Washington Racing Hall of Fame announces class of 2012 | Emerald Downs

Jockey Paul Frey and trainer Wayne Branch head up a stellar field of 2012 Washington Racing Hall of Fame inductees, Emerald Downs announced Thursday.

Hilco Scamper, 1985 Washington Horse of the Year, and Rings a Chime, a two-time state champion and 2000 Kentucky Oaks runner-up, are winners in the male and female horse division, while George Newell is honored in the breeding division.

Also, Emerald Downs Vice President Jack Hodge will be saluted for Lifetime Achievement, becoming only the sixth recipient of one of the state's highest awards in Thoroughbred racing.

The Washington Racing Hall of Fame's 10th annual induction ceremony is 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at Emerald Downs, on the eve of the 77th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (Grade III).

Known as "The Master" when he dominated Longacres with five training titles including three straight from 1961-63, Branch conditioned the great sprinter Lak Nak to eight stakes wins – usually with Frey riding – in the mid 1960s.

It's natural that Branch and Frey would enter the Hall of Fame in the same year, as they combined to win some 500 races in Washington and Arizona in the 1950s and 60s. And like Branch, Frey was a mainstay at Longacres while winning titles in 1964 and '66 and finishing fourth all-time with 810 wins. A native of Saskatchewan, Frey rode 2,479 winners in a 20-year career from 1953-72.

A 1983 foal by Knights Choice-Lucky Sport, Hilco Scamper won 14 races including six stakes in a 34-race career that featured victories in the Grade 2 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park and Grade 2 Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park. Trained by Mike Chambers, the electrifying gelding was one of the fastest juveniles in state history, and also proved his mettle as an older horse including several races against top quarter horses at 870 yards.

A 1997 foal by Metfield-Outofthebluebell, Rings a Chime was named champion Washington 2-Year-Old and 2-Year-Old Filly in 1999, and champion Washington 3-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Filly in 2000. Trained by Lonnie Arterburn, Rings a Chime was stakes placed eight times in 13 career starts, topped by a victory in the 2000 Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland and a second to Secret Status in the 2000 Kentucky Oaks (G1).

George Newell operated Newellhurst Farm, a 100-acre spread in Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula, where leading sires Black Forest and Better Bet stood in 1940 and 50s. Newell also raced 11-time stakes winner How Now and Collaborator, who in 1958 became the last horse to sweep the Longacres Mile and Longacres Derby in the same year.

Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame

Horses (year inducted)

Hilco Scamper (2012-male), Rings a Chime (2012-female), Pataha Prince (2011-male), Firesweeper (2011-female), Biggs (2010), Sparrow Castle (2009), Belle of Rainier (2008), Peterhof's Patea (2007), Sir William (2006), Smogy Dew (2005), Turbulator (2004), Saratoga Passage (2004), Captain Condo (2003), Chinook Pass (2003), Trooper Seven (2003).


Paul Frey (2012), Vicky (Aragon) Baze (2011), Joe Baze (2010), Lennie Knowles (2009), Larry Pierce (2008), Johnny Adams (2007), Albert Johnson (2006), Basil James (2005), Russell Baze (2004), Gary Baze (2003), Ralph Neves (2003), Gary Stevens (2003).


Wayne Branch (2012), Tim McCanna (2011), Bill McMeans (2010), Kathy Walsh (2009), Glen Williams (2008), R.H. McDaniel (2007), Frances Keller (2006), Bud Klokstad (2005), Charles Whittingham (2004), Allen Drumheller (2003), Jim Penney (2003), Tom Smith (2003).


George Newell (2012), Grousemont Farm (2011), Les Turner (2010), Wilbur & Marianne Stadelman (2009), Frank Brewster (2008), Dan Agnew (2007), C.J. Sebastian (2006), Guy & Barbara Roberts (2005), George Drumheller (2004), Herb Armstrong (2003), Jerre Paxton (2003).

Eligibility requirements: Any Washington-bred or any horse that has raced at least twice in Washington shall be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. Any jockey or trainer born in Washington shall be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, or any jockey or trainer who has competed in at least five years in Washington shall be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. The breeding category alternates yearly between pre-and-post 1970 (2012 is pre-1970). Female horse category introduced 2011. Voters are composed of four members each from Emerald Downs, WTBOA, Washington HBPA and Media.


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