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.
Trained 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.