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William “Stub” and Jeri Johnson named OTBA Breeders of the Year

March 25, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

William "Stubs" and Jeri Johnson
(photo by Reed Palmer Photography)
By Patrick Kerrison

Saturday afternoon, March 5, at Portland Meadows, the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the Champions of Oregon racing for 2004. The event was emceed by local radio personality and lifelong racing fan Doug Dodds. Dodds, a co-host of Portland's #1 afternoon drive time show on 105.1 The Buzz, served as a regular handicapper and analyst the past two seasons.

With nearly a dozen awards to hand out throughout the day, the big winners on the dance card, besides Lethal Grande duplicating his title as “Horse of the Year” were William "Stub" and Jeri Johnson.

The Johnson's kicked the afternoon off when their homebred Wice O Kat captured the award for Champion 2 Year Old Filly. Wice O Kat, trained by Jim Fergason, is by Kalowice out of Wegota Goblin (No Back Talk). She narrowly held on to win in a tremendous effort in the Os West Futurity on Oregon Day, December 11, 2004.

There was more to come for the Johnsons that afternoon. For their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the racing industry in Oregon, William "Stub" and Jeri Johnson were named the 2004 Oregon Breeders of the Year and TOBA Award recipient.
Introduced to The Greatest Game in 1974, the Johnson's have been involved as owners and breeders ever since. Their 2004 Two Year Old Champion filly Wice O Kat is a second generation homebred and daughter of Wegota Goblin, a mare who was also bred, raised and raced by the Johnson's.

Stub and Jeri Johnson will represent all owners and breeders of Oregon in September when they travel to Lexington at the national Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's Awards Banquet.