7/19/2015 – Emerald Express-Press Kit
7/19/2015 – Mt. Rainier Handicap-Press Kit
7/19/2015 – The Press Box Podcast: Mt. Rainier Handicap
7/19/2015 – Stryker Phd, Barkley Score Big Stakes Wins
7/19/2015 – Mt. Rainier/Emerald Express-Quotes
7/18/2015 – Kent Handicap-Press Kit
7/18/2015 – Kent Handicap-Quotes
7/18/2015 – Belle Hill Prevails in Kent Handicap
7/17/2015 – Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, July 17
7/17/2015 – Win, Place Show #24
7/16/2015 – EmD News & Notes-Thursday, July 16
7/14/2015 – Washington Hall of Fame-Class of 2015
7/12/2015 – The Press Box Podcast: Seattle Slew Handicap
7/12/2015 – Seattle Slew Handicap-Press Kit
7/12/2015 – Betrbegone Scores Seattle Slew Stunner
7/12/2015 – Mt. Rainier Handicap & Kent Handicap-nominations
7/12/2015 – Seattle Slew Handicap-Quotes
7/11/2015 – Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, July 11
7/10/2015 – Win, Place Show #23
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7/9/2015 – EmD News & Notes-Thursday, July 9
7/5/2015 – Boeing Handicap-Press Kit
7/5/2015 – The Press Box Podcast: Boeing Handicap
7/5/2015 – Boeing Handicap-Quotes
7/5/2015 – Seattle Slew Handicap-Nominations
7/5/2015 – Lady Rosberg Flies High in Boeing Handicap
7/4/2015 – Win, Place Show #22
7/4/2015 – Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, July 4
7/3/2015 – Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, July 3
7/2/2015 – EmD News & Notes-Thursday, July 2

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EmD News & Notes-Thursday, July 30

A couple different looks at Emerald Downs’ new jumbotron, which will be unveiled Friday.

EmD TO UNVEIL BIG SCREEN FRIDAY! Horse racing has officially hit the big screen at Emerald Downs.

Starting with Friday’s eight-race card, Emerald Downs will unveil its new jumbo-sized video screen for its live racing audience. Affixed behind the tote board and in front of the grandstand, the 25 by 47-foot video screen can be seen nearly throughout the entire facility. Viewing angles have already been tested from as far as south of the grandstand to more than halfway up the North Park.

Track President Phil Ziegler said the video screen is a “game changer” in how fans watch and enjoy the races at Emerald Downs.

“There are many families that enjoy being by the rail but they couldn’t see most of the race,” Ziegler said. “Now they will see all the action plus replays.”

During live racing, Emerald Downs will show its house feed on the video screen, which includes each race and replay, paddock analysis, produced features and horsemen interviews. However, Ziegler expects that there will be several other opportunities that come with the new screen.

In fact on Sunday, Emerald Downs will project a live broadcast of the 47th Running of the $1.75 Million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, listed at 1-to-5 on the morning line, will break from post No. 4. Post time for the Haskell is at approximately 2:52 p.m. PT.

Trainer Craig Lewis hanging with Warren’s Veneda Thursday morning at Del Mar.


In preparation for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 16, Emerald Downs sent one of its top correspondents to spread word and recruit nominations for the Northwest’s richest and most prestigious race.

Director of Media Relations Vince Bruun, made his annual two-day trip to Del Mar, where he’s been rubbing elbows with some of the top trainers at the San Diego racetrack. Rumors are already starting to swirl of several possible nominations including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern (Bob Baffert), Grade One winning mare Warren’s Veneda (Craig Lewis), graded-stakes placed Sammy Mandeville (Doug O’Neill) and recently-purchased Emerald Downs runner Prohibition (Vann Belvoir).

Nominations close for The Mile close Sunday, August 2 and entries will close at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12.


Grab your kilt and celebrate the great country that gave us haggis and scotch!

Gates open approx 30 minutes before the first simulcast race, with EmD post time of 2 pm.

FREE admission to those wearing authentic tartan kilts!

Adding a Scottish flair to the day will be Clan Gordon Pipe Band, along with adorable Aberdeen Scottish Terriers. Pony rides and bounce houses in the park as well!

Additional Info:

Crabbie’s Corner – Ginger Beer Beer Garden by the Winner’s Circle! 1 PM – Last Race

Beverages Available: $5.00 Alcoholic Ginger Beer $6.75 Three Mixed Drink Selections featuring Crabbie’s Ginger Beer

BBQ Available in the area: $3.75 Hot Dog $5.50 Bratwurst $1.50 Chips

Also on tap for Scottish day is an Scotch Tasting in the Park! For $75 you get: Scotch Tasting Six ½ oz pours (3 oz total) Admission Grandstand Seat Official Track Program Glen Cairn Souvenir Scotch Glass from Scotch and Vine

Scotch & Cigar Tasting $150 Six ½ oz pours (3 oz total) Five premium cigars Admission Grandstand Seat Official Track Program Glen Cairn Souvenir Scotch Glass from Scotch and Vine

Contact Group Events to get your ticket today! 253.288.7700 or groupevents@emeralddowns.com

Dining Specials

Scottish Cold Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cold smoked salmon served with herbed cream cheese, sliced red onion and rye bread.

King Salmon Penne Pasta Tender pieces of wild Alaskan king salmon sautéed in a rich scotch cream sauce and tossed with penne pasta. Served with garlic bread.

Drambuie and Scotch Milkshake A refreshing adult milkshake made with Drambuie and Scotch Whiskey blended with honey vanilla ice cream.


August 7: Fab Friday/NW Brewing Co. Brew Night

August 8: EmD 3on3/Breakfast at the Wire

August 9: EmD 3on3/ Hall of Fame Banquet

August 15: Senior Day/Breakfast at the Wire

August 16: Longacres Mile Day


Sunday’s ninth and feature race showcases six older fillies and mares who’ll face off in a starter optional claiming race for $25,000, including Among the Stars and Diamonds Dena are this week’s Media Match-Up of the Week!

Among the Stars (pictured left) returns to the route game, where she is three-for-four lifetime. Her last race was against the top sprinters on the grounds and she drops back to a more suitable level today. There’s nobody with her speed in this race. Once she gets clear, look out!

Diamonds Dena comes in with a three-race winning streak while climbing the class ladder. She has a perfect stalk-and-pounce style and will keep her main rival within her sights.

Also entered: English Lace, Krazy for Kugel, Call Me Cinderella and Sunpenny..


Friday, July 24
Race 1:
Race 2: First Flower-55
Race 3: Mary Lois-35
Race 4: Buddy Dave-57
Race 5: Neverabettercause-74*
Race 6: Cup of Soup-62
Race 7: Grindster-56

Saturday, July 25
Race 1:
Another Winter-51
Race 2: Freaky Kiki-62*
Race 3: Private Boss-64*
Race 4 Kaabraaj-68*
Race 5: Hoody-51
Race 6: Coach Royal-71
Race 7: Spot of Salt-78
Race 8: Curly Girly-73
Race 9: Its Allabout Jerry-68**
Race 10: Land Rocket-42

Sunday, July 26
Race 1:
Race 2: Diva B Gone-(qh)
Race 3: Austin’s Crown-41
Race 4: Huya-41#
Race 5: Duchess Debbie-52
Race 6: Whiskey Prince-64
Race 7: Jazz Queen-52
Race 8: Botch-85*
Race 9: My Heart Goes On-51
Race 10: Our Little Hen-79
Race 11: Sequestered-44*
*career high
**ties career-high
#first-time starter

2015 Fastest Times
4 1/2 Furlongs :51.25 Kiss My Lulu, June 27
5 Furlongs :56.70 Power Fleet, May 16
5-½ Furlongs 1:02.39 O B Harbor, April 18
6 Furlongs 1:08.69 Kikisoblu, May 10
6-½ Furlongs 1:14.27 Fleet Eagle, May 17
1 Mile 1:35.57 Stryker Phd, June 14
1 1/16 Mile 1:42.79 Betrbegone, July 12
870 Yards :45.85 Grand Move, May 30

Owner Michael Pollowitz has first-time starter Possible Spider in Sunday’s second race and is this week’s “2-Minute Clip.”

FINISH LINES: Weekly Honors #15-Jockey- Jennifer Whitaker ; Trainer- Manny Ortiz ; Owner- Carol Dronen ; Groom- Ladislao Caro (Blaine Wright) ; WTBOA Washington-bred- My Heart Goes On (Coal Creek Farm) ; Exercise Rider- Jose Saldivar . . .Congraulations to jockey Joe Steiner and his wife Dagmar for the birth of their son Jonah Wednesday morning. Steiner, fourth in the standings with 29 wins, leads all riders in Gary Dougherty’s Betting Rank system. The Betting Rank is based on $2 win pays, win percentage and number of starters…In the jockeys’ standings, Julien Couton holds a 62-to-51 advantage over 2012 riding champ Juan Gutierrez . Defending champion Leslie Mawing sits third with 49 wins…Speaking of jockeys, Debbie Hoonan competes in her first Thoroughbred event at Emerald Downs, where she’ll ride in Saturday’s fourth race aboard Dehere Is Gone. Her last mount at Emerald Downs came aboard Strawberry Dawn in the Gottstein Futurity on September 29, 2013. Incidentally, Hoonan will reunite with Strawberry Dawn in Sunday’s fourth race. Hoonan, the second all-time leading woman rider with 426 Thoroughbred wins, did have two Quarter Horse mounts last Sunday…On the trainer’s side, two-time defending champ Jeff Metz continues to extend his lead. His three wins last week puts him at 35 for the season and 14 ahead of Frank Lucarelli in second. Howard Belvoir , tied for third with Blaine Wright at 20 wins, is just two wins shy of 2,000 for his career… Saturday’s third race–a maiden allowance for 2-year-old fillies–features the unveiling of several regally-bred runners. Kentucky-bred Say It Slow (by Haynesfield Chit Chatter ) is a half-sister to multiple graded-stakes winner I’m a Chatterbox , Washington-bred It’s My Knight (by Yes It’s True Knight Raider ) is the first foal out of 2009 Top 2-Year-Old Filly Knight Raider and Kentucky-bred Sensible (by Street Sense Point of Reference ) is the first foal out of 2011 Top Older Female Point of Reference…Sunday’s third race is the meet’s first 2-year-old winners race and includes Emerald Express runner-up Gold Rush Dancer and Hey Ez Money , who’s 65 Beyer Speed Figure is the highest among juveniles this season. Also on Sunday, the state’s most prolific broodmare Peaceful Wings sends out another runner on Sunday. The Boss is Back, related to four stakes winners including last year’s Emerald Downs Derby winner Mebossman, looks to keep his dam’s perfect starter-to-winner ratio intact. To date, Peaceful Wings has produced an astounding 13 winners out of 13 starters in her broodmare career…Emerald Racing Club and its 187 owners will be back at it again on Saturday when their 4-year-old Tribal Waters takes on five others in the ninth and feature race. Dancing Yodeler, Emerald Racing Club’s original racehorse, will have his retirement ceremony on Saturday and will parade out to the winner’s circle between races three and four…In an effort to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund, Emerald Downs will host a photo shoot throughout the racecard Saturday where race fans can take a selfie with jockeys for a $5 donation.

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Sunday, August 2 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance $5,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $15,200
Race 3 Allowance $21,500
Race 4 Claiming – $4,000 $7,200
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,800
Race 6 Claiming – $5,000 $8,600
Race 7 Claiming – $5,000 $8,600
Race 8 Claiming – $12,500 $13,600
Race 9 Starter Optional Claiming – $25,000 $18,800
Race 10 Claiming – $2,500 $6,100

Final Entries

Saturday, August 1
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $15,200
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $7,500 $8,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $20,500
Race 4 Claiming – $5,000 $8,600
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,900
Race 6 Claiming – $4,000 $7,200
Race 7 Claiming – $7,500 $8,900
Race 8 Claiming – $12,500 $11,900
Race 9 Claiming – $12,500 $13,600
Race 10 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity




Thursday, July 30
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $25,000 $40,000 Summary Chart
Race 2 Claiming – $12,500 $26,000 Summary Chart
Race 3 Claiming – $40,000 $50,000 Summary Chart
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $26,000 Summary Chart
Race 5 Allowance $72,000 Summary Chart
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $70,000 Summary Chart
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $78,000 Summary Chart
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $23,000 Summary Chart

Early Entries

Saturday, August 1 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $27,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $19,000
Race 3 Claiming – $50,000 $58,000
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $40,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $70,000
Race 6 Allowance $72,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $70,000
Race 8 Clement L. Hirsch S. $300,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $72,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $70,000
Sunday, August 2 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $36,000
Race 2 Claiming – $32,000 $40,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $72,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 5 Real Good Deal S. $200,000
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $40,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $70,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $75,000
Race 9 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000

Final Entries

Friday, July 31
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $40,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $62,500 $39,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $40,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $70,000
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $40,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $75,000
Race 7 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association S. $100,000
Race 8 Claiming – $8,000 $19,000

Woodbine Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Sunday, August 2 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $20,000 $25,900
Race 2 Claiming – $32,000 $39,500
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 4 Allowance $58,600
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $55,900
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $24,100
Race 8 Seagram Cup S. $150,000
Race 9 Claiming – $40,000 $42,800
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $45,000

Final Entries

Saturday, August 1
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 2 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $20,000
Race 5 Allowance $58,600
Race 6 Optional Claiming – $20,000 $24,100
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $25,400
Race 8 Victoriana S. $125,000
Race 9 Optional Claiming – $40,000 $39,800
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $45,000

Northlands Park Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Monday, August 3 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $12,000 $10,500
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $19,200
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $16,100
Race 4 Allowance $17,600
Race 5 Claiming – $3,000 $6,300
Race 6 Claiming – $7,000 $8,500
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $18,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $7,000 $7,500

Final Entries

Saturday, August 1
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $7,000 $7,500
Race 2 Claiming – $17,500 $15,600
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $17,300
Race 4 Claiming – $3,000 $6,300
Race 5 Claiming – $7,000 $8,000
Race 6 Claiming – $7,000 $8,500
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $19,200
Race 8 Claiming – $3,000 $6,000


Thursday, July 30

Stakes Nominations and Handicap Weights Posted Today

Race Date Stakes Name Nominations Handicap Weights
08/08/2015 Two Year Old Sales S. Nominations
08/08/2015 Two Year Old Filly Sales S. Nominations

American Pharoah Arrives at Monmouth

Jet-setting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived on the East Coast safe and sound July 29, after traveling from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s California base to Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where he will run in the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I).

Set for his first start since taking the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) at Belmont Park in New York, the Zayat Stables runner had a brief layover at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, then continued on to Atlantic City International Airport via Tex Sutton charter. With a police escort leading the way up the Garden State Parkway, he then traveled via Brook Ledge van to Monmouth.



Desormeaux Taken Off Mounts at Del Mar

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his final two mounts of the day by Del Mar stewards July 29, after riding favored Tequila Mary to a fifth-place finish in a five-furlong maiden claiming event for 2-year-old fillies.

His remaining mounts, Feelin Lucky in the fifth race and Filly On Fire in the sixth, were picked up by Tyler Baze and Alonso Quinonez, respectively.

Desormeaux began the day with a fifth-place finish aboard Prodigious in the first race at Del Mar, followed by a fifth in the second race with Chromium and a third-place finish in the third race with Clever Royal, before his ride on Tequila Mary.

Stewards did not indicate why the jockey was removed from his mounts mid-card. Desormeaux has been taken off mounts for alcohol-related violations in the past, while riding at Belmont Park and Woodbine.



O’Neill Sets Del Mar Record With Five Wins

Doug O’Neill’s afternoon at Del Mar went as well as it possibly could July 29.

Of the six starters the 47-year-old conditioner sent out Wednesday, five ran first, which set the record at Del Mar for most wins in a single day by a trainer.

The only horse that didn’t win was Housemaker, who finished second behind stablemate Lookin for Money in the seventh race, O’Neill’s final win on the card.