Washington-bred gelding (b. 1999)
By Lord Avie-Sultan’s Gem
Career (2002-2005): 11-5-1-1, $102,303

In June of 2003, Turban was the local favorite for that year’s running of the Grade 3 Longacres Mile. The dark bay or brown gelding was developing into a force at Emerald Downs, winning both the Fox Sports Handicap and Budweiser Handicap that year for trainers Jim Penney and Kay Cooper.

Things didn’t work out that year, however, and the powerful Washington-bred would eventually make the big race in 2005, and finish ninth in what would be his final career start. Turban retired at the end of the year, and Cooper started thinking about a new home for Turban. But she knew the gelding wasn’t the type to go just anywhere.

 “Turban always had a ton of ability but he was a challenge at the barn,” Cooper said.  “He didn’t like to be brushed, he liked to bite and he didn’t really like me,” she said.

For retirement, Cooper thought of Jill Hallin, a great local horsewoman who’d made Chinook Pass as famous in retirement as he was an Eclipse Award winner. Hallin heard from a few people that Turban might be available, and she couldn’t resist adding Turban to her Maple Valley farm in 2006.

Turban quickly became Chinook Pass’ companion and Hallin began riding and training Turban as a jumper.

“He’s very good around young children, the other horses and the goat,” Hallin said. “He enjoys trail rides and has been great helping kids and young riders go through early lessons.”

Today, Turban’s healthy and thriving as a 14 year old. Hallin laughs that he still has his quirks.

“Watch out, you walk by his stall he’ll reach out that long neck and bite you!”

Each week we feature a former Emerald Downs runner that has transitioned to a new career. For more information on Turban and other former racehorses is available at emeralddowns.com.

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