The Washington Thoroughbred industry's annual salute to its year-end champions took place Feb. 27 with Stryker Phd honored as Washington horse of the year for the second straight year.
Buoyed by larger fields and increased purses, daily average handle increased 10.7% at the 70-day Emerald Downs' meeting that concluded Sept. 27.
Tested the length of the stretch by Noosito, Stryker Phd showed his mettle with a hard-fought three-quarter length victory in 1:40.75 for 1 1/16 miles.
Stryker Phd closed with a huge rally and soared clear to victory in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16 at Emerald Downs, taking his home state's marquee race for a second year in a row.
With two straight stakes wins at Emerald Downs, local star Stryker Phd appears poised to defend his title in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16.
After a sensational 2014 season at Emerald Downs, where he won in a trio of stakes, including the Longacres Mile (gr. III), Mona and Jim Hour's Stryker Phd has garnered honors as Washington's Horse of the Year.
Swung six wide into the stretch, lightly regarded Pepper Crown uncoiled a torrid outside rally and won the $100,315 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) going away as the longest shot in the field Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Mona Hour's Longacres Mile (gr. III) winner Stryker Phd heads a group of nine entered for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Larry D. Ross sent out his 1,000th winner Aug. 30 when Just Like Uptown romped to a 6 3/4-length triumph in the fifth race at Emerald Downs.
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd unleashed his usual rally from far back to post a game half-length victory over Boyett in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 24 at Emerald Downs.
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd, a 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Bertrando, is the 121-pound highweight and 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 24 Longacres Mile (gr. III)at Emerald Downs.
Bruce and Cass Maller's Highlander Racing Stables mare E Z Kitty took home 2013 Horse of the Year honors at the Washington champions annual awards banquet held Feb. 22 at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.
Multiple grade III winner Title Contender could continue his recent success in Canada Oct. 14 at Hastings Race Course, when he goes up against eight others in the $100,000 British Columbia Premier's Handicap (Can-III).
The 5-year-old British Columbia-bred gelding wins his first graded stakes in the Emerald Downs feature. He has now won 10 races in 13 lifetime starts.
A full field of 12 is entered in the 78th renewal of the Northwest's most prestigious race, the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) at Emerald Downs Aug. 18.
One of the better sprints of the 2013 season is on tap in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) June 29 at Betfair Hollywood Park, featuring defending champ Camp Victory, Comma to the Top, and Jimmy Creed.
Hudson Landing, who captured the 2012 All American Stakes (gr. III) by a nose over Control Seeker last fall, will try to repeat for trainer Blaine Wright and owner Jared Chappell at Golden Gate Fields on Memorial Day May 27.
Liaison returns to the scene of the biggest victory of his career when he battles six other well-matched older horses at Betfair Hollywood Park in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) May 4.
Emerald Downs, the Northwest's premier racing venue near Seattle, Wash., springs back into action for its 18th season on the evening of April 19.
Idle since he was well beaten in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25, Liaison came back running in the $71,500 Santana Mile March 31, defeating favored Midnight Transfer by a half-length at Santa Anita Park.
In his first race in more than seven years, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens felt the thrill of being in front heading for the wire. But the exhilaration was short-lived as his mount Jebrica was passed in deep stretch.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens gave official confirmation Jan. 3 to the rumors that have been flying; on Jan. 6 at Santa Anita Park, he'll again start riding races.
Dual grade I winner Coil, soon to be a stallion, seems primed to go out on top in the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Two grade III stakes at Hastings Racecourse, the Ballerina and British Columbia Premier's Handicap, highlight the Columbus Day holiday program at the Vancouver, B.C. track Oct. 8.
Though he came up half a length shy in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) last time out, Game On Dude should be back in his comfort zone as he goes for a repeat in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Santa Anita.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Herbie D||Robert Gilker||
|Hoist||Dennis L. Terry||
|Stryker Phd||Larry D. Ross||
|Tres Borrachos||Martin F. Jones||
|Winning Machine||Frank Lucarelli||
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