Friday Paddock Winners, Archie Graham 3-1

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Here are the paddock winners for Friday, August 5:
(Reminder Archie Graham is in Race 6 with post time 8:59 PM)
Elizabeth Ayers-Gibson
 
Steve Richards
 
Heather Allen
 
Daren & Shirley Wagner
 
Brad Meyer
 
Ryan & Laura Doerfler
 
Terry Hall
 
Adam Kraft
 
Becky Hunter
 
Sheridan Jones

Sorry if your name is not on the list. We’ll try and get everyone at least one turn this season. Also, I’ll be by the paddock Friday, and in case of a no-show somebody else will be allowed in the paddock.

Incidentally, Race 6 Friday is the feature race which means the winning jockey and trainer (and hopefully a couple of ERC members) will be interviewed. Let’s hope Archie runs a big one, and that Leslie Mawing and Larry and Sharon Ross are on camera in the Winner’s Circle!

Here is the field for Friday’s 6th Race (Purse $11,500, 3-Year-olds & Up, $10,000 claiming price): 1-Archie Graham, Leslie Mawing, 124 lbs, 3-1; 2-Dare Me Devil, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 124, 4-1; 3-Perfect Night, Jennifer Whitaker, 120, 15-1; 4-Cinematic Cat-SCRATCHED; 5-Mr. Takahashi, Eswan Flores, 120, 5-2; 6-Doctor Bruce S., Javier Matias, 120, 6-1; 7-Raspberry Ala Mode, Rocco Bowen, 120, 5-1; 8-Songandabullet, Juan Gutierrez, 120, 15-1; 9-Dustin’s Passion, Ronald Richard, 120, 6-1.

As you can see, Archie Graham is 3-1 second choice on the morning line, so track line maker Rob Rao believes Archie Graham is going to get a lot of action at the windows. And in Daily Racing Form, George Cottrell picks Archie Graham to win!

I believe Archie will like the shorter distance of 6 1/2 furlongs, and it’s worth noting Archie won his career debut in a very short 5-furlong race and also finished second earlier this year at 5 1/2 furlongs. I’m a little concerned that Friday’s race is not top-heavy on speed, but it’s also interesting to note that Archie Graham defeated morning line favorite Mr. Takahashi in a turf race last year at Golden Gate.

Here’s hoping Archie gets a good trip Friday and makes all of us proud! (I posted the picture of his May 15 victory for good karma.)

As for Diamonds Dena, we can’t get a race to fill and it’s extremely frustrating! We need something in the $20,000 claiming range for older fillies and mares at a mile or a mile and a sixteenth. No dice, but the racing secretary plans to add another race at Dena’s condition for Friday, August 12. We’ll know if it fills Sunday morning, so stay tuned. Sharon said if we can’t get a race for Dena soon, she’ll need another breeze for fitness.

I suppose the best thing you can say about Diamonds Dena is that it’s another lesson for owners. That is, you can have a fit and ready horse for a race, but you still need the race to fill. It’s soooooo frustrating because Diamonds Dena is a good horse!

I’ll post the result and video of Archie’s race ASAP Friday night.

And finally, I’ll send out precise directions to El Dorado Farms near Enumclaw. I sincerely hope everyone plans to be make it Sunday–11 AM to 1 PM–because it’s going to be fun and informative, and we’ll finish up in time so everyone can make it to Sunday’s races at Emerald Downs.

See you Friday night!

Thanks,
Vince

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4 thoughts on “Friday Paddock Winners, Archie Graham 3-1

  1. Hey Vince – thanks for stepping in for Sophia – big shoes to fill. Archie is feeling good and I am looking forward to his race tomorrow. Very frustrating not to be able to get a race for Diamonds Deana (Dee Dee) – but welcome to my world… She will probably breeze a little tomorrow – not a big deal. With Archie in tomorrow – no carrots/visitors to the barn – so I suggest everybody save their free time to head out to El Dorado Farm on Sunday. Be prepared for a fun and informative visit to a great thoroughbred farm close to the race track. All facets of a thoroughbred’s life are handled here. Nina and Ron Hagen have gone all out to make the visit memorable. So don’t miss the opportunity for a great morning! See everyone at the races tomorrow – good luck! Sharon

  2. Thank you Sharon & Vince for your efforts !

    I saw the lack of early speed in Archie’s race too & wondered if Archie has any early speed if Leslie asked him?

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