We are excited to announce that the Emerald Racing Club has acquired its first horse for the 2017 racing season at Emerald Downs.
McDove, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Proud Citizen, has been sold privately to Emerald Racing Club by Steve McDonald of Surrey, B.C. The purchase price is $10,000 and the filly will remain with trainers Larry and Sharon Ross.
In February, McDove scored a four-length victory in a $12,500 claiming race for non-winner of two races lifetime at Golden Gate Fields. She most recently finished fourth in a $40,000 starter allowance race, and should arrive at Emerald Downs fit and ready to race. Since we purchased her privately, there is no 45-day “jail” time that comes with claiming a horse in California.
Even better yet, McDove won’t be changing barns! She remains with the Ross’, an important consideration since they are familiar with the ins and outs of the horse both mentally and physically. Call me biased, but experience tells me this filly should fit nicely at Emerald Downs.
McDove will van to Emerald Downs later this week and we’ll able to meet her at the barn very soon. She will need to get acclimated to new surroundings, of course, and then Sharon will let us know a daily routine for gallops, workouts, etc. For those of you familiar with the layout, the tentative plan is to stable her next to 2016 Emerald Racing Club runner Archie Graham.
Prior to joining Larry Ross at Golden Gate last fall, McDove campaigned at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, winning one of six starts including her career debut in a maiden special weight race on August 31, 2015. Her overall record in 10 starts is two wins, one second and one third with earnings of $27,558.
McDonald paid $40,000 for McDove at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. Her sire was runner-up in the 2002 Kentucky Derby and her dam, Dove Cry, has produced seven winning foals including stakes winner Sleeping Indian and $170,000 earner Don’t Shoot. So on behalf of Emerald Racing Club, I wish to publicly thank Mr. McDonald for offering us McDove at a very square price.
McDove seems to be most effective in routes (races one mile or longer) including the four-length victory in the one-mile race in February, but she did break her maiden in a six-furlong race and there are far more short races than long ones in the early season at Emerald Downs. So her versatility is a big plus.
If all goes well, we could add a second horse very soon. As for McDove, we’ll take plenty more pictures when she gets here and let everyone know when they can see her on the track and at the barn.
What a great turnout this morning at Emerald Downs!
Unofficially I counted 48 Emerald Racing Club members enjoying some rare sunshine and the hustle and bustle of the racetrack, and coffee and goodies at the Quarter Chute Cafe.
We let Sharon Ross break the news about McDove which drew a big cheer, and back at the barn she went over some rules and regulations and showed us the stall that is likely to house McDove.
We’ll do it all again next Sunday (March 26) at 9 a.m. Hope you can make it!
Incidentally, we still have a few spots remaining in this year’s Club. So if you know anybody interested, tell ’em we still have room!