Week Six (July 29-30)

WTBOA WA-Bred of the Week

Bullet Drill
The 5-year-old Washington bred took top honors in last Wednesday’s feature race. It was his second win at the meet from just two starts and is now 5-for-19 lifetime with all wins at Emerald Downs.

Breeder: Ron Hagen, Nina Hagen, Larry Bonwell and Miriam Bonwell

Trackside Deli Jockey of the Week

Javier Matias
Javier Matias ventured into the Winner’s Circle five times last week including aboard Time for Gold in the $36,000 Angie C Stakes.

Matias’ winners last Wednesday and Thursday were Bullet Drill ($7.80), Patricia L $14), Close the Show Lo ($5) and Time for Gold ($27.40).

Javier, who started riding in 1997, has won 1,241 races.

Emerald Downs Owner of the Week

Jeff Cissell

Jeff Cissell’s Swift as I Am was ultra-impressive in his career debut as he popped to the lead and never looked back, winning by 7¾ lengths against seven foes. Swift as I Am ran 5 furlongs in 57.11 seconds.

Quarter Chute Café Groom of the Week

Ashley Potts

Ashley Potts is a key member of Team Gibson. She takes care of several of the Vince Gibson runners including last week’s winner Swift As I Am. Congrats to Ashley Potts our Groom of the week!

Freight Northwest Exercise Rider of the Week

Analisa Culy

Analisa Culy, gallops recent winner Bullet Drill (Frank Lucarelli barn) among many others as she returns to Emerald Downs for another season of working with the horses! Hats off to Analisa Culy, our Exercise rider of the week!

Muckleshoot Casino Trainer of the Week

Frank Lucarelli

The WA Racing Hall of Famer collected four wins last week including the big winner Time for Gold. The WA-bred 2-year-old filly was a romping winner in the 25th running of the Angie C Stakes.

Lucarelli, the tracks all-time leader in wins, also scored with Bullet Drill, Patricia L, and Close the Show Lo.
Frank has opened up a five-win lead in the trainer standings.

Week Five (July 22-23)

WTBOA WA-Bred of the Week

Omache Kid

Omache Kid struck pay dirt for the third straight time at the meet Wednesday night (July 22), pulling off a narrow neck victory.

Omache Kid (Polish Miner – D J’s Storm) has now won four of his past five starts at EmD. During that span he was just 2-for-26 at other racetracks.

Breeder: Preston Boyd

Quick Pix Café Jockey of the Week

Eddie Martinez

Eddie had a good two days of riding last week – Winning with three of his 11 mounts for a 27% strike rate.
His wins came aboard Azadi ($17.60), Sacagewea ($5.80) and Pre Mo Diamond ($51.20).
Mr. Martinez, who began riding in 2010, sits fifth in the standings after 10 days with 10 victories.

Emerald Downs Owner of the Week

George Todaro

Longtime Northwest owner George Todaro had a first and a second in two starts here last week. The winner was Sacagawea who broke

Mr. Todaro has owned Thoroughbreds for many years and one of the best he part owner of was the fabulous mare Vasilika who won the 2019 Grade I Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita.

Quarter Chute Café Groom of the Week

Mike Rollins

Mike works for the Joe Toye barn and led recent winner Tomorrow’s Mine to the track for his winning effort last week. New to the Pacific Northwest, Mike comes from a long time racing family in Arizona. His grandfather was Lyman Rollins, who was one of the ongoing top trainers at Turf Paradise in the 80s & 90s. Congrats to Mike as he continues the family legacy.

Freight Northwest Exercise Rider of the Week

Jill Sorrano

Jill gallops horses for Frank Lucarelli, worked with a few winners this past week including Pre Mo Diamond. She also ponies horses during the races as well.

Muckleshoot Casino Trainer of the Week

Joe Toye

Joe Toye started five runners last week with two being victorious and another finishing second.
Mr. Toye’s winners were Hurricane Force ($4.60) and Tomorrow’s Mine ($6.00).
Joe began his training career in 1973 and has totaled 1,075 victories.

Week Four (July 15-16)

WTBOA WA-Bred of the Week

Papa’s Golden Boy

The 4-year-old gelding blew the doors off his rivals cutting out wicked fractions of 21 1/5 and 43 1/5 seconds to run off and win by eight lengths Thursday night.

The Harbor the Gold-Brookie Girl runner is now 2-for-2 at the meet as he disposed of allowance runners for a purse of $18,500 in a quick 1:09 1/5 for 6 furlongs.

Breeder: Bar C Racing Stables, Inc.

Quick Pix Café Jockey of the Week

Alex Cruz

Alex Cruz, who is making his first appearance at Emerald, is off to a fast start through the first eight days of the meet winning 14 races to be tied for first in the standings.

Cruz won two races Wednesday – Valid Prince ($17.60) and Missed the Boat ($7). He earned a three bagger Thursday – Wheel Rally ($15), Dreamcatcher ($5) and Pin Up Lady ($19.60).

Cruz, who started riding in 2013, entered the week ranked 10th in W% in the U.S. / Canada at 22.5%

Emerald Downs Owner of the Week

Warlock Stables, Roddina Barrett and Kelly Dougan

Alittlelesstalk returned off a lengthy layoff to beat a solid group of fillies and mares taking a three-horse photo finish last Thursday (July 16).

The Washington bred by Demon Warlock, out of Trainingat the Bar, who was named Top 3-year-old Filly at the 2019 Emerald Downs season, has totaled five wins from 12 starts and earned $104,000.

Quarter Chute Café Groom of the Week

Ruben Ortiz

Ruben Ortiz is our Quarter Chute Cafe Groom of the week winner. He led Take Charge Deputy to the track in last week’s surprise win over Barkley at 33/1. Ruben joined trainer Jorge Rosales at Los Alamitos and followed the team to EmD in his first season here.

Trainer Rosales says Ruben is a dedicated worker and takes care of several of the Rosales F1 runners. Hat’s Off to Ruben Ortiz, our groom of the week!

Freight Northwest Exercise Rider of the Week

Gerardo Martin

Congratulations to this week’s Freight Northwest Exercise Rider of the Week Gerardo Martin. Gerardo joined trainer Jeff Metz’s team at Los Alamitos and is in his first year at Emerald Downs. He gallops Perfect Promise who was an impressive winner last Thursday in a filly/mare event in which she covered 6 furlongs in a zesty 1:10.68 over a fast track.

Muckleshoot Casino Trainer of the Week

Bob Meeking

Longtime trainer Bob Meeking’s Wheel Rally ($15) overcame adversity and charged up the fence to win a thriller Thursday night – necking out favored Freiburg.

Mr. Meeking has been training racehorses for decades and his runner Find Our Star won the 1996 Eagle Hardware Derby. The first Derby at Emerald Downs.

Week Three (July 8-9)

WTBOA WA-Bred of the Week


Disposing of six rivals right from the start in his career debut, Seattlesbestsecret went on to post a 3¾-length victory in a $18,500 maiden special weight contest last week. The Steve Bullock-trained 2-year-old gelding completed the 4½ furlongs in 51.75 seconds paying $14 to win.
Breeder: David Israel, Charlie Clark, and Al Adams

Quick Pix Café Jockey of the Week

Alex Anaya

Two wins and three seconds from 13 rides led to Alex Anaya being named the Quick Pix Café Jockey of the Week.

Alex captured Wednesday’s opener aboard Remembertobreathe (4/1) from off the pace and on Thursday went wire-to-wire on National Browser (4/1). Mr. Anaya has 42 lifetime victories.

Emerald Downs Owner of the Week

Big Bill and Company #1

The big gray Doctor Bruce S. was bumped at the start before making a big wide move in last Wednesday’s eighth race to pass all his rivals and score by 1½ lengths. The 11-year-old has now won nine races at EmD from 65 starts.
This is the third straight year Doctor Bruce S. has won for owners Big Bill and Company #1. Congrats!

Quarter Chute Café Groom of the Week

Doug Carlson

Doug is a key team member at the Rosie Simkins barn at Emerald Downs and led Simkins’ first winner of the meet to the track last week (Sparkling Lute). Doug has worked for Rosie five years now and has been a very dedicated worker. Hats off to Doug Carlson, our Quarter Chute Café Groom of the Week!

Freight Northwest Exercise Rider of the Week

Dan Brock

Hats off to Dan Brock, our Exercise Rider of the Week! He gallops horses for trainer Candice Cryderman who visited the Emerald Downs Winner’s Circle with La Waun this past week.
Brock was a mainstay as a jockey in the Pacific Northwest and rode both sides of the U.S./Canadian border back in the 80s & 90s, winning 1,298 races.

Muckleshoot Casino Trainer of the Week

Sam Dronen

Sam started three horses last week and two were led into the Winner’s Circle after the race. Waverly Way won Wednesday afternoon and Omache Kid became the first horse at the meet to win two times when he won a neck decision on Thursday.

Mr. Dronen is in his 30th year of training and has won 167 races.

Week Two (July 1-2)

WTBOA WA-Bred of the Week

Elliott Bay

The Harbor the Gold runner was a romping winner last week in a $18,500 allowance race, pulling away to a 7½-length score. The 5-year-old out of Melba Jewel was ridden by Javier Matias and conditioned by leading trainer Frank Lucarelli.

Elliott Bay has three lifetime victories and has earned$145,000.

Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst

Quick Pix Café Jockey of the Week

Jennifer Whitaker

Jennifer Whitaker, the all-time leading female in Emerald Downs (494), notched two victories and two seconds from just four mounts in week #2 to be named Quick Pix Café Jockey of the Week.
Jen won the first race of week aboard Doubleshotofheaven and the final race of the week on Rough Ride. Both runners were trained by Washington Racing Hall of Famer Howard Belvoir.

Emerald Downs Owner of the Week

Clemans View Racing and Michelle Beaunaux

Congrats to our owner of the week whose homebred Windy Point (WA) was all business on July 1, as he came from just off the pace $18,900 allowance race in a quick 1:03-4 for 5½ furlongs.

The 3-year-old filly has two wins two second in four career starts against the same sex.

Quarter Chute Cafe Groom of the Week

Angel Cruz

Angel escorted Sharon’s winners last week and has been a mainstay at the Ross barn for seven years. He cares for all three of the Emerald Racing Club Horses which includes Seattle Smoke and Mojave. He shifts his focus in the Winter to the Farm where he handles off-season duties there. The right-hand man of the Ross Barn is Angel Cruz.

Exercise Rider of the Week

Clark Jones

Congratulations to Clark Jones, our exercise rider of the week. Clark works with most of the horses for trainer Chris Stenslie and The One Horse Will Do Corp. A lifelong rider, Clark has been a mainstay in the PNW and also serves as a valet in the Emerald Downs Jockey’s Room as well. Hats off to Clark Jones, Our Exercise Rider of the Week!

Muckleshoot Casino Trainer of the Week

Chris Stenslie

Two blowout victories last Thursday (July 2) earned Chris Stenslie the Muckleshoot Casino Trainer of the Week. Coastal Tulips was 9 lengths clear at the wire in a $15,000 claimer and the first-time starter Daffodil Sweet scooted to the front and never looked back, checking in 8 3/4 lengths ahead of the runner-up at a big price (17/1).

Chris has won 259 races all-time at Emerald Downs.

Week One (June 24-25)

WTBOA WA-Bred of the Week

Makah Lane

Makah Lane notched his third lifetime win in just seven starts when taking the Opening Day feature (June 24) by 5 lengths for trainer Bonnie Jenne. The 4-year-old gelding was ridden by Juan Gutierrez and is owned by Q Stable and Friendship Stable. Makah Lane was victorious in the 2019 WA Cup Sophomore Stakes at Emerald Downs.

Breeder: Carnation Racing Stables, Inc. & Ron Crockett, Inc.

Quick Pix Cafe Jockey of the Week

Cerapio Figueroa

  • Rode three winners opening week from 13 mounts (23.1%).
  • Tied for second in the standings after the first week of racing.
  • Winners – So Figure It Out (9/2), Chris the Beaver (5/2) and Cate’s Gold (19/1).
  • Cerapio started his riding career in 2015 and has 51 career victories and was an exercise rider for John Sadler the past two years.

Emerald Downs Owner of the Week

Art McFadden

This week’s owner of the week is Art McFadden. Art is an icon in Northwest Horse Racing after serving as President & GM of Portland Meadows and the Track’s Announcer as well.

Art has owned several talented runners over the years including Corvallis Dee ($202,000 in earnings), Bub ($131,000) and Melcapwalker ($177k) that have sported his Orange and Black colors which are ironically the same colors of his beloved Oregon State Beavers.

Art is well known and well loved by all that came to know him especially in the Portland community. Congratulations to our Owner of The Week, Art McFadden!

Quarter Chute Cafe Groom of the Week

Victor Pulido

Victor Pulido was named the Quarter Chute Cafe Groom of the Week ending June 25. Mr. Pulido hails from the Bonnie Jenne barn and he looks after their two winners from last week. He’s a longtime groom for the Jenne barn and is a dedicated worker.

Exercise Rider of the Week

Christina Rodriguez

She’s been exercising horses at Emerald Downs for three seasons

Christina works horses in the morning for trainer Bonnie Jenne and the Coopers

Her first racetrack to work at was Penn National

Muckleshoot Casino Trainer of the Week

Bonnie Jenne

Bonnie Jenne sent out two runners opening week – And both hit the finish line first!

She won the opening day feature with Makah Lane and also won last Thursday’s opener with Full Speed Ahead.

Bonnie has trained every year at Emerald Downs winning 215 races here at Emerald Downs.