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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Noosa Beach - A Seattle Superstar

Noosa Beach wins 2010 Longacres Mile.

When Noosa Beach overcame a slow start to win the $50,000 Budweiser Handicap yesterday at Emerald Downs it did not exactly create a wave of excitement throughout the general racing public. Perhaps it should have. Noosa Beach is one serious racehorse.

Despite carrying a Budweiser record of 125 pounds, and despite missing the break, Noosa Beach was able to reach the lead at the top of the stretch. From there he quickly repelled a two-prong challenge and cruised to the Emerald Downs finish line, winning by 3 1/2 lengths. You can count his jockey among the many believers of Noosa Beach.

He broke a little slow today, but it was just one of those situations where the horse wasn’t standing perfectly in the gate,” jockey Gallyn Mitchell said. “He’s such a talented horse that he just picked up his feet and started running. … I was happy to be in the lead on the inside entering the stretch. If he’s on the inside, nobody will get by him. He’s running with the best horses on the grounds, and he’s just toying with them.”

A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold, the five-year-old gelding has now won ten stakes races at the Suburban Seattle racetrack. That figure ties the record set by Handy N Bold. With the July 24 Mount Rainier Handicap, and then the Grade 3 Longacres Mile in August on his summer agenda, Noosa Beach does not figure to share the record for long.

While a repeat victory in the Longacres Mile would prove noteworthy, the connections of the Seattle superstar have bigger plans in mind for Noosa Beach. A trip to Kentucky for the 2011 Breeders' Cup is being strongly considered. Owner Jeff Harwood said he would pay the $25,000 nomination fee needed to keep Noosa Beach eligible for the Breeders’ Cup by the July 1 deadline. Lofty dreams? Maybe, but maybe not. Let's consider just how good this horse is.

With the win on Sunday, Noosa Beach has won six consecutive stakes races and is only one neck defeat away from being perfect in ten stars over the past two years for trainer Doris Harwood. Noosa Beach now has a remarkable career record of 19-13-3-2. A real hometown hero, 17 of races have come at Emerald Downs, including 12 wins. It would be a bit of a mistake though to assume that he would not be winning away from his Pacific Northwest. Last year's Longacres Mile is evidence of that.

In the 2010 edition of the historic race, Noosa Beach easily handled a solid field that included 2nd place finisher, Jersey Town. A few months later, Jersey Town made a strong statement on the class of Noosa Beach when he won the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in New York.

Considering how Noosa Beach treated Jersey Town in Seattle, there should be little doubt that this is one horse racing fans should know more about … today!


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I love this horse and was there at the Longacres Mile last year. I was hoping they would of taken him to the BC last year. Maybe this will finally be the year!
should do well at CHURCHILL DOWNS Nov
C'mon east, Noosa Beach, we have a nice seaside here at the Jersey Shore. You already beat Jersey Town.
  • sixsaint · I noticed NOOSA BEACH back in 2009... and tried to buy him form ownership... they knew that had alive one.. · 1348 days ago
Let's hope the hometown hero makes it to the Breeders' Cup, bigfoot.
its really too bad that horses like this dont get the chance to see how truly great they are, they stay at one or 2 tracks..
awesome! i was just living in seattle area! shoulda gone to some of the races
Thank you for reading ... Can't wait to see what he does on the big stage!
Thank you so much for writing about him Brian! He is the hometown star here for sure! Who knows maybe we will see him at BC this year


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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.