The Emerald Racing Club officially owns two horses!
Distinguishable, a 4-year-old filly, has been sold to Emerald Racing Club by Dr. Mark Dedomenico for $10,000 and joins McDove in our stable of horses for 2017.
Originally purchased for $250,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale, Distinguishable has been training steadily with Mike Puhich at the Pegasus Training Center in Redmond, including two recent half-mile workouts, and should be fit and ready to roll when Emerald Downs opens on April 8.
When I send out the email later today, I will include video of Distinguishable’s two recent works at Pegasus along with her lifetime past performances. As you watch the workouts, that’s jockey Javier Matias aboard Distinguishable.
A Kentucky-bred by Distorted Humor-Officiate, Distinguishable raced five times last year for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in California, compiling a 1-0-0 record in five starts with earnings of $35,675. She scored her maiden victory by 2 1/2-lengths last May at Santa Anita, running six furlongs in 1:10 3/5 while earning a 77 Beyer Speed Figure. Importantly, Emerald Downs cards many claiming and allowance races for non-winners of two races lifetime, so we should have some options with Distinguishable early in the season.
While it’s usually wise to manage expectations in this business, Distinguishable has some ability and I wish to publicly thank Dr. Dedomenico for offering us a nice filly at a reasonable price! In case you’re not familiar with Dr. Dedomenico, in addition to owning Pegasus Training Center he is CEO of Pro Sports Club in Bellevue and also a renowned heart surgeon. Dr. Dedomenico campaigns a top string of horses with Hollendorfer in California, and runners that don’t quite fit their long range plans often are either sold privately or raced in claiming events.
Incidentally, we had Distinguishable examined by Elliott Simkins DVM, and he gave the filly a clean bill of health.
The Emerald Racing Club now has two horses that should be ready to compete when the season opens next month! Although Distinguishable and McDove are both 4-year-old fillies,it’s doubtful they would race against each other since McDove has two career wins and is likely to race in a non-winners of three races lifetime or against open company.
In the coming weeks we will write plenty about possible races for both Distinguishable and McDove, but ultimately it will be up to our trainers–Mike Puhich and Larry and Sharon Ross–to select the races. An educated guess would be that Distinguishable might be more of a sprinter while McDove might do best as a router.
McDove is en route via van from California and scheduled to arrive here Friday morning. I’ll take some photos and post them ASAP.
Reminder: We’re having another get together at 9 a.m. Sunday at Emerald Downs. Same as last week, we enter through the paddock gate, watch some training, and at the 10:30 break walk back to the barn and visit Sharon Ross and McDove. On Friday, I’ll post a short blog with directions and also email the itinerary.