Tribal Waters Wins

Tribal Waters won!

Tribal Waters lay in third throughout the early stages of the race and then made a late run to win by a comfortable three lengths. Full chart here.

If you’d like to relive the race again you can find it under>Racing>Race Replays.

Also, because it was the feature race of the day, you’ll find the recap story at the end of this post.

The win capped an emotional day for the Emerald Racing Club with the earlier retirement ceremony for Dancing Yodeler.


Tribal Waters leads the field down the homestretch.


Tribal Waters at the finish line with jockey Leslie Mawing.

_V2U9424_MG_0005If you’d like to order the win photo (or additional photos of TW, Charlie or Yodeler), you may do so by visiting the Track Photographer. They are located on the first floor of the Grandstand immediately to your left before you exit the admission gates. They are here during race days. Erin Palmer can be reached by calling 503-380-0430.

DVDs may be order by calling Customer Service at 253-288-7711 or by visiting the Customer Service booth on Track Level.


A fond farewell to the first Emerald Racing Club horse – Dancing Yodeler. Officially retired by Left Coast Thoroughbreds.

The following story is from our media department and is posted on


AUBURN, Wash. (August 1, 2015) – Tribal Waters surged late and scored a three-length victory Saturday in the $13,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

The pride of the 188-member Emerald Racing Club, Tribal Waters ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.98 and paid $11.20, $4.40 and $2.60. Leslie Mawing rode the winner for trainers Larry and Sharon Ross.

That makes four wins for Emerald Racing Club in just two seasons—Dancing Yodeler won twice last year, and Charlie Thomas and Tribal Waters each have a victory this year. In fact, Dancing Yodeler, the 7-year-old gelding that thrilled ERC with two come-from-behind victories last year, was given a special retirement ceremony between races Saturday.

Mawing, who has ridden all four ERC winners, said the strategy Saturday was to lay behind speedsters St Nicholas Becky and Tribal Waters.

“The plan was just to lay off the two speed horses and make one big move,” Mawing said. “It worked out perfectly.”

Tribal Waters made his move in mid-stretch, overtaking St Nicholas Becky and Cinematic Cat, then holding off Raspberry Ala Mode for the victory.

A 4-year-old California-bred colt by Tribal Rule, Tribal Waters was acquired privately in Northern California, having been scouted by Larry Ross at Golden Gate Fields. Saturday marked Tribal Waters’ third start at Emerald Downs, with the win upping his lifetime mark to 3-1-1 in 13 starts and the $7,480 winner’s share boosting his earnings to $48,153.

Raspberry Ala Mode, ridden by Diego Sanchez, closed ground to finish second and paid $4.80 and $2.80.

St Nicholas Becky, ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, held third and paid $2.40. Zoomzoomania and Cinematic Cat completed the order of finish; Fable Haven was a late scratch.


12 thoughts on “Tribal Waters Wins

  1. Will the group picture taken in the paddock with original club members and Yodeler be posted? Or some where to be purchased?

  2. Sophia, I was wondering how to access the televised interview after the race with Sharon and Leslie. It wasn’t on the replay of the race. Somewhere else? Thanks in advance.

  3. Just want to thank Sharon and Larry Ross for having such a good eye for some great horses two winners in a row and an amazing ride again by Leslie Mawing and thanks to everybody else in the barn that works with tw and Charlie Thomas this has been great

  4. Thanks to all who helped make this happen. TW definitely had some bad luck in his first two races out for the club, which is certainly a part of why today is all the more sweeter. Today’s win confirms what the Ross’ knew we had and what the rest of us believed we had in Tribal Waters. Winning isn’t easy and today’s win as any win for the connections is a statement as to what’s right.
    What’s right here is our trainer was able to move our horse beyond some tough luck on the track and get him back ready at a longer distance than he’s ran recently and all with a switch at exercise rider and jockey. Switching riders, running a longer distance, or coming of a race like his last one all would have been an excuse for an off race but there’s no excuses today only exaltation.
    I can’t thank TW and everyone who has worked with him this season enough.
    You have helped us achieve a dream just as you did with Charlie Thomas so keep up the good work.

  5. Thank you to Larry and Sharon Ross, Leslie Mawing, the exercise riders, the grooms and of course our star athletes; Charlie Thomas and Tribal Waters and everyone else; the vets in keeping our racehorses sound and healthy to compete! I have learned that in order to be a winner; you must want to compete or be a part of a winning team and I am truly enjoying being an owner and participating in the Emerald Racing Club!

  6. As stated by many above, it does take a whole team to make ERC happen. Thank you all. I would also like to thank my fellow 187 (or is it 188?) club members and new friends for making wins so much fun. It’s the high fives and celebration after a race that add to the experience. Let’s keep it rolling. So glad that I was able to talk my wife into letting me do this. Wouldn’t it be great if one or both horses run on Mile day? (Not in the Mile but in one of the other quality races on the card.)

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