News & Notes
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
$200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), Sunday, August 18
What: 78th Running $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)
When: 5:32 p.m. (Race 8)
TV: Emerald Downs Live on CSN (CSN-179) 4-6 p.m.
Giveaway Item: 40 flat-screen 32” TVs
Co-Feature: $65,000 Emerald Distaff, 1-1/8 Miles (Race 6, 4:24 p.m.)
Railbird Rally: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Washington Racing Hall of Fame: Annual induction ceremony 7 p.m. Saturday, Emerald Room (4th floor)
Dr. Raymond Kwik will be on hand Wednesday to draw
Winning Machine's post position in the 2013 Mile.
24-HOUR COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR GRADE 3 LONGACRES MILE,
FULL FIELD EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY’S 78TH RENEWAL
Entries will be drawn 11 a.m. Wednesday for both the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) and the $65,000 Emerald Distaff. Joe Withee and Robert Geller host the traditional draw breakfast in the Emerald Room, featuring the draw and interviews with 2013 Longacres Mile Honorary Steward Don Munger and several key Mile participants.
As of Tuesday, another full field of 12 was taking shape for the Northwest’s premier race. Should more than 12 horses enter, high weights are preferred.
While the official field for The Mile won’t be announced until Wednesday, the projected starting lineup for Sunday’s race (listed in order of weights) along with travel and workout plans:
Herbie D, Amadeo Perez (121 lbs.): Breezed four furlongs Sunday in :52.40 (30/32) at his home track Hastings Racecourse. Trainer Robert Gilker said the 5-year-old B.C.-bred vans to Emerald Downs on Friday and gallops over the track Saturday morning.
Politicallycorrect, Russell Baze (121): Arrived Friday, August 2, and already has two works at Emerald Downs: four furlongs in :48.20 (8/33) on August 5, and five furlongs in :59.60 (2/11) on Monday. Dennis Ward, father of trainer Wesley Ward, will saddle Politicallycorrect on Sunday.
Jebrica, Isaias Enriquez (118): Bulleted six furlongs on Sunday in 1:10.80 (1/6) at Emerald Downs. Assistant trainer Kay Cooper said Jebrica “had a phenomenal workout” and that the Washington-bred gelding would jog the backstretch on Wednesday as a final tune up for The Mile.
Tres Borrachos, David Lopez (118): Worked a five-furlong bullet in :59 on Monday (1/11) at Emerald Downs. Trainer Michael Puhich said he expected a much-improved effort from Tres Borrachos—the field’s leading earner with $1,030,973-after an unplaced EmD debut in last month’s Mt. Rainier Handicap.
Why Not Be Perfect, Anne Sanguinetti (118): Bulleted five furlongs on Saturday in :58.60 (1/9) at Emerald Downs. Trainer Jeff Metz said “all systems go” for Why Not Be Perfect, whom he said “looks nice and fresh” leading up to The Mile.
Hoist, Mario Gutierrez (117): Breezed five furlongs on Sunday in 1:03.20 (1/2) at Pegasus Thoroughbred Training Center. Puhich said Hoist “worked great” and confirmed Tuesday that Gutierrez would travel from Del Mar to ride the Kentucky-bred gelding. Puhich, Gutierrez and owner Glen Todd combined to win the 2012 Mile with Taylor Said.
Mr. Bowling, Aaron Gryder (117): Breezed five furlongs on Sunday in a bullet :59.20 (1/26) at Emerald Downs. Puhich said Mr. Bowling worked “freaking awesome” on Sunday and that Gryder would represent both owners Dr. Mark Dedomenico and Glenn Todd by wearing Dedomenico’s pink silks in The Mile.
Winning Machine, Javier Matias (117): Spent the past week at Mary Lou Griffin’s Buckley farm for a freshener before working five furlongs on Sunday in :59.40 (3/26) at Emerald Downs. Co-owner and co-breeder Dr. Raymond Kwik (Fleur De Lis Stables) was driving from his Spokane residence Tuesday, and will attend his first Draw Breakfast on Wednesday.
Gladding, Dennis Carr (116): Logged final pre-Mile work Saturday at Del Mar, going five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 (30/73). Trainer Vann Belvoir said Gladding put forth a “super workout,” which included a “strong” gallop out to the seven-eighths pole. According to Belvoir, Gladding is expected to fly out of LAX Thursday night, arrive at Emerald Downs early, and school in the paddock Saturday. Belvoir also plans to watch as his father, Howard Belvoir, is inducted into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame following Saturday’s races.
Golden Itiz, Gerry Olguin (116): Will join Gladding on Thursday night’s plane ride to Emerald Downs. The John Sadler-trained Golden Itiz worked six furlongs on Saturday in 1:13.80 (4/9) at Del Mar.
Stryker Phd, Debbie Hoonan (116): Worked five furlongs on Saturday in 1:03 flat (8/9) with Hoonan aboard. Trainer Margo Lloyd said she’s “happy with everything” from Stryker Phd’s maintenance drill to the fact it appeared the Washington-bred gelding would make it into the race.
Assessment, Jennifer Whitaker (114): The 2009 Longacres Mile winner will be entered for his sixth Mile on Wednesday, according to trainer Howard Belvoir. Assessment also has a final workout scheduled for Wednesday.
Until You, Juan Gutierrez (114): Worked five furlongs on Sunday in 1:00.40 (8/26) at Emerald Downs.
Other Mile Nominees:
Commander: Puhich said that Commander would run in Saturday’s $50,000 Westerner Stakes at Northlands Park in Canada.
Shrug: Trainer Dino Condilenios said Shrug would also make his next start in the Westerner Stakes.
Hudson Landing: Trainer Blaine Wright said Hudson Landing would skip this year’s Mile in favor of longer turf races in Northern California.
Liberty Cap: Puhich said Liberty Cap would make his next start on September 8 in the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate Stakes at Hastings Racecourse.
Emerald Distaff Developments:
· Puhich confirmed Tuesday that Evelyn’s Dancer would enter Sunday’s Distaff. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred, Evelyn’s Dancer has won seven of her last nine stakes appearances, and will be ridden by Gryder.
· According to Kwik, Champagneandcaviar, voted Top 3-Year-Old Filly of 2012, will have Hall of Fame jockey Baze aboard on Sunday.