Awesome Gem and Gladding arrive at Emerald Downs | Longacres Mile

Defending champion and 5-to-2 morning line favorite Awesome Gem steps off the van at Emerald Downs early Friday morning in advance of Sunday
Defending champion and 5-to-2 morning line favorite Awesome Gem steps off the van at Emerald Downs early Friday morning in advance of Sunday's 77th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) for 3-year-olds and up. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, the 9-year-old gelding attempts to become the oldest horse to win The Mile, and with earnings of $2,851,370 is the richest horse to ever race in Washington.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Wayne Nagai/Emerald Downs Photo

Last year's Longacres Mile champ Awesome Gem has arrived at Emerald Downs.

CRK Stable's Gladding arrived from Southern California early Friday morning in advance of Sunday's Longacres Mile. The 5-year-old Sarava gelding is the 3-to-1 second choice and comes off a  6-1/4 length victory in the Alamedan Handicap at Pleasanton, Calif.


$200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)

77th Running, 3-Year-Olds & Up

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Race 8, 5:32 p.m.


Track & Stakes Record: 1:33, Sky Jack (7), 123 lbs, Aug. 24, 2003


Most Wins

Trainer: 5

Jim Penney (Silver Mallet, 1973; Theologist, 1977; Edneator, 2000;

Sabertooth, 2002; Flamethrowintexan, 2006)

Jockey: 5

Gary Baze (Trooper Seven, 1980-81; Chum Salmon, 1985; Judge Angelucci, 1987; Adventuresome Love, 1993)

Owner: 5

Bob Hutchinson (Campus Fusser, 1941; Lavengro, 1942; Prince Ernest, 1945;

Kings Favor 1967; Steel Blade, 1968.


Purse: 1st $110,000 2nd $40,000 3rd $30,000 4th $15,000 5th 5,000


Favorites Overall: 31-for-76, Odds-On: 6-for-15

Favorites @ Emerald Downs (1996-2011): 4-for-16 Odds-On @ Emerald Downs: 0-for-2

Track Condition: Fast 65, Sloppy 5, Good 2, Muddy 2, Slow 2

Largest $2 Win: No Giveaway $122, 2005; Smallest $2 Win: Judge Angelucci  $2.60, 1987

Largest Field: 16, 1935 (1st Running) Smallest: 7, 1987 & 1997

Total Starters 1935-2011: 835 Average Field Size: 11.0

Gate-To-Wire Winners: 17

Largest Win Margin: 6-¼-lengths, Sky Jack, 2003

Smallest Win Margin: nose-multiple, most recent L.J. Express-1995



1*Gladding (3)                 CRK Stable (Lee Searing, Claremont, CA)

2*Gallant Son (15)          Randall & Rossi LLC (Chris Randall, Bellevue, WA; Nick Rossi, Reno, NV)

3*Awesome Gem (5-2)  West Point Thoroughbreds (Terry Finley, founder and president,

Mt. Laurel, NJ)

4*Winning Machine (8)   Fleur De Lis Stables (Raymond Kwik, Spokane, WA; Paul Goldberg,

Westport, CT)

5*Hudson Landing  (5)    Chappell Alpine Farms LLC (Jared Chappell, Alpine, UT)

6*Assessment (20)          Tice Ranch Stables LLC (Diane Tice, Seattle, WA)

7*Jump Up and Kissme (30) Kerri Raven, Port Moody, BC; Wayne Oliver, Vancouver, BC

8*Bailouttheminister (6) Theresa & Edward DeNike, Kent WA

9*Jebrica (15)                   Ron & Rosalie Warren, Olympia, WA

10*Taylor Said (6)            North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. (Glen Todd, Surrey, BC)

11*St Liams Halo (10)      North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. (Glen Todd, Surrey, BC)



May 20: $50,000 Governor’s Handicap, Winning Machine ($25.60) 1:13.97 (wet-fast)

June 17: $50,000 Budweiser Handicap, Winning Machine ($5) 1:34.44 (fast)

July 22: $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap, 1-1/16 Mile, Hudson Landing ($5.40) 1:40.77 (fast)

Aug. 19: $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), One Mile

Sept. 9 $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (WA-Bred) 1-1/16 Mile

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