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Gem of a Racetrack

Posted by on 5/25/2015 10:40:40 PM

Let’s take a little respite from the Triple Crown mania for a second and take a look at a gem of a racetrack in the Northwest, Emerald Downs.

Nestled in Auburn, Washington, and about 30 miles from Seattle, Emerald Downs is named after Seattle, the Emerald City.

It replaced Longacres, which had run for 60 years as Emerald Downs opened in 1996.

It’s a one-mile track in the shadows of Mt. Rainier. It is a state-of-the-art facility that is in a beautiful arena.

And it is fan friendly. For a minor venue, the riders and trainers are quite talented and are more old school it seems than the rest of the country.

So if you are having a tough time at your normal track, take a swing at Emerald and try to get paid.

Here are a few options that may come up soon, so monitor the entries.

Looking to some of the interesting recent race run at Emerald, a shout out has to go to some of the runners that had bad trips this month.

For this exercise, we’ll concentrate on the card for May 17. There was a lot happening on this 10-race card and players may be able to glean some important facts about trouble when some of these runners return.

The race was for quarter horses, so they do not fit the criteria.

In the second race, the winner Thundering Away was the second longest shot on the board but he dueled every step of the way and proved he could take the heat of a speed duel and live to tell about it as he won by a head and paid a fat $34.

John’s Not Bluffin veered out and was a length behind his field early. America’s Promise probably had the worst journey when the runner was pinballed hard early, losing a couple of lengths and then proceeded to race wide.

Financial Officer came out poorly in the third but he was able to overcome the start and won as the chalk. A pair of horses took the overland route. Both Twenty Ten and So Honored were caught wide, with the latter in the 5-path turning for home.

In the 4th, trainer Charles Essex had It’s Little Richie set to roll at first asking. He was the third choice in the wagering but took over with a furlong to go and won by nearly 9 lengths.

My Grandson was behind a wall of horses in the drive and then got to lugging. Try to get a good look at him on the track the next time he shows up. Laney’s Gold lost all chance at the break when unprepared to start. He was bumped hard entering the stretch and could make up little impact when very wide late.

The winner of the 6th Diamonds Dena proved a prompt favorite, but others were not so lucky.

Chrissy’s Wedding had a bit of cold feet in the 6th. The runner was nervous, broke through the gate, was eventually reloaded into the starting gate and then veered out sharply when she came out of the apparatus.

The 7th was run pretty cleanly but not the 8th. Mr. Top Kat made his own luck going to the front right away and winning

In the 7th Perfect Night and Redsolocup both were off poorly with Redsolocup forced to steady between horses in the early stretch.

Several runners in the 9th encountered troubled and it may have played a part in Fleet Eagle running like his name suggests to win at 39-1.

Absolutely Cool and Mebossman were both forced to steady and lost the momentum. Valiant Flame was out in the 7 path while both Disruption and Mike Man’s Gold were both about 5 off the rail most of the race.

Sure, it’s part of the game and part of life to overcome adversity but keep these trips in mind if you decide to dabble at a true gem in the Northwest.

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