After a run of three straight stakes wins, Rockingham Ranch's California Diamond will wade into graded stakes waters for the first time Nov. 19 in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar.
A Harbor the Gold yearling colt led trade Aug. 23 at Emerald Downs during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale. The yearling session saw the average down a bit but a significant gain in median.
Offspring of 1996 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Grindstone took three stakes, including the co-featured events for 2-year-olds, on Oregon Championship Day for state-breds Dec. 14 at Portland Meadows.
Average yearling prices at the 2013 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale Aug. 20 increased 33.6% over 2012.
Two of Emerald Downs' all-time greats--Noosa Beach and jockey Ricky Frazier--will be honored in a joint retirement ceremony at the Seattle-area track July 3.
A full brother to two-time Washington State Horse of the Year Noosa Beach was sold for $55,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale.
Trainer Doris Harwood and owner Jeff Harwood have decided to send Noosa Beach home to their Auburn, Wash., ranch while they contemplate the future of their star gelding.
Favored Noosa Beach proved to be too tough for his 11 rivals in the Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 22, winning for the fifth time in six starts at Emerald Downs this year.
The Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the state's champions of 2009 at the annual awards banquet March 13.
This is the seventh in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. Times are changing, and big-name trainers are looking for Derby horses wherever they can find them. Despite his usual abundance of promising colts, Bob Baffert already has added two new horses.
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