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Emerald Downs exceeds expectations during record-breaking 2007 season

The 2007 live racing season came to a close Sunday night at Emerald Downs, putting final punctuation marks on an eventful season full of records at the Auburn horse racing track.

“We out-performed our expectations this year, and we were very pleased to see increases on-track and in-state, as well as overall,” said Emerald Downs track president Ron Crockett.

The Auburn oval completed its 12th season last weekend with another upswing in overall daily handle at the track ($1,415,172), eclipsing last year’s record average by 2.3 percent.

Emerald Downs also set the single-day handle record on Aug. 19, when bettors wagered $3,191,831 on 2007 Longacres Mile Day.

Jockey Ricky Frazier was also a record-setter during the 2007 season. Frazier demolished the previous record for wins in a season finishing with 157, compared to the previous mark of 148 set in 1996. Frazier also set a new season earnings record of $1,632,102 (previously $1,385,173 by Kevin Krigger), and ended with a season win percentage of 25.6.

The Great Face won the Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting and set the track and state records for earnings at one meeting ($292,875) and track/state records for earnings in one race ($220,000), thanks to the record purse in the 72nd running of the Longacres Mile presented by TVG.

Trainer Doris Harwood set the record for stakes win at a single meeting with 12, training five individual horses to do it. She also set a record for 2-year-old stakes wins in a season with six.

Victory Script, the Top Older Filly or Mare and Claimer of the Meet during the 2007 season, compiled the best undefeated record during one season when she went 7-for-7 in 2007.

Owners Northwest Farms and Ron Crockett Inc. added to the record book as well. Northwest Farms racked up eight stakes wins at the meeting (Shampoo with four wins, Smarty Deb with three, and Dinner at Arlene’s with one).

Crockett won his fourth title for wins as an owner with 21 and he topped the old mark for earnings in one season with $584,136. He bested his previous mark of $355,488 in 2005 and leads Emerald Downs all-time with $2,652,309.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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