Washington horseplayers will be able to bet by phone or over the Internet under a new law signed by Gov. Gary Locke on Thursday.
A bill that would allow account wagering by residents of Washington State passed the state's House of Representatives on March 4 79-17 and yesterday passed the Senate 38-10. Senate Bill 6281 now heads to Gov. Gary Locke for his signature.
Playfair's racing days could be over for good. The 65-acre property that includes the track near Spokane, Wash., is listed for sale for $7 million and all of its contents and equipment--starting gate, tractors, seating, and more--will be auctioned March 4.
Jon White, host of daily live Thoroughbred racing coverage for HorseRacing TV, will receive the Mark Kaufman Media Award at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders' Association awards banquet Feb. 15 "for his excellence in promoting the Washington Thoroughbred industry and Emerald Downs for 2003."
Emerald Downs director of racing Grant Holcomb is resigning, vice president Jack Hodge announced Oct. 21.
Emerald Downs wrapped up its 92-day meeting Monday with dips in both on-track and overall handle over 2002.
Juan Gutierrez became the first rider in Emerald Downs' history to win three stakes in a single day on Sunday.
Handy N Bold, a 10-time stakes winner at Emerald Downs, was officially retired on Sunday.
The owner of Playfair Race Course in Washington said a proposed tax increase is behind his plan to cancel live racing in 2003.
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe completed purchase of the158 acres on which Emerald Downs racetrack sits, according to the Seattle Daily Journal.
Michele Blanco was elected president of the Turf Publicists of America. The group also elected a full set of officers at its meeting in Tucson, Ariz.
Two separate horsemen's groups representing Playfair Race Course appeared at a Washington Horse Racing Commission meeting on Wednesday, preventing the commission from granting any of the 40 requested racing dates to the track.
Emerald Downs' biggest competitor will soon own the track's 157-acre property. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has agreed to purchase the land where the 6-year-old racetrack sits.
Business was steady on several fronts at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's summer yearling sale, which was held at Emerald Downs on Tuesday.
Longshot Sabertooth took command early and was never headed while winning the $250,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) by two lengths in an outstanding time of 1:34 3/5 Sunday at Emerald Downs.
While California has worried about declining field sizes for about two years, Santa Anita Park has created hope this year by attracting 20% more starters per race in its first two weeks. On the East Coast, however, average field size has gone from boom to bust. Gulfstream Park came out of its 2001 season with an 8.2% increase in average starters per race, but this year field size lagged 18% during the first week of racing.
Robert Resoff, a partner in Emerald Downs Racetrack in Washington state and a pioneer in the Northwest seafood business, died Sunday at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He was 85.
A yearling colt by Devil's Bag sold to Bill Feeley of Roscoe, Mont., for $37,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's winter mixed sale on Sunday. Produced from the 10-year-old Greinton mare No Extra Charge, the chestnut colt is a half-brother to Melcapwalker (by Skywalker), winner of this year's Emerald Express Stakes at Emerald Downs. The consignor was Bella Bloodstock, who was acting on the behalf of Northwest Farms.
California-bred Irisheyesareflying tracked pacesetter Handy N Bold through moderate fractions, then drew away from that rival in the stretch to win Sunday's $250,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) at Emerald Downs.
Ted Martin, general manager of the nonprofit organization that manages Spokane's Playfair Race Course, has died at age 67.
After seven horses died in a 19-day period this spring at Emerald Downs, the racetrack opted to create a task force to evaluate the deaths, and to see if similar injuries could be prevented in the future. Detailed soil and track assessments, as well as input from industry members and groups, indicated the track itself is in good shape, and the injuries were unrelated.
Hastings Park and Emerald Downs racetracks announced the inaugural staging of the Can-Am Jockey Challenge.
Emerald Downs has come under scrutiny because seven horses at the Seattle-area racetrack -- six during a two-week period from April 20-May 4 -- were euthanized. Though the number is lower than the historical average, a task force is evaluating the incidents in the hope of reducing the number of catastrophic injuries.
Emerald Downs reopened for simulcasting Thursday morning following a Wednesday earthquake. The quake, which was measured at a magnitude of 7.0, was centered about 35 miles southwest of Seattle.
Homestretch Farm's locally based Washington-bred Edneator earned his third career victory by setting a blazing early pace and holding on to win the $250,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths over 2-1 favorite Big Ten Sunday at Emerald Downs.
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