Diamonds Dena Finishes 4th

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Diamonds Dena At The Barn

Diamonds Dena never made a serious bid Friday and finished fourth in the fifth race for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares. And she was not claimed.

It was Dena’s second straight lackluster effort and now, with the season ending Sunday, we must find a buyer for our 5-year-old mare. As you know, the Emerald Racing Club Membership Agreement calls for our horses to be sold at the conclusion of the season, with the sale money added to the ERC purse account. Once we have a final total, we then can divide by 200 and let everyone know how much of their $500 they get back, or roll over to 2017, etc.

One prospective buyer surfaced immediately after Dena’s race Friday,and hopefully a deal can be made this weekend. The price seemed reasonable, given Dena’s back to back sub par outings. Stay tuned.

As for Archie Graham, we are exploring options to make it possible for our favorite gray gelding to return to the Emerald Racing Club next year. He would need to be sold and then bought back when the 2017 Emerald Racing Club begins again early next year.

In so many ways Archie been a perfect horse for our club–extremely sound, friendly and accommodating to visitors, and he has some racing talent too. It also would spare the annual frantic search for a horse and allow ERC members to visit Archie at the barn in February and March, and see how a veteran horse prepares for racing off a layoff.

Several of you already have approached me about finding a way for us to keep Archie Graham. Let us know what you think!

Archie Graham Finishes 2nd With Late Rally


Archie Graham turned in another solid effort Sunday at Emerald Downs, finishing second in the seventh race and earning $2,300 for his efforts. He’s Cagey, our nemesis all season, led gate-to-wire for a a 6 3/4-length victory in a very respectable 1:43.20 for 1 1/16 miles.

Although he didn’t get the victory, Archie Graham rallied from last and gamely edged Angel de Amour for second place money. So in seven starts for Emerald Racing Club, Archie Graham has two wins, one second,four thirds and $18,559 in purse earnings.And you’ve heard me say it all season, but this particular group of $10,000 claimers is as tough as I’ve seen at Emerald Downs.

Time for my little editorial on Archie Graham:

Archie has performed steadily all season for Emerald Racing Club. He’s a professional racehorse, giving us everything he had in seven starts while maintaining fitness and enthusiasm throughout. I know Larry and Sharon Ross have grown quite fond of Archie, ditto for regular rider Leslie Mawing, and me too.

What’s more, Archie Graham has been a delight at the barn, kind and affectionate with his many visitors and fans, and enthusiastic in his training. In short, he’s been a lot of fun.

Way to go, Archie!

We also learned Sunday that Diamonds Dena is a go for Friday night. She runs in Race 5 (about 8:30 p.m.) for $10,000 claiming older fillies and mares at one mile. Javier Matias is the rider. More on that race later in the week.

Enjoy Labor Day everybody!




Archie Graham Paddock, Sunday Sept. 4


Hi Emerald Racing Club,

Paddock for Archie Graham, Race 7, 4:45 p.m., Sunday, September 4. We have extra room because we’re on the far (north) side of the paddock.

Kay Ray

Andrew Gohl

Sal Viggsano

Milt Tremblay

Alexa Darin

C.J. Koenig

Gerald Boures

Michael Monelli

Virgil Maas

Ron Barber

David Pitts

Tom Chin

Gary Grant

Annie George

Zee Straight-Weiss

Kevin Murphy

Tammy Miller

Chris Trujillo

Stacy Hanks

Also, Diamonds Dena worked a very easy half-mile Saturday in :53.40 seconds. Entries for her race will be drawn Sunday morning.

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!