News Bulletin, January 20, 2010
We are delighted to report that Emerald Downs purses will again be enhanced by an Economic Development contribution on the part of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. The Tribal Council met with Ron Crockett last week and made its decision to continue its assistance to enhance our purses. This is a tremendous shot in the arm to our local industry, and one for which we are most grateful. The manner and amount of the contribution will be worked out in the near term.
I will be signing, together with Ron Crockett and Jack Hodge of Emerald Downs, and Dana Halvorson of the WTBOA, a letter of appreciation to the Tribal Council. Great news!
It would be appropriate to thank Mr. Crockett for his efforts to secure this additional supplement, as he has again made the case for this indispensible assistance to us. He does so at no benefit to himself, and in fact undertakes substantial, and real costs, to provide mutual support with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in return for this contribution that goes, 100%, into our purses.
Separately, Emerald Downs has sought approval for a 90 day meet from the Washington Horse Racing Commission; it has been approved.
The barns will be open to receive horses on Friday, January 29. Training can commence on Monday, February 1.
Please note that there are NEW RULES for Labor & Industries purposes which require all horses on the grounds be attributed BY NAME and TRAINER. Do not hassle the security people who will be responsible to gather this information; they are doing their job, as required by a governmental entity.
Rejoice a bit! We are soon to be back to racing at Emerald Downs!