hearing when Charlie will be training. He certainly looks alert and ready to run!

  5. Hi Sophia, Thanks for the recap. Sorry that I missed the orientation, but I was running a Special Olympics regional swim meet that day.Now I need to get a lanyard from you.I’d like to come Wednesday morning. Where and how do I get a lanyard and what time is best? Regards,Bruce Florsheim   From: Emerald Racing Club To: bruce767@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4:14 PM Subject: [New post] Orientation Recap #yiv6701806278 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6701806278 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6701806278 a.yiv6701806278primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6701806278 a.yiv6701806278primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6701806278 a.yiv6701806278primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6701806278 a.yiv6701806278primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6701806278 WordPress.com | Sophia McKee posted: “We had a full house for our Orientation and Party!Just to reiterate for those that were there, and for information for those that weren’t, we covered the basic barn rules and expectations moving forward. Also, lanyards were handed out and per the ” | |

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