The Rolapp Award was presented April 19 to Congressman Jim McCrery of Louisiana for his outstanding support of the horse industry.
With a large increase in the number of horse owners that supplied information, a new economic impact study for the horse industry, the first in almost 10 years, is expected to be more statistically reliable than its 1996 counterpart.
Bills have been introduced in the Senate and House to help resolve the problem of a cap on foreign workers.
Demon Warlock was named 2004 Washington-bred horse of the year Saturday.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has altered the roles of several staff members to reflect priorities for 2005 as well as its long-term strategy, commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. said in a Dec. 20 release. The changes take effect Jan. 1.
Secret Flame, a yearling daughter of General Meeting, brought the top price of $40,000 during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) winter mixed sale Sunday at Emerald Downs.
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.
A measure that would repeal the 30% alien withholding tax and allow the pari-mutuel industry to further export racing to foreign markets was approved by the U.S. Senate Monday, Oct. 11.
The American Horse Council said about 160,000 postcard invitations have been distributed asking people to participate in the update of the national economic impact study of the horse industry.
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.
Starlet of Seattle, a daughter of Slewdledo, brought the top price of $92,000 Tuesday during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) summer yearling sale at Emerald Downs.
Emerald Downs is experiencing a boost in daily purses and an extension of its 2005 racing season because of a $1.69-million investment by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, which owns the land beneath the Auburn, Wash., racetrack and operates a nearby casino.
Jockey Russell Baze, trainer Charlie Whittingham, breeder George Drumheller, and horses Saratoga Passage and Turbulator are the 2004 inductees to the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
The Muckleshoot Indian tribe of Washington will invest $1.6 million in purses and a vocational training program at Emerald Downs through 2005 in a partnership agreement announced by the track Aug. 12.
Due to unsafe track conditions caused by heavy rain, Emerald Downs canceled live racing following the first race on
TVG posted the highest quarterly handle in company history for the quarter that ended June 30, Ryan O'Hara, TVG president announced Friday. Keys to the second quarter figures were record wagering of $5.2 million on Kentucky Derby day (May 1) and $3.2 million on Belmont Stakes day (June 5).
A trio of national hall of fame members – jockeys Johnny Adams, Russell Baze and Alberto Johnson – are among the list of nominees for the 2004 Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame were released on Thursday.
The United States House of Representatives June 17 passed the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, another step toward possible repeal of the 30% withholding tax on pari-mutuel winnings by foreign bettors on U.S. races.
TVG and Emerald Downs said June 10 they have signed a multi-year agreement for the exclusive television and account wagering rights to Emerald Downs' races.
Following the spate of longshot winners of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep races this season, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on trainer Mike Puhich and That's an Outrage in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
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."
Washington stallion and millionaire Desert Wine, who ran second in the 1983 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at Gary and Christine Jackson's St. Hilaire Farm near Yakima.
Emerald Downs director of racing Grant Holcomb is resigning, vice president Jack Hodge announced Oct. 21.
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's summer yearling sale recorded small increases in gross revenue and median price Tuesday.
L.L. "Packy" McMurry, who spent his entire life involved in the Thoroughbred industry in Washington, died Aug. 9. He was 76.
Playfair Race Course, which was to have opened in September for its first live meet since 2000, will not operate for simulcasting or hold its live meet.
Eric Nelson, the current operator of Playfair Race Course, has apparently shut down simulcasting at the track near Spokane, Wash., for two weeks. According to a story in Wednesday's local paper, the Spokesman-Review, Nelson said it's a "cooling off period."
The owner of Playfair Race Course in Washington said a proposed tax increase is behind his plan to cancel live racing in 2003.
Sabertooth, winner of the 67th running of Longacres Mile
(gr. III), was named 2002 Washington-bred horse of the year
Patrick LePley, chairman of Washington's Horse Racing Commission, resigned the week of Jan. 15. The commission has been under attack since late December when Gov. Gary Locke included its reorganization in his proposed budget.
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe completed purchase of the158 acres on which Emerald Downs racetrack sits, according to the Seattle Daily Journal.
The Washington Horse Racing Commission granted Playfair 40 live racing dates for 2003.
Legislation to abolish the Washington Horse Racing Commission and divide its responsibilities between the gambling commission and the state Department of Agriculture has been filed in the state Senate.
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.
Eric Nelson wants to return Playfair Race Course near Spokane, Wash., to its "glory days." On Oct. 31 the Washington Horse Racing Commission gave Nelson the go-ahead to start that process by granting him an operating license.
Eric Nelson, the new operator of Playfair race course near Spokane, Wash., is considering racing options for Yakima Meadows, a track about 200 miles southwest of Spokane.
Playfair could open as soon as 2003; Andy Stronach interested in building turf track near Canadian border.
The world in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will provide the backdrop for the American Horse Council convention April 6-9 in Washington, D.C. The official theme for the convention is "2002...A World Changed."
The congressional caucus for the horse racing industry was scheduled to hold its first meeting of the year March 6 in Washington, D.C. Among the issues on the table is the 2001 Farm Bill, which was in conference committee as of March 4.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Good things happened to the horse industry in Washington the same year it spent more on lobbying.
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.
Magna Entertainment and the Environmental Protection Agency have struck a deal that will allow Portland Meadows in Oregon to offer live racing this fall and winter.
Ted Martin, general manager of the nonprofit organization that manages Spokane's Playfair Race Course, has died at age 67.
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