Harris, Frazier Lead 2014 Washingon HOF Class

Harris, Frazier Lead 2014 Washingon HOF Class
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Chum Salmon

Trainer Ben Harris and jockey Ricky Frazier head a stellar group of 2014 Washington Racing Hall of Fame inductees, Emerald Downs announced.

Chum Salmon, winner of seven stakes including a last-to-first victory in the 1985 Longacres Mile, was elected in the male horse category, and Delicate Vine, the 1986 Washington Horse of the Year and a triple graded winner, won the filly and mare division.

William and Barbara Nelson Jr., breeder of four Washington state champions, will be inducted in the breeding division.

The Washington Racing Hall of Fame’s 12th annual induction ceremony is Aug. 16, in the Emerald Room following the day’s races.

Frazier becomes the second jockey to make the Hall of Fame based mainly on accomplishments at Emerald Downs. A native of Arkansas, Frazierwho celebrates his 50th birthday July 23produced one of the most dominant runs in state history, winning five titles in a seven-season span ( 2004-10) that included two Longacres Mile victories. In 2007, Frazier set track records with 157 wins and more than $1.6 million in earnings, and also finished first with 12 stakes wins. Frazier won 3,469 races and $42,206,290 in total purse earnings during a career that included riding titles at Sam Houston Race Park, Retama Park, Louisiana Downs, Delaware Park, and Fresno.

A native of tiny Satus, Wash., Harris was the only trainer in Longacres’ 59-year history to win four straight training titles, including the 1991 meet when his 93 wins shattered the single-season record.  Harris also won four training titles at Yakima Meadows, and his 31 Longacres stakes wins rank ninth all-time. Major clients included the late George Layman Jr. and Dr. John Furukawa.

Chum Salmon, a 1980 Washington-bred by Gaelic DancerSaree, is considered one of the most exciting runners in state history. Trained by Larry Ross and owned by Chum Salmon Stable, the dark bay or brown horse was 13-of-29 in his career and earned $388,195. His deep closing style produced one of the most electrifying rallies in Longacres Mile history, as the field’s lone Washington-bred inhaled a star-studded group for a $19.20 upset in the 1985 renewal of the Northwest’s greatest race.

Delicate Vine, a 1984 Washington-bred by Knight’s ChoiceFool’s Miss, was one of the nation’s top 2-year-old fillies of 1986. Bred by DanDar Farm, trained by Bobby Frankel, and owned by Frankel, Greg Alsdorf, and Jerry and Ann Moss, Delicate Vine showcased her talents across America, winning the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. I) at Arlington Park, the Sorority (gr. II) at Monmouth Park, and the Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

William and Barbara Nelson Jr. owned Gunshy Manor, a 165-acre breeding farm in Redmond, located across Lake Washington east of Seattle. The Nelsons bred Washington champions Prince Joda, Favored One, Norm’s Nephew, and Margo’s Gift. Although both are deceased, the Nelson legacy lives on as Favored One’s granddaughter, Lexie Lou, defeated 14 male colts in the 2014 Queen’s Plate.

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