Distinguishable got the 2017 Emerald Racing Club off to a great start Sunday at Emerald Downs.
With Javier Matias sporting the green and white silks of ERC, Distinguishable cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over Elusive Riches in 1:02.59 for 5 1/2 furlongs. The victory is worth $6,840 (the winner earns 55% of the purse).
The race was never really in doubt. Distinguishable broke on top and pretty much led gate to wire, setting fractions of :21.97, :45.10 and :56.95. Elusive Riches took a couple of cracks at us, but our filly was clearly the best horse today. We’ll find out her Beyer figure in a couple of days.
As most of you know, the race was a $15,000 claiming race for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races. Distinguishable was not claimed, so she will race for us again–but with two career wins she is no longer eligible to compete in races for non-winners of two. So the competition figures to be a bit tougher in her next race.
I received a text from trainer Mike Puhich, and he said Distinguishable appears to have come out of the race in good condition and that she was attacking her dinner voraciously. Good. She earned it!
For those that wagered, Distinguishable was the betting favorite and paid $3.60 to win.
Several of you inquired about winner’s circle photos. They are available for purchase at Reed & Erin Palmer’s photo office located next to the clubhouse lobby. Cost is $15 for an 8 x 10. Palmer Photography Phone # (253) 288-7051.
All in all a good day. A great turnout at Orientation and hats off to our guest speakers: Phil Ziegler, Mike Puhich, Sharon Ross, Jody Peetz, Joe Withee, Matt Dinerman and John Lindley. All of you were great.
Incidentally, this is the second straight year Emerald Racing Club won its season debut, as Archie Graham rallied to win last year’s opener.
Emerald Racing Club now has eight wins in 25 career starts for a 32 percent mark.
I will swing by the barns in a couple of days and post updates on Distinguishable and McDove.