$100,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3) DRAWS 22 NOMINATIONS
AUBURN, Wash. (August 30, 2020) – Defending Horse of the Meeting and 2019 Longacres Mile runner-up Anyportinastorm heads a list of 22 horses nominated to the $100,000 Longacres Mile (G3) at Emerald Downs.
The 85th renewal of the Northwest’s premier Thoroughbred race is Thursday, September 10, with post time 8:30 p.m.
Trainer Blaine Wright and owner Peter Redekop nominated a powerful one-two punch in Anyportinastorm and Anothertwistafate. The former scored easy wins in the Governor’s Stakes and Budweiser Stakes last year before finishing a gallant second to Law Abidin Citizen in the Longacres Mile. A 6-year-old by City Zip, Anyportinastorm captured the Oak Tree Sprint at Pleasanton on July 4 and most recently ran seventh in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
A 4-year-old by Scat Daddy, Anothertwistafate was a serious contender on the 2019 Triple Crown trail, placing in graded races at Sunland Park and Keeneland after scoring an authoritative victory in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate. Anothertwistafate has been off since finishing 10th to War of Will in the 2019 Preakness.
Elliott Bay and Papa’s Golden Boy—first and second in the Mt. Rainier Stakes two weeks ago—head the local contingent. Unbeaten in two starts this year for Frank Lucarelli and Chad Christensen and Josh McKee, Elliott Bay is a triple stakes winner at Emerald Downs and finished fifth in the 2019 Mile. For sheer speed, Papa’s Golden Boy might be the fastest horse on the grounds. Trained by Vince Gibson and owned by Gary and Deborah Lusk and Jeff Lusk, Papa’s Golden Boy has two wins and a second this season and routinely runs opening half-miles in sub 44 seconds.
Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale and owners John Lindley and Ray Morton nominated Majestic Eagle, a regally bred son of Medaglia d’Oro whose best race was a victory in the 2019 American Stakes (G3) on turf at Santa Anita.
Canada is represented by Coulterberry, Five Star General and He’s the Reason. A 7-year-old by Finality, Coulterberry won last year’s Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at Emerald Downs and prevailed in the Lieutenant Governors’ in his 2020 debut at Hastings Racecourse August 6. Owned and trained by Glen Todd, Five Star General and He’s the Reason are both multiple stakes winners in Vancouver including a victory by Five Star General in last year’s British Columbia Derby (G3).
In addition to Elliott Bay, Lucarelli nominated Sargent Stables’ Killarney Lass, a 4-year-old filly coming off a smashing front-running score in the Boeing Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs.
Background is the lone 3-year-old nominated. Trained by Mike Puhich and owned by Bob Rondeau, the Florida-bred gelding scored in an $85,000 maiden special weight last winter at Oaklawn Park and most recently finished a troubled eighth in the Indiana Derby (G3) at Indiana Downs.
Makah Lane and More Power to Him both won stakes at Emerald Downs in 2019, while La Waun is 5-4-0 in 11 starts against claimers the last two seasons at Emerald Downs. Hollywood Heat scored a 50 to 1 upset in a $20,000 allowance race two weeks ago.
Grinder Sparkasaglo, a 9-year-old with over $260,000 in earnings, is the oldest horse nominated. Trainer Howard Belvoir, a three-time Mile winner at Emerald Downs, nominated The Press, a recent $25,000 claiming winner and a stakes winner around two turns in the Washington Cup. Vann Belvoir, who saddled Gold Rush Dancer to a victory in the 2017 Longacres Mile, nominated Italiano, a 5-year-old Twirling Candy gelding that mainly sprints in Southern California.
Weights for the Longacres Mile will be released Wednesday, September 2, and entries taken Saturday, September 5.
$100,000 Longacres Mile (G3), 1M, Thursday, Sept. 10
Horse. . . . . . . .Owner. . . . . . . .Trainer
Anothertwistafate (4c/KY) Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd. Blaine Wright
Anyportinastorm (6h/FLA) Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd. Blaine Wright
Background (3g/FLA) Giddyup Stables LLC Mike Puhich
Coulterberry (7g/BC) Roy and Dixie Jacobson Mark Cloutier
Devine Dental (6g/PA) John Parker Candi Cryderman
Elliott Bay (5g/WA) Chad and Josh Frank Lucarelli
Five Star General (4c/KY) North American Thoroughbred Glen Todd
Grinder Sparksaglo (9g/WA) Richard Sena Robbie Baze
He’s the Reason (5g/KY) North American Thoroughbred Glen Todd
Hollywood Heat (4c/CA) The Property Tax Pros Jose Raudales
Italiano (5h/KY) Flight 4 Partners David Matsumoto
Killarney Lass (4f/KY) Sargent Stables Frank Lucarelli
La Waun (5g/CA) Parker, Pimentel or Pimentel Candi Cryderman
Majestic Eagle (5g/KY) John Lindley and Ray Morton Neil Drysdale
Makah Lane (4g/WA) Q Stable & Friendship Stable Bonnie Jenne
More Power to Him (6h/CA) Brett Mason Kay Cooper
Of Good Report (4g/KY) Peerenboom-Bowyer Racing Stables Vladimir Cerin
Papa’s Golden Boy (4g/WA) Gary and Deborah Lusk and Jeff Lusk Vince Gibson
Rally Cat (4g/KY) Fleur De Lis Stables Doris Harwood
Take Charge Deputy (5g/CA) Rosales Racing F1 Jorge Rosales
The Press (7g/WA) Howard Belvoir Howard Belvoir
Vicente’s Shadow (5g/KY) Satchell Stevens Satchell Stevens