Dr. John Traber and Murdock MacPherson were among the honorees during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s awards and 2010 Washington champions banquet Feb. 19 at Emerald Downs. More than 200 people attended the event.
Traber, a veterinarian, received the S.J. Agnew Special Achievement Award and MacPherson received the second WHBPA/WTBOA Special Recognition Award for his years of service to horsemen.
Noosa Beach, winner of the 2010 Longacres Mile (gr. III), was honored as the Washington Horse of the Year and champion older male. Noosa Beach was bred and is owned by Jeff and Doris Harwood. The 5-year-old gelded son of Harbor the Gold has been a state champion in each of his three seasons of racing. Noosa Beach is trained by Doris Harwood, who was given a special training achievement award, her third accolade in the past four years.
The other champions were Atta Boy Roy , sprinter; Reba Is Tops, turf horse; Zenovit, overall 3-year-old and 3-year-old filly; Slew the Man, 3-year-old male; Couldabenthewhisky, overall 2-year-old and 2-year-male; and Lady Golightly, 2-year-old filly.
Also recognized were Demon Warlock, leading freshman sire; Matty G, leading sire; Windsong Maria, Broodmare of the Year; Bijou Barrister, Plater of the Year; and Sis's Sis, Most Improved Player of the Year.
Other honorees were Nina and Ron Hagen of El Dorado Farms, leading breeders by Washington-bred money won; R.E.V. Racing (Roy and Ellie Schaefer), leading owner by Washington-bred money won; Rich Moore and Nick Rousso, Mark Kaufman Media Awards; Bonnie Jenne and Darrell LaFrance, special racetrack achievement awards; Jill Hallin, special service award; and Melissa Wenzel and Josh Riley, Willing Hearts Awards.
Recognized for their auction-related achievements were an English Channel – Time for Magic filly, highest-priced WTBOA-sold yearling filly in 2010 ($80,000); a Harbor the Gold – Miss Slewette colt, highest-priced WTBOA-sold yearling colt in 2010 ($56,000); Couldabenthewhisky, best WTBOA-sold 2-year-old performer in 2010; Smiling Tiger , best WTBOA-sold 3-year-old performer in 2010.