Noosa Beach was honored as the 2011 Washington Horse of the Year and a champion in two other divisions at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association awards banquet at Emerald Downs Feb. 18.
Not since 1982-83 when the Chinook Pass was named back-to-back Horse of the Year has a Washington-bred runner been so honored. Noosa Beach was bred and races for Jeffrey and Doris Harwood, and is trained by Doris. The now 6-year-old is a 12-time stakes winner and holds the distinction of being named champion in each of his four racing seasons. Noosa Beach also took 2011 champion sprinter and handicap honors.
The older filly and mare title went to brothers Jack and Ivor Jones’ homebred Point of Reference, a granddaughter of their two-time champion Runaway Stevie.
For the third year in a row, Gordon Jarnig, Ken Marshall, and Eric Schweiger’s Reba Is Tops earned top turf honors.
Ron and Rosalie Warren (R and R Warren LLC) race Jebrica, who took 3-year-old honors after winning the Emerald Derby and later defeating older runners in the British Columbia Premier’s Handicap. The Warrens were also the leading owner of Washington-bred earners for the year.
Three-year-old filly honors went to Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella’s three-time stakes winner Castinette Dancer.
Will This One Do Stables’ Talk to My Lawyer, who broke her maiden in the Gottstein Futurity, was named champion juvenile and 2-year-old filly. Talk to My Lawyer is a third generation Washington champion as her dam, Infernal McGoon, was the state’s top older filly in 2003 and her granddam, Flame McGoon, was the state’s best 2-year-old filly of 1988.
Two-year-old colt or gelding honors went to Michael and Amy Feuerborn’s first Washington homebred Chu and I.
Gibson Thoroughbred Farm’s Parker's Storm Cat was the state’s leading sire in 2011 with over $1.9-million in offspring earnings, and El Dorado Farm LLC’s Raise the Bluff was the year’s leading freshman sire.
Rick and Debbie Pabst’s Blue Ribbon Farm, who bred champion Jebrica, stakes winner Sweet Nellie Brown, as well as four other 2011 stakes-placed runners, were named breeders of the year, and their outstanding broodmare Peaceful Wings, dam of Jebrica and five other stakes horses from her 11 starters and winners, was named broodmare of the year.
Late industry leader and horseman Richard Hitchcock was recognized for his many contributions with the WTBOA/WHPBA Special Recognition Award.
Mike Seely, editor-in-chief of The Seattle Weekly received the Mark Kaufman Media Award.
Trainers Chris Stenslie and Margo Lloyd were given special racetrack achievement awards, as was Lisa Baze and Jerry Carmody’s West Seattle Boy, Emerald Downs’ all-time race winner with 21 wins.
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