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.


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



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!


9 thoughts on “Orientation Recap and Barn Rules

  1. Sophia , It was a good time today , will enjoy being part of the ERC . Archie looks Healthy & Happy and ready to roll this summer . Hope you enjoy the wine !!

    Sent from my iPhone Todd Pogorelc SWS Sales 509 833-8279


  2. A new year has begun! The turnout to see Archie being worked was marvelous, the racing is incredibly competitive and the food was among the best I’ve ever had.
    Archie is beautiful and we even hit a trifecta today.
    I really love this place and the people and horses who make such a wonderful time for all possible.

  3. Hello Sophia~

    Dean Prather and myself need to make arrangements to get our lanyards. We will be at ED this weekend, is there a place we can pick up the lanyards? Let me know.

    Thanks so much and keep up the great work!!

    Cheers~ Cindy Tomlinson

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. If anyone is interested in ordering “Archies’ Gang” Tee shirts, I’ll be at Archies’ training this Saturday taking orders. If we get enough orders, the shirts the cost will be about $12 each (tax included). You can also send me you name, number of shirts, sizes and payment to Milt Tremblay, P.O. Box 532, Buckley, WA. 98321. Once I get a list, I’m planning on ordering them around May 1st so that we have them for Archies’ first race. It takes about 10 days to get the shirts printed. Let’s turn the Winners’ circle green (with envy?). Feel free to e-mail me at milttremblay@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

  5. Good Day , Any good news on the Archie Graham front ! The work last week went well , what’s the next step forward ? Looking for some news ! Thanks Sophia Did you get the Wine ?

    Sent from my iPhone Todd Pogorelc SWS Sales 509 833-8279


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