The lucky dozen going to the paddock are:
- Bernadine Fomich
- Terry Hall
- Julia Fincher
- Tina Pyatt
- Jeff Campbell
- Jan Reed
- Alexis Hancock
- Gary Maynard
- Erika Hoffmire
- David Pitts
- Terry Kostatelos
- Curtis Soares
Meet at the entrance to the Paddock (by where the jockeys cross into the paddock) immediately after the running of the 8th race. One of our customer service staff will escort you into the paddock for Archie’s race. Wear your lanyard! Your loved ones will need to stay outside the paddock and get fabulous photos of you and your racehorse!
For the rest of you…you can see Archie being saddled from the outside of the paddock. The best view will be on the North side, so you’ll have to cross the horse path up by the track and then walk down on the other side. You can see from the photo, it’s on the far side where there aren’t many people.
After he is saddled, cheer him on from your favorite (lucky) spot!
Jockey Leslie Mawing will be wearing our silks and Archie will have a black saddle towel for post position # 6.
The race has come up quite salty and competitive with some very consistent runners coming out to challenge him.
IF Archie Graham should win…queue outside the Winner’s Circle on the South side and then we’ll bring you all down on the racetrack for the all important win photo.
Alas, there is no sure thing in horse racing and as owners, as long as he returns to the barn safe and healthy, that’s all we ask for.
There is no designated area for the Emerald Racing Club for Sunday. You may pick your favorite spot to watch the races with your friends and family. However, be aware that section 15 on the 3rd floor of the Grandstand is free seating for horsemen (that’s you!). Wear your lanyard and license to be seated in that area.
Also, there is free seating in the Clubhouse Reserved seating on level five. Once you get off the elevators head North and then walk towards the track and you’ll see the stadium seating. It is climate-controlled, so may be a great option if it is cool on Sunday.
Watch From Home
For those of you unable to attend you can watch the race LIVE on Emeralddowns.com under Racing>Live Streaming OR you can download the Horse Races NOW app on your iPhone or Droid and watch the race live.
Won’t be free to watch him run? You can relive every moment watching the race replays at emeralddowns.com Racing>Race Replays
The following is from our Media Department and went out in our Barn Notes this week:
ARCHIE GRAHAM, EMERALD RACING CLUB SET FOR SUNDAY
The Emerald Racing Club will make its 2016 debut Sunday when 4-year-old gelding Archie Graham takes on seven other older horses in a $10,000 claiming race at one mile.
With 200 members in tow, the Emerald Racing Club could be in line for a big season. After all, the syndicate has assembled a sparkling 5-3-1 record in 15 starts over the past two years.
As for Archie Graham, the gray son of Grazen has a 3-3-3 record in 18 career starts including a third-place effort on March 24 when trainer Larry Ross claimed the gelding for $8,000 at Golden Gate. Since his last race, Archie Graham has posted three workouts at Emerald Downs including a swift five-furlong breeze in :59 4/5 (5/32) on April 30.