Trainer Vann Belvoir, left, meets Gold Rush Dancer, with jockey Evin Roman, after capturing the Longacres Mile last August. COURTESY PHOTO, Emerald Downs

Trainer Vann Belvoir, left, meets Gold Rush Dancer, with jockey Evin Roman, after capturing the Longacres Mile last August. COURTESY PHOTO, Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs announces 2018 stakes schedule

$200,000 Longacres Mile goes to the post Aug. 12

  • Friday, January 12, 2018 2:48pm
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For the Reporter

Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino announced a 28-race stakes schedule worth an aggregate $1,450,000 in purses for the 2018 live racing season that begins Sunday, April 22.

The 83rd renewal of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (Grade 3) is Sunday, Aug. 12, anchoring a stakes quadruple-header that also features the $50,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares, $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings and $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

The majority of stakes are scheduled during the latter half of the 67-day meeting, with a combined 20 stakes in July, August and September.

A second stakes quadruple-header is offered Sunday, July 15, featuring the $50,000 Mt. Rainer Stakes for older horses in a final tune-up for the Longacres Mile, $50,000 Boeing Stakes for older fillies and mares, $50,000 King County Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings and $50,000 Angie C Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

The Xpressbet Washington Cup – six stakes for Washington-breds worth an aggregate $300,000 – will be held over three weekends, beginning Sunday, Sept. 2 with the $50,000 Juvenile Filly and $50,000 Juvenile Colts & Geldings, continuing Sept. 9 with the $50,000 Sophomore Filly and $50,000 Sophomore Colts & Geldings, and concluding Sept. 16 with the $50,000 Filly and Mare Stakes and $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.

The $50,000 Washington Oaks and $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby, traditional championship events for 3-year-old fillies and 3-year-olds, will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, July 22 and Sunday, July 29. The $50,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles is set for closing day, Sunday, Sept. 23.

Four overnight stakes – one each for 3-year-olds, 3-year-old fillies, older fillies and mares and 3-year-olds and up – kicks off the 2018 stakes schedule. The $30,000 Seattle Overnight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies is first up on Sunday, May 20.

Twenty-six stakes are scheduled Sundays, the exceptions the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday, June 16, and $30,000 Governor’s Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, May 28.

The 2018 stakes schedule offers 10 races for older horses (five apiece for males and females), 10 for 3-year-olds (five apiece for males and females) and seven for 2-year-olds. The eighth renewal of the 440-yard Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge Sunday, Aug. 26 is the lone stakes for Quarter Horses.

Emerald Downs’ stable area opens Saturday, Feb. 2 with training beginning Monday, Feb. 5. Stall applications are available at emeralddowns.com in the horsemen section. Or call the Emerald Downs race office (253) 288-7751.

2018 EMERALD DOWNS STAKES SCHEDULE

28 Stakes: $1,450,000

Date, stakes, purse

Sunday, May 20 – Seattle Overnight Stakes (3YO F) 6 Furlongs, $30,000

Sunday, May 27 – Auburn Overnight Stakes (3YO C&G) 6F, $30,000

Monday, May 28 – Hastings Overnight Stake (3&UP F&M) 6F, $30,000

Sunday, June 3 – Governor’s Overnight Stakes (3&UP) 6F, $30,000

Sunday, June 10 – Kent Stakes (3YO F) 6½ F, $50,000

Saturday, June 16 – Coca-Cola Stakes (3YO C&G) 6½ F, $50,000

Sunday, June 17 – WA State Legislators Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6½ F, $50,000

Sunday, June 24 – Budweiser Stakes (3&UP) 6½ F, $50,000

Sunday, July 1 – Irish Day Stakes (3YO F) 1-1/16 Mile, $50,000

Sunday, July 8 – Seattle Slew Stakes (3YO C&G) 1-1/16 M, $50,000

Sunday, July 15 – Mt. Rainier Stakes (3&UP) 1-1/16 M, $50,000

Sunday, July 15 – Boeing Stakes (3&UP F&M) 1-1/16 M, $50,000

Sunday, July 15 – Angie C Stakes (2YO F) 5 ½ F, $50,000

Sunday, July 15 – King County Express (2YO C&G) 5½ F, $50,000

Sunday, July 22 – Washington Oaks (3YOF) 1-1/8 M, $50,000

Sunday, July 29 – Muckleshoot Derby (3YO) 1-1/8 M, $50,000

Sunday, Aug. 12 – Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (2YO F) 6F, $50,000

Sunday, Aug. 12 – WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO C&G) 6F, $50,000

Sunday, Aug. 12 – Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1-1/8 M, $50,000

Sunday, Aug. 12 – Longacres Mile (G3) (3&UP) 1M, $200,000

Sunday, Aug. 26 – Bank of America Challenge (3&UP) 440 Yards, $30,000

Sunday, Sept. 2 – WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes 6½ F, $50,000

Sunday, Sept. 2 – WA Cup Juvenile C&G Stakes 6½ F, $50,000

Sunday, Sept. 9 – WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes 1M, $50,000

Sunday, Sept. 9 – WA Cup Sophomore Stakes 1M, $50,000

Sunday, Sept. 16 – WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes 1-1/16 M, $50,000

Sunday, Sept. 16 – Muckleshoot Tribal Classic 1-1/16 M, $50,000

Sunday, Sept. 23 – Gottstein Futurity (2YO) 1-1/16 M, $50,000

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