The Horses Are Back!

2020 Horse of the Meeting Dutton and Jennifer Whitaker


Here’s My Copy, an unraced 4-year-old filly trained by Greg Moore, was first on the track Friday morning when training began for the 2021 racing season at Emerald Downs.

According to Director of Racing Bret Anderson, 210 horses have arrived since Monday, including strings trained by Blaine Wright, Rosie Simkins, Sharon Ross, Tom Wenzel, Bonnie Jenne, Candi Cryderman, David Martinez, Vince Gibson, Howard Belvoir, Jose Navarro, Steve Bullock, Satchell Stevens, Shelly Crowe, Jesse Velasquez, Doris Harwood, Cliff Balcom, and two-time defending training champion Frank Lucarelli.

Dutton, 2020 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting, made an 8:30 a.m. appearance under regular rider Jennifer Whitaker. Trained by Howard Belvoir and owned by Rising Star Stable VIII, Dutton was 3 for 3 in 2020 including wins in the WTBOA Lads Stakes and Gottstein Futurity. A 3-year-old gelding by Noosito, Dutton was named co-champion 2-year-old with Bodenheimer at last week’s 2020 WTBOA awards ceremony.

Training continues 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

The 50-day meeting begins Wednesday, May 19 and runs through Thursday, Sept. 23.

Here’s My Copy takes the 2021 early bird award

The 2021 stakes scheduling featuring the 86th running of the Longacres Mile (G3) will be announced later this month.