July 11, 2014

Northwest Farms homebred Stopshoppingdebbie, from the first crop of leading third-crop sire CURLIN, made an auspicious debut back in August of 2012, blitzing a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special by seven lengths in a time of 1:02 4/5.

In seven starts since–all in stakes company–she hasn’t found a horse who could better her.

Now four, Stopshoppingdebbie improved her record to a perfect 8-for-8 in the one-mile Boeing H. at Emerald Downs July 6. Sent off at 1-5–she’s been odds-on in 7 of her career starts–Stopshoppingdebbie made every pole a winning one, cruising under the wire 2 3/4 lengths clear while stopping the clock in 1:34 1/5. That followed her wins in this year’s 6-furlong Hastings H. (won in 1:08 1/5) and the 6 1/2-furlong Washington State Legislators H. (won in 1:14 1/5).

Earlier in the year, Stopshoppingdebbie’s trainer, Tom Wenzel, said his standout charge might ultimately seek deeper waters, with the G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff a possible target.

Stopshoppingdebbie is just the latest talented produce from Northwest’s stakes-winning mare Taste the Passion, who to Lane’s End stallions also produced Shampoo (GULCH) and Smarty Deb (SMART STRIKE), both stakes winners and now stakes-winning producers.

Northwest is the nom de course of Yakima, Washington businessman Jerre Paxton, a member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame. Active in the industry since the early 1970s, Paxton has bred dozens of stakes winners, including the graded winners Raise a Man, Hosco, and Super Ninety Nine, as well as Grade 1 performers like Smarty’s Echo. Other accomplishments include breeding the stakes-winning first and second dams (St. Helens Shadow and Little Bar Fly) of Grade 1 winner Officer.

Congratulations to Jerre and his wife Debbie, and continued luck with Stopshoppingdebbie!

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