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EMERALD DOWNS


June 11, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

EMERALD DOWNS TO INCREASE PURSES FIVE PERCENT

AUBURN, Wa. * Emerald Downs announced on Wednesday May 19, that effective June 3 overnight purses would be increased by five percent.

“We’re delighted to be able to make this announcement,” said track President Ron Crockett. “The purse increase reflects a positive trend for racing this season. We are definitely headed in the right direction.”

Emerald Downs is currently enjoying a successful start to the 2004 live-racing season. One of the most positive aspects of the current meeting is a 9 percent increase in daily on-track handle. The increase can be attributed to the quality of the racing product, a progressive marketing program and heightened national and local interest in the Thoroughbred industry. Emerald Downs has been able to take advantage of these things largely due to the assistance received from Governor Gary Locke and the Washington State Legislature.

The new purse increase will be retroactive and date back to the first day of racing.

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EMERALD DOWNS ADDS MONDAY, JULY 5 TO 2004 SCHEDULE

AUBURN, Wash. * Emerald Downs announced on Friday it will add Monday, July 5 (Independence Day Observed) to its 2004 live-racing schedule, increasing the season to a 90-day meet.

The additional day, which was approved by the Washington Horse Racing Commission, will have a 1 p.m. first-race post time.

The added race day will not affect the current racing calendar, as Emerald Downs will continue to have simulcast racing on Wednesday, July 7 and live racing on Thursday, July 8.

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LUCARELLI WINS 300TH CAREER RACE AT EMERALD DOWNS

AUBURN, WASH. * Frank Lucarelli became the second trainer to saddle 300 winners at Emerald Downs on Thursday after his charge Le Peu Roi won the sixth race.
“When I first started here I always hoped I’d win this many races,” said Lucarelli, who leads all trainers this season with nine wins, “but in this business you never know how you’re going to do. I’ve started out strong this year. Usually I don’t start off very strong, but things have been working this year.”
Lucarelli, who was the leading trainer at Emerald Downs in 1999, joins Tim McCanna as the only trainers to win 300 races at the Auburn racetrack. McCanna has won 393 races at Emerald Downs.
Before taking out his trainer’s license in 1979, Lucarelli, who graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and pitched in the minors for the Seattle Mariners organization. As a collegiate playing for Western Washington University, he threw a no-hitter against Eastern Washington University in 1977.