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Longacres Mile notes and records | Emerald Downs
What: 77th Running $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)
When: 5:32 pm, 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 am
Giveaway: 30 ipads
Other Features: $65,000 Emerald Distaff (Race 6, 4:24 pm), $30,000 Longacres Mile Consolation (Race 7, 4:54 pm)
RECORD FIELD FOR SUNDAY’S $200,000 LONGACRES MILE
VETERAN TRAINERS PENNEY, BELVOIR SEEK LATEST SCORES
The richest field in Longacres Mile history*an aggregate $5,641,505*blasts off Sunday in the 77th renewal of Emerald Downs’ premier event. Post time has been moved up slightly to 5:32 pm.
Awesome Gem accounts for nearly half the field’s earnings with $2,851,370, but Gallant Son, Winning Machine, Hudson Landing and Assessment all have earned over $400,000, and every runner in the 11-horse field is over $100,000.
Trainers Jim Penney and Howard Belvoir, as usual, have entries in The Mile. Washington Hall of Fame trainer Penney saddles 15-to-1 Jebrica and Washington Hall of Fame finalist Howard Belvoir sends out 20-to-1 Assessment. Either horse might be worth a look, considering Penney has five Mile wins, more than any trainer in history, and Belvoir is the only trainer to win the race two straight years at Emerald Downs.
Jebrica drew post 9 and will be ridden by two-time Mile-winning jockey Juan Gutierrez. The stretch-running 4-year-old is the only Washington-bred in the race, and Penney said the gelding would benefit from a fast pace.
“The post-position we drew is alright,” he said. “The main thing is to get a clean run into the first turn. He’s been training well since his (July 28 allowance victory).
“We were glad to have the last race in him. We’ve said all along that we were pointing him for this race, so we feel he’s at his best right now.”
Critics might scoff at Jebrica’s 81 Beyer in the 6-½ furlong race, but it’s noteworthy that the son of Liberty Gold earned the biggest Beyer at the 2011 meet, a 98 in the 1-1/8 mile Emerald Derby that was two points higher than Awesome Gem’s victory in The Mile.
Assessment exits the same race as Jebrica, finishing second while making his first start since November. The 8-year-old gelding is appearing in his fifth straight Mile, tying stable mate Wasserman for second most starts in the race. Kent Green, with six straight Mile appearances from 1987-92, holds the record.
Assessment, the 2009 Mile winner, drew post 6 and is ridden by Jennifer Whitaker.
“It’s a great post-position,” Belvoir said. “It’s certainly better than the 12-post, which we drew when he won The Mile. He’s going to have to use a little speed to save position, but I think he’ll be fine.
“I just wish we had another race in him. He was really tired after his last race, but he’s been training good since.”
Trainer Frank Lucarelli has a good chance to win his first Mile with either Winning Machine or Gallant Son, and also has Stormy Lucy entered Saturday in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (G1) at Del Mar. Owned by Frank Gaunt, Stormy Lucy is listed at 30-to-1 in the 1-1/8-mile turf race. Lady of Shamrock is the 8-to-5 favorite for trainer John Sadler, who sends out Gladding in The Mile.
Two-time Longacres Mile winning jockey Gallyn Mitchell celebrated his 50th birthday Wednesday and is recuperating from surgery on his right hand. Booger will be on hand for The Mile.
An unusual hot streak has engulfed the Puget Sound region with temperatures expected to reach the high 90s on Thursday and Friday. Sunday, however, is shaping up perfectly with a forecast of clear and 77 for the 77th Longacres Mile.
The 2012 Longacres Mile trophy, "Take Flight", was created by Dana Michaels of Vancouver B.C. and will be presented to the winning owner of The Mile.
Sunday’s “Paddock Preview Show” features HBPA President Ron Maus, Honorary Steward for The Mile, with Jacob Pollowitz from 1:05 to 1:20 p.m.
$200,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3), SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
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
AN UNDERDOG’S TALE: CARRABELLE HARBOR SET FOR DISTAFF
Carrabelle Harbor doesn’t need to know that she’s 6-to-1 on the morning line, or the likely fourth betting choice to win Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares running 1-1/8 miles.
Unless, of course, she’s superstitious and remembers that her last stakes win came in the 2011 Kent Handicap as the 6-to-1, fourth choice. While the stars’ alignment might have little to do with a horse’s chances, the pattern at least shows that Carrabelle Harbor shouldn’t be dismissed Sunday, when she tries to upend Class Included’s quest for back-to-back stakes wins. Trainer Doris Harwood said she’s a believer.
“She’s coming up up to the race fit and ready,” Harwood said. “She worked this morning, and couldn’t be doing any better.”
To add to the intrigue, Carrabelle Harbor will have a new, and incredibly talented pilot aboard.
“I’m really happy to have jockey David Flores,” Harwood said. “I’m lucky to have him and his skills for the Distaff.”
Flores, who ships north to ride Awesome Gem in the Longacres Mile (G3), is no stranger to Emerald Downs. The native of Tijuana, Mexico won both the 1996 Mile aboard Isitingood and last year’s on Awesome Gem.
$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
TVG PARTY PLACE FRIDAY AT EMERALD DOWNS
To celebrate the start of Longacres Mile weekend, TVG turns Emerald Downs into the TVG Party Place beginning at 5 pm Friday on Track Level.
TVG hosts Greg Wolf, Gino Buccola, Caleb Keller and Christina Olivares-Blacker will host their weekly show The Late Double at Emerald Downs, and fans can buy $1 hot dogs along with Craft Beer Specials and great music from Shelley & The Curves.
NOTES: Quarter Horse racing returns Saturday with two 440-yard qualifying races for next month’s $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Challenge Championship. Seventeen runners are entered with defending champion Devon Dat Cash and runner-up Vodka With Ice both landing in the first heat, which goes as Saturday’s first race. In the second heat, Snip N Dale makes his first appearance at Emerald Downs since a victory in the Muckleshoot Tribal Dash/John Deere Bonus Challenge on Sept. 12, 2010*Two Longacres Mile nominees were victorious Wednesday at Del Mar: Shrug ($21.40) prevailed in the $85,000 Green Flash Handicap at five furlongs on turf, and Hoorayforhollywood ($3.80) won a one-mile, $73,000 allowance race on Polytrack*Also at Del Mar, Cat On Base, a triple winner at the meet for Howard Belvoir, is 12-to-1 on the morning line in a $25,000 claiming race at 6-½ furlongs on Saturday. Victor Espinoza rides for Vann Belvoir* 2011 Emerald Downs’ Top Juvenile Chu and I worked three furlongs in :35-1/5 Thursday and appears close to making his season debut for owners Michael and Amy Feuerborn and trainer Jim Penney*The Penney barn will be remarkably busy Sunday with nine horses entered on the 10-race card, including Jebrica in the Longacres Mile and Class Included, Private Fortune and Sweet Nellie Brown in the Emerald Distaff*Emerald Downs’ Vice President Jack Hodge has a big weekend starting Saturday when he’s honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Washington Racing Hall of Fame. Sunday, both Upperline and Willcox, co-owned by Hodge, compete on Arlington Million Day at Arlington Park*Plenty of Gibsons are training at Emerald Downs in 2012. Sunday, Charles Gibson, Elwin Gibson, H R Gibson, Robert Gibson and Vince Gibson all have runners entered. “But I’m the only one whose been here every year,” says Vince Gibson, whose 216 wins rank No. 16 all-time at Emerald Downs*And, of course, Mark Gibson is the official starter at Emerald Downs.