First Weekend of Farm Visits

Farm Visits

This weekend is the first of two weekends for farm visits.

Please note that Saturday, May 16 is Preakness Day and the farm tours are scheduled in the morning to allow for everyone (including the farms) to get back to the track to watch the races!

The first tour is a self-tour at 9:15 am at Griffin Place. Griffin Place has provided a wonderful guide to their farm. Click here for GP Farm brochure.

The second tour is at 10:45 am, right next door at Blue Ribbon Farm.

NOTE: Unlike last year, the farms are not open all day. Please plan on arriving as close to the scheduled time as possible for the visit. There is also limited parking, so if you’d like to carpool from the racetrack, comment here and perhaps someone else would like to ride with you.

On Saturday, May 23 El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw will be having their farm tour so if you can’t make this Saturday, pencil in for next weekend.

Dress appropriately! Farms are dirty places!

It probably won't be this bad at the farm, but be prepared!

It probably won’t be this bad at the farm, but be prepared!

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.

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.

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.

Charlie Thomas Update

Charlie is tentatively scheduled for a workout on Sunday, weather and track conditions permitting. He’ll go out “second after the break”, which would be approximately 9:15 am.

Everyone is welcome to come out and watch his workout and we will be out there to point him out. We’ll meet on the track apron (paved part of track with benches) in front of the Grandstand.

Tribal Waters Update

Tribal Waters got bumped from the last shipment to Washington due to Shared Belief shipping up to Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center. We are still working with the shipping companies to determine when the next shuttle is coming up from California.

Tribal Waters will continue galloping at Golden Gate.


If you don’t have plans to go to the farms Saturday morning (or you plan to go on the 23rd) be sure to check out our Preakness Pancakes morning program. It’s free pancakes, bacon, orange juice and coffee 9 am – 11 am. We’ll have track announcer Robert Geller as host and he’ll have special guests stopping by throughout the morning. You just enter the main Grandstand gates and head out towards the track. Then follow your nose…to the bacon!

Then stick around for the Preakness Stakes!


5 thoughts on “First Weekend of Farm Visits

  1. I’m interested in carpooling, either from Emerald Downs or one of the Auburn Park & Rides. I can take 2-3 passengers in my car.

    • Hi John,

      You may contact the farms individually to see if you can get a private tour that works with your schedule. Contact info is listed on one of the previous blogs!

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