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11 horse field will run in the Longacres Mile - Awesome Gem the favorite | Emerald Downs
PP-- Horse--Trainer--Jockey-- Wt-- M/L
1--Gladding --John Sadler-- Juan Hernandez--119-- 3
2--Gallant Son--Frank Lucarelli--W. Antongeorgi--117--15
3--Awesome Gem--Craig Dollase--David Flores--123--5-2
4--Winning Machine--Frank Lucarelli--Javier Matias--119--8
5--Hudson Landing--Blaine Wright--Frank Alvarado--122-- 5
6-- Assessment--Howard Belvoir--Jennifer Whitaker--116--20
7--Jump Up and Kissme--Kerri Raven--Marlo Dunn--114--30
8--Bailouttheminister--Keith Nations--Russell Baze--118--6
9-- Jebrica--Jim Penney--Juan Gutierrez--118--15
10--Taylor Said--Michael Puhich--Mario Gutierrez--122--6
11--St Liams Halo--Michael Puhich--Leslie Mawing--118--10
DEFENDING CHAMP AWESOME GEM 5-TO-2 FAVORITE
AS 11 ENTERED IN $200,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3)
West Point Thoroughbreds’ 9-year-old Awesome Gem seeks to become the oldest horse to win the Longacres Mile when Emerald Downs presents the 77th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 classic on Sunday, August 19.
A field of 11 was drawn Wednesday with Awesome Gem and jockey David Flores drawing the No. 3 post-position, a big improvement from last year when the son of Awesome Again overcame the No. 11 post to defeat Noosa Beach by 1-½ lengths in 1:34-4/5. With earnings of $2,851,370, Awesome Gem will break his own record as the richest horse ever to compete in the state.
Awesome Gem is the 5-to-2 favorite on Rob Rao’s morning line with CRK Stable’s Gladding second choice at 3-to-1.
“He’s training wonderfully going into the race,” trainer Craig Dollase said of Awesome Again. “He’s probably as good or better than last year. He’s a gem, that’s for sure.”
Awesome Gem and Gladding are scheduled to ship together from Del Mar late Thursday evening and arrive at Emerald Downs at 4 a.m. Friday. They will van from Del Mar to LAX, where they will board a flight to Sea-Tac, and then take a van to Emerald Downs.
The Blaine Wright-trained Hudson Landing is 5-to-1 and the Keith Nations-trained Bailouttheminister is 6-to-1. The former is on a roll, winning four of six since being claimed by Jared Chappell including the Mt. Rainier Handicap at Emerald Downs. The latter comes off a sprint stakes win in Northern California and gets Hall of Famer Russell Baze as jockey.
Taylor Said and St Liams Halo, both owned by Glen Todd’s North American Thoroughbred Racing Company, drew the No. 10 and No. 11 post-positions. Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winning jockey Mario Gutierrez rides Taylor Said, a 4-year-old winner of four straight stakes who seeks to become the first horse since 1970 to win The Mile after making his previous start in Vancouver.
“Everything has been wonderful this year,” Gutierrez said at The Mile draw brunch. “I’m glad to have so many people behind me. Right now we’re focused on The Mile, and I think we have a pretty good shot. I wish everyone luck.”
Fleur De Lis Stable’s Winning Machine is a double stakes winner this season for trainer Frank Lucarelli and appears to be the top local hope, although Ron and Rosalie Jebrica appears to be coming into the race in fine order for five-time Mile-winning trainer Jim Penney.
Randall & Rossi’s Gallant Son and Tice Ranch Stables Assessment both have back class but need form reversals. Gallant Son was Emerald Downs’ Top 2-Year-Old in 2008 and is a multiple stakes winner on turf in Southern California, while Assessment won The Mile in 2009 en route to Horse of the Meeting honors.
Longacres Mile At-A Glance
What: 77th Running $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)
When: 6:01 p.m., Sunday, August 19 (Race 8)
TV: 2-6 p.m. TVG & CSN
Radio: KJR Sports Radio 950 AM 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Gates open: 9 a.m.
Giveaway: 30 ipads
Other Features: $65,000 Emerald Distaff, 1-1/8 Miles (Race 6, 4:33 p.m.)
Longacres Mile Notes
Bailouttheminister worked four furlongs in :47 Monday at Emerald Downs.
Assistant trainer Sergio Martin once again will oversee Awesome Gem’s training at Emerald Downs, while trainer John Sadler said barn foreman Cesar Aguilar would accompany Gladding to Emerald Downs.
Two former Mile winners are in the race: Awesome Gem, who seeks to become the first repeat winner at Emerald Downs, and 2009 Mile winner Assessment. Four Mile winning jockeys have mounts: three-time winner Russell Baze, two-time winners David Flores and Juan Gutierrez, and one-time winner Jennifer Whitaker. Three Mile winning trainers have runners led by five-time winner Jim Penney and two-time winner Howard Belvoir, along with one-time winner Craig Dollase.
With the mount on Bailouttheminister, Hall of Fame Jockey Russell Baze rides in his 11th straight Longacres Mile. North America’s all-time leader with 11,765 wins, Baze also is slated for induction Sunday into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame, with Paul George and long-time KOMO-TV Sports Director Bruce King leading the ceremony in the winner’s circle.
The popular Railbird Rally*hosted by Doug “The Goat” Cocke*begins 10 a.m. Sunday in The Park adjacent to the paddock.
Washington HBPA President Ron Maus is Honorary Steward for the 2012 Longacres Mile.
The $0.50 Pick 5 and $0.50 Late Pick Four both will end with The Mile.
CLASS INCLUDED HEADS PENNEY TRIO IN $65,000 EMERALD DISTAFF
As the great Charlie Whittingham used to say when entering one of his multiple-horse entries in a big stakes race, “We got ’em surrounded.”
In the case of Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff, Washington Hall of Fame trainer Jim Penney will play the role of Whittingham with of three of the five entrants in the 1-1/8-mile event which goes as Race 6 on the Mile card.
Michael and Amy Feuerborn’s Class Included is the 1-to-2 morning line favorite and foremost among the Penney trio. The 4-year-old Include filly already has a stranglehold on the older filly and mare division with two wins and a second in three stakes outings at the meet. Her lifetime record is 7-6-0 in 13 starts with earnings of $256,823. A victory would make her the first filly since Shampoo in 2007-08 to win back-to-back honors as Top 3-Year-Old Filly and Top Older Filly or Mare.
Class Included is ridden by Juan Gutierrez and carries 122 lbs, five more than both stable mate Sweet Nellie Brown and E Z Kitty.
“I know it’s deserved, but my top concern is that we’ll be spotting five pounds to the rest of the field,” Feuerborn said. “This race is kind of special to me because I’ve never won it before. If she wins, this race could be in the mix for one of the greatest races in her career."
Tige Too Racing Stable’s E Z Kitty defeated Class Included in the Washington State Legislators Handicap at 6-½ furlongs and is six-for-10 lifetime and a double stakes winner. She finished a distant fifth to Class Included in the July 8 Boeing Handicap at one mile, however, and is likely to revert to front-running tactics in the Distaff.
$65,000 Emerald Distaff, 1-1/8-Miles, Sunday August 19
1--Carrabelle Harbor--Doris Harwood--David Flores--115
2--Class Included--Jim Penney--Juan Gutierrez--122
3--Private Fortune--Jim Penney--Eliska Kubinova--113
4--E Z Kitty--H R Gibson--L. Camacho-Flores--117
5--Sweet Nellie Brown--Jim Penney--W. Antongeorgi--117
NOTES: Week 18 honors: Jockey-Leslie Mawing (24-9-5-3, 2000th career win); Trainer-Howard Belvoir (9-4-0-3); Owners-Michael Pollowitz & Jeffrey Wilson (3-2-1-0); Groom-Jose Lomeli (Tom Wenzel); Washington Bred-Wasserman (breeder Howard Belvoir)*Makors Finale earned an 81 Beyer for his half-length victory Sunday in the Emerald Downs Derby, while runner-up Italian Boy got an 80 and third-place D’honorable One a 77*Champagneandcaviar was give a 78 for her head victory Saturday over Exclusive Diva in the Washington Oaks, up one point from her win in the Kent Handicap*The steady Exclusive Diva completed the Oaks series with two firsts and two seconds, earning Beyers of 81, 75, 76 and 78*First-time starter Stopshoppingdebbie was given a 69 for her seven-length romp Sunday (5-½ furlongs in 1:02.97), and Northwest Farms fillies have the top three juvenile Beyers at the meeting: Stopshoppingdebbie, 69, Goin to the Window, 67, and Blueberry Smoothie, 66* The Washington Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday in the Emerald Room with Hilco Scamper (Male Horse), Rings a Chime (Female Horse), Wayne Branch (Trainer), Paul Frey (Jockey), George Newell (Breeder) and Jack Hodge (Lifetime Achievement) the 2012 honorees*Longacres mile nominee Hoorayforhollywood prevailed as the 4-to-5 favorite in a $73,000 allowance race Wednesday at Del Mar.