$100,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3) DRAWS 20 NOMINATIONS
AUBURN, Wash. (August 2, 2021) – Papa’s Golden Boy, unbeaten in three starts this season including two stakes, heads a list of 20 horses nominated to the $100,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 15.
The 86th renewal of the Northwest’s premier event shares billing with the $50,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
The speedy Papa’s Golden Boy is virtually untested this season at Emerald Downs, scoring daylight victories in all three starts including easy gate to wire scores in the Budweiser Stakes and Governor’s Stakes at 6 and 6 ½ furlongs. The 5-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding must prove he can get the distance, however, after finishing fifth in the 2020 Longacres Mile. In the 2020 Mile, Papa’s Golden Boy set fractions of :22 3/5, :45 1/5 and 1:08 3/5 before fading to fifth as Anothertwistafate prevailed by 4 ½ lengths in 1:34.
Peter Redekop, owner of Anothertwistafate, could make it two straight Miles as his Anyportinastorm is among a strong contingent of Southern California based runners nominated. The 7-year-old Florida-bred was 2019 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting, compiling a 2-1-0 record in three stakes starts capped by a gallant head defeat to Law Abidin Citizen in the Mile.
Longacres Mile winning trainers Doug O’Neill and Mark Glatt are well-represented in 2021. O’Neill nominated Grade 2-placed Parsimony while Glatt nominated Bold Endeavor and Zestful. Bold Endeavor has six consecutive 90-plus Beyers in main track routes while Zestful is multiple graded stakes-placed including a second in the 2019 Marathon Stakes (G2) on Breeders’ Cup day at Santa Anita.
Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale nominated Majestic Eagle, a locally owned graded winner on turf coming off a second in the recent Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar.
Longacres Mile winning trainer Mike Puhich and renowned former UW football/basketball announcer Bob Rondeau are represented by Background, a 4-year-old Florida-bred with over $150,000 in earnings this year and a 2-1-1 record at a mile.
John Parker, whose Gold Rush Dancer dominated the 2017 Mile, recently acquired Forest Fire, a 6-year-old Pennsylvania-bred with over $370,000 in earnings and a 4 for 7 record in one-mile races.
Five Star General, runner-up to Anothertwistafate in the 2020 Mile, heads a Canadian contingent that includes the stakes-winning Explode and the razor-sharp Sir Bregovic, unbeaten in four sprints this year in Vancouver.
A pair of 3-year-olds are on the list including Stillleto Boy, runaway winner of the $250,000 Iowa Derby at odds of 16 to 1 (95 Beyer).
Other locals include: Unmachable, track and state champion 3-year-old of 2020 and runner-up to Papa’s Golden Boy in the Governor’s Stakes; Hard to Deny, an improving 5-year-old with two straight allowance victories at one mile; and Windribbon, whose 1:07.53 in a June 30 allowance win is the fastest six-furlong clocking in North America in three years.
Handicap weights for the Mile will be announced Friday, August 6, with entries drawn Wednesday, August 11 at the Quarter Chute Cafe. If more than 12 horses are entered, the 12 highest weighted horses will be preferred.
The 26th running of the $50,000 Emerald Distaff at 1 1/16 miles is headlined by Daffodil Sweet, a 4-year-old Ministers Wild Cat filly with a 5 for 7 career record including a dominant score in the Washington State Legislators Stakes last month. In her lone try around two turns, Daffodil Sweet finished second to Princess of Cairo in the 2020 Washington Oaks. Conditioned by Sandi Gann, Princess of Cairo also is nominated to the Emerald Distaff.
$100,000 Longacres Mile (G3), Sunday, August 15, 2021
Horse. . . . .Owner. . . .Trainer
Adens Dream (8g/FLA) Johnny Taboada Ari Herbertson
Anyportinastorm (7h/FLA) Peter Redekop BC Ltd Peter Miller
Background (4g/FLA) Giddyup Stables LLC Mike Puhich
Bold Endeavor (5g/KY) William Branch, W Buster Jr. and Mark Cohen Mark Glatt
Coastal Kid (3g/WA) Steve Haahr and Letha Haahr Jeff Metz
Explode (5g/KY) Adam Isfeld Robert VanOverschot
Five Star General (5h/KY) North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. Sandi Gann
Forest Fire (6g/PA) John Parker Candi Cryderman
Hard to Deny (5g/KY) One Horse Will Do Corp. & Chris Stenslie Chris Stenslie
Majestic Eagle (6g/KY) Rave Green Racing Neil Drysdale
Muncey (4g/KY) Rising Star VII Howard Belvoir
Papa’s Golden Boy (5g/WA) G Lusk, D Lusk, J Lusk and P Lusk Vince Gibson
Parsimony (5h/PA) Reddam Racing LLC Doug O’Neill
Reelfoot (5g/KY) Run Free Racing Edwin Cornier
Sir Bregovic (5g/BC) Shawn Strachan and Karen Strachan James Strachan
Stilleto Boy (3g/KY) Steve Moger Ed Moger
Take Charge Deputy (6g/CA) Rosales Racing F1 Jorge Rosales
Unmachable (4g/WA) Tawnja Elison Jack McCartney
Windribbon (5g/CA) Seamist Racing Blaine Wright
Zestful (6g/KY) Shanderella, Glatt, Haramota and Kawahara Mark Glatt
$50,000 Emerald Distaff, Sunday, August 15, 2021
Horse. . . . .Owner. . . .Trainer
Compelling Smile (4f/KY) Giddyup Stables and Mark Dedomenico Mike Puhich
Daffodil Sweet (4f/KY) One Horse Will Do Corp. and Steve Shimizu Chris Stenslie
Galileta (4f/FLA) Scott Herbertson Ari Herbertson
Gettin Sideways (6m/CA) Glyn Kelly & Anne MacLennan Dan Markle
Killarney Lass (5m/KY) Sargent Stables Frank Lucarelli
Ms Lynn (3f/WA) Ron Bohlman Roy Lumm
Princess of Cairo (4f/KY) M Dedomenico and North American Tbred Sandi Gann
She’s Divine (5m/FLA) Adam Isfeld Robert VanOverschot
Squan’s Kingdom (7m/KY) John Parker Candi Cryderman -##-