The Munnings colt Barkley did everything he could to remain undefeated, but the improving Sky Mesa gelding Opportunistic just got the better of him in the $75,100 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds July 31 at the Washington racetrack.
Longtime Washington Thoroughbred owner and renowned businessman/politician Harley H. Hoppe died May 13 at his home on Mercer Island.
Racing will get underway Friday at Emerald Downs with 62 horses entered for the eight-race card.
The Washington Racing Hall of Fame has released its annual list of finalists for the state's highest honor in Thoroughbred racing.
Trainer Howard Belvoir has been named the 2010 winner of the Martin Durkan Award and will be honored in a special ceremony Sept. 25 at Emerald Downs.
Gallant Son makes his long-awaited return to the northwest as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $250,000 Longaces Mile (gr. III) at Emerald Downs Aug. 22.
Tice Ranch Stables' Assessment overcame the unenviable 12 post and took advantage of a hot pace to win the $294,375 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 16, handing trainer Howard Belvoir his second straight victory in Emerald Downs' most prestigious event.
Wasserman and The Great Face, the last two winners of the Longacres Mile (gr. III), were on the track Feb 2 as Emerald Downs opened for training in advance of the 2009 racing season.
Longacres Mile (gr. III) winner Wasserman has been turned out at Coal Creek Farm in Enumclaw, Wash., and won't race in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
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.
The executive committee of the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association has hired Duane Belvoir to replace general manager Ralph Vacca, who is retiring after 46 years with the WTBA. Vacca has been the association's general manager since 1970.
At her high desert ranch, Dalene Knight can't help but dream of a white-hot year. That's white like the snow that dusts her Painted Desert Farm near Redmond in eastern Oregon. And white like the Thoroughbreds that run in her fields.
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