In between slurping down your mint juleps and cashing all your winning tickets today, please save the date(s) for our breeding farm tours!
Spring is a special time of year for Thoroughbred breeding farms with fresh babies on the ground and mares coming in to be bred.
The top Washington breeding farms have graciously offered to open their doors to the Emerald Racing Club. Griffin Place Farm and Blue Ribbon Farm are located adjacent to each other in Buckley and will open their gates on Saturday, May 16. El Dorado Farms, located in Enumclaw, will open their gates to the Club on Saturday, May 23. Hopefully that allows any of you with conflicts to make the alternate date. OR better yet, you can visit all three farms!
Saturday, May 16, 9:15 am
26925 120th St. E.
Buckley, WA 98321
Griffin Place is located on the same street as Blue Ribbon Farm. Griffin Place has a strong history of breeding, raising and selling top class horses. They were WA’s Leading Breeder by money won in 2000. That year, two of their homebreds, Rings a Chime and Best Judgement became WA Champions. Rings A Chime was their first G1 Stakes winner, and WA Horse of the Year. Her dam, Outofthebluebell was voted Broodmare of the Year. Expect to see lots of broodmares with their babies at this farm. Griffin Place does not stand any stallions.
Griffin Place shares a driveway with Blue Ribbon Farm. So once you go through the metal automatic gate, just go all the way straight back for Griffin Place. There are two lanes going off from the driveway, one on each side. Do not take either one. Just go straight back and you dead end at their house. Parking will be set up in the field in front of the house and they will try to have people out there to guide visitors.
Saturday, May 16, 10:45 am
Blue Ribbon Farm
26719 120th St. E.
Buckley, WA 98321
Blue Ribbon Farm has earned the Top Breeder Award for the last four years in a row and stands the stallions Atta Boy Roy and Nationhood. They also breed and race their own horses and provide foaling services. Blue Ribbon Farm is owned by Rick and Debbie Pabst.
If you attend the races on Mother’s Day, Blue Ribbon Farm will be bringing a mare and foal to the races for the occasion.
To enter the farm, turn right up their driveway – you’ll see a roundpen (horse pen) out front and the house. The number is on the mailbox.
Saturday, May 16 is Preakness Day – the second jewel of the Triple Crown. You can watch the race from Emerald Downs – approximate post time is 3:20 pm.
Saturday, May 23, 10 – noon
El Dorado Farms
41818 228th Ave. SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022
El Dorado Farms is owned by Ron and Nina Hagen. El Dorado Farms has also earned WA Breeder of the Year award, most recently in 2009. They are a full service facility, standing five stallions, Abraaj, Car Talk, Coast Guard, Private Gold and Raise the Bluff. They breed, raise and sell Thoroughbreds. They also provide rehab and layup facilities and have a nurse mare program. Nina plans multiple activities for the Emerald Racing Club, and we’ll provided an updated schedule as it gets closer.