News & Notes
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
$200,000 Longacres Mile
78th Running—Grade 3
Sunday, August 18, Race 8, 5:32 PM
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Wt ML
1 Until You.....Juan Gutierrez.....David Martinez.....114.....30
2 Hoist.....Mario Gutierrez.....Mike Puhich.....117.....20
3 Politicallycorrect.....Russell Baze.....Wesley Ward .....121.....7-2
4 Gladding.....Dennis Carr.....Vann Belvoir.....116.....10
5 Stryker Phd .....Debbie Hoonan.....Margo Lloyd.....116.....8
6 Jebrica.....Isaias Enriquez.....Jim Penney.....118.....12
7 Golden Itiz.....Gerry Olguin.....John Sadler.....116.....5
8 Tres Borrachos.....David G. Lopez.....Mike Puhich .....118 .....10
9 Why Not Be Perfect.....A. Sanguinetti.....Jeff Metz.....118.....15
10 Herbie D.....Amadeo Perez.....Robert Gilker.....121.....4
11 Mr. Bowling.....Aaron Gryder.....Mike Puhich.....117.....6
12 Winning Machine.....Javier Matias.....Frank Lucarelli.....117.....15
$65,000 Emerald Distaff
18th Running—1 1/8 Miles
Sunday, August 18, Race 6, 4:24 PM
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Wt
1 Exclusive Diva.....Juan Gutierrez.....Tom Wenzel.....121
2 E Z Kitty.....A. Sanguinetti.....Jeff Metz.....120
3 Whiskey Miner.....Debbie Hoonan.....Neil Knapp.....110
4 Royal Moses.....Javier Matias.....Tim Harder.....115
5 Champagneandcaviar.....Russell Baze.....Howard Belvoir.....115
6 Evelyn’s Dancer.....Aaron Gryder.....Mike Puhich.....123
7 Wando Woman.....Frank Fuentes.....Junior Coffey.....117
The field for the 78th Running of the Longacres Mile.
FULL FIELD OF 12 ENTERED IN $200,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3)
An overflow field of 13 runners was entered Wednesday for Sunday’s $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) for
3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs. Until You won a shake with Assessment—both geldings were assigned 114 lbs—for the 12th and final spot in the 78th renewal of the Northwest’s most prestigious race
Eastern invader Politcallycorrect drew the No. 3 post-position and was installed as the 7-to-2 morning line favorite by line maker Rob Rao. The evenly matched field includes runners from virtually all points in North America—East, Midwest, California, Canada and Washington.
Herbie D, impressive winner of the July 21 Mt. Rainier Handicap, drew the No. 10 post-position and is the 4-to-1 second choice. Herbie D, a 5-year-old B.C.-bred who bids to become the second straight Canadian horse to win The Mile, is 9-1-1 in 12 lifetime starts for trainer Robert Gilker.
Politcallycorrect and Herbie D also are starting co-high weights at 121 lbs each.
Golden Itiz a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred from the powerful John Sadler barn at Del Mar, drew No. 7 and is 5-to-1, and Mr. Bowling, a recent acquisition trained by Mike Puhich, drew the No. 11 post and is 6-to-1.
Mr. Bowling, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred, was purchased privately by Dr. Mark Dedomenico and Glen Todd (North American Thoroughbred Racing Co, Inc.), and ships to Emerald after a runner-up finish in the $101,000 Golden Bear at Indiana Downs. And, of course, Puhich and Todd teamed up to win the 2012 Mile with Taylor Said from an outside post-position.
“The Mile is the biggest race in the Pacific Northwest,” Todd said “It was the best and most gratifying day I’ve had in horse racing. “We’ve got two in (this year’s race). I don’t know if they’re as good as Taylor Said, but we can’t win if were not in the race.”
Hoist, owned by Todd and trained by Puhich, breaks from the No. 2 post with Mario Gutierrez—last year’s winner on Taylor Said—getting the mount.
Tres Borrachos, the field’s richest earner with $1,030,973, drew No. 8 and is ridden by David G. Lopez, at 10-to-1, and Jebrica, from the barn of five-time Longacres Mile-winning trainer Jim Penney, drew No. 6 and is ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 12-to-1.
Winning Machine, who missed by a head to Taylor Said in last year’s Mile, drew the No. 12 post-position and is ridden by Javier Matias at 15-to-1. A 7-year-old gelding, Winning Machine has won four stakes and three divisional honors at Emerald Downs, but only two horses--Coldwater in the inaugural running in 1935 and Assessment in 2009--have won The Mile from post-position 12.
Longacres Mile Notes:
· Russell Baze, jockey on morning line favorite Politicallycorrect, is riding in his record 20th Longacres Mile, including victories on Simply Majestic, 1989; Sky Jack, 2003, and Adreamisborn, 2004. Incidentally, Baze was the cover boy on Tuesday's edition of The New York Times, which ran a lengthy feature on North America's winningest jockey.
· Gerry Olguin, rider of Golden Itiz, makes his first Emerald Downs appearance since 2001 and is 0-for-13 lifetime at Emerald Downs. A 40-year-old native of Chula Vista, CA, Olguin has 1,851 career wins, riding mainly in Canada, and teamed with owner K.K. Sangara to win the 2007 B.C. Derby on Celtic Dreamin for trainer Rafael Beccera.
· Ken & Sarah Ramsey, owners/breeders of Politcallycorrect, lead the nation in 2013 earnings with $6,356,860, and they have earned three Eclipse Awards—2004 Turf Horse Kitten’s Joy (sire of Politcallycorrect), 2004 Owners, and 2010 Steeplechaser Slip Away.
· The remainder of Sunday’s card (excluding Longacres Mile & Emerald Distaff) will be drawn Thursday.
Trainer and Mile Honorary Steward Don Munger pulls No. 7 pea for Golden Itiz.
EMERALD ROOM PACKED FOR LONGACRES MILE DRAW
An enthusiastic, overflow crowd gathered for the traditional Mile Breakfast Draw in the Emerald Room, and toward the end Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett took the microphone from emcee Joe Withee and said, “Seeing the support of this race is overwhelming.
“So many times we’ve been through the ups and downs of this industry. I can’t imagine all the support we’ve had this entire year and what we have here today.”
Crockett also was featured in a video to announce 89-year-old owner/breeder/trainer Don Munger as honorary steward for the 2013 Longacres Mile. “Humility, hard-work and determination make Don Munger one of the all-time best,” Crockett said.”
The field for the $65,000 Emerald Distaff
EMERALD DOWNS VS. HASTINGS IN $65,000 EMERALD DISTAFF
The two most accomplished fillies and mares in the Pacific Northwest square off Sunday when the pride of Hastings Racecourse—Evelyn’s Dancer—faces the queen of Emerald Downs—Exclusive Diva—in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff at 1 1/8 miles.
A field of seven is entered, with Evelyn’s Dancer to carry high-weight of 123 lbs and Exclusive Diva second high weight at 121 lbs in the 18th running of Emerald Downs championship race for older fillies and mares.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred, Evelyn’s Dancer has reeled off seven stakes wins the last two years in Vancouver, and she has an overall mark of 9-3-1 in 16 starts with earnings of $326,595 for Dr. Mark Dedomenico and North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. A front-runner, Evelyn’s Dancer is 1-1-0 in two starts at 1 1/8 miles, registering a victory in the $100,000 B.C. Oaks and finishing runner-up to 2012 Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting Class Included in the Grade 3 Ballerina.
Also a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred, Exclusive Diva is 7-4-1 in 12 career starts with earnings off $194,828 for Debbie Paxton and Northwest Farms. A stakes winner at ages 2, 3 and 4, Exclusive Diva also runs on or near the lead, and is 2-2-0 in four starts at the meet for trainer Tom Wenzel, including a win in the Washington State Legislators Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs. In her only start at nine furlongs, Exclusive Diva finished second beaten a head by Champagneandcaviar in the 2012 Washington Oaks.
E Z Kitty, a 5-year-old Washington-bred, has locked horns throughout the season with Exclusive Diva at Emerald Downs, and also figures to be a pace factor. Winner of 10 of 20 starts and six stakes—three apiece at Emerald Downs and Turf Paradise—she adds depth to the Distaff. As does Wando Woman, a 6-year-old B.C.-bred who has won over $200,000 while racing exclusively at Hastings Racecourse in a 25-race career.
Facts & Figures
$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)
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