SWINEhouse sizzles in season-opening weekend with history-making effort at Triple ‘PIG’ Crown  

Smooth and sassy swine sweeps all 6 of her races and is first to qualify for Saturday’s PIGtucky Derby

Amy SWINEhouse has served notice: she not only can carry a sultry and sassy tune…she can smoke her hog-racing teammates better than a Traeger BBQ smokes brisket (beef that is). 

After a one-year hiatus due to Covid 19, nine happy hogs returned to action at PIGlico Downs at Maris Farms on Saturday and Sunday for qualifying races during open weekend for the Triple PIG Crown series, presented by Wally’s White River Drive-In

SWINEhouse not only left her Musical SWINE stars teammates in the dust during qualifying races for this Saturday’s PIGtucky Derby, but she did so in historical fashion by becoming the first rookie in the 13-year run of Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series to sweep all 6 opening weekend races (3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday). And she did it with a dominant effort, winning all 6 races by at least 5 pig lengths.

“It just seemed like a normal practice session,” said the humble hog following her final race on Sunday. “Not a big deal, but I’ll have to buckle down for the last qualifying race this Saturday morning before our first major leg Saturday afternoon. LetterHAM (Late Night Talking Head Hogs, presented by Dillanos Coffee Roasters), HilPIGer and e-LOIN Musk (both from the Movers & Shakers SWINE, presented by Westside Pizza) are all looking pretty darn solid for their respective teams. I’m sure I’ll be facing at least a couple of them on Saturday.”  

SWINEhouse is correct. LetterHAM collected 4 wins this past weekend and is automatically qualified for the BIG race, which starts at 2 pm Saturday afternoon. HilPIGer and e-LOIN split with 3 wins apiece, so if one of them should win Saturday morning, then they’ll scoop up that final PIGtucky Derby spot. 

“It’s gonna be one helluva morning qualifying round for that last spot,” said longtime race announcer Dennis “PIG Whisperer” Riley. “HilPIGer and e-LOIN have gone back and forth all six times and all six have been close. It’s gonna come down to who has the best week of practice, who gets the most rest and who spends less time at the food trough.”

Farm visitors who happen upon the weekend races can place bets on the hog(s) they believe will win (qualifying or marquee races), and 100% of those “bets” are donated to the nonprofit, Celebrate HARVEST, whose mission it is to preserve family farms by inspiring and financially supporting present-day farmers and future experiential farmers. Fans will be amused and entertained by these local celebrity-named pigs – which will feature many of the local, national and world renowned musical stars, business icons and late night talk show hosts you’ve come to love over the years! 

For the weekend, a total of $106 was raised for local nonprofit Celebrate HARVEST through the “bets” that race fans placed (in the form of a donation) on the races. Every dollar donated is matched by Northwest Motorsports, so it was actually $212. A total of 175 “bets” were placed and amy SWINEhouse had the most bets placed on here with 34.

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2021 TPC SERIES RESULTS

Movers & Shakers SWINE presented by WESTSIDE PIZZA WINS SEASON POINTS
#1 Albert EinSWINE 0 0
#2 Tommy HilPIGER 3 3
#3 E-LOIN Musk 3 3
Late Night Talking Head HOGSogs presented by DILLANOS COFFEE ROASTERS WINS SEASON POINTS
#4 david LetterHAM 4 0
#5 jimmy FalLOIN   0 0
#6 conHAM O’Brien 2 0
Musical SWINE Stars  presented by BLAZING BAGELS: WINS SEASON POINTS
#7 jimmy HAMdrix 0 0
#8 SnoopHOG   0 0
#9 amy SWINEhouse 6 6
Wild season gets wilder with four hogs emerging  as competitive candidates for TPC series crown

LetterHAM wins PIGtucky Derby, SWINEhouse stumbles, HilPIGer and ConHAM continue winning 

There is a parity party occurring thus far at PIGlico Downs – site of the Triple PIG Crown racing series at Maris Farms – that’s unrivaled in the 13-year history of this month-long event. Four thoroughHOGs have emerged as viable contenders for the TPC series crown, and there’s really no strong favorite amongst them. 

All four have flourished. All four have faltered. And all four are fired up for what’s ahead for next weekend’s BOARmont Stakes, the second leg of the TPC series (sponsored by Wally’s White River Drive In). 

The surprise of this past weekend, of course, was the incredible showing by david LetterHAM (Dillanos Coffee Roasters) and tommy HilPIGer (Westside Pizza), who were back-and-forth, neck-and-neck in Saturday’s PIGtucky Derby from starting gate to finish line, before LetterHAM inched ahead with less than a foot to go for the victory! Previously undefeated amy SWINEhouse – in her first marquee race showing – finished a distant third after absolutely dominating the qualifying rounds with 7 straight wins. 

“Looks like SWINEhouse might just be a ‘big pig’ in a little pen,” longtime pig race announcer Dennis “PIG Whisperer” Riley noted. “She crushed her (Blazing Bagels sponsored) Musical SWINE Star teammates, but once she was in the big ‘PIG’ dance, under the biggest pressure, she looked dazed and confused. We’ll see how she can recover.” 

For her part, SWINEhouse did win the final Saturday afternoon race to push her total wins to 8, but went unexpectedly winless in three races on Sunday. HilPIGer won 5 out of 6 races over the weekend to push his win total to 8, ConHAM O’Brien won 4 to push his win total to 6 (he wasn’t in the PIGtucky Derby) and LetterHAM won 2 to bring his total wins to 6, including the ONE that really mattered. The PIGtucky Derby win LetterHAM an extra 2 points in the series point run and ties him now with SWINEhouse and HilPIGer at 8. ConHAM has a total of 6 season points. 

“I feel like momentum is on my side at this point,” said an exhausted LetterHAM following Sunday’s final race of the weekend. “But I’m sure the high drama will continue on into the BOARmont Stakes this Saturday – who among us will catch fire at the right time?” 

LetterHAM could actually not even make this weekend’s BOARmont Stakes should he lose to ConHAM in the qualifying round Saturday. That sets up for a very intriguing showdown at noon with the winner of that race joining HilPIGer and SWINEhouse in the BOARmont Stakes. 

Farm visitors who happen upon the weekend races can place bets on the hog(s) they believe will win (qualifying or marquee races), and 100% of those “bets” are donated to the nonprofit, Celebrate HARVEST, whose mission it is to preserve family farms by inspiring and financially supporting present-day farmers and future experiential farmers. 

A total of $235 was raised last weekend for Celebrate HARVEST through the “bets” that race fans placed on the races. That brings the 2-week total to $341. A total of 327 “bets” were placed this weekend (overall total now is 502 tickets) and amy SWINEhouse had the most bets placed on her with 108 on Saturday and Sunday (total now of 142). 

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2021 TPC SERIES RESULTS

Movers & Shakers SWINE presented by WESTSIDE PIZZA WINS SEASON POINTS
#1 Albert EinSWINE 0 0
#2 Tommy HilPIGER 8 8
#3 E-LOIN Musk 3 3
Late Night Talking Head HOGSogs presented by DILLANOS COFFEE ROASTERS WINS SEASON POINTS
#4 david LetterHAM 6 8
#5 jimmy FalLOIN   0 0
#6 conHAM O’Brien 6 6
Musical SWINE Stars  presented by BLAZING BAGELS: WINS SEASON POINTS
#7 jimmy HAMdrix 3 3
#8 SnoopHOG   0 0
#9 amy SWINEhouse 8 8

*Winner of the PIGtucky Derby gets an extra 2 season series points; winner of the BOARmont Stakes earns an extra 3 points; winner of the  SQUEAKness earns an extra 4 points; if any of the competitors wins all three MARQUEE races, they will earn an extra 5 points. 

*And thank you to our many other Triple PIG Crown series supporters, including Molen Orthodontics, Washington Athletic Club, Salish Lodge, Goodwill ORR, Area 253 Glassblowing, Lefty’s Glassblowing and Gillihan Farms (supplier of racing hogs). 

Tommy “H” establishing his dominance while LetterHAM & ConHAM continue their battle; SWINEhouse continues her stumble and HAMdrix is rockin’ and rollin’ his way to the top 

The parity party continues at PIGlico Downs for several of the top thoroughHOGS, except one: tommy HilPIGer! 

The svelt little black spotted red hog has established himself as the clear favorite now to capture the Triple PIG Crown (presented by Wally’s White River Drive In) series’ individual title after a dominant effort this past weekend. Not only did HilPIGer (Movers & Shakers SWINE , sponsored by Westside Pizza) capture the BOARmont Stakes, he swept all six of his races to take a commanding lead in the season series win and points race. He now has 14 wins and 17 points, well ahead of second place david LetterHAM (Late Night Talking Head Hogs, sponsored by Dillanos Coffee Roasters) who has 9 wins and 11 points. 

“I have a flair for fashion, but I’m having a pretty damn good time with this pig racing stuff too,” a confident HilPIGer told a post race press gathering Sunday afternoon after his sixth win of the weekend. “I’ve got some great teammates in the Movers & Shakers SWINE group, and we push each other every week. It’s paying big dividends.” 

The battle still continues between Late Night Talking Head HOGS teammates ConHAM O’brien,(8 wins) and LetterHAM (9 wins). Should ConHAM win the qualifying race on Saturday at noon, he will then take LetterHAM’s spot in the SQUEAKNESS, the third and final leg of the Triple PIG Crown series slated for this Saturday at 2 pm. And it looks as though Amy SWINEhouse’s slide continues along with the parallel rise of her Musical SWINE Stars (sponsored by Blazing Bagels) teammate, Jimmy HAMdrix. SWINEhouse has won just once in the last 7 races she’s raced since losing in the PIGtucky Derby while HAMdrix captured all five of his races this past weekend and 8 straight to pull even with SWINEhouse at 8 wins apiece. If HAMdrix wins the qualifying race on Saturday at noon, he will replace SWINEhouse for her spot in the SQUEAKness. 

“I’m feeling the spirt run through me these days,” HAMdrix explained to the press on Sunday. “I’m ready to take that spot on for the SQUEAKness and show everyone I’m a hog to be rocken’d with.’ 

Interestingly, there are still three racing hogs that have yet to record a “w” this season: albert einSWINE, jimmy FalLOIN and SnoopHOG. They are headed for a showdown in the “best of the worst race” slated for the final Saturday of the season at 2 pm. 

Farm visitors who happen upon the weekend races can place bets on the hog(s) they believe will win (qualifying or marquee races), and 100% of those “bets” are donated to the nonprofit, Celebrate HARVEST, whose mission it is to preserve family farms by inspiring and financially supporting present-day farmers and future experiential farmers. 

A total of $536 was raised last weekend for Celebrate HARVEST through the “bets” that race fans placed on the races. That brings the 3-week total to $771. A total of 644 “bets” were placed this weekend (overall total now is 971) and amy tommy HilPIGer had the most bets placed on him on Saturday and Sunday with 164 (total now is 266 for HilPIGer, most among all thoroughHOGS; SWINEhouse has 237) 

HilPIGer

*Winner of the PIGtucky Derby gets an extra 2 points; winner of the BOARmont Stakes earns an extra 3 points; winner of the SQUEAKnessearns an extra 4 points; if any of the competitors wins all three MARQUEE races, they will earn an extra 5 points. 

*And thank you to our many other Triple PIG Crown series supporters, including Molen Orthodontics, Washington Athletic Club, Salish Lodge, Goodwill ORR, Area 253 Glassblowing, Lefty’s Glassblowing and Gillihan Farms (supplier of racing hogs). 

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2021 TPC SERIES RESULTS

Movers & Shakers SWINE presented by WESTSIDE PIZZA WINS SEASON POINTS
#1 Albert EinSWINE 0 0
#2 Tommy HilPIGER 14 17
#3 E-LOIN Musk 3 3
Late Night Talking Head HOGSogs presented by DILLANOS COFFEE ROASTERS WINS SEASON POINTS
#4 david LetterHAM 9 11
#5 jimmy FalLOIN   0 0
#6 conHAM O’Brien 8 8
Musical SWINE Stars  presented by BLAZING BAGELS: WINS SEASON POINTS
#7 jimmy HAMdrix 8 8
#8 SnoopHOG   0 0
#9 amy SWINEhouse 8 8

*Winner of the PIGtucky Derby gets an extra 2 season series points; winner of the BOARmont Stakes earns an extra 3 points; winner of the  SQUEAKness earns an extra 4 points; if any of the competitors wins all three MARQUEE races, they will earn an extra 5 points. 

*And thank you to our many other Triple PIG Crown series supporters, including Molen Orthodontics, Washington Athletic Club, Salish Lodge, Goodwill ORR, Area 253 Glassblowing, Lefty’s Glassblowing and Gillihan Farms (supplier of racing hogs). 

Triple ‘PIG’ Crown series, new event partner return to Maris Farms after ‘HAMdemic’ hiatus 

Playful pigs vie for a shot at coveted TPC title and a new nonprofit – Celebrate HARVEST – will benefit

A fresh, fast and beautiful batch of racing pigs will embark on a month-long battle to be crowned “Top HOG” at Maris Farms for the 13th season this October after a one-year hiatus due to the ‘HAMdemic’ that was Covid 19 in 2020.

The always seasoned batch of event and pig group sponsors are back again to support them when the Buckley farm hosts its now infamous Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series, presented by Wally’s White River Drive In, starting the weekend of Oct. 2 & 3. In the spirit of horse racing’s famous Triple Crown series, 9 piglets will vie (through qualifying races throughout the month) for one of four spots in 3 marquee races – the PIGtucky Derby (Oct. 9th, 2 pm), the BOARmont Stakes (Oct. 16th, 2 pm) and the SQUEAKness (Oct. 23rd, 2 pm) – and try to become this season’s premier porcine at PIGlico Downs. 

Farm visitors who happen upon the weekend races can place bets on the hog(s) they believe will win (qualifying or marquee races), and 100% of those “bets” are donated to the nonprofit, Celebrate HARVEST, whose mission it is to preserve family farms by inspiring and financially supporting present-day farmers and future experiential farmers. Fans will be amused and entertained by these local celebrity-named pigs – which will feature many of the local, national and world renowned musical stars, business icons and late night talk show hosts you’ve come to love over the years! 

The Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series is pleased to have Wally’s White River Drive-In of Buckley back as the title sponsor – along with three ‘race group’ sponsors – Blazing Bagels, Dillanos Coffee Roasters and Westside Pizza. These sponsors’ financial and in-kind contributions help defer the costs associated with putting on the 5-week race event as well as providing prizes for those race fans who “bet” on and pick race winners. The event receives financial and in-kind donations from several other partners as well, including Gillihan Farms in Eatonville, Molen Orthodontics and the Washington Athletic Club.

To date, the racing series has raised close to $29,000 for charity (more than $23,000 over its first 9 years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a little more than $5,900 for Seattle Children’s Hospital from 2016 to 2019), event coordinator Steve Templeman claims. 

The 2021 Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series, presented by Wally’s White River Drive In, features the following three racing groups and their corresponding sponsors: 

Movers & Shakers SWINES, presented by Westside Pizza – #1 Albert EinSWINE, #2 Tommy HilPIGer, #3 E-LOIN Musk 

Late Night Talking Heads, presented by DILLANOS COFFEE ROASTERS – #4 david LetterHAM, #5 jimmy falLOIN, #6 ConHAM O’Brien

Musical Stars, presented by BLAZING BAGELS – #7 jimmy HAMdrix, #8 SnoopHOG, #9 amy SWINEhouse  

About Celebrate HARVEST (Helping Agriculture Reimagine Via Entertainment, Scholarships & Tourism)

Celebrate HARVEST is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to preserve traditional family farms by promoting and supporting experiential farming, also known as agritainment – it’s Farming Reimagined. Celebrate HARVEST is also committed to inspiring youth to pursue the agritainment profession via continuing education awards for those wanting to pursue some aspect of experiential farming as well as funding of field trips to experiential farms for underserved students/schools. It also helps fund/build/manage non-traditional farming events/activities at experiential farms as a means of adding to the farms appeal and a potential fund-raising event/activity for Celebrate HARVEST.

About the Pig Races 

The Triple PIG Crown Racing series at Maris Farms is one such non-traditional farming event/activity. It is a 5-weekend pig racing series that Celebrate HARVEST funds and manages to raise money for the field trips and continuing education awards, but it also helps Maris Farms create a fun and interesting non-traditional farming event/activity for its guests.

We’ve patterned this event/activity after the Triple Crown horse racing series with 24 qualifying races and 3 marquee ones – The PIGtucky Derby, The BOARmont Stakes and The SQUEAKness. Money is raised by 1) selling sponsorships to/for the event and 2) giving race fans the opportunity to bet/donate on each race and earn prizes should their pig(s) win the race. The prizes are bigger and better for the marquee races and so people tend to bet/donate more. All prizes are provided by sponsors and include things like restaurant gift cards, coffee gift cards, sponsors’ swag, Maris Farms swag, gift shop and food coupons, overnight stays at great hotels and resorts, etc. 

The Triple PIG Crown racing series gets a lot of attention both on and off the farm as the media is sent weekly press releases and is often featured on local radio shows and print publications. It’s covered like an actual sporting event and our sponsors get plenty of exposure both at the farm itself and with the general public. On a small round track near the animal barn, several races will occur during the course of a weekend day. Prior to each racing session (3 races per session, 3 sessions per day), racing fans can make donations of $1 (1 ticket) or $5 (6 tickets) and pick a pig they feel will win that race. ALL BETTORS/DONORS earn a special “pignostication” pig nose for their contribution. ALL DONATIONS will go to Celebrate HARVEST. All bettors/donators also receive a numbered raffle ticket – they keep half and put the other half in the betting slot of their “chosen” winner. At the end of the race, the announcer will draw a name from the “winning” pig’s slot, and that individual will win a prize from one of our sponsors. Ninety races are scheduled over the course of the 5-weekend racing series – 3 sessions at 3 races/session each Saturday and Sunday.  

PIG RACE SPONSORSHIPS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR CELEBRATE HARVEST AS WELL:

Exposure to customers occurs inside & outside of the pig/animal barn and during our three sessions of racing on Saturday and Sunday during the entire month of October. Exposure also occurs with any partnering radio station’s web site and with weekly updates and photos of each pig in uniform, weekly press releases beginning in mid-September and lasting through the month of October that go out to all local newspaper, radio and tv affiliates as well as on the Celebrate HARVEST and Maris Farms web sites and Facebook pages; Participating sponsors will also be exposed on all printed materials that are posted at the farm and within the community talking about the event. All sponsors are expected to participate in prize contributions as well.

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