Emerald Downs and Hastings Racecourse Announce New Northwest Triple

It was announced on February 15, 2018, that Northwest three-year-olds will have their own triple crown this coming year.
Hastings Racecourse and Emerald Downs, which are separated by just 165 miles, will offer a $100,000 bonus for any horse that sweeps a new three-race series.
The “Northwest Triple” begins with the Muckleshoot Derby at Emerald Downs on Sunday, July 29, continues with the British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Saturday, September 8, and concludes with the debut of the $100,000 Getaway Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday, September 23. Additionally, any horse with a top-three finish in all three races will receive a $10,000 bonus and any horse starting in all three races will receive a $1,000 bonus.
Hastings general manager Darren MacDonald said the Northwest Triple is a natural given the tracks’ proximity and race dates.
“We have some great racing in the Northwest and these bonuses should create a lot of excitement for owners, trainers and the fans,” MacDonald said.
Emerald Downs Vice President of Racing Jack Hodge believes the bonuses will help both tracks, “Our partnership with Hastings grows each year and the horsemen have a chance now to run for some nice bonuses.”
The two tracks are also teaming up on three additional bonuses:*
  • $25,000 bonus for any horse sweeping the Longacres Mile on August 12 and BC Premiers on October 8.
  • $25,000 bonus for sweeping the Washington Oaks on July 22 and British Columbia Oaks on September 8.
  • $25,000 bonus for sweeping the Emerald Distaff on August 12 and Ballerina Stakes on October 8.
Hastings opens its 52-day season on Saturday, April 21, and Emerald Downs opens its 67-day meeting on Sunday, April 22.
*Bonuses paid in Canadian dollars.

Mach One Rules Named 2017 Washington Horse of the Year

With the catchy phrases of Guys and Dolls “Fugue for a Tinhorn” and other popular Broadway tunes floating on the lips many of the 240-plus attendees, the Washington Thoroughbred racing industry celebrated its 2017 champions Broadway-style!
Roy and Ellie Schaefer’s (R. E. V. Racing) Mach One Rules (Heather Sacha Photo) did indeed rule, as the now five-year-old gelding came home with not only the horse of the year title, but champion sprinter and older horse honors as well. The Schaefers were also recognized as the leading owners of Washington-bred runners in 2017.
Washington’s two-year-old champion of 2015, the gelded son of Harbor the Gold is the second son of the Oregon-based powerhouse to earn the Washington industry’s top honor, following two-time winner (2010-11) Noosa Beach. The $286,726 earner is also one of five champions bred in the Evergreen state, alone or in partnership, by Neal and Pam Christopherson and raised at their Bar C Racings Stables.
Mach One Rules has been trained throughout his 19-race career by Frank Lucarelli, who has sent him out for six stakes wins and another seven black-type runner-ups, including his good second in last year’s Longacres Mile Handicap (G3).
Longtime industry members Nina and Ron Hagen, who operate the Enumclaw-based stallion station and nursery El Dorado Farms, received the prestigious S. J. Agnew Special Achievement Award. The couple was also the leading breeders for the year, marking their fourth time at the top.
Highlander Racing Stables LLC’s Citizen Kitty matured last year into a top-class performer by winning a trio of stakes at Emerald Downs. The half-sister to 2016 champion three-year-old filly Invested Prospect was also bred by Charlie Dunn’s Dunn Bar Ranch and is trained by Jeffrey Metz.
The daughter of Proud Citizen isn’t the first major Washington-bred distaffer raced by Bruce and Cass Maller’s Nevada-based Highlander Racing Stables and trained by Metz, as they also campaigned 2013 Washington horse of the year E Z Kitty.
Karl Krieg’s three-year-old homebred Risque’s Legacy, a daughter of 2017 leading juvenile sire Atta Boy Roy, delivered her second championship season. The 2017 champion three-year-old stems from the same family as Krieg’s multiple champion Lady Rosberg.
Below the Rim Stable LLC and Woodway Stable’s Pulpits Power, by War Power, was named top sophomore male runner.
Pulpits Power was one of two champions tutored by Blaine Wright last season. The successful West Coast trainer also conditions most improved plater Exit Sixty Slew (a daughter of Abraaj bred by Nina Hagen and Holly Sturgeon) and received a special training achievement plaque for the second year in a row after his dynamite season at Emerald Downs where he topped all trainers by money, wins and stakes wins.
Top juvenile honors went to Elliott Bay and Bella Mia, both offspring of Harbor the Gold.
Bred by Rick and Debbie Pabst, Elliott Bay took the most important juvenile stakes of the meet, the Gottstein Futurity, for the Rising Star Stable II syndicate, managed by Vicki Potter. He is trained by Howard Belvoir, who also conditioned So Lucky to the same honor in 2016 for Rising Star and partners.
John and Janene Maryanski’s Bella Mia, also a Blaine Wright trainee, proved the dominating two-year-old filly of her season, taking a trio of Emerald stakes. The runner hails from the same family as 2000 Washington horse of the year and Grade 1 winner Rings a Chime, who was also bred by Terry and Mary Lou Griffin.
The father-son team of Chuck and Greg Conley and trainer Joe Toye’s Terra Firma Farm’s veteran Mike Man’s Gold, by Liberty Gold, was named plater of the year. Toye also received a special racetrack achievement award and Mike Man’s Gold’s dam Chedoodle returned broodmare of the year honors to the runner’s breeders Keith and Jan Swagerty.
For the seventh consecutive year Gibson Thoroughbred Farm’s Parker’s Storm Cat was the state’s leading sire by earnings.
Among the others celebrated during the festive evening were John Parker, who received special recognition for his generosity and involvement in the Washington racing scene; Christina Klein’s Back to Wine earned his second title as top Washington-bred OTTB; and Enumclaw Courier-Herald journalist Dennis Box was awarded the Mark Kaufman Media Award.
The WTBOA would like to thank the many sponsors and those who donated to the live and silent auction and raffle who helped make this evening so successful . . . and fun!
For a complete list of the winners and their achievements, as well as sponsor recognition, please visit washingtonthoroughbred.com.


Heather Sacha Photo

Sport Horse Medicine
Washington Champion Older Horse,
Duane Weber Insurance
Washington Champion Sprinter


(4YO, G., Harbor the Gold—Felice the Cat, by Distinctive Cat). Owner: R. E. V. Racing (Roy & Ellie Schaefer); Breeder: Bar C Racing Stables Inc. (Neal & Pam Christopherson); Trainer: Frank Lucarelli; 2017 Record 8 3-3-1 $145,585; Stakes: Budweiser S. (EmD), Mt. Rainier S. (EmD), Muckleshoot Tribal Classic S.-R (EmD); 2nd Longacres Mile H.-G3 (EmD), Governor’s S. (EmD), Oakland S. (GG). WTBOA Sales Graduate


2017 Castlegate Farm
Washington Champion Older Filly/Mare
(5YO, Proud Citizen—No Constraints, by Katowice). Owner: Highlander Racing Stables LLC (Bruce & Cass Maller); Breeder: Dunn Bar Ranch LLC (Charles Dunn); Trainer: Jeffrey Metz; 2017 Record 8 3-4-0 $120,418; Stakes: Emerald Distaff H. (EmD), Hastings S. (EmD), Boeing S. (EmD); 2nd Washington State Legislators S. (EmD), WA Cup Filly and Mare S.-R (EmD). WTBOA Sales Graduate

2017 Blue Ribbon Farm
Washington Champion 3YO,
Levine Law Firm PLLC
Washington Champion 3YO Filly
(Boy Roy—Risque Humor, by Mingun). Owner and Breeder: Karl C. Krieg (KD Thoroughbreds); Trainers: Tom Wenzel and Valerie Lund; 2017 Record 7 1-1-0 $40,175; Stakes: Kent S. (EmD); 2nd Seattle S. (EmD).




2017 Clay Ward Agency LLC
Washington Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding
(G., War Power—Parker’s Jewel, by Parker’s Storm Cat). Owners: Below the Rim Stable LLC (Kevin Haynes) and Woodway Stable (Paul Barbano); Alan Bozell and Jack Stecker; Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. Elwin F. Gibson (Gibson Thoroughbred Farm); Trainers: Blaine Wright; Alan Bozell; 2017 Record 9 2-3-2 $44,457; Stakes: WA Cup Sophomore S.-R (EmD).

2017 Bar C Racing Stables
Washington 2YO Champion,
Freight NW
Washington Champion 2YO Colt/Gelding
(G., Harbor the Gold—Melba Jewel, by Cahill Road). Owner: Rising Star Stable II (Vicki Potter, et al.); Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst (Blue Ribbon Farm); Trainer: Howard Belvoir; 2017 Record 5 2-2-0 $90,697; Stakes: Gottstein Futurity (EmD), WTBOA Lads S. (EmD); 2nd WA Cup Juvenile Colts and Geldings S.-R (EmD). WTBOA Sales Graduate

2017 Freight NW
Washington Champion 2YO Filly
(Harbor the Gold—Bella Campana, by Slewdledo). Owners: John and Janene Maryanski; Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. William T. Griffin (Griffin Place LLC); Trainer: Blaine Wright; 2017 Record 5 4-0-0 $91,523; Stakes: Angie C. S. (EmD), Barbara Shinpoch S. (EmD), WA Cup Juvenile Filly S.-R (EmD).

2017 Mahlum Thoroughbreds
Washington Plater of the Year
(7YO, G., Liberty Gold—Chedoodle, by Slewdledo). Owners: Greg Conley, Chuck Conley and Terra Firma Farm (Joe Toye). Breeders: Keith and Jan Swagerty (Swag Stables). Trainer: Joe Toye. 2017 Record 9 5-0-2 $52,814.  3rd Muckleshoot Tribal Classic S.-R (EmD).

2017 Save a Racehorse dba TRAC
Most Improved Washington Plater
(4YO, F., Abraaj—Slew Tunes, by Slewdledo). Owners: Below the Rim Stable LLC (Kevin Haynes), Mediocre Racing (Shawn Sudo, Terry Mickleson, Todd Petit, Abel Pulver, Heather & Scott Sacha) and Blaine Wright Stable LLC. Breeders: Nina Hagen (El Dorado Farms LLC) and Holly Sturgeon; Trainer: Blaine D. Wright. 2017 Record 9 5-0-2 $61,487. Won WA Cup Filly and Mare S.-R (EmD).

2017 El Dorado Farms
Leading Sire
(2000, Storm Cat—Macoumba, by Mr. Prospector). Property of Mr. & Mrs. Elwin F. Gibson. Standing at Gibson Thoroughbred Farm. 2017 Progeny Earnings of $459,747.

2017 Griffin Place
Broodmare of the Year
(1998, Slewdledo—Chena, by Chisos). Owned by Keith & Jan Swagerty (Swag Stables).  8 named foals of racing age, 7 starters. 4 winners, 2 SWs – NO FLIES ON DOODLE (f., by Storm Blast, $184,526); MIKE MAN’S GOLD (g. by Liberty Gold, $285,347, 2017 Washington Plater of the Year).

2017 Drew & Jamie Baker
Washington-bred OTTB of the Year
(2010, G., Baquero—Wine At Dawn, by Desert Wine). Owner and Rider: Christina Klein; Breeder, Henry O. Gott.

2017 Daily Racing Form
Leading Breeder
by Washington-bred Money Won
(El Dorado Farms LLC)
Awarded on the Basis of Total 2017 Washington-bred Earnings of $392,670.

2017 NTRA
Leading Owner
by Washington-bred Money Won
R. E. V. RACING (Roy & Ellie Schaefer)
. Awarded on the Basis of Total 2017 Washington-bred Earnings of $164,620.


S. J. Agnew Special Achievement Award
NINA & RON HAGEN (El Dorado Farms LLC)
For their dedication to all aspects of breeding and racing, along with their many contributions to the Washington Thoroughbred community and the WTBOA.

Mark Kaufman Media Award
DENNIS BOX (Enumclaw Courier-Herald)
For his many years of heartfelt and excellent coverage of Washington’s multifaceted Thoroughbred industry in South King County.

WHBPA Willing Heart Award
In recognition of his countless contributions to backstretch programs and never-ending support of the Emerald Downs horse racing community.

Special Racetrack Achievement Awards
For his outstanding 2017 season at Emerald Downs where he led all trainers by wins (53 – 36%), earnings ($819,232), stakes wins (11) & had a 72% 1-2-3 placement; and
For his 38 wins (30%) during the 2017 Emerald Downs meeting and the development of 2017 Washington Plater of the Year Mike Man’s Gold.

2017 Special Achievement Award
For his big heart, generosity, participation and many contributions to the Washington Thoroughbred racing scene.

Other 2017 Accomplishments:

Highest Priced WTBOA-sold Yearling Colt in 2017
Consigned by Halvorson Bloodstock Services LLC, Agent for Roche Farm; Purchased by John Maryanski for $67,000.

Highest Priced WTBOA-sold Yearling Filly in 2017
Consigned by Bar C Racing Stables Inc., Agent for Bret Christopherson; Purchased by Glen Todd for $47,000.

Best WTBOA-sold 2YO Performer in 2017
(G., Harbor the Gold—Melba Jewel, by Cahill Road). Owner: Rising Star Stable II (Vicki Potter, et al.); Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst (Blue Ribbon Farm); Trainer: Howard Belvoir; 2017 Race Record 5 2-2-0 $90,697; Stakes: Gottstein Futurity (EmD), WTBOA Lads S. (EmD); 2nd WA Cup Juvenile Colts and Geldings S.-R (EmD).

Best WTBOA-sold 3YO Performer in 2017
(Coast Guard—Moscow Symphony, by Moscow Ballet). Owner: Billy Speed Racing Stable (William Greenstein); Breeders: Nina M. and Ron A. Hagen (El Dorado Farms LLC); Trainer: Frank Lucarelli; 2017 Race Record 7 2-1-2 $46,150; Stakes: WA Cup Sophomore Filly S.-R (EmD).


$100,000 Getaway Stakes To Cap 2018 Season

2017 stakes winner Sippin Fire could run in the $100,000 Getaway Stakes

AUBURN, Wash. (February 7, 2018) – In an unprecedented development, an anonymous sponsor has donated $180,000 to be added to the 2018 stakes schedule at Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino.

The donation will be used to fund a new six-figure stakes event for 3-year-olds, and also restore to $50,000 four stakes previously announced as $30,000 events for the 2018 season.

“This is truly astounding,” said Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler. “This person wishes to remain anonymous and we certainly plan to honor that request.”

The $100,000 Getaway Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles will be run closing day, Sunday, September 23, while the first four stakes of the meeting—Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Auburn Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings, Hastings Stakes for older fillies and mares and Governor’s Stakes for 3-year-olds and up—have all been bumped back up to $50,000.

The revised schedule increases the stakes total to 29 and aggregate stakes purses to $1,630,000.

“An open stakes race for 3-year-olds is perfect for our schedule,” Ziegler said. “Except for the Washington Cup, we didn’t have a stakes for 3-year-olds in August or September.”

Per the anonymous sponsor’s request, a portion of nomination, entry and starting fees for the Seattle, Auburn, Hastings and Governor’s stakes will be donated to four different Thoroughbred aftercare programs, and all of the entry and starting fees to the Getaway Stakes will be donated to the same charities: Prodigious Fund, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms and Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino has announced a 67-day live racing season beginning Sunday, April 22, with first post 2 p.m.

29 Stakes: $1,630,000

Date. . . . . . Stakes. . . . . . Purse 
Sun May 20 Seattle Stakes (3YO F) 6F $50,000
Sun May 27 Auburn Stakes (3YO C&G) 6F $50,000
Mon May 28 Hastings Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6F $50,000
Sun June 3 Governor’s Stakes (3&UP) 6F $50,000
Sun June 10 Kent Stakes (3YO F) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sat June 16 WA State Legislators S (3&UP F&M) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun June 17 Coca-Cola Stakes (3YO C&G) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun June 24 Budweiser Stakes (3&UP) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 1 Irish Day Stakes (3YO F) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 8 Seattle Slew Stakes (3YO C&G) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 15 Mt. Rainier Stakes (3&UP) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 15 Boeing Stakes (3&UP F&M) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 15 Angie C Stakes (2YO F) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 15 King County Express (2YO C&G) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 22 Washington Oaks (3YO F) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun July 29 Muckleshoot Derby (3YO) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun Aug 12 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (2YO F) 6F $50,000
Sun Aug 12 WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO C&G) 6F $50,000
Sun Aug 12 Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun Aug 12 Longacres Mile (G3) (3&UP) 1M $200,000
Sun Aug 26 Bank of America Challenge (3&UP) 440 Y $30,000
Sun Aug 26 WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes 1M $50,000
Sun Aug 26 WA Cup Sophomore Stakes 1M $50,000
Sun Sept 2 WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun Sept 2 WA Cup Juvenile C&G Stakes 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun Sept 9 WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun Sept 9 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic 1-1/16M $50,000
Sun Sept 23 Gottstein Futurity (2YO) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun Sept 23 Getaway Stakes (3YO) 1-1/16 M $100,000

Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association

Don’t Miss Your Chance
to Breed Your Mare to Your Selected Stallion
at a Reduced Stud Fee!
Bids are Due by Monday, February 12!
The WTBOA will be auctioning off 2018 No Guarantee* Breeding Seasons that have been donated to the association (view list). Bids must be at least 40% of the advertised fees, as shown below (unless specified otherwise). Stallion owners/managers reserve the right to accept only Thoroughbred broodmares that are clean and sound for breeding (veterinary certificates required). Board, care and veterinary expenses are not included in the stallion season price.
The proceeds from this year’s event will be split between two lucrative bonus programs – the expanded Sales Incentive Program and the WTBOA Homebred Incentive Program.
Sales Incentive Program (SIP) – All yearlings and weanlings that go through the sale and are made fully eligible will earn a lucrative bonus if they break their maiden at Emerald Downs at age two or three at one of two levels: A $2,500 owner’s bonus will be paid if a SIP-eligible horse wins its first race in a maiden special weight, allowance or stakes race; or a $1,000 owner’s bonus will be paid if a SIP-eligible horse wins its first race in a $25,000 or more maiden claiming race.
WTBOA Homebred Incentive Program (WHIP) awards home-breds that have not gone through any sale (sold or RNA) and are racing at Emerald Downs. A $1,000 bonus will be paid to the owner of a Washington-bred of any age when it breaks its maiden at the $25,000 level or better. For more information or for specific details on either program, please contact our office at (253) 288-7878.
Bids are due by Monday, February 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. Bids may be submitted via the online form; e-mailed to maindesk@wtboa.com; or mailed to WTBOA, Attn: Stallion Season Auction, 3220 Ron Crockett Dr. NW, Auburn, WA 98001.
*Winning bidder will have the services of the stallion for the cover(s) of one mare during the 2018 breeding season unless otherwise noted. No refunds.
NOTE: Several stallions offer a RETURN for the following season if the mare comes up empty.


The 83rd Longacres Mile (G3) will be run August 12, 2018


AUBURN, Wash. (January 11, 2018) – Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino announced a 28-race stakes schedule worth an aggregate $1,450,000 in purses for the 2018 live racing season that begins Sunday, April 22.

The 83rd renewal of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) is Sunday, August 12, anchoring a stakes quadruple-header that also features the $50,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares, $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings and $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

The majority of stakes are scheduled during the latter half of the 67-day meeting, with a combined 20 stakes in July, August and September.

A second stakes quadruple-header is offered Sunday, July 15, featuring the $50,000 Mt. Rainer Stakes for older horses in a final tune-up for the Longacres Mile, $50,000 Boeing Stakes for older fillies and mares, $50,000 King County Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings and $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

The Xpressbet Washington Cup—six stakes for Washington-breds worth an aggregate $300,000—will be held over three weekends, beginning Sunday, September 2 with the $50,000 Juvenile Filly and $50,000 Juvenile Colts & Geldings, continuing September 9 with the $50,000 Sophomore Filly and $50,000 Sophomore Colts & Geldings, and concluding September 16 with the $50,000 Filly and Mare Stakes and $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.

The $50,000 Washington Oaks and $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby, traditional championship events for 3-year-old fillies and 3-year-olds, will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, July 22 and Sunday, July 29. The $50,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles is set for closing day, Sunday, September 23.

Four overnight stakes—one each for 3-year-olds, 3-year-old fillies, older fillies and mares and 3-year-olds and up—kicks off the 2018 stakes schedule. The $30,000 Seattle Overnight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies is first up on Sunday, May 20.

Twenty-six stakes are scheduled Sundays, the exceptions the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday, June 16, and $30,000 Governor’s Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, May 28.

The 2018 stakes schedule offers 10 races for older horses (five apiece for males and females), 10 for 3-year-olds (five apiece for males and females) and seven for 2-year-olds. The eighth renewal of the 440-yard Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge Sunday, August 26 is the lone stakes for Quarter Horses.

Emerald Downs’ stable area opens Saturday, February 2 with training beginning Monday, February 5. Stall applications are available online at emeralddowns.com in the horsemen section. Or call the Emerald Downs race office (253) 288-7751.

28 Stakes: $1,450,000
Date. . . .Stakes. . . .Purse
Sun May 20 Seattle Overnight Stakes (3YO F) 6F $30,000
Sun May 27 Auburn Overnight Stakes (3YO C&G) 6F $30,000
Mon May 28 Hastings Overnight Stake (3&UP F&M) 6F $30,000
Sun June 3 Governor’s Overnight Stakes (3&UP) 6F $30,000
Sun June 10 Kent Stakes (3YO F) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sat June 16 Coca-Cola Stakes (3YO C&G) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun June 17 WA State Legislators Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun June 24 Budweiser Stakes (3&UP) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 1 Irish Day Stakes (3YO F) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 8 Seattle Slew Stakes (3YO C&G) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 15 Mt. Rainier Stakes (3&UP) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 15 Boeing Stakes (3&UP F&M) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 15 Angie C Stakes (2YO F) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 15 King County Express (2YO C&G) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 22 Washington Oaks (3YOF) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun July 29 Muckleshoot Derby (3YO) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun Aug 12 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (2YO F) 6F $50,000
Sun Aug 12 WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO C&G) 6F $50,000
Sun Aug 12 Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun Aug 12 Longacres Mile (G3) (3&UP) 1M $200,000
Sun Aug 26 Bank of America Challenge (3&UP) 440Y $30,000
Sun Sept 2 WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun Sept 2 WA Cup Juvenile C&G Stakes 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun Sept 9 WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes 1M $50,000
Sun Sept 9 WA Cup Sophomore Stakes 1M $50,000
Sun Sept 16 WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun Sept 16 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun Sept 23 Gottstein Futurity (2YO) 1-1/16 M $50,000

WTBOA Sales Graduates in the News

Team Hollywood dead-heated with Blue Chip Betty for the win in a maiden special weight run at Golden Gate Fields on December 26. The twosome finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of the third place horse in the 5 1/2-furlong race for juvenile distaffers. Team Hollywood, a daughter of Alternation—September Charmer, by Septieme Ciel, earned $10,400 for her efforts. The Kentucky-bred filly has made three trips through the sales ring, including as a $19,000 RNA at the 2016 WTBOA Sale while consigned by El Dorado Farms LLC.
Ridgefield Rocket won a $30,000 maiden claiming race at Santa Anita Park on December 30. The 2015 colt by Stay Thirsty—Adorable Lydia, by Carson City, was bred in Washington by Terry and Mary Lou Griffin and High Point Bloodstock. The new winner races for Al and Saundra Kirkwood and is trained by Mark Glatt.
Rewired, after winning his first out on December 17, came back to run second in a 5 1/2-furlong starter allowance at Golden Gate on December 31. The California-bred colt by Acclamation—Knows No Bounds, by Boundary, races for Dr. Rodney E. Orr.
Mixo, who had been twice stakes-placed at Emerald Downs as a juvenile, won a maiden/$30,000 optional claiming (N) race at Turf Paradise on New Year’s Day. The now four-year-old son of El Dorado Farm stallion Abraaj out of Valour Road, by Honour and Glory, was bred in Washington by Oak Crest Farm.
Corky’s Luck finished second for the ninth time in an allowance/$40,000 optional claiming race at Turf Paradise on December 30. Along with his six wins, the 2011 gelding by Kentucky Lucky—Jazzabet, by Jazzing Around – who was bred in Washington by Steve and Sally Meredith – has earned $82,175 in his 29 outings.
Fats Dominus, a three-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Dominus—Rebina Lake, by Salt Lake, raced by Rick Kessler, took a $8,000 maiden claiming race by nearly five lengths at Turf Paradise on January 2. The new winner is trained by Joe Toye.


They’ll be off and running Sunday, April 22


Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino has announced a 70-day live racing season in 2018, with opening day Sunday, April 22 and continuing through Sunday, September 30.

The race dates were approved during the Washington Horse Racing Commission meeting at Auburn City Hall.

“Its all systems go for 2018 at Emerald Downs,” track president Phil Ziegler said. “We are planning many exciting promotions, but it all begins and ends with our live racing product.”

Opening on Sunday is a first for Emerald Downs, and also the lone day of racing opening week. The track then offers Saturday/Sunday racing April 28-29 and May 5-6, with Friday racing beginning May 11 and continuing throughout the season.

Post times are pretty much the same as previous years: 2 pm Sundays and 6:30 pm Fridays. Saturdays, however, are slightly different in 2018. The first seven Saturdays, April 28 thru June 9, feature a 2 pm post, and the final 16 Saturdays, June 16 thru September 29, have a 5 pm post time. The annual Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3, also begins at 5 pm.

The 83rd Longacres Mile (G3) will be held Sunday, August 12, with the complete 2018 stakes schedule released in February.

2018 Emerald Downs Live Race Days

April: Sunday, April 22, 2 pm; Saturday, April 28, 2 pm; Sunday, April 29, 2 pm.

May: Saturday, May 5, 2 pm; Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.; Friday, May 11, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 12, 2 pm; Sunday, May 13, 2 pm; Friday, May 18, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 19, 2 pm; Sunday, May 20, 2 pm; Friday, May 25, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 26, 2 pm; Sunday, May 27, 2 pm; Monday, May 28, 2 pm.

June: Friday, June 1, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 2, 2 pm; Sunday, June 3, 2 pm; Friday, June 8, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 9, 2 pm; Sunday, June 10, 2 pm; Friday, June 15, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 16, 5 pm; Sunday, June 17, 2 pm; Friday, June 22, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 23, 5 pm; Sunday, June 24, 2 pm; Friday, June 29, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 30, 5 pm.

July: Sunday, July 1, 2 pm; Tuesday, July 3, 5 pm; Friday, July 6, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 7, 5 pm; Sunday, July 8, 2 pm; Friday, July 13, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 14, 5 pm; Sunday, July 15, 2 pm; Friday, July 20, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 21, 5 pm; Sunday, July 22, 2 pm; Friday, July 27, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 28, 5 pm; Sunday, July 29, 2 pm.

August: Friday, Aug 3, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 4, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 5, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 10, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 11, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 12, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 17, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 18, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 19, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 24, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 25, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 26, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 31, 6:30 pm.

September: Saturday, Sept 1, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 2, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 7, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 8, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 9, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 14, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 15, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 16, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 21, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 22, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 23, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 28, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 29, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 30, 2 pm.

Emerald Downs Year End Wrap-up On-Track Attendance, Total Handle Up In 2017

Corgi Races drew over 12,000 fans


AUBURN, Wash. – On-track attendance and overall handle both showed gains as Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino completed its 72-day live race meet last weekend.

Total on-track attendance—including monster crowds of 14,028 on July 3 and 12,087 on August 6—was 271,220 for a daily average of 3,767, up over 4 percent from 2016. And total handle of $69,581,303 was up slightly from $68,249,384 a year ago.

“We strive to put on a good show and were very pleased to see so many people come to our facility,’’ Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler said. “Our live racing product is always very important, but we also tried to provide exciting and interesting promotions for our fans.”

The annual Fireworks Spectacular on Monday, July 3, led the way with the biggest on-track crowd in over five years, while the Corgi Races on Sunday, August 6, were a phenomenal success and nicely complemented the Wiener Dog and Wannabe Races, which drew 6,418 on Sunday, July 9. Camel and Ostrich Races, another first-time event, also were a giant hit drawing 8,751 on Sunday, May 21.

The Longacres Mile was popular nationwide

Longacres Mile Day, Sunday, August 13, was a smashing success with horseplayers across the nation. The11-race card, which included a unique $0.50 Pick 4 combining two races from Emerald Downs and two from Saratoga, handled a meet-high $2,851,898. John Parker’s homebred 4-year-old Gold Rush Dancer captured the 82nd running of the Northwest’s biggest race by 4 ¾ lengths in 1:33.85.

Average total daily handle of $966,406 was down slightly from $975,134 in 2016, but still up nearly 33 percent from three years ago. Average field size, meanwhile, dipped slightly from 7.4 to 7.0 starters per race.

After a rainy spring, Emerald Downs experienced great weather throughout the summer with sunny skies for 52 of the 72 racing days and only two “off” tracks the entire meet.

“We had unprecedented rainfall during February and March, and it was difficult for horsemen to get horses ready to race,” Ziegler said. “In fact, we added two extra racing days because of the lousy spring. Once the season began, however, we enjoyed outstanding weather pretty much the entire meeting.”

On the racetrack, jockey Rocco Bowen and trainer Blaine Wright captured their second straight titles with 126 and 53 wins respectively, and R.E.V. Racing’s Mach One Rules won three stakes and was voted 2017 Horse of the Meeting, Top Handicap Horse and Top Washington-bred.


Elliott Bay prevails in the rich Gottstein Futurity


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 24, 2017) – Elliott Bay took command into the lane and held off Trump Itz for a 1 ½-length victory Sunday in the $95,000 Gottstein Futurity on closing day of the 2017 live racing season at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Jennifer Whitaker at 120 lbs, Elliott Bay ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.08 and paid $6.40, $3.20 and $2.80. Howard Belvoir is the winning trainer for owner Rising Star Stable II.

Belvoir now has 43 stakes wins at Emerald Downs and 16 with 2-year-olds, but Elliott Bay represents his first in the Gottstein.

“The Gottstein’s a special race and a big race, kind of like the Longacres Mile, so this is a very special win,” Belvoir said.

Perfectly ridden by Whitaker, Elliott Bay stalked the filly Diamonds R through six furlongs in 1:11.41, pounced to a 3 ½-length advantage past mid-stretch, and held off a strong rally by Trump Itz for the victory.

“He’s a push-button horse, just so much fun to ride,” Whitaker said. “We had a perfect trip.”

For Elliott Bay, a Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Melba Jewel, the Gottstein winner’s share is a hefty $52,250. His overall record is 2-2-0 in five starts—including two stakes wins—and $90,687 in purses. The Gottstein also clinched honors as the track’s Top 2-Year-Old Colt or Gelding.

Trump Itz, with Julien Couton riding, produced a solid stretch run to finish second and paid $3.80 and $3.20. It was six lengths back to Hey Sequoia, ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, and a $5.40 show payoff.

Diamonds R and Frisky Bear, the two fillies in the lineup, checked in fourth and fifth, and My Heart Awakens, Winning Bluff and Aceinthehole, completed the order of finish.

My Heart Awakens—favored by a scant $256 over Elliott Bay in the wagering— was slammed at the break, dropped back to last early and was never seriously involved in the race.

Rising Star Stable, headed by Vicki Potter, has enjoyed enormous success in recent seasons. In addition to Elliott Bay, Rising Star owns Barkley and So Lucky, both multiple stakes winners at Emerald Downs.

Jennifer Whitaker hugs her father Bob

NOTES: Mach One Rules was voted 2017 Horse of the Meeting, becoming the 14th Washington-bred in 22 years to capture the honor. Owned by REV Racing and trained by Frank Lucarelli, the 4-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding compiled three stakes wins and led the meet with $135,250 in earnings. . .Rocco Bowen won his second straight riding title with 126 wins—up 16 wins from last year—and averaged 1.75 wins per day. . .Blaine Wright captured his second straight training title with 53 wins—14 better than last year—and set a track record with a 35.8 win percentage. . .Julien Couton rode four winners Sunday and edged Kevin Orozco 65-63 for second in the riders’ standings. Couton finished with a flourish, riding multiple winners on the final four race cards. . .Whitaker rode two winners Sunday and is No. 8 all-time with 470 wins at Emerald Downs, and No. 10 all-time with 19 stakes wins. . .Trainer Joe Toye polished off a great season with two more wins and finished second overall in the trainers’ standings with 38 wins. . .10-year-old gelding Trelawny ($6.40) made it three wins at the meet and 20 for his career with a come-from-behind victory under Couton in race five. . .That’s a wrap for 2017, see you in April, 2018!