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New title sponsors for Washington Cup XI | Emerald Downs

July 18, 2013 · 1:27 PM

Kooky Saluki, owned by KOMO-TV 4 news anchor Dan Lewis, captures the 2012 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at Emerald Downs. The 2013 Classic will be run Sunday, September 8, and is one of six $50,000 stakes events offered at Washington Cup XI. / Photo Courtesy Reed Palmer/Emerald Downs

With five new title sponsors on board, a rejuvenated Washington Cup will feature six stakes races*each worth $50,000*onSunday, September 8, at Emerald Downs.

The new sponsorships have raised WA Cup’s aggregate stakes purses to $300,000, a substantial raise from the $215,000 offered the last several years.

Contributing $15,000 each are: Northwest Farms, Daily Racing Form, Comcast SportsNet, Jim Beam and Pegasus Training & Equine Rehabilitation Center.

“We’re thrilled to announce these sponsorships,” said Emerald Downs Director of Marketing Sophia McKee. “It’s gratifying to see so many people step forward with commitments to support Washington-bred horses.

“The end result is that our horsemen will be running for more money, and bigger purses help the state’s breeding industry.”

Founded in 2003, Washington Cup annually celebrates the state’s long and storied tradition for producing talented Thoroughbreds. WA Cup features two stakes apiece for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and older horses.

Washington Cup has been a showcase for several of the state’s all-time greatest Thoroughbreds. The list of Emerald Downs’ champions to win WA Cup races includes Noosa Beach, Wasserman, Atta Boy Roy, Queenledo, Ladyledue, Music of My Soul and many more.

Washington Cup XI, Sunday, September 8

Northwest Farms is sponsoring the $50,000 Diane Kem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs.

Daily Racing Form is sponsoring the $50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes for 2-year-old colts & geldings, six furlongs.

The Pegasus Training Equine & Rehabilitation Center is sponsoring the $50,000 John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, one mile.

Jim Beam is sponsoring the $50,000 Chinook Pass Stakes for 3-year-old colts & geldings, one mile.

Comcast SportsNet (CSN) is sponsoring the $50,000 Belle Roberts Stakes for older fillies & mares, 1 1/16 miles.

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe continues to sponsor the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles.

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