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Joe Withee

(Inducted 2021)

Popular racing host and Emerald Downs Director of Publicity Joe Withee was honored as the 92nd inductee to the Washington Racing Hall of Fame, it was announced during the track’s 25th anniversary celebrations on June 20, 2021.

In making the presentation Emerald Downs founder Ron Crockett noted “Withee has been a tireless and great advocate for Washington racing while serving the industry with integrity, distinction and nobility.”

The Seattle native has selflessly served Washington racing for 37 years – eight with Longacres, four with Emerald Racing at Yakima Meadows and 25 with Emerald Downs. During his time at the mike, Withee has interviewed thousands of owners, trainers, jockeys and industry leaders. For the past 24 years he has hosted The Win Place Show program on KJR 950 AM radio. Withee has also served as an able and entertaining emcee for countless industry functions.

In addition, Withee has been involved in several successful racehorse partnerships, the most notable being with 2018 Washington horse of the year and Emerald Downs horse of the meet Sippin Fire.