The Washington Horse Racing Commission approved a 91-day season of live racing for Emerald Downs in 2009 at its Dec. 11 meeting.
Aubrey Villyard, a long-time Thoroughbred trainer in Washington State, died Dec. 9 after a long battle with leukemia. Mr. Villyard was 67.
Horse racing's problems, what its future could be, and a call to positive action figured prominently at the recent International Simulcast Conference in Florida.
Washington-breds will be out in force Sept. 14 at Emerald Downs as the track features Washington Cup VI -- a series of seven races worth $350,000 in purses.
Dennis Dodge, 62, the longtime Daily Racing Form columnist/handicapper in the Northwest, died suddenly on the evening of Sept. 9 due to an apparent heart failure in Seattle.
A Cherokee Run filly sold for $92,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association yearling sale Sept. 2 at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs.
The 42nd annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association Summer Yearling Sale will be held Sept. 2.
Northwestern jockey Sandi Gann announced her retirement Aug. 29. She is the first woman to win a riding title at Turf Paradise.
It was a great day for Washington racing and breeding, as fan favorite Wasserman defeated Canadian invader True Metropolitan and Southern California-based favorite Tropic Storm in a three-horse blanket finish in the $300,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) at Emerald Downs Aug. 17.
California shipper Tropic Storm, graded stakes-placed in his last two efforts, was installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $300,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 17 at Emerald Downs.
Emerald Downs, a Breeders' Cup Challenge partner, will host a Hats and Heels Day to benefit The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Puget Sound Affiliate on Washington Oaks Day at Emerald Downs, Aug. 16, in advance of the Aug. 17 Longacres Mile, a Breeders' Cup Challenge race.
Breeders' Cup announced the launch of its first fantasy sports game, the Breeders' Cup Fantasy Challenge. The Breeders' Cup Fantasy Challenge coincided with the Breeders' Cup Challenge that began July 5.
The $300,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III), the Emerald Downs' centerpiece for a 35-race stakes schedule set for the 2008 season, will be run Aug. 17.
The Washington Horse Racing Commission approved a 91-day season of live racing for Emerald Downs in 2008 during its meeting Dec. 13.
Hector Ventura Jr., a former jockey at Emerald Downs racetrack, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, according to a spokesman from the Auburn Police Department.
Despite being listed at 30-1 on the morning line and never having competed in a graded stakes event, Smarty Deb is anything but a Cinderella story for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Ralph Vacca is leaving the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association at the end of the year after more than 40 years of service.
The median price rose Tuesday during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association summer yearing sale, but the gross revenue and average price suffered setbacks.
Ricky Frazier rode five winners on the Saturday card at Emerald Downs including the feature race aboard Retreat After Me.
The Longacres Mile (gr. III), the most important race in the Pacific Northwest since its inception in 1935, will be sponsored by TVG in 2007 and include Breeders' Cup incentives with a record $400,000 purse.
Jockey Kevin Radke suffered five broken ribs, a fractured collarbone, and a punctured lung at Emerald Downs Friday night when his mount Shady Unlimited threw him into the paddock fence prior to the fifth race.
The Great Face made Emerald Downs' opening night of racing for 2007 one to remember when he tied the world record for 5 1/2 furlongs in the feature race on April 20.
Paul Ryneveld was named equine manager at Fairplex and will oversee the Los Angeles County Fair facility's live race meet, simulcast operation and training program beginning on March 19.
TVG, in partnership with Emerald Downs, will air 15 live racing events from Japan in 2007 concluding with the presentation of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 24.
The purse for the 72nd running of the Longacres Mile (gr. III) on Aug. 19 gets a $50,000 increase to $300,000, highlighting for the 2007 Emerald Downs stakes schedule.
Emerald Downs was approved for a 91-day live racing season by the Washington Horse Racing Commission Jan. 11. Opening day will be on April 20.
Average daily handle for the Emerald Downs' meet that ended Oct. 1 was virtually unchanged over the previous year, the Auburn, Wash. track has reported.
Emerald Downs' all-time leading rider Gallyn Mitchell returned to the saddle on Friday night, less than a day after he was thrown to the track in a dramatic fall during the fourth race on Thursday.
Irene's Bonus Baby held off stablemate Cascade Rose to win the premier 2-year-old filly race of the Emerald Downs meet, the $100,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes.
Inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in 1971, jockey Albert Johnson is among the 2006 inductees to the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Enshrined alongside Johnson this year is the horse Sir William, trainer Francis Keller, and breeder C J Sebastian.
Halonator's nine-race winning streak ended Saturday when Hastings Park shipper April Foolish captured the day's feature event at at Emerald Downs.
Jockey Kate Repp is believed to have broken two bones in her left ankle after she was thrown from her mount, Call Me Gracie, after the fourth race on Saturday at Emerald Downs.
Due to a power outage in the Auburn, Was. area, live racing at Emerald Downs was canceled April 29th.
Washington is introducing live scan fingerprint technology to the pari-mutuel industry as state racing commission officials begin to process the applications of owners, trainers, jockeys and other personnel for the opening of Emerald Downs' live Thoroughbred meet April 21.
TVG is expanding its live coverage from Japan in 2006 in partnership with Emerald Downs, and will air 14 programs, beginning Feb. 18 and concluding with the presentation of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) Nov. 25.
The Race For Education board of directors voted to award $350,000 in scholarship money this year to young people in the equine industry, bringing the 4-year-old organization's total scholarship awards to $1,044,000.
Business was down during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's winter mixed sale Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Emerald Downs closed its 2005 race meet Oct. 16 with record increases in both handle and purses, making it the most successful year in the track's 10-year history.
In the two months since common pool pari-mutuel wagering with Canada was first introduced at Emerald Downs and Arlington Park, both tracks have seen significant increases in handle from Canada.
TVG will present six live racing telecasts from Japan beginning Sept. 10 as part of an agreement between TVG and the Japan Racing Association (JRA) granting TVG exclusive Japanese racing telecast and advanced deposit wagering rights in the U.S. Racing will air from 10 p.m.-midnight PT.
Emerald Downs' Harley H. Hoppe & Associates Marathon Championship Series continued Friday night with a 1 1/4–mile record-setting win by Itstufftobegood.
Emerald Downs will become the first Thoroughbred track in the United States to conduct common pool pari-mutuel wagering with Canada on Thursday evening.
Kevin Radke, a regular among the Emerald Downs riding colony is getting cloeer to returning to action after 15 months on the sidelines due to a shattered wrist suffered in a bad fall.
This game has sprinters, routers, speed horses, and stalkers. We've seen those with blistering speed and others who have used their superior tracking abilities. There are those who come from off the pace to get up in the nick of time, and others who come from so far off the pace they usually leave us wondering how they made up so much ground. Then, there's Fred. OK, Tissington.
Sabertooth made a majestic return to the winner's circle by setting a world record of 1:13 for 6 1/2 furlongs in winning the $40,000 FSN Handicap Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Dashing Lady won the feature race during a rainy night at Emerald Downs and gave Donna Hannity the first training victory of her career.
Barbara Shinpoch, former chair on the Washington Horse Racing Commission, died March 9 due to recent complications from a lengthy illness. Shinpoch was 72.
Voters in Washington state rejected an initiative that would have allowed the expansion of electronic slot machines--only permitted in tribal casinos--to other locations, including Emerald Downs. But a top track official said it's the best thing that could have happened.
XpressBet received a license from the Washington Horse Racing Commission to become the second authorized advance deposit wagering provider in the state Oct. 14.
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) was trying to find new homes for 22 horses Wednesday that had been listed as sold during the organization's summer yearling sale the previous day.
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