Jeff Harwood's Noosa Beach became the first horse ever to be honored
twice as Horse of the Meeting as Emerald Downs announced its season
honors Sunday on closing day of the track's 16th season.
by Doris Harwood, the 5-year-old Washington-bred by Harbor the
Gold-Julia Rose won three of the four stakes in the older handicap
division and became No. 1 all-time with 11 stakes wins at Emerald Downs.
Although Noosa Beach missed winning a second consecutive Longacres
Mile, he finished a solid second while spotting winner and
multi-millionaire Awesome Gem three lbs. in the 76th renewal of the
Northwest's most prestigious race.
In addition to Horse of the
Meeting, Noosa Beach was voted Top Older Horse, Top Washington-bred and
Top Sprinter—the second straight year he won four different awards, and
also was the fifth straight Washington-bred to win Horse of the Meeting.