Washington-bred bay gelding by Cahill Road-Share the Knight

Born: May 23, 2002
Owner/breeder/trainer: Howard Belvoir
Jockey: Jennifer Whitaker
Career Record: 83-13-15-14-$599,091
Emerald Downs Record: 72-13-13-13-$575,024

Sunday, when Emerald Downs presents the 79th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile, the track is giving away Wasserman bobbleheads to all full paid admissions while supplies last. It’s a fitting tribute to perhaps the most popular horse in track history, one whose Emerald Downs career extended 72 races including one of the most memorable seasons in state history.

In 2008, Wasserman won four stakes races—all in photo finishes—and was unanimously voted Horse of the Meeting. The capstone was a neck victory over True Metropolitan in the 73rd Longacres Mile, in which he rallied from 11 lengths back to nearly bring down the house with a scintillating neck victory that made Jennifer Whitaker the first woman jockey to win the race.

"Wassy" finally retired in 2013, but he remains a presence at Emerald Downs. In fact, the now 12-year-old gelding is given rock star status at his many appearances, which include guest-starring roles at Emerald AM and Breakfast at the Wire.

"He’s a happy horse, he still acts like a 2-year-old," says Howard Belvoir, the Washington Hall of Fame trainer who oversaw Wasserman’s entire career.

The track’s all-time leader in earnings with $575,024, Wasserman ran in a record five Longacres Miles, finishing in the money three times. So it’s fitting that Wasserman will play a featured role at this year’s Mile. In addition to the bobblehead giveaway, Wasserman and Whitaker will lead the post parade for the 79th Longacres Mile. Including jogs, gallops, workouts and races, Whitaker estimates she’s ridden Wasserman over 2,200 times at Emerald Downs.

Wasserman also will be in the paddock between the 5th and 6th races for a meet-and-greet with fans, and Belvoir and Whitaker will sign autographs by the paddock from 2-to-3 p.m.

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