Distinguishable Wins!

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Distinguishable and Javier Matias victorious Sunday 

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.

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Distinguishable getting her game face in the paddock

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.

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Emerald Racing Club and Distinguishable-victory!

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.

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Mike Puhich, groom Dani Griggs, Javier Matias & Distinguishable


13 thoughts on “Distinguishable Wins!

  1. Woot what a great day thank Mike, D’s groom and everyone else in the barn who got her in fit racing condition.
    What a great day! Was nice to see everyone and meet new members.
    Thank you

  2. The win was featured on KING 5’s evening news with a good shot of the finish & nice mention of the club. Also a quick view f everyone traipsing out onto the track for the “winner’s circle” shot!

  3. Thank you to everyone! Great job by our team! Thank you to Distinguishable for her win and making it a lovely day! I hope Distinguishable enjoys her relaxation time!

  4. Distinguishable was very impressive, she did’nt have an easy lead & she responded when she got challenged at the top of the stretch. Great job Mike Puhich & crew.

    We really enjoyed the guests at the orientation, they were all great. Thanks Vince!

    Jeff & Shari

  5. Hi Vince. What a story book day. It was nice meeting you. I am an owner,naturally. My wife, I guess, is a guest. If she is a guest, can I bring in another person free? The shirt is great but can you get me one and hold it for me until Saturday?? Where will you be? Is last year’s shirt still good to get in the gate? Will ERC members still get free programs? Thanks again for a GREAT day. Ed Metcalf

    • Did not every member get two guest passes when they got their photo ID? If so then wouldn’t the wife use one of the guest passes which would leave one guest pass for the other person?

      • Hi CJ, You are correct. Your WHRC license entitles you to a parking pass and two guest passes good for the 2017 season. Those passes are issued by the horsemen’s bookkeeper at the time of licensing. So in the example you cited, it would indeed leave one guest pass for the other person. Sorry for the convoluted explanations on this matter.

  6. Hi Ed, I have a 2017 Fabulous Friday shirt for you. They are good for free admission every Friday this season beginning April 21 (last year’s shirts are not valid). So if you use your license to get in, and your wife wears the t-shirt, neither of you will have to pay on Fridays. If you want to being several people, please send me an email at the Emerald Racing Club gmail account and I’ll be happy to accommodate you. I will email you where to meet me for the shirt. Thanks, Vince

    • This is (once again) confusing and contradictory.

      Did not every member get two guest passes when they got their photo ID? If so then wouldn’t the wife use one of the guest passes which would leave one guest pass for the other person he asked about? That being the case, why would she need a T-shirt if each ERC member gets two guest passes in addition to the photo ID?

      This seems like a simple topic with a simple answer yet it gets multiple answers. Now there’s a T-shirt involved for getting in. Is there something on the website about Fabulous Friday T-shirts or is that just for those individuals that were at the track on Friday or something? If they are free to ERC members was that mentioned somewhere and I missed it?

      This “clubs” rules are confusing because they are never just straightforward or posted on the website.

      • We are going to have Emerald Racing Club t-shirts available at cost for ERC members. Michelle Reagan in The Gift Horse is helping design them and we should have them in a few weeks. The t-shirt Mr. Metcalf is referring to is a Fabulous Friday shirt he won in a drawing at Orientation but was unable to collect, and I saved it for him. For the last several years at Emerald Downs we have a promotion in which we give away Fabulous Friday shirts to paid admissions on the first Friday of the season, which this year is April 21. Fans wearing the Fabulous Friday shirt get free admission for the 19 remaining Fridays this season.

  7. Yes, we are going to have Emerald Racing Club t-shirts again in 2017. We are coordinating with Michelle Reagan of The Gift Horse to have these available soon. The price will be reasonable, too.

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