Emerald Downs Live Race Day Promotions

Live Race Day Promotions

Here are dates for the races and when registration opens for the three events.

June 9Bulldog & Beagle races (Registration opens March 18) ENTRY FORM

July 7Wiener Dog & Wannabe races (Registration opens April 24)

August 4Corgi Races (Registration opens May 22)

Promotions & Big Days

April 20 Opening Day (14 Carat Jewelry drawings) / Buffet

April 27-28Teacher Appreciation Weekend

May 4Kentucky Derby Day (Hat contest) / Buffet

May 5Cinco de Mayo celebration

May 10Fab Friday (T-shirt giveaway, wear back on any Fab Friday for free admission)

May 11Mother’s Day Saturday / Buffet

May 12 Mother’s Day / Buffet

May 18Preakness Stakes / Preakness Pancakes

May 19Exotic racing (Camels, Ostriches & Zebras)

May 26Armed Forces Day / Outdoors drawings

May 27Memorial Day

June 1First Responders Day

June 2 Handicapping contest / Hawk Fest (In the Park)

June 9 – Bulldog & Beagle races

June 14-16Indian Relay races

June 16Father’s Day (Cap giveaway) / Buffet

June 22-23 Food Truck Fest

July 3Fireworks Spectacular

July 6 – Ladies Night/Chocolate Festival

July 7 – Wiener Dog & Wannabe races

July 13 – British Night

July 14 – Irish Day

July 21 – Premio Esmeralda

July 27 – Pride Night

August 4 – Corgi Races

August 10 – Washington Racing Festival / Run the Mile

August 11 – Championship Sunday (Longacres Mile, Muckleshoot Derby, Emerald Distaff & Washington Oaks)

August 25 – Handicapping contest

August 31 – End of Summer Party in the Park

September 1 – Italian Day

September 8 – Beer Fest

September 22 – Closing Day

Family Fun Days

(Fun activities in the Park 1- 5 PM; kids race on the racetrack)

May 25-27 (Memorial Day Weekend)

June 30

July 28

August 18

Fab Fridays

Join us every Friday for live music outside by the Winner’s Circle, drink specials and the $1,000 horseshoe toss.

Band Lineup

April 20 – Jimmy Vegas Band

May 17 – Folsm Prism

May 24 – Stonesy

May 31 – Elton John/Billy Joel tributes

June 7 – Maile May

June 21 – Stay Grounded

June 28 – Jealous Dogs (Pretenders tribute)

July 5 – Fabulous Murphtones

July 19 – Kaite Wade

August 2 – Kellee Bradley Band

August 9 – Unloaded

August 16 – Triple Treat Band

August 23 – Dakota Poorman

August 30 – Kim Archer Band

September 13 – Mighty Dreadful Stringband

September 20 – The North of 50 Band

The Horses Are Back!

THE HORSES ARE BACK!

AUBURN, Wash. (February 7, 2019) – Over 200 horses were on the grounds Thursday as Thoroughbreds belatedly began training for the 2019 live racing season at Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino.

Sweet Sophie Grace, a 4-year-old Curlin filly trained by Roy Lumm, was the first horse on the track, jogging one mile under exercise rider Miguel Landeros at 11:35 a.m..

Director of Racing Bret Anderson reports 248 horses on the grounds and expects the horse population to swell to nearly 1,000 by opening day on Saturday, April 20.

Training, scheduled to begin Monday, was postponed until Thursday due to a weekend snowstorm and lingering cold and icy conditions. More snow is expected Friday and could affect training this weekend.

2018 Gottstein Futurity champ Northwest Factor and Lance Bullock

Normal training hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily with no renovation break. Beginning Wednesday, February 20, training hours are 7:30 to 12:30 with renovation from 10 to 10:30.

The 67-day meeting begins with a 24 Carat Giveaway on April 20, while the stakes schedule begins Sunday, May 12 with the $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The 84th renewal of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) is Sunday, August 11, and anchors a Championship Sunday quadruple-header featuring the Emerald Distaff, Muckleshoot Derby and Washington Oaks .

The annual celebration of the best of the best in Washington racing and breeding was held on February 23, 2019, at Emerald Downs.

The glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards shown throughout the evening as the 2018 Washington Thoroughbred honorees stepped forward on the “red carpet” to receive their awards. The annual celebration of the best of the best in Washington racing and breeding was held on February 23, 2019, at Emerald Downs.
The crowd of over 250 attendees, many who dressed up for the special occasion in Hollywood glam, applauded the deserving winners as they enjoyed the savory banquet and enthusiastically participated in the live, silent and delectable dessert auctions.
Capping the night was the crowning of How We Roll #4’s Sippin Fire as Washington horse of the year, champion three-year-old and champion three-year-old colt or gelding. Last summer the son of Harbor the Gold rolled to four consecutive stakes victories at Emerald Downs. He is the third state champion out of Neal and Pam Christopherson and Melodie Bultena and Doak Walker’s stellar broodmare Bahati (by Horse Chestnut [SAf]), joining his full brothers Del Rio Harbor and Couldabenthewhisky. Another full brother topped the 2018 WTBOA Yearling Sale.
Sippin Fire is trained by Steve Bullock, who was acknowledged with a special racetrack achievement award, not only for his skills with Sippin Fire, but also for conditioning Emerald Downs 2018 champion two-year-old filly Northwest Factor, who took two stakes for How We Roll #4, including the Kentucky-bred’s win in the Gottstein Futurity.
Northern Californian Scott Herbertson’s Pyscho Sister (by Freud) took the titles as champion older filly or mare and turf horse. Her $122,070 earnings, which she won after Herbertsonclaimed her in January 2018, also led him to the title of leading owner in Washington-bred earnings.
Pyscho Sister was bred by Rick and Debbie Pabst, who were named Washington’s leading breeder for the fifth time. The $185,790 earner is the second state champion the Buckley couple have bred from their stakes-winning Cahill Road mare Melba Jewel, following 2017 champion juvenile Elliott Bay. The Pabsts also stand 2018 Washington leading sire Atta Boy Roy at their Blue Ribbon Farm.
Ed Zenker, Richard Larson and trainer H. R. “Pat” Mullen’s Hit the Beach, also a son of Harbor the Gold, was named champion older horse. Mullens, who just turned 92 on Thursday, was also given an award to acknowledge his consummate training skills as a nonagenarian.
Hit the Beach’s breeders, Jeffrey and Doris Harwood, who bred the runner out of their stakes-winning Intimam mare Hit a Star, were the recipients of a new award given by the Daily Racing Form to the breeder of the statebred with the highest Beyer Speed Figure of the year, which happened to be the 90 Beyer that Hit the Beach earned when he won the 6 1/2-furlong Pete Pedersen Overnight stakes last September.
Baja Sur was one of two 2018 champions campaigned by John and Janene Maryanski in partnership with Gerry and Gail Schneider’s Riverbend Farm. The unbeaten juvenile son of Smiling Tiger is the second state champion and third stakes winner produced out of John Roche’s stakes-winning Supremo mare Premo Copy, who was named Washington broodmare of the year for 2018.
The two Auburn-based couples also race sprint champion Invested Prospect, a daughter of Abraaj and state champion racemare and broodmare No Constraints, by Katowice. Bred by Charles Dunn, Invested Prospect is now a three-time Washington champion.
The Maryanskis also campaign champion filly Bella Mia, a daughter of Harbor the Gold—Bella Campana, by Slewdledo, bred by Mary Lou and Terry Griffin, who added a champion three-year-old title to her champion two-year-old distaffer honor in 2017.
Money Inthe Starrs earned the juvenile filly title for owner Mark Dedomenico. The daughter of Abraaj—Our Monstarr, by Demons Begone, was one of two juvenile stakes winners bred by ConnieBelshay (from her broodmare band of two), for which Belshay was acknowledged with a special breeder achievement award.
Influential and dedicated horsewomen Jan Baze (WHBPA/WTBOA Special Achievement Award) and Lanna Allen (WHBPA Willing Hearts Award) were enthusiastically applauded and thanked for their longtime and gracious service to the Washington Thoroughbred community.
Other award winners of the evening were: Mark Kaufman Media winners Michelle Ludtke of KCPQ TV and Paul Beattie of elispotnetork.com; jockey Rocco Bowen (special racetrack achievement); Party for One (plater of the year), Fly Far Away (most improved plater); Back to Wine (OTTB of the Year for the third consecutive time); and Bartolo Villa (Backstretch Chapel Faithful Servant of the Year).
The WTBOA also wants to thanks the many award sponsors and those who both donated and purchased auction items that helped to make this an Academy Award-winning event.

Emerald Downs Announces 2019 Stakes Schedule

EMERALD DOWNS ANNOUNCES 2019 STAKES SCHEDULE

AUBURN, Wash. (January 30, 2019) – Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino announced a 27-race stakes schedule worth an aggregate $1,550,000 in purses for the 2019 racing season that begins Saturday, April 20.

The 84th renewal of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 11—the earliest date ever for the Northwest’s premier race—anchors a Championship Sunday quadruple-header featuring championship races in four separate divisions.

In addition to the Longacres Mile for 3-year-olds and up, August 11 features the $50,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares, the $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby for 3-year-olds, and the $50,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. With the Distaff, Derby and Oaks all carded at 1 1/8 miles, the day features an unprecedented four two-turns stakes events.

“Having four championship races in one day is a compelling concept for fans and horsemen alike,” said Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler. “The buildup should be a lot of fun.”

The majority of stakes are scheduled during the latter half of the 67-day meeting, with 22 stakes scheduled for July, August and September.

A second stakes quadruple-header is offered Sunday, July 21, 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, the $50,000 King County Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

The Xpressbet Washington Cup—six stakes for Washington-breds worth an aggregate $300,000—features stakes double-headers on September 1, 8 and 15. The new WA Cup format was an instant hit in 2018 with average field size of 8.2 runners.

Overall, stakes races averaged 8.0 runners in 2018 stakes with a $15.40 average $2 win payoff.
The 2019 schedule offers 10 stakes 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.

At 1 1/16 miles, the Gottstein is the lone route stakes for 2-year-olds and scheduled on closing day, Sunday, September 22. The race offers $100,000 in total purse money, including $50,000 to eligible Northwest Racing Series horses. Non-eligible horses can be made eligible for NWRS funds via a $5,000 supplemental nomination which would be added to the Gottstein purse.

The ninth renewal of the 440-yard Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge is offered for Quarter Horses on Sunday, August 25, part of a Quarter Horse triple-header also featuring the $25,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge at 350 yards and $15,000 Emerald Downs Distance Challenge at 870 yards.

Indian Relay Racing also returns in 2019. The fourth annual Muckleshoot Gold Cup—featuring Indian Tribes from throughout the western United States and Canada—is scheduled Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. Each day features three heats, with total prize money $65,000 for the three-day event.

Emerald Downs’ opening day is Saturday, April 20, with post time 2 p.m. Stakes action begins Sunday, May 12 with the $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The stable area opens Friday, February 1, with training beginning Monday, February 4. The Quarter Chute Café opens Monday, February 4.

2019 EMERALD DOWNS STAKES SCHEDULE

Date. . . . .Stakes. . . . .Purse
Sun May 12 Seattle Stakes (3YO F) 6F $50,000
Sun May 19 Auburn Stakes (3YO C&G) 6F $50,000
Sun May 27 Hastings Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6F $50,000
Sun June 2 Governor’s Stakes (3&UP) 6F $50,000
Sun June 9 Kent Stakes (3YO F) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun June 16 Coca-Cola Stakes (3YO C&G) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun June 23 WA State Legislators Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun June 30 Budweiser Stakes (3&UP) 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 14 Irish Day Stakes (3YO F) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 14 Seattle Slew Stakes (3YO C&G) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 21 Mt. Rainier Stakes (3&UP) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 21 Boeing Stakes (3&UP F&M) 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun July 21 Angie C Stakes (2YO F) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sun July 21 King County Express (2YO C&G) 5 ½ F $50,000
Sun Aug 11 Washington Oaks (3YOF) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun Aug 11 Muckleshoot Derby (3YO) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun Aug 11 Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1-1/8 M $50,000
Sun Aug 11 Longacres Mile (G3) (3&UP) 1M $200,000
Sun Aug 18 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (2YO F) 6F $50,000
Sun Aug 18 WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO C&G) 6F $50,000
Sun Aug 25 Bank of America Challenge (3&UP) 440 Y $35,000
Sun Sept 1 WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes 1M $50,000
Sun Sept 1 WA Cup Sophomore C&G Stakes 1M $50,000
Sun Sept 8 WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun Sept 8 WA Cup Juvenile C&G Stakes 6 ½ F $50,000
Sun Sept 15 WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes 1-1/16 M $50,000
Sun Sept 15 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic 1-1/16M $50,000
Sun Sept 22 Gottstein Futurity (2YO) 1-1/16 M $100,000

27 Stakes: $1,550,000

 

Emerald Downs Announces 2019 Race Dates

Live racing returns Saturday, April 20

EMERALD DOWNS ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES

Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino has announced a 67-day live racing season in 2019, with opening day Saturday, April 20, and continuing through Sunday, September 22.

The 2019 race dates were approved Friday at the Washington Horse Racing Commission monthly meeting at Emerald Downs, and are nearly identical to last season’s 67-day meeting.

Opening day, April 20, is the lone racing day Easter weekend, followed by Saturday/Sunday racing April 27-28 and May 4-5. Friday racing begins May 10 and continues the remaining 20 weeks of the season.

Post times also remain the same as last season: 2 pm Sundays, 6:30 pm Fridays, and either 2 pm or 5 pm Saturdays. The first eight Saturdays, April 20 thru June 8, feature a 2 o’clock post and the final 15 Saturdays, June 15 thru September 21, feature a 5 o’clock post. The annual Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 3, also begins at 5 pm.

The 84th Longacres Mile (G3) will be run Sunday, August 11, with the complete 2019 stakes schedule released in January.

2019 Emerald Downs Live Race Days

April (3): Saturday, April 20, 2 pm; Saturday, April 27, 2 pm; Sunday, April 28, 2 pm

May (13): Saturday, May 4, 2 pm; Sunday, May 5, 2 pm; Friday, May 10, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 11, 2 pm; Sunday, May 12, 2 pm; Friday, May 17, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 18, 2 pm; Sunday, May 19, 2 pm; Friday, May 24, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 25, 2 pm; Sunday, May 26, 2 pm; Monday, May 27, 2 pm; Friday May 31, 6:30 pm

June (14): Saturday, June 1, 2 pm; Sunday, June 2, 2 pm; Friday, June 7, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 8, 2 pm; Sunday, June 9, 2 pm; Friday, June 14, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 15, 5 pm; Sunday, June 16, 2 pm; Friday, June 21, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 22, 5 pm; Sunday, June 23, 2 pm; Friday, June 28, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 29, 5 pm; Sunday, June 30, 2 pm

July (13): Wednesday, July 3, 5 pm; Friday, July 5, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 6, 5 pm; Sunday, July 7, 2 pm; Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 13, 5 pm; Sunday, July 14, 2 pm; Friday, July 19, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 20, 5 pm; Sunday, July 21, 2 pm; Friday, July 26, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 27, 5 pm; Sunday, July 28, 2 pm

August (14): Friday, Aug 2, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 3, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 4, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 9, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 10, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 11, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 16, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 17, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 18, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 23, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 24, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 25, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 30, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 31, 5 pm

September (10): Sunday, Sept 1, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 6, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 7, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 8, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 13, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 14, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 15, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 20, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 21, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 22, 2 pm

Dave Heerensperger, Original Emerald Downs Investor Passes

DAVE HEERENSPERGER, 82, ORIGINAL EMERALD DOWNS INVESTOR

Dave Heerensperger, an original Emerald Downs investor and extraordinarily successful businessman and sportsman, died peacefully Sunday afternoon at his home in Bellevue. He was 82 years old.

A native of Longview, Wash., Mr. Heerensperger campaigned a dazzling array of national and international stakes winners over the last four decades including graded winners Hawksley Hill, Millennium Wind, Artiste Royal, Bourbon Bay, Indyanne, Jokerman, Fire With Fire and Winning Prize. Hawksley Hill finished runner-up in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Mile while Millennium Wind captured the 2001 Blue Grass Stakes and was 11th in the 2001 Kentucky Derby. In Washington, Heerensperger’s first stakes winner was Dave’s Reality, a New Jersey-bred colt that reeled off three consecutive stakes wins and was named Longacres’ top juvenile of 1982. Emerald Downs’ stakes winners included Flying With Eagles and Slew of Damascus.

Outside of Thoroughbred racing, Mr. Heerensperger made headlines in the business and sports pages. He was founder and president of Eagle Hardware and Garden and president of Pay ‘N Pak, selling the former in a stock swap for a reported $1 billion to Lowe’s in 1998.

A member of the Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame, Heerensperger campaigned “Pride of Pay ‘N Pak” to national championships in 1973, ’74 and ’75, during an era when the Seafair races ranked among Seattle’s top annual sporting events. Heerensperger’s fast pitch Pay ‘N Pak softball team reeled off ASA national titles in 1985, ’86 and ’87.

Emerald Downs’ founder and former president Ron Crockett expressed great admiration for Heerensperger as a self-made man with a sterling reputation.

“Go to Merriam-Webster Dictionary and look up two words–unique and character–and that perfectly describes Dave Heerensperger,” Crockett said.

Mr. Heerensperger is survived by his fiance Nikki Johnson, and children Corey, Joe, Karen and Julie. Services are pending, and a celebration of Mr. Heerensperger’s life is being planned for January.

Emerald Downs Announces 2019 Race Dates

Live racing returns Saturday, April 20

EMERALD DOWNS ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES

Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino has announced a 67-day live racing season in 2019, with opening day Saturday, April 20, and continuing through Sunday, September 22.

The 2019 race dates were approved Friday at the Washington Horse Racing Commission monthly meeting at Emerald Downs, and are nearly identical to last season’s 67-day meeting.

Opening day, April 20, is the lone racing day Easter weekend, followed by Saturday/Sunday racing April 27-28 and May 4-5. Friday racing begins May 10 and continues the remaining 20 weeks of the season.

Post times also remain the same as last season: 2 pm Sundays, 6:30 pm Fridays, and either 2 pm or 5 pm Saturdays. The first eight Saturdays, April 20 thru June 8, feature a 2 o’clock post and the final 15 Saturdays, June 15 thru September 21, feature a 5 o’clock post. The annual Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 3, also begins at 5 pm.

The 84th Longacres Mile (G3) will be run Sunday, August 11, with the complete 2019 stakes schedule released in January.

2019 Emerald Downs Live Race Days

April (3): Saturday, April 20, 2 pm; Saturday, April 27, 2 pm; Sunday, April 28, 2 pm

May (13): Saturday, May 4, 2 pm; Sunday, May 5, 2 pm; Friday, May 10, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 11, 2 pm; Sunday, May 12, 2 pm; Friday, May 17, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 18, 2 pm; Sunday, May 19, 2 pm; Friday, May 24, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 25, 2 pm; Sunday, May 26, 2 pm; Monday, May 27, 2 pm; Friday May 31, 6:30 pm

June (14): Saturday, June 1, 2 pm; Sunday, June 2, 2 pm; Friday, June 7, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 8, 2 pm; Sunday, June 9, 2 pm; Friday, June 14, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 15, 5 pm; Sunday, June 16, 2 pm; Friday, June 21, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 22, 5 pm; Sunday, June 23, 2 pm; Friday, June 28, 6:30 pm; Saturday, June 29, 5 pm; Sunday, June 30, 2 pm

July (13): Wednesday, July 3, 5 pm; Friday, July 5, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 6, 5 pm; Sunday, July 7, 2 pm; Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 13, 5 pm; Sunday, July 14, 2 pm; Friday, July 19, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 20, 5 pm; Sunday, July 21, 2 pm; Friday, July 26, 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 27, 5 pm; Sunday, July 28, 2 pm

August (14): Friday, Aug 2, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 3, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 4, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 9, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 10, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 11, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 16, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 17, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 18, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 23, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 24, 5 pm; Sunday, Aug 25, 2 pm; Friday, Aug 30, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Aug 31, 5 pm

September (10): Sunday, Sept 1, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 6, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 7, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 8, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 13, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 14, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 15, 2 pm; Friday, Sept 20, 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sept 21, 5 pm; Sunday, Sept 22, 2 pm

2018 Emerald Downs Season Honors

Sippin Fire and Rocco Bowen both dominated in 2018

SIPPIN FIRE 2018 HORSE OF MEETING

AUBURN, Wash. (September 24, 2018) – Sippin Fire was voted Horse of the Meeting, Top 3-Year-Old and Top Washington-bred as Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino announced its 2018 season honors Monday.

Trained by Steve Bullock, Sippin Fire won a meet-high four stakes and earned $115,425 for owners How We Roll #4. He becomes only the third sophomore to win Horse of the Meeting, and is the third consecutive Harbor the Gold gelding to win the honor (Sippin Fire, 2018; Mach One Rules, 2017; O B Harbor, 2016).

Rocco Bowen, regular rider on Sippin Fire, topped the 100-win mark for the third consecutive year while becoming the first jockey to win three straight titles at Emerald Downs. Bowen led in wins (109), stakes wins (6) and earnings ($1,065,618).

Jeff Metz with 43 wins won his fourth straight training title, while Blaine Wright led in stakes wins (9) and earnings ($787,191). Wright also trained four different 2018 champions—Riser (Sprinter and Older Horse), Reginella (Older Filly or Mare), Bella Mia (3-Year-Old Filly) and Baja Sur (Juvenile Male).

John Parker and Saratoga West tied for Leading Owner with 17 wins apiece, giving Parker his third straight title in that department.

Northwest Factor, upset winner of the Gottstein Futurity, was voted Top 2-Year-Old Filly. Her owners, How We Roll #4, won six stakes and were No. 1 in owners’ earnings with $211,800.

Papa Mambo, the meet’s only five-time winner, was voted Top Claimer. A 6-year-old mare by Papa Clem, Papa Mambo was 5-0-0 in six starts for trainers Manny Ortiz, Candi Tollett and Joe Toye.

H.R. Pat Mullens was honored with Top Training Achievement after becoming the oldest trainer to win a stakes at Emerald Downs at age 91. In fact, Hit the Beach won both the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes and won four races overall for Mullens.

Barkley’s thrilling victory over Alert Bay in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) was voted Race of the Meeting, and Barkley also was the meet’s top earner with $144,475.

Riser

Emerald Downs 2018 Season Honors
Horse of the Meeting: Sippin Fire
Top Washington-bred: Sippin Fire
Top Older Horse: Riser
Top Sprinter: Riser
Top Older Filly or Mare: Reginella
Top 3-Year-Old Male: Sippin Fire
Top 3-Year-Old Filly: Bella Mia
Top Juvenile Male: Baja Sur
Top Juvenile Filly: Northwest Factor
Top Claimer: Papa Mambo
Race of the Meeting: Longacres Mile
Leading Jockey Wins: Rocco Bowen (109)
Leading Jockey Stakes Wins: Rocco Bowen (6)
Leading Jockey Earnings: Rocco Bowen ($1,065,618)
Leading Trainer Wins: Jeff Metz (43)
Leading Trainer Stakes Wins: Blaine Wright (9)
Leading Trainer Earnings: Blaine Wright ($787,191)
Leading Owner: tie-John E. Parker (17), Saratoga West (17)
Leading Owner Earnings: How We Roll #4 ($211,800)
Leading Horse Wins: Papa Mambo (5)
Leading Horse Stakes Wins: Sippin Fire (4)
Leading Horse Earnings: Barkley ($144,475)
Race of the Meeting: Longacres Mile
Top Riding Achievement: Rocco Bowen, first jockey to win three straight titles
Top Training Achievement: H.R. Pat Mullens, wins stakes at age 91
Leading Apprentice: Francisco Orduna-Rojas (12)
Durkan Award: Vince Gibson
Lindy Award: Lorenzo Lopez

EMERALD DOWNS FINAL DAY WRAP-UP OF THE 2018 LIVE RACING SEASON

Yulong Warrior and Evin Roman

YULONG WARRIOR SPRINGS UPSET IN $100,000 GETAWAY DAY

AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 23, 2018) – Yulong Warrior invaded Emerald Downs and rolled from behind for a 1 ¼-length victory over Weekend Wizard in the $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday, closing day of the 2018 season.

Boundary Bay finished third while Sippin Fire, bidding for a fifth consecutive stakes victory, finished fourth as the 6-to-5 favorite.

With Evin Roman riding at 124 lbs, Yulong Warrior ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.61 and paid $14.80, $5.60 and $5.20. Doug O’Neill is the winning trainer for owner Zhang Yueshang of Shuozhou, China.

A Florida-bred by Street Cry, Yulong Warrior earned $53,350 to boost his life total to $247,931. His overall record is 3-3-1 in 10 starts.

A stakes winner in Dubai, Yulong Warrior had raced only once previously in North America, finishing fourth in the $100,000 Shared Belief last month at Del Mar. O’Neill said via text that Niall Daulton and Michael Donohoe, representatives of the owner, made the decision to run at Emerald Downs.

Assistant trainer Leandro Mora, who handled saddling duties Sunday, said the connections hold the winner in high regard.

“I was in Dubai when this horse race, and we’ve always liked him,” Mora said.

Yulong Warrior saved ground while racing off a fairly fast pace, as Boundary Bay led through six furlongs in 1:10.50. Angled out into the stretch, Yulong Warrior swept past Boundary Bay and Weekend Wizard and won going away. The winning time was second fastest of the meet for 1 1/16 miles; Riser won the Mt. Rainier Stakes in 1:40.08.

“We broke a little slow, but he’s a smart horse and was very relaxed,” said Roman, the Eclipse Award-winning Apprentice of 2017. “When I asked him, he really ran a big one today.”

Weekend Wizard overtook Boundary Bay into the lane but was unable to withstand the winner and finished second. Ridden by Rico Walcott at 124 lbs, the runner-up paid $3.60 and $2.80.

Weekend Wizard earned $19,400 for finishing second and an additional $10,000 for finishing in the top three in all three legs of the Northwest Triple (Muckleshoot Derby, B.C. Derby, Getaway Day Stakes). Weekend Wizard finished second to Sippin Fire in the Muckleshoot Derby, second to Sky promise in the B.C. Derby, and second to Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Day.

Boundary Bay, ridden by Javier Matias at 122 lbs, held third and paid $8.20. Younger brother of 2016 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting O B Harbor, Boundary Bay placed in five stakes this season at Emerald Downs.

Sippin Fire raced in striking position to the head of the lane but lacked his customary punch under Rocco Bowen and finished fourth. Nevertheless, the Harbor the Gold gelding was voted 2018 Horse of the Meeting, Top 3-Year-Old and Top Washington-bred.

Hey Sequoia, Canadian Game, Elliott Bay and Not Yet completed the order of finish.

O’Neill now has two wins at Emerald Downs—Sky Jack in the 2003 Longacres Mile and Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Stakes. And Roman also has two wins at Emerald Downs—Gold Rush Dancer in the 2017 Longacres Mile and Yulong Warrior in the Getaway Stakes.

Northwest Factor (No. 8) and Gary Wales

NORTHWEST FACTOR SPRINGS GOTTSTEIN UPSET

Although Sippin Fire didn’t get the top prize in the Getaway, the ownership group How We Roll #4 still had plenty to cheer about Sunday.

Northwest Factor, owned by How We Roll #4 and trained by Steve Bullock, wore down Time ’n Time Again for a head victory in the $89,500 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds.

With Gary Wales riding his first stakes winner at Emerald Downs, Northwest Factor covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.99 and paid $50.80, $18.40 and $8.40. She became the 14th filly to win the Gottstein in the 81-year history of the race, and the fourth at Emerald Downs.

With the victory, Northwest Factor became a double stakes winner at the meet and clinched honors as Top 2-Year-Old Filly. A Kentucky-bred by The Factor, Northwest Factor is 2-2-2 in six starts with earnings of $95,700, including a hefty $47,850 for the Gottstein.

Northwest Factor earned the victory Sunday. Prominent throughout, she gutted it out through the stretch and finally pushed past Time ’n Time Again in the last few jumps.

“I hadn’t won a stakes all meet, so this is really nice,” Wales said. “I’ve been watching this filly and I knew she wanted to run long.”

Time ’n Time Again, ridden by Julien Couton, finished second but was disqualified and placed last for interfering with Frolic and Detour past mid-stretch. Frolic and Detour and jockey Eswan Flores were attempting to rally inside and went down hard in the mishap, but both the jockey and rider appeared to escape the incident uninjured.

Palladium, ridden by Evin Roman, was promoted from third to second place and paid $4.20 and $3.80. The outcome gave O’Neill a win and a second with his two Southern California shippers.

Fuzzy Dolphin, with Kevin Orozco riding, finished fourth but was moved up to third and paid $6.80 to show. Winner of the Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings three weeks ago, Fuzzy Dolphin set fractions of :22.84, :46.08 and 1:10.79 before yielding to Time ’n Time Again into the stretch. Mr. Frank, Forty Six Carats, Ally On Fire, Emily’s Gold, Reno Roy and Hardy Chisel completed the order of finish.

For Bullock, the victory gave him his sixth stakes wins this season; four with Sippin Fire and two with Northwest Factor.

Hit the Beach and Eswan Flores

HIT THE BEACH PREVAILS IN PETE PEDERSEN

Hit the Beach continued his late-season assault with a powerful 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

Ridden by Eswan Flores at 122 lbs, Hit the Beach ran 6-½ furlongs in a meet-best 1:13.99 and paid $28, $11.20 and $5.60. H.R. Pat Mullens—the oldest trainer ever to win an Emerald Downs’ stakes at age 91—is the conditioner and co-owner with Ed Zenker of Tacoma and R.A. Swede Larson of Snohomish.

Hit the Beach finished the season with three wins in his last four starts, including the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and the Pete Pedersen, and finished with four wins overall. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, Hit the Beach earned over $64,000 this season.

Saving ground throughout, Hit the Beach sat behind sizzling fractions of :21.75, :43.48 and 1:07.73, reeled in Oh Marvelous Me past-mid-stretch and won going away.

Mixo, with Kevin Orozco riding at 118 lbs, edged Oh Marvelous Me for second and paid $12.20 and $6.60. A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Abraaj, Mixo compiled a 1-3-1 record in five starts at the meet.

Oh Marvelous Me, the 8 to 5 favorite ridden by Julien Couton at 120 lbs, finished third while rallying into a hot pace and paid $2.60 to show. A 6-year-old Bluegrass Cat gelding, Oh Marvelous Me was coming off a third in the Longacres Mile and is now 6-3-4 in 14 career starts at Emerald Downs.

Mike Man’s Gold, bidding for his 20th Emerald Downs’ victory, finished fourth and was followed by Strate Remark, Conquest Cobra, Royal Privacy, Bistraya, Cross Creek and Kaabraaj.

Kaabraaj held the previous mark for fastest 6 ½ furlongs of the meeting with a 1:14.31 clocking on July 8.

No Talking Back and Jose Zunino

NO TALKING BACK DOMINATES FAN APPRECIATION DAY

No Talking Back capped a strong season with a 2 ¼-length victory in the $25,000 Fan Appreciation Day Stakes for older fillies and mares.

Beginning the season a maiden, No Talking Back compiled a 3-1-2 record in seven starts and earned $59,350 for owners Jody Peetz of Issaquah and Steve Shimizu of Bellevue.

Ridden by Jose Zunino at 119 lbs, No Talking Back ran one mile in 1:35.98 and paid $10.80, $5.60 and $3.20. Chris Stenslie is the winning trainer.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Flatter-Talk to My Lawyer, No Talking Back is stakes-placed three times at the meet, but was coming off an uncharacteristic sixth in the Washington Cup Filly and Mare two weeks ago. She got a perfect trip Sunday and notched her first stakes win, sitting behind a hot and contested pace before bounding to the lead into the lane.

No Talking Back has an overall record of 3-5-3 in 16 starts with earnings of $86,742.

Blazinbeauty, ridden by Javier Matias at 117 lbs, closed strong to finish second and paid $9.80 and $5.20, and Fly Far Away, the 5 to 2 favorite ridden by Austin Solis, finished third and paid $3.40 to show.

Camano Comet, the leader through six furlongs in 1:10.23, finished fourth and was followed by Brilliant Bird, Little Dancer, Jerre to Carrie, Gazing, Retreat Yourself, McDove and Guardian One.

Talk to My Lawyer, dam of No Talking Back, won the 2011 Gottstein Futurity while Blazinbeauty won the 2016 Gottstein.

NOTES: The $0.50 All Stakes Pick Four paid $5,487.10. . .The $0.50 Pick 5 paid a season-high $28,317. . .

Rocco Bowen became the first jockey to win three straight Emerald Downs’ riding title, finishing with 109 wins including two Sunday. . .

Jeff Metz edged Blaine Wright 43-41 for the training title, his fourth Emerald Downs’ crown and first since 2015. . .

John Parker and Saratoga West tied for leading owner with 17 wins apiece. It’s Parker’s third straight owners’ title. . .

2017 Longacres Mile winner Gold Rush Dancer paraded on the track between Sunday’s first and second races. Parker recently retired the 5-year-old Private Gold gelding. . .

Eswan Flores rode three winners Sunday. . .That’s a wrap for live racing in 2018. We’ll see you in 2019 for our 24th season!

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Pete Pedersen Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Getaway Day S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Gottstein Futurity $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity
Sunday, September 23, 2018​

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Results

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,400 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $13,600 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Fan Appreciation Day Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Pete Pedersen Overnight S. $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Getaway Day S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Gottstein Futurity $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $15,000 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $7,500 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight