Happy Derby Day!

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

Griffin Place


26925 120th St. E.

Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-9911

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.

Mare and foal in paddock at Griffin Place.

Mare and foal in paddock at Griffin Place.

Saturday, May 16, 10:45 am

Blue Ribbon Farm


26719 120th St. E.

Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-6573

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.

Blue Ribbon mare and foal Mother's Day 2014 at Emerald Downs

Blue Ribbon mare and foal Mother’s Day 2014 at Emerald Downs

Blue Ribbon Farm stallion Atta Boy Roy

Blue Ribbon Farm stallion Atta Boy Roy



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

(360) 825-7526

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.


A foal and mare mare their way into the barn at El Dorado Farms.



9 thoughts on “Happy Derby Day!

  1. Do we need to sign up? If yes, may we request one of the tours on the 23rd?

    Thank you! Laura

    Laura Doerfler, CMP Director of Client Relations Laura.doerfler@eventcore.com Sent on the go – please forgive any crazy spelling or grammar! ________________________________

  2. Hi ! Does anyone know what time in the am, that Charlie will be breezing on thur. And Friday ?
    Thanks !

    • Hi Mel,

      Charlie will be training on Thursday (not breezing), and is expected to go out before the break. He’ll hit the track between 8 and 8:15 am pending no changes in the morning.

  3. I don’t know if anyone would be interested but I think it would be nice if the club members who would want to hang out in one area so if you want to socialize you could or if that is not possible we could wear a button that says Emerald Downs Racing club . I have a ribbon that goes around my neck and attached to it is a plastic sleeve that I can put my pass in. Just a thought. I don’t know much and the exchange of knowledge would be wonderful. ……Sheila Berg

  4. Anyone interested in carpooling to the farm visits on the 16th and/or 23rd? A chance to get to know each other a bit plus not take up so much space parking at the farms? We could meet at either the Auburn Park & Ride or Auburn Station. Reply here and we can make a plan based on interest.

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