Karl Krieg's 3-year-old homebred Makors Finale captured the Horse of the Year title for 2012 at the Washington Champions Annual Awards banquet held the night of Feb. 16 at Emerald Downs.
Emerald Downs has announced a 75-day live racing season for 2013, beginning April 19 and closing Sept. 29.
Grade II winner Atta Boy Roy, one of the fastest Thoroughbreds in Washington state history, capped a brilliant career with a runner-up finish Feb. 1 in the Swift Stakes at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.
Joe Pirone, one of the most recognized figures in Washington horse racing and breeding, died Jan. 10 after a brief illness at the age of 64.
Patricia Murphy's Irish Toast, the 2009 Washington Broodmare of the Year, has been pensioned and will spend her retirement time at her owner's Time Wise Farm near La Center in the Evergreen State.
Gagliano has been the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all Thoroughbred horses in North America, since Jan. 1, 2010.
Frank Gaunt, a successful owner at Emerald Downs, died Dec. 22 of cancer. He was 81.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association reported that 41 of the 44 federal candidates it supported through its political action committee in 2011-12 won their seats in the Nov. 6 election.
The State of Washington will have one of its own to root for in the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Mike Feuerborn's Class Included is pre-entered in both the Ladies Classic and the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Trickey Trevor, a grade II winner at Churchill Downs, sired his first winner when his 2-year-old daughter Finding More won at Woodbine Sept. 8.
Jockey Gallyn Mitchell, the all-time leading rider at Emerald Downs, is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a severe fracture in his right hand.
Three individuals and two horses have been selected for induction into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame this year.
The Jockey Club isn't opposed to federal regulation of medication and penalties in horse racing but it would prefer Congress not tinker with the Interstate Horse Racing Act, an organization official said July 12.
Jim Shoemake has been elected chairman of the American Horse Council board of trustees, the organization announced July 10.
Madelyn Millard, who manages the equine division at Waterwild Farm near Lexington, has been awarded this year's Van Ness Award for leadership and service to the horse community in Kentucky.
Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., has announced a 5% increase in overnight purses effective July 3. The increase, which does not affect the track's stakes, is retroactive to the April 13 opening day of the meet.
The United States Department of Labor has issued a rule on the H-2B temporary worker guest program that has ramifications for the horse industry, the American Horse Council reported April 17.
Shauna Ferguson, trainer and part owner of Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) winner Kid Katabatic, died Monday after a riding accident at Keenebridge Farm in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
Racing will get underway Friday at Emerald Downs with 62 horses entered for the eight-race card.
Lou Tice, a veteran owner who raced 2009 Emerald Downs' horse of the meeting Assessment, died Sunday in Seattle after a short illness.
Bud Klokstad, a member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame and trainer of 1983 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Chinook Pass, dies at 79 at his home in Richmond, Calif.
The first mares bred to stakes winner Rallying Cry have been checked in foal.
The Washington Racing Hall of Fame has released its annual list of finalists for the state's highest honor in Thoroughbred racing.
Noosa Beach was honored as the 2011 Washington Horse of the Year and a champion in two other divisions at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association awards banquet
Midnight Casanova, son of Pleasantly Perfect, topped the Pegasus Thoroughbreds sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 7, bringing $125,000.
Dr. Mark Dedomenico's Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, has been officially retired from racing and booked to Darley stallion Bernardini.
Paul Frey, who rode 2,478 winners and captured riding titles at Longacres in 1964 and 1966, died of pneumonia Jan. 14 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
Military Hawk, one of the most durable and classy Thoroughbreds in Washington history, has died from colic, trainer Sharon Ross said.
Mike and Jeanette Orsborn's group-placed Rallying Cry will enter stud in 2012 at Barbara and Robert Meeking's Allaire Farms near Poulsbo, Wash.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana Sept. 19 as a companion to legislation already introduced in the U.S. Senate.
A Candy Ride colt brought the top price of $105,000 Sept. 6 during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling sale.
Positive ontrack signals at Emerald Downs, Hastings Park, may add some pop to the 120-yearling WTOBA yearling sale Sept. 6 in Auburn, Wash.
Multiple stakes winner Raise the Bluff came through with his first winner when his 2-year-old son Orlando Xpress scored at Emerald Downs Aug. 20.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said July 24 it supports elimination of race-day medication use with the exception of the anti-bleeding drug Salix.
Preachinatthebar's first winner, Skyline Dawn Too, won at first asking, scoring by 4 3/4 lengths at Fair Meadows.
The American Horse Council's National Issues Forum, entitled "Congress on a Diet: What It Means for the Horse Industry," will feature several prominent speakers, the organization announced June 2.
Annual post-Labor Day auction to be combination of a yearling and a mixed sale; to be held at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Paviliion at Emerald Downs in Auburn.
James Paul "J.P." Seabeck, a member of the Washington Hall of Fame, died March 9. The Spokane, Wash., resident was 98.
Dr. John Traber and Murdock MacPherson were among the honorees during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's awards and 2010 Washington champions banquet Feb. 19 at Emerald Downs.
The initial auction of 2-year-olds at Pegasus Training and Rehab Center in Washington hits $37,235 average; $30,000 median.
Twenty-nine stakes worth $1.515 million on tap for 2011 at Emerald Downs. The $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) is slated for Aug. 21.
Emerald Downs plans to name a race during its 2011 meet in honor of Duane Hamamura, for over three decades one of the most prominent equine photographers in Washington state who died suddenly Jan. 29 of natural causes.
Meet to run from April 15-Sept. 25; track open for training Feb. 8.
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.
Todd and Shawn Hansen purchased English Channel yearling filly for $80,000 from Griffin Place, agent.
Le Glorieux, a top international runner of 1987, died Aug. 19 at Werner Wolf's Haras du Logis Saint-Germain in Normandy, France,
Joe Baze, a patriarch of the Baze racing dynasty, heads the 2010 class voted into the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
Demon Warlock, 2004 Washington Horse of the Year, came through with first winner when his initial starter, Winter Warlock, won at Emerald Downs June 25.
- By Tom LaMarra
Federal officials are calling for more education, research, and cooperation when it comes to emerging equine diseases.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Unwanted Horse Coalition, now in its fifth year, adopted a multi-faceted strategic plan June 21 designed to continue advocacy and education programs but move the organization to the next level.
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