August 2014
8/31/2014 - Bank of America EmD Chmp Chlg-Press Kit

8/31/2014 - Washington Cup XII-Nominations

8/31/2014 - B of A EmD Championship Challenge-Quotes

8/31/2014 - Chicks Special Angel Romps in Bank of America

8/30/2014 - Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, August 30

8/30/2014 - Win, Place Show This Weekend

8/28/2014 - Emerald Downs News & Stable Notes-Thu Aug 28

8/24/2014 - Longacres Mile(G3)/Emerald Distaff-Quotes

8/24/2014 - Stryker Phd Awesome in $200,000 Longacres Mile

8/24/2014 - Unbeaten Stopshoppingdebbie Prevails in EmD Distaff

8/24/2014 - Emerald Distaff-Press Kit

8/24/2014 - Longacres Mile-Press Kit

8/23/2014 - The Press Box Podcast (Longacres Mile/ Distaff)

8/23/2014 - Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, August 23

8/22/2014 - Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 22

8/22/2014 - Longacres Mile Trainer Interviews

8/21/2014 - Longacres Mile Notes-Thursday, Aug. 21

8/20/2014 - Longacres Mile/Emerald Distaff-entries

8/17/2014 - The Press Box Podcast (Shinpoch Archive)

8/17/2014 - Barbara Shinpoch-Quotes

8/17/2014 - Pippa Bou Peep Prevails in Shinpoch Stakes

8/17/2014 - Barbara Shinpoch Stakes-Press Kit

8/16/2014 - Longacres Mile/Emerald Distaff-Weights

8/16/2014 - WTBOA Lads-Quotes

8/16/2014 - WTBOA Lads Stakes-Press Kit

8/16/2014 - Trackattacker Dominates Lads Stakes!

8/15/2014 - Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 15

8/14/2014 - Emerald Downs News&Stable Notes-Thu Aug 14

8/13/2014 - $65,000 Emerald Distaff-Nominations

8/10/2014 - Emerald Downs Derby-Quotes

8/10/2014 - $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)-Nominations

8/10/2014 - The Press Box Podcast (Derby Archive)

8/10/2014 - Mebossman Wins a Derby Thriller

8/9/2014 - Washington Oaks-Quotes

8/9/2014 - Lady Fifty Two Captures Oaks; Dancing Yodeler Wins!

8/9/2014 - Emerald Downs Derby-Press Kit

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8/8/2014 - Washington Oaks-Press Kit

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8/3/2014 - EmD Derby & Washington Oaks nominations

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    $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)-Nominations
    8/10/2014


    Stryker Phd winning the 2014 Mt. Rainier Handicap at Emerald Downs.

    $200,000 LONGACRES MILE DRAWS 26 NOMINATIONS;
    79th RENEWAL SET FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014

    AUBURN, Wash. (August 10, 2014) – Twenty-six horses have been nominated to the 79th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile on Sunday, August 24.

    The 79th running of the Grade 3 race will match top middle-distance horses at the taxing one-mile distance, and annually features many of the sport’s elite jockeys and trainers taking on the best Emerald Downs has to offer.

    Stryker Phd, brilliant in two starts this year for trainer Larry Ross, heads the local contingent and appears a good chance to score the first Mile win by an Emerald Downs horse since Noosa Beach in 2010. A 5-year-old Bertrando gelding, Stryker Phd finished second in the 2013 Longacres Mile and has been even better this year, setting stakes records while rallying from last to sweep the Budweiser and Mt. Rainier Handicaps.

    West Point Thoroughbreds, which shipped in Awesome Gem to knock off Noosa Beach in the 2011 Mile, nominated recent Del Mar stakes winner Rock Me Baby, a 5-year-old Craig Dollase-trained gelding that heads a California contingent which includes Handsome Mike, Blue Tone and Home Run Kitten.

    Beaten only three lengths in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Rock Me Baby scored a dominating 3 ½-length victory in the $150,000 California Dreamin Handicap on July 27. Blue Tone, a 5-year-old Birdstone gelding, also comes off a big win at Del Mar, also scoring by 3 ½ lengths in a one-mile allowance/optional claimer on August 3.

    Handsome Mike, a 5-year-old son of Scat Daddy trained by Doug O’Neill, is a multiple graded winner, including a triumph in the $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby (G2). Home Run Kitten, the lone 3-year-old nominated, has been a mainstay among Southern California sophomores on turf, most recently edging Argyle Cut in the one-mile Singletary Stakes at Santa Anita.

    Title Contender, 3-2-0 in five starts this year at Hastings Racecourse, heads a Canadian contingent that includes Commander, Go for Guinness, Mysterious Soul and Shooting Jacket,

    Assessment has the distinction of being the oldest horse nominated to the 2014 Mile, and the 10-year-old gelding—winner of the 2009 Longacres Mile—is the only former winner nominated to this year’s race. His trainer, Howard Belvoir, is one of six former Mile winning-trainers with a horse nominated to the race.

    Handicap weights for the Longacres Mile will be announced Saturday, August 16, with entries drawn Wednesday, August 20. If more than 12 horses enter, high weights are preferred.

    Also Sunday, August 24, older fillies and mares compete in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff at 1 1/8 miles.   

    2014 Longacres Mile Nomination Facts & Figures:
    · Kentucky-breds lead in nominations: Kentucky 12, Washington 6, California 2, British Columbia 2, Florida 1, Idaho 1, New York 1 and Oregon 1
    · 4 & 5-year-olds lead in nominations: 4-year-olds-10; 5-year-olds-10; 6-year-olds-4; 3-year-olds-1; 10-year-olds-1
    · Last start at: Emerald Downs 11, Del Mar 6, Hastings Racecourse 4, Belmont Park 1, Les Bois Park 1, Northlands Park 1, Sacramento 1 and  Santa Anita 1
    · Six horses were nominated last year: Assessment, Commander, Jebrica, Mr. Bowling, Rock Me Baby and Stryker Phd
    · Six Longacres Mile-winning trainers nominated horses: Howard Belvoir, Mike Puhich, Doug O’Neill, Jim Penney, Craig Dollase and Larry Ross. Puhich leads with four nominations—Commander, Jebrica, Mr. Bowling and Prohibition—while five-time Longacres Mile-winning trainer Jim Penney nominated I Keep Saying, a 5-year-old gelding that comes off a world-record performance (1:12.94) at 6 ½ furlongs.

    $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)-Sunday, August 24, 2014  
    Horse. . . .Owner. . . . .Trainer
    Assessment
    (10g-KY)  Howard Belvoir  Howard Belvoir
    Blue Tone (5g-KY)   Engleberg, Schroeder Farms & Steeper Bob Hess Jr.
    Boyett (4-ORE)   Dr. Rodney Orr    Mark Glatt
    Commander (6g-KY)  North American Tbred Racing Co  Mike Puhich
    Dare Me Devil (6g-WA) Rancho Viejo & J. Carmody Rigoberto Velasquez
    Disruption (4g-FLA)  Nelson Family Racing   Monique Snowden
    Dontmesswithkitten (4c-KY)    H. Leong & D. Lew Chris Stenslie
    Downtown C.T. (5g-CAL)  C. Jauregui & S. Kesselman O.J. Jauregui
    Dry Summer (4g-KY)  Graling, Rosette and Wiest Robertino Diodoro
    Floating Feather (6g-ID)  Carraway, Grigsby and Moon Dru Hall
    Go for Guinness (4g-BC)  George Gilbert David Forster
    Handsome Mike (5h-KY)  Reddam Racing LLC Doug O’Neill
    Home Run Kitten (3c-KY)  Tarabilla Farms Inc. David Hofmans
    I Keep Saying (5g-WA)  Homestretch Farm Inc. Jim Penney
    Jebrica (6g-WA)   M. Dedomenico & N American Tbred  Mike Puhich
    Mike Man’s Gold (4g-WA)  Swag Stables-Gallo Stables   David Martinez
    Mr. Bowling (5h-KY)  M. Dedomenico & N American Tbred  Mike Puhich
    Mysterious Soul (5h-KY)  Peter, Dalton Stable, Grayross Stable  Barbara Heads
    Perfect Night (5g-WA)  Howard Belvoir    Howard Belvoir
    Prohibition (4g-NY)  M. Dedomenico & N American Tbred  Mike Puhich
    Rock Me Baby (5g-CAL)  West Point Thoroughbreds   Craig Dollase
    Scat Daddybaby (4g-KY)  Mike & Amy Feuerborn   Robbie Baze
    Shooting Jacket (4g-KY)  Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.   Dino Condilenios
    Stryker Phd (5g-WA)  Jim & Mona Hour    Larry Ross
    Title Contender (4g-BC)  Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.   Anita Bolton
    Twistgrips (5g-BC) Gordon Christoff John Snow

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