Archie Workout Recap

Workout Recap

On Saturday, Archie had his first workout for the Club. He worked a 1/2 mile in 49 seconds, which was 14 of 28 for the distance. Jockey Leslie Mawing reported that Archie felt good and did the work easily.

You can find all this information yourself by going to http://www.emeralddowns.com, Click on “Racing” tab, then “Workouts”.

Link to Archie’s workout is here. You can also set up a free virtual stable through Equibase and it will send you a notification any time Archie works or is entered to run. You may notice that he’s still listed with Lloyd Mason as the trainer. Equibase will update it’s system once Archie is entered to run under the Ross barn.

I also captured the work on my cell phone, but the quality is poor (if viewing in email, the videos won’t play. Visit emeraldracingclub.com for the videos referenced):

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If you came to watch the morning workout, or have been out for training, you might get a little disoriented on where the horses are on the track and where they are going. As a rule of thumb, all horses traveling at a canter or gallop travel counter-clockwise around the track. The faster the horse goes, the closer to the rail they move. If a horse is jogging, they can “backtrack”, which means going counter to traffic on the outside rail.

Jogging and/or trotting is a two-beat gait where the legs move diagonally together. Jogging is a term typically used by Western riders for a slow jog, but in racing lingo jog and trot are often interchanged.

Below is a slow motion video that shows both the canter and trot (and added bonus, the horse’s skeletal structure is painted on him!).

The canter is a three-beat gait. This may be faster than a trot, but is generally a relaxed gait that is modest in speed. As the horse picks up speed, they will transition from three-beats to the four-beat gallop.

Showing the three beats at a canter.

Showing the three beats at a canter.

When Archie Graham works and trains he is at a gallop. The gallop is a four-beat gait where each foot hits the ground independently and then there is the moment of suspension where you get the dramatic photos of the horses with all four feet off the ground.

If you make it out to watch future training, you’ll likely see all of these gaits performed by Archie as he goes through his morning training. First, he will jog backwards to the 1/2 mile pole, then turn around and gallop a mile to a mile and a half counter clockwise. After he pulls up, he’ll turn around and jog back to the “gap”. The gap is quite literally the “gap” in the fence where the horses come on and off the track. You are lucky at Emerald Downs that we only have one gap and it is located at the quarter chute. Other tracks may have multiple locations where the horses can access the track.

At Emerald Downs (and tracks the world over), red and white striped poles are located every 1/4 mile. You may have heard the term “quarter pole”. Since our track is one mile around you will find four red and white striped poles. The 1/8th poles are located in between the red and white and are green and white striped. The 1/16th of a mile poles are black and white and are more slender than the others.

The next time you are at Emerald Downs, start at the finish line and work your way backwards down the track and see if you can identify all the poles. The first you’ll find is black and white and is 1/16th from the finish. The next is green and white and is 1/8th of a mile from the finish. Then a red and white 1/4 mile from the finish.

Archie worked 4 furlongs. A furlong is an 1/8th of a mile so 4 furlongs equals a 1/2 mile. When Archie worked, he would pick up speed on the back part of the racetrack and the goal is that he hits race speeds as he goes by the 1/2 mile pole. That is when the clockers will start their stopwatches. He finishes his work at the finish line and the clockers would stop their watches then.

On occasion, a trainer may opt to work a horse past the wire (finish line). This means they may have a 1/2 mile work start at the 3/8 pole and go a 1/8 mile past the finish line. Horses learn very quickly where the finish line is, so this strategy of training past the finish line can teach them to keep running hard all the way until the end.

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Orientation Recap and Barn Rules

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend orientation! Just a reminder for those unable to attend, please make arrangements to get your lanyard. You’ll need to have this when accessing the backstretch. Email me at emeraldracingclub@gmail.com to organize a pick up on your next visit.

The morning started off with a easy gallop for Archie Graham. He looked relaxed and happy as he galloped one mile.

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Once Archie gets in a regular training schedule I will alert you to when you can expect him to train on a daily basis.

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The barn is open to visitors 6:30 am – 12:30 am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (track is closed on Tuesdays). 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. Archie Graham is located in barn 2 West.

The barn is NOT OPEN to visitors any time on Saturday and Sunday if the Ross’ have a horse entered. 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 if they have a horse entered. If they do not have a horse entered, visiting hours are the same as noted during the week. We have volunteers willing to escort you back to the barn if you have never visited before so please email me if you’d like some guidance for your first visit. The backstretch can be a little overwhelming!

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. Once Archie is in a routine, I’ll alert you to when he typically will be on the track to train.

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 – 12:30 am

2) No barn visits on weekends if a horse from the Ross barn is entered. You are still welcome to watch training.

2) Do not walk through other people’s barns. You own one horse that resides in Barn 2 West. It is disrespectful to go through other shed rows without an invitation.

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.

7) What happens in the barn, stays in the barn!

Licensing Reminder

Please be sure to stop and get your license. We still have approximately 30 people that still need to be licensed. The horse cannot run until everyone has done this!

Emerald Racing Club Blog

If there’s a topic you’d love to see covered on the blog, leave a comment! Anything from types of blinkers, to racehorse food to shoes…we’ll cover it all!

Thank you to all that attended today and I look forward to seeing you at the track!

Happy racing!

 

Archie to train Sunday before Orientation

Archie will train Sunday, April 10 at 10:45 am. To watch him train, come in the main admission gates, walk straight out to track level to the track apron (where the benches are).

I will be there standing on a bench and will point him out when he goes by. He’ll also be wearing the green and white checkered saddle towel for the Club.

Archie and Brian pose for the camera.

Archie and Brian pose for the camera.

Orientation and Kick-Off Party Details:

Who: You! (and a guest)

What: Emerald Racing Club Orientation, Emerald Ed & Party

When: Sunday, April 10, begins 12 noon

Where: Emerald Room – 4th Floor Emerald Downs (take either elevator from the first floor lobby)

Schedule:

  • 10:45 am – Archie Graham to train on the track
  • 11:30 am – Check-in – We will have racing programs, so no need to purchase one
  • 12 noon – Orientation
  • 1 pm – Emerald Ed – Emerald Downs’ Dir. of Publicity, Vince Bruun, and Jacob “the professor” Pollowitz will be giving a crash course on how to read the form, handicap, and watch a race. The added bonus: they will be using Archie Graham’s last race.
  • 2 pm – Party will transition to the View Room (right off the Emerald Room) with free Clubhouse Seating.
  • 2:15 pm – Live racing starts!
  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Buffet laid out in Emerald Room
  • The Emerald Room and View Room are reserved for Emerald Racing Club all day so you are free to float in and out as you wish.

No cost for Emerald Racing Club members and guest. If you have additional guests you’d like to bring, they may join you for the party. Additional tickets will be $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Reminder: You must be licensed by Sunday, April 10. You’ll need to show your license in order to receive your Emerald Racing Club Lanyard.

Can’t make it?

Don’t worry, I will post a recap of the Orientation here on the blog for those unable to attend.

Archie Has Arrived

Archie Graham arrived at Emerald Downs at 5:30 am this morning.

He appears to be in good health, although a bit on the thin side. Sharon will work on putting together a diet designed to put on some additional pounds.

He’ll go to the track in the coming days and we’ll have a better idea of how he is adapting to the dirt surface.

He’s a quirky horse with a playful personality. He was particularly fond of having his forehead scratched. Video below (visit www.emeraldracingclub.com to view video, won’t play in email).

Orientation and Kick-Off Party

Opening weekend is Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.

We have organized a little orientation, Emerald Ed and…wait for it…party!

Who: You! (and a guest)

What: Emerald Racing Club Orientation, Emerald Ed & Party

When: Sunday, April 10, begins 12 noon

Where: Emerald Room – 4th Floor Emerald Downs (take either elevator from the first floor lobby)

Schedule:

  • 11 am – Archie Graham to train on the track (tentative)
  • 11:30 am – Check-in
  • 12 noon – Orientation
  • 1 pm – Emerald Ed – Emerald Downs’ Dir. of Publicity, Vince Bruun, and Jacob “the professor” Pollowitz will be giving a crash course on how to read the form, handicap, and watch a race. The added bonus: they will be using Archie Graham’s last race.
  • 2 pm – Party will transition to the View Room (right off the Emerald Room) with free Clubhouse Seating.
  • 2:15 pm – Live racing starts!
  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Buffet laid out in Emerald Room
  • The Emerald Room and View Room are reserved for Emerald Racing Club all day so you are free to float in and out as you wish.

No cost for Emerald Racing Club members and guest. If you have additional guests you’d like to bring, they may join you for the party. Additional tickets will be $20 and can be purchased at the door. BUT – you need to email me by Wednesday, April 6 (emeraldracingclub@gmail.com) so we can account for food.

Reminder: You must be licensed by Sunday, April 10. You’ll need to show your license in order to receive your Emerald Racing Club Lanyard.

Can’t make it?

Don’t worry, I will post a recap of the Orientation here on the blog for those unable to attend.

Additional questions? Post in comments below or email me at emeraldracingclub@gmail.com.

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