Horse racing is like the United States Mail. Remember the old saying– “Through rain, sleet or snow we will go, etc.”
That’s us too! So even with Sunday’s grim forecast of more rain (surprise), the Emerald Racing Club is invited to attend morning training at Emerald Downs. Beginning at 9 a.m., one hour later than last week, we will watch the morning activity on the racetrack. It looks like about a 90 percent chance of rain, but if things get too bad we can duck for cover.
I will have all kinds of 2017 Emerald Downs calendars to pass out–wall, magnetic and pocket–and some Emerald Racing Club lanyards too. You’re also welcome to have coffee and breakfast at the Quarter Chute Cafe, as Sally Steiner and her crew will be expecting us.
During the track renovation we will visit Sharon and Larry Ross’ barn, where we can meet McDove. Sharon said our 4-year-old filly arrived Friday morning and appears to have shipped in nicely from Golden Gate. I was going to take a photo, but the horsemen’s meeting ran a bit long and I’ll have to meet her with all of you Sunday. McDove, incidentally, is stabled next to Archie Graham ,and Sharon said the two seem to be getting along nicely.
Also, it’s possible that McDove could go to the track Sunday, but that will depend on the weather and also McDove’s continuing acclimation to her new surroundings etc.
We’ll meet at the Paddock Gate, same as last week, and security will open the gate at 9 a.m. sharp. For those new to Emerald Downs, here’s a post explaining where to park, etc.
Remember To Get Licensed!
As of Friday afternoon, we were up to 198 members and only two spots away from being full!
Many thanks to everyone for promptly getting your Washington Horse Racing Commission licenses. Only 54 people still need licenses, and they can be obtained 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday at the WHRC office next to the Quarter Chute Cafe.
Both our horses–McDove and Distinguishable–should be ready to go early in the season, but neither is permitted to race until everybody is licensed. And remember, the $109 license fee is included in your ERC membership.
Also, out of state members can be licensed by mail, but you still must be fingerprinted. You’ll need to fill out this form to get started: WHRC License