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Emerald Downs announces $1.5 million stakes schedule

Into the clubhouse turn, eventual runner-up Winning Machine leads the field early in the 2012 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs. The 78th running of the Grade 3 event is set for Sunday, Aug. 18. - Courtesy photo/Reed Palmer, Emerald Downs
Into the clubhouse turn, eventual runner-up Winning Machine leads the field early in the 2012 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs. The 78th running of the Grade 3 event is set for Sunday, Aug. 18.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Reed Palmer, Emerald Downs

A 29-race stakes schedule featuring the 78th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (Grade 3), four stakes doubleheaders and Washington Cup XI has been announced for this year at Emerald Downs.

Beginning May 12 with the $50,000 Hastings Handicap for older fillies and mares, and ending closing day, Sept. 29, with a doubleheader for 2-year-olds of the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity and $50,000 Cahill Road Stakes, a total of $1,545,00 will be offered in stakes purses.

Twenty-seven stakes are scheduled on Sundays, including the $200,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 18, part of a stakes doubleheader featuring the $65,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares.

Attracting many of the nation's top middle-distance horses, the Mile culminates ann eight-day stretch of racing that features championship races in four categories. Saturday, Aug. 10, features 3-year-old fillies in the $65,000 Washington Oaks at

1-1/8 miles, and Sunday, Aug. 11, 3-year-old colts and geldings line up in the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby, also at 1 1/8 miles.

In all, August features seven stakes worth an aggregate $535,000 in purses.

'Balanced stakes schedule'

Designed to allow all divisions a chance for large purses, the stakes schedule features 10 events for older horses, 10 stakes for 3-year-olds, eight stakes for 2-year-olds and one event for quarter horses.

"Our goal is to present a balanced stakes schedule, and to gradually stretch horses out to longer distances," said Director of Racing Bret Anderson. "We aim to have horses peaking for the biggest races."

The road to the Longacres Mile begins with the $50,000 Governor's Handicap for 3-year-olds and-up at 6½ furlongs on Sunday, May 19, and continues with the $50,000 Budweiser Handicap at one mile on Sunday, June 16. The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday, July 21, serves as the final local prep for The Mile.

The 2-year-old division has been tweaked and tilted slightly toward the latter half of the season. The $75,000 Gottstein Futurity, the traditional championship event for juveniles, has been lengthened to 1 1/16 miles and is half of a closing day doubleheader featuring the newly minted $50,000 Cahill Road Stakes for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.

The Gottstein and Cahill Road are the final events of the Northwest Race Series for 2-year-olds, which begins July 28 with the $50,000 Emerald Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Washington Cup XI – six races exclusively for Washington-breds worth an aggregate $225,000 – is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 8, culminating with the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and-up at 1 1/16-miles.

The 75-day season, the 18th at Emerald Downs, begins Friday, April 19, with racing offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. weekends.

Holiday racing will be held Monday, May 27, Thursday, July 4, and Monday, Sept. 2. There also will be special Wednesday racing on July 3 followed by the popular fireworks spectacular.

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2013 EMERALD DOWNS STAKES SCHEDULE
29 Stakes Total Gross: $1,545,000

DATE, PURSE, NAME

Sunday, May 12, $50,000, Hastings Handicap (3&UP F&M) 6F
Sunday, May 19, $50,000, Governor's Handicap (3&UP) 6½ F
Sunday, May 26, $50,000, Seattle Handicap (3YO F) 6½ F

Sunday, June 2, $50,000, Auburn Handicap (3YO C&G) 6½ F
Sunday, June 9, $50,000, WA State Legislators Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6½ F
Sunday, June 16, $50,000, Budweiser Handicap (3&UP) 1M
Sunday, June 23, $50,000, Irish Day Handicap (3YO F) 1M
Sunday, June 23, $50,000, Coca-Cola Handicap (3YO C&G) 1M

Sunday, July 7, $50,000, Boeing Handicap (3&UP F&M) 1M
Sunday, July 14, $50,000, Kent Handicap (3YO F) 1 1/16M
Sunday, July 14, $50,000, Seattle Slew Handicap (3YO C&G) 1 1/16M
Sunday, July 21, $50,000, Mt. Rainier Handicap (3&UP) 1 1/16M
Sunday, July 28, $50,000, Emerald Express * (2YO C&G) 6F

Sunday, Aug. 4, $50,000, Angie C Stakes* (2YO F) 6F
Saturday, Aug. 10, $65,000, Washington Oaks (3YO F) 1 1/8M
Sunday, Aug. 11, $65,000, Emerald Downs Derby (3YO) 1 1/8M
Saturday. Aug. 17, $50,000, WTBOA Lads Stakes* (2YO C&G) 6½ F
Sunday, Aug. 18, $65,000, Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1 1/8M
Sunday, Aug. 18, $200,000, Longacres Mile (G3) (3&UP) 1M
Sunday, Aug. 25, $50,000, Barbara Shinpoch Stakes* (2YO F) 6-½ F

Sunday, Sept. 1, TBA, Bank of America Chmp Challenge**(3&UP) 440 Y

Washington Cup XI

DATE, PURSE, NAME

Sunday, Sept. 8, $35,000, Diane Kem Stakes (2YO F WA) 6F
Sunday, Sept. 8, $35,000, Dennis Dodge Stakes (2YO C&G WA) 6F
Sunday, Sept. 8, $35,000, John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes (3YO F WA) 1M
Sunday, Sept. 8, $35,000, Chinook Pass Stakes (3YO C&G WA) 1M
Sunday, Sept. 8, $35,000, Belle Roberts (3&UP F&M WA) 1 1/16M
Sunday, Sept. 8, $50,000, Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (3&UP WA) 1 1/16M

Sunday, Sept. 29, $75,000, Gottstein Futurity* (2YO) 1 1/16M
Sunday, Sept. 29, $50,000, NWSS Cahill Road Stakes* (2YO) 6F

* Northwest Race Series 2YO ($135,500)
** Quarter horse

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