Reminder our 2017 Orientation and Kick-Off Party is 12 noon, Sunday, April 9, at Emerald Downs. In an unprecedented development, however, the Emerald Racing Club could have a horse racing BEFORE orientation!
Opening night at Emerald Downs is Saturday, April 8, and Distinguishable could be running in that evening’s feature race. But more on that later, first some general information on orientation:
Orientation and Kick-Off Party Details:
Who: You! (and a guest)
What: Emerald Racing Club Orientation & Party
When: Sunday, April 9, begins 12 noon
Where: Emerald Room – 4th Floor Emerald Downs (take either elevator from the first floor lobby)
- 11:30 am – Check-in – We will have racing programs, so no need to purchase one
- 12 noon – Orientation – Featuring trainers Sharon Ross and Mike Puhich, Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler, and other guests.
- 1 pm – Gary Dougherty long time handicapper for the Seattle Times will give a crash course on how to read the Racing Form, handicap, and watch a race.
- 2 pm – Live racing starts and party transitions to the View Room (right off the Emerald Room) with free Clubhouse Seating.
- 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Buffet in Emerald Room
- The Emerald Room and View Room are reserved for Emerald Racing Club all day so you are free to float in and out as you wish.
No cost for Emerald Racing Club members and guest. If you have additional guests you’d like to bring, they may join you for the party. Additional tickets will be $20 and can be purchased at the door.
Distinguishable Ready To Roll!
According to trainer Mike Puhich, Distinguishable is fit and ready to go and will be entered to race opening night at Emerald Downs!
Distinguishable will be entered in Race 8 (above) which is 5 1/2 furlongs for $25,000 claiming fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races lifetime, with a purse of $15,000. Because Distinguishable is a 4-year-old filly with one career victory, she fits this condition.
Entries for the race will be drawn Wednesday, April 5, and I’ll be monitoring developments like a hawk. If the race “fills”, I’ll alert everyone so you can make plans to be here on the 8th. If the race doesn’t fill, I’ll send out an update and try to figure out the next possible date for a race. We likely need six or seven horses to enter our race, which is iffy, but keep your fingers crossed.
According to Puhich, Distinguishable continues to train well at Pegasus Training Center. She breezed five furlongs in 1:01 flat Monday (second fastest of six works at the distance) and I’ll email the workout to everybody later this week. Osvaldo Gonzalez, the leading apprentice jockey last season at Emerald Downs, pinch-hit for Javier Matias aboard Distinguishable on Monday and Puhich said, “All systems are go” for our filly.
While relentless rainfall has hampered training at Emearld Downs, Distinguishable has enjoyed the benefit of training over the all-weather Polytrack surface at Pegasus, where she might have one more light workout before vanning to Emerald Downs next week.
As for McDove, she jogged today (Tuesday) and might gallop Wednesday, according to trainer Sharon Ross. So both ERC horses are doing well!
Upcoming Field Trips
We’re working on a date for our field trip to Pegasus but probably will wait until the weather finally turns sunny. It definitely will be on a weekend and perhaps you all can let me know whether you prefer Saturdays or Sundays for upcoming outings? It’s about 40 miles one way from Emerald Downs to Pegasus in east Remond, so It will be an early morning start!
Other trips we’re planning include visits to breeding centers Blue Ribbon Farm and Griffin Place, both in Buckley, and El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw. A couple of you requested a visit to the jockeys’ room at Emerald Downs, apparently a big hit in previous years, which we could combine with a morning at Emerald Downs’ very successful Breakfast At The Wire.
WHRC Executive Director Doug Moore said not to worry if we aren’t 100 percent licensed to start the season, and that we would be extended a grace period with temporary licenses granted to non-licensed club members.
Incidentally, licenses can also be obtained at the WHRC’s Olympia office located at 6326 Martin Way East.