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

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

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8/8/2014 - Washington Oaks-Press Kit

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


    Disruption basking in the sunlight Thursday outside of Monique Snowden's barn.

    DISRUPTION HAS UNIQUE CONNECTIONS
    FOR SUNDAY’S $200,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3)

    Of the 12 horses entered in Sunday’s $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), Disruption has the fewest starts, seven, and has never won a stakes race. That’s the bad news.

    Now for the good: the 4-year-old Street Boss gelding is coming up to Sunday’s Grade 3 race in wonderful shape. Trainer Monique Snowden has Disruption peaking for the big race; The Mile marks his third start of the season, a campaign that already yielded a sharp allowance win over I Keep Saying at 6 ½ furlongs, and a third to Stryker Phd and Dontmesswithkitten in the Mt. Rainier Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

    Disruption only needs slight improvement to be considered a bona fide threat Sunday. Without question the Florida-bred 4-year-old looks and acts the part, his muscular frame topped by a copper penny coat that gleams with good health.

    Snowden, who took over training Disruption last winter for owner Heidi Nelson, is enjoying the prestige that comes with training a Longacres Mile-type horse.

    “Basically, I’ve given up any kind of life to take care of him all day long and he’s paid me back so much,” Snowden said. “The (Mt. Rainier Handicap) was so much pressure because we knew we’d have to do well otherwise we wouldn’t have made it in The Mile.

    “I’ve never seen him this good before,” Snowden added. “His workouts are amazing. His attitude is amazing. He might win. He might not. But he’ll be right there.”

    If Disruption wins Sunday, it would mark the first ever Mile won by a horse with all female connections. Jockey Eliska Kubinova completes Team Disruption, and said post-position No. 5 should suit her horse fine.

    “I’m very happy with the post,” said Kubinova, fresh off her first Emerald Downs stakes victory on Pippa Bou Peep in the last Sunday’s Barbara Shinpoch Stakes. “I wanted No. 4, but this is as close as you can be.

    “I think he’s getting a lot stronger now,” Kubinova added. “I’m not going to worry about the other horses, I’ll have my own plan out there.”

    Disruption is drawn between what figure to be his two main pace rivals—Dontmesswithkitten in post 2 and Scat Daddybaby in post 8—and Snowden is elated with No. 5.

    “I love the post we got,” she said. “I think we have enough speed to clear the horses on the inside and we’ll make Scat Daddybaby have to run hard to get in front of us.

    “I want us to have the lead into the first turn and then if someone really wants it that bad, we’ll be happy to just sit right off.”

    And if all goes well, as the field straightens for home Disruption will have the jump on morning line favorite Stryker Phd and a wall of closers.


    Boyett relaxing at the Charles Essex barn after arriving early Thursday morning.

    Longacres Mile Notes

    · Post times have been adjusted slightly for both The Mile and Emerald Distaff. The Mile goes as Race 7 at 5 p.m. (one minute earlier than previously scheduled) while the Distaff goes as Race 9 at 5:56 p.m. (three minutes earlier).
     
    · Kubinova would join Jennifer Whitaker (Wasserman, 2008) as the only women jockeys to win The Mile. Coincidentally, Wasserman and Whitaker will lead the post-parade for the 2014 Mile.

    · Four women trainers have won the Longacres Mile: Frances Keller, Janet Wig, Shauna Van Oostdam and Doris Harwood. And four have runners in this year’s race: Snowden, Chris Stenslie (Dontmesswithkitten), Anita Bolton (Title Contender) and Barbara Heads (Mysterious Soul).

    · Boyett arrived from California early Thursday and is stabled with trainer Charles Essex.

    · Southern California-based Agapito Delgadillo makes his first Emerald Downs appearance and rides Boyett. A 48-year-old native of Mexico City, Delgadillo has 1,458 career wins. Delgadillo rode two long shot winners Thursday at Del Mar.

    · Peter McLoughlin, President of the World Champion Seattle Seahawks, is Honorary Steward for the 2014 Longacres Mile. Former jockey Vicky Baze is Honorary Steward for the Emerald Distaff.

    · The $22,575 Pete Pedersen Memorial goes as Race 10 at 6:28 p.m. Longacres Mile nominees I Keep Saying and Floating Feather head the six-horse field that includes El Capone, Carving, Worldventurer and Hard Slider.

    · Longacres Mile nominees Handsome Mike and Rock Me Baby are entered in Sunday’s $250,000 Del Mar (G2) on turf. The $1-million TVG Pacific Classic highlights the Del Mar card at 5:30 p.m.


    Stryker Phd galloping Wednesday morning to prep for Sunday's Longacres Mile.

    $200,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3)
    Race 7—5:00 PM

     Post   Horse  Jockey  Trainer  WGT  ML
     1  Jebrica    Alex Bisono    Mike Puhich   116   15
     2  Dontmesswithkitten    Rocco Bowen   Chris Stenslie   116  20
     3  Prohibition    Isaias Enriquez   Mike Puhich   118    3
     4  Twistgrips    Amadeo Perez   John Snow   115  20
     5  Disruption     Eliska Kubinova  Monique Snowden   116  12
     6  Boyett    Agapito Delgadillo   Mark Glatt   117  12
     7  Title Contender    Rico Walcott   Anita Bolton   121  9/2
     8  Scat Daddybaby     Gallyn Mitchell  Robbie Baze   115  15
     9  Stryker Phd      Leslie Mawing  Larry Ross  121  5/2
     10  Mysterious Soul    Richard Hamel  Barbara Heads   116   15
     11  Mr. Bowling     David G. Lopez  Mike Puhich   117    8
     12  Shooting Jacket    Felipe Valdez  Dino Condilenios   115   20

    $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), Sunday, August 24
    What:
    79th Running $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)
    When: 5:00 p.m. (Race 7)
    TV: Emerald Downs Live on CSN (CSN-179) 2-6 p.m.
    Giveaway Item: Wasserman Bobbleheads
    Co-Feature: $65,000 Emerald Distaff (Race 9, 5:56 p.m.)
    Railbird Rally: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Hosted by Doug Cocke)


    Stopshoppingdebbie looks to keep her unbeaten streak alive in Sunday's Emerald Distaff.

    STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE HEADLINES EMERALD DISTAFF,
    SUPERSTAR FILLY SEEKS ANOTHER SEASON SWEEP

    Stopshoppingdebbie appears set to write another chapter to her already storied career at Emerald Downs. With a victory in Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff at 1 1/8 miles, the 4-year-old Curlin filly would complete her second straight four-race division sweep at Emerald Downs.

    As a 3-year-old, Stopshoppingdebbie won the Seattle Handicap, Irish Day Handicap, Kent Handicap and Washington Oaks. As a 4-year-old, she has wins in the Hastings Handicap, Washington State Legislators Stakes and Boeing Handicap.

    Including a maiden win in 2012, Stopshoppingdebbie is 8-for-8, earning $211,273 for owner/breeder Northwest Farms. She currently has the most wins of any unbeaten horse in North America, and already has wins at six different distances spanning 5 ½ furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

    Moreover, a victory Sunday and Stopshoppingdebbie would have sole possession of Emerald Downs’ record for most consecutive stakes victories—a mark she currently shares with Ropersandwranglers at seven stakes wins apiece.

    In the Distaff, Stopshoppingdebbie carries a stakes record 124 lbs while spotting her rivals from six to 12 lbs, with regular rider Rocco Bowen in the saddle.

    “I feel really comfortable with how she’s come up to the race,” said trainer Tom Wenzel, noting he gave Stopshoppingdebbie a breather following the Boeing win seven weeks ago. “She’s gotten a little more aggressive and I think that’s a positive. Right now, we’re close to being a Grade 3 horse, maybe a Grade 2.”

    Assuming she remains undefeated, the plan is to find out just how good Stopshoppingdebbie really is. A trip to California for stakes engagements could settle the issue, but for now even the stoical Wenzel admits Stopshoppingdebbie is special.

    “Horses that can keep winning races like Stopshoppingdebbie are a different animal,” he said. “Horses that string races together, no matter what competition, are pretty serious horses.

    “I don’t think any distance makes a difference for her. She does have more of a sprinter’s body but it doesn’t seem to matter.”

    Aside from Goin to the Window and Blueberry Smoothie, both talented fillies but thus far unable to beat their stable mate, Wando Woman appears the biggest threat on Sunday. A 7-year-old B.C.-bred with earnings of $281,775, Wando Woman finished second to E Z Kitty in last year’s Distaff and comes off a victory in the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Cup Distaff. 


    Distaff long shot She's Stella Marie posing for photos Thursday at the Martin Pimentel barn.

    $65,000 EMERALD DISTAFF
    Race 9—5:56 P.M.

    Post  Horse  Jockey  Trainer  WT  ML
     1  Stopshoppingdebbie  Rocco Bowen   Tom Wenzel   124   2-5
     2  Blueberry Smoothie  Javier Matias   Tom Wenzel   117   8
     3  She’s Stella Marie  Ronald Richard  Martin Pimentel  112   20
     4  Goin to the Window  Juan Gutierrez  Tom Wenzel  118   9-2
     5  Wando Woman   Amadeo Perez  Cindy Krasner  118   5 



    Trainer Neil Knapp's Elsie picks Dontmesswithkitten in Sunday's Longacres Mile.

    NOTES: Weekly honors: Jockey-Ronald Richard (13-3-0-2); Trainer-Charles Essex (4-2-0-2); Owner-Pegasus Too (1-1-0-0); Groom-Lisa Baze (Rigoberto Velasquez); Washington-bred-Pippa Bou Peep (breeders CE Rich & Ann Richardson). . . Former Emerald Downs’ rider Joe Crispin rides defending champion Falling Knife for trainer Billy Morey in Sunday $20,000 Humboldt County Marathon at 1 5/8 miles. Run on Ferndale’s half-mile oval, the horses cross the finish line five times in the 13-furlong marathon.

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