Remembering Ricky Frazier and Noosa Beach

3 Jul

Two names – Jockey RICKY FRAZIER and Thoroughbred NOOSA BEACH will be honored tonight at Emerald Downs.

The tandem were the talk of the Northwest that August Summer Day back in 2010.

It was Longacres Mile Day at Emerald Downs and the pressure was on: A chance to make history in the biggest race in the Pacific Northwest – The Longacres Mile which dates back to the summer of 1935 at the Renton oval.

The twosome accomplished the feat on August 22, 2010 – winning the Mile as the betting and fan favorite.

Win circle






The chart:









Each of them hit the zenith in Northwest racing, but recently their careers came to a halt because of injuries.

Frazier is officially hanging up his riding boots following a 30-year career in which he rode 3,469 winners. The 48-year-old Arkansan was unable to get medical clearance after suffering a head injury at the 2010 Fresno meeting.

“I didn’t really want to retire but had to face the fact that it’s time,” Frazier said. “My quality of life is fine, but apparently this type of injury takes time. Time to get it behind me, focus on the next chapter”.

Noosa Beach wasn’t ready to retire either, but the fact that we get to do it together is great.”

Noosa Beach will parade one last time before his numerous fans, and afterward he’ll join Frazier in a final visit to the Winner’s Circle.

The track’s all-time leader with ELEVEN stakes wins, Noosa Beach, recently sustained a minor ankle injury and trainer Doris Harwood and owner Jeff Harwood decided to call off the comeback. The now 7-year-old rewrote the Emerald Downs record book while winning consecutive Horse of the Meeting titles in 2010 and 2011. At the pinnacle of his career, Noosa Beach won six consecutive stakes races.

“There’s hardly words to describe what Noosa Beach has meant to both Jeff and myself,” Doris Harwood said. “His nickname at the barn was Elvis, and for two years he was the King.”


CAREER (1980-2010): 3,469 wins/25,257 mounts

EMERALD DOWNS (2002-2010): 886 wins/4,244 mounts

 Leading jockey in wins: 2004 (109 wins), 2006 (88) 2007 (157), 2009 (155), 2010 (114). His five jockey titles are the most.

Seven straight years leading stakes rider: 2004 (8 stakes wins), 2005 (11), 2006 (8), 2007 (12), 2008 (7, tie) 2009 (11), 2010 (10).

All-time leader in stakes wins: Gallyn Mitchell 76, Ricky Frazier 72.

First EmD winner:  June 16, 2002 – Taylor’s Comedy (7/2), maiden $8,000 for trainer Dan Kenney. Won by a neck in a 12-horse field.

Last EmD winner: Sept. 26, 2010 – Classielyte (8/5), Alw $7,500 starter for trainer Jim Penney.  Won by 2 1/4 lengths.


Call Columbo (7 wins)

Flamethrowintexan (6, 3 stakes)

Ladyledue (6, 6 stakes)

Noosa Beach (6, 5 stakes)

Olly Blast (6)

Positive Prize (6, 2 stakes)

Skyrider (6)

Way too Much (6)

Gold Deville (5)

Gold Lad (5)

Margo’s Gift (5, 3 stakes)

Mr. Melcap (5)

Pool Boy (5)

Seventy Sixer (5)

She’s All Silk (5, 3 stakes)

Vickys Fast Boy (5)

Victory Script (5)

White Center Belle (5)


Ladyledue (6)

Noosa Beach (5)


Tim McCanna (161 wins)

Doris Harwood (67)

Pat Mullens (56)

Jim Penney (35)

Neil Knapp (33)

Larry/Sharon Ross (33)

Dan Markle (30)


Dk. b./g. foaled April 3, 2006

Harbor the Gold by Julia Rose

Owner: Jeff Harwood

CAREER: 22/14-4-2 – $524,472

EMERALD DOWNS (2008-2012): 20/13-4-1 – $464,305

Horse of the Meeting in 2010 and 2011.

No. 1 all-time in stakes wins with 11.

Won stakes at age 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Tied track record for 6 furlongs (1:07).

Won six consecutive stakes races.

Won six divisional titles.

Won at seven different distances.

Noosa wins


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