Sun Downs amends race meet dates
At the regularly scheduled WHRC meeting on March 15, 2019, Tri City Horse Racing submitted a request to amend the previously approved dates for their 2019 live racing season. Due to inclement weather and the inability for the horses on the grounds to train adequately, Tri City Horse Racing requested the dates be moved back one week. The newly approved race dates are Saturdays and Sunday, April 27 and April 28, May 4 and May 5, with a closing weekend of May 11 and 12.
Sippin Fire named 2018 Washington Bred Horse of the Year
On Saturday, February 23rd, at the WTBOA awards banquet, Sippin Fire was named the 2018 Washington Bred Horse of the Year. Owned by the How We Roll Stable #4 Stable and trained by Steve Bullock, Sippin Fire was the winner of four consecutive stakes races at Emerald Downs in 2018, including the Muckleshoot Derby. The three-year old gelding, who was also named champion three-year old, was bred by Bar C Racing Stable and Desert Rose Racing.
Older horse - Hit The Beach, owned by Ed Zenker and Richard Larson, bred by Jeff and Doris Harwood
Older filly or mare and Turf horse - Pyscho Sister, owned by Scott Herbertson, bred by Rick and Debbie Pabst
Three-year old filly - Bella Mia, owned by John and Janene Maryanski, bred by Mary Lou and Terry Griffin
Two-year old filly - Money Inthe Starrs, owned by Dr. Mark Dedomenico, bred by Connie Belshay
Two-year old colt or gelding and champion two-year old - Baja Sur, owned by John and Janene Maryanski and Gerry and Gail Schneider, bred by John Roche
Sprinter - Invested Prospect, owned by John and Janene Maryanski and Gerry and Gail Schenider, bred by Dunn Bar Ranch, LLC, (Charlie Dunn)
Plater of the Year - Party For One, owned by Pam Tumminello and Jerry Carmody, bred by Coal Creek Farm, (Barbara Ratcliff)
Leading Washington Breeders - Rick and Debbie Pabst
Other honors given out to individuals were three special racetrack achievements to jockey Rocco Bowen and trainers Steve Bullock and H.R. "Pat" Mullens. Awards for special service and dedication were bestowed on Lana Allen for her service to the WHBPA and Jan Baze, the horseman's bookkeeper who provides many other services to the industry. Groom Bartolo Villa was honored by the Racetrack Chaplaincy for his dedication and work with others on the backstretch.
Labor and Industries Rates for 2019
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has published its 2019 industrial insurance rates for the Horse Industry Account. Rates are determined by data from the previous five years, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018 of exposure and claim experience. Rates, for the second straight year, have slightly decreased for Risk Class 6625, (grooms and assistant trainers), 6626, (Exercise and pony riders at the track), and 6627, (Exercise and pony riders on a farm).
Good safety procedures in the stable area and ensuring that no fraudulent claims are filed are the best ways to stabilize and continue to reduce premiums in the future.
The following are the industrial insurance rates for 2019:
2018 Owners bonuses and Breeders awards Finalized
The Owners bonuses and Breeders awards have been calculated using the total handle by Washington State residents during the live race meet at Emerald Downs in 2018 and the checks were mailed on November 13th.
The total Owners Bonus is determined by all handle in the State of Washington during the live Emerald Downs race meet which totaled $38,871,956.00, a decrease of 11.67% from 2017. 1% of the handle is withheld for the bonus monies plus 2.5% of the Source Market fees generated from Advance Deposit Wagering, which in 2018 was $120,692.69. A total of $509,412.25 was generated for all owners of Washington Breds which finished first, second, third, or fourth at Emerald Downs. The total awards decreased from $553,454.32 in 2017. Washington Breds earned $2,724,095.00 during the 2018 race meet. This figure is down from 2017 in which Washington Breds earned $3,209,390.90. This leads to a 18.7002% bonus to all owners of Washington Breds that qualified for the awards. There are 172 different owners or ownership groups that will receive the bonus checks for the 266 different Washington Bred horses that finished first, second, third, or fourth at Emerald Downs. The top five owners were in order: John & Janene Maryanski, David Israel, Ron Crockett, Inc., H.R. Mullens, and R.E.V. Racing, LLC.
The Breeders Bonus is determined by 1% of the handle from exotic wagers (all wagers other than win, place, and show) on live races offered at Emerald Downs as required in RCW 67.16.175. Additionally, 2.5% of Source Market Fees (SMF) from Advance Deposit Wagering is also designated for the Breeders awards. For 2018 this generated $54,936.97 from the exotic wagers and $120,692.69 from SMF for a total award of $175,629.66. All breeders of Washington Bred horses which finish first, second, or third receive bonus awards. Of the money generated, 75% is given to the horses for purses earned when finishing first, 15% for purses earned for second, and 10% for purses earned for third place. The percentages for the awards is as follows, 8.6774% for first place purses, 4.9818% for second place purses, and 3.7897% for third place purses. A total of 110 breeders will receive bonus checks for 244 different Washington Bred horses that finished first, second or third at Emerald Downs. The top five breeders were: Bar C Racing Stable, Inc., El Dorado Farm (Ron & Nina Hagen), Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Pabst (Blue Ribbon Farm), John Roche and Jeffrey & Doris Harwood.
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WHRC Meeting Date Change for August
The WHRC meeting originally scheduled for August 9th, 2019 will be changed to Friday, July 26th, 2019. The location will remain at Auburn City Hall.
2018 WHRC Annual Report
The Washington Horse Racing Commission's 2018 Annual Report to the Governor is available to view by visiting the WHRC Forms and Reports page or clicking here.
Washington State’s Down the Stretch Ranch Garners National Attention
Down The Stretch Ranch co-founded in 2015 by Hall of Fame Trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, his wife Janet, and Boone McCanna in Creston, Washington has gotten national attention recently. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit thoroughbred race horse retirement facility which connects injured or retired racehorses with United States Veterans and through the use of equine therapy helps bring comfort and companionship to veterans.
Down The Stretch ranch was recently placed in national spotlight by trainer Doug O’Neill whose support of the foundation was on display during Breeders Cup week when his horses wore coolers featuring Down The Stretch Ranch. The Paulick Report also recently featured an article written by Hank Wesch of Del Mar about Down The Stretch Ranch and the work it is doing with retired thoroughbred racehorses and veterans that can be viewed by clicking here.
For more information on Down The Stretch Ranch and what can be done to support their cause please visit their website http://www.downthestretch.org/ or their Facebook page by clicking here.
Rulemaking Notification List
Any person who wishes to receive notification about WHRC rulemaking activities can be added to the stakeholder list. Requests to be added to the stakeholder list may be made by email at email@example.com, by telephone at 360-459-6462, by fax at 360-459-6461, or by mail at 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578.
WHRC 2017-2019 Biennial Budget Request
The WHRC has submitted its request for the 2017-2019 biennial budget to the Washington State Legislature. To review the entire budget click here.
Emerald Downs date request approved for 2019
At the November 9, 2018 regularly scheduled meeting of the Washington Horse Racing Commission the commissioners approved Emerald Racing LLC's request for dates for the 2019 racing season. Emerald Downs will once again offer sixty-seven days of live racing starting with opening day on Saturday, April 20th and going through closing day on Sunday, September 22nd.
Opening day, April 20, is the lone racing day Easter weekend, followed by Saturday/Sunday racing April 27-28 and May 4-5. Friday racing begins May 10 and continues the remaining 20 weeks of the season.
Post times also remain the same as last season: 2:00 pm Sundays, 6:30 pm Fridays, and either 2:00 pm or 5:00 pm Saturdays. The first eight Saturdays, April 20 thru June 8, feature a 2 o’clock post and the final 15 Saturdays, June 15 thru September 21, feature a 5 o’clock post. Live racing will be offered on Memorial Day, May 27th with a 2:00 pm post. The annual Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 3, also begins with live racing at 5:00 pm.
The 84th Longacres Mile (G3) will be run Sunday, August 11, with the complete 2019 stakes schedule released in January.