John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald and Gail Schneider’s multiple stakes winner Baja Sur (Smiling Tiger) was named horse of the year, champion sprinter and champion 3-year-old at the 2019 Washington Annual Awards Dinner and Horsemen Stimulus Auctions held at Emerald Downs Saturday. Bred by the late John Roche and trained by Blaine Wright, the gelding won three stakes in 2019 and added his year-end honors to his 2018 Washington-bred juvenile championship title.
Other state-bred champions honored Saturday were: Grinder Sparksaglo (Grindstone), champion older horse; No Talking Back (Flatter), champion older mare; Alittlelesstalk (Demon Warlock), champion 3-year-old filly; Unmachable (Macho Uno), champion 2-year-old; and Windy Point (Coast Guard), champion 2-year-old filly. Atta Boy Roy was named the state’s leading sire and Trainingat the Bar was named broodmare of the year.
Nina and Ron Hagen of El Dorado Farms were the leading breeders, based on 2019 Washington-bred earnings of $330,964, and John and Janene Maryanski of Country Lane Farm and Gerald and Gail Schneider of Riverbend Stable were leading breeders, based on 2019 Washington-bred earnings of $128,312.