The $200,000 Longacres Mile (Grade 3) and $65,000 Emerald Distaff at Emerald Downs are part of a special $0.50 Pick 4 Sunday with Saratoga Race Course.
The Cross-Country Pick 4 will include Race 9 at Saratoga, with an approximate post time of 2:40 p.m. PST and Race 10 around 3:18 p.m., followed by the Emerald Distaff (Race 7) at approximately 5:11 p.m., and ending with the Longacres Mile, Race 8 on the card, at 5:51 p.m.
Emerald Downs will host the pool and will have the standard Pick 4 takeout rate of 22.10 percent.
This is the third Cross-Country Pick 4 NYRA of 2017, following its debut July 15 with Belmont Park and Los Alamitos for the Los Alamitos Derby, and July 30 partnership between Saratoga Race Course and Monmouth Park for the Haskell.
Special All Stakes Pick 4 at Emerald Downs
In addition to the Emerald Downs/Saratoga Pick 4, there also is an All Stakes Pick 4 at Emerald Downs on Races 5 to 8. Also a $0.50 minimum, this Pick 4 features the $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes (Race 5), $25,000 King County Overnight Stakes (Race 6), $65,000 Emerald Distaff (Race 7), and $200,000 Longacres Mile (Race 8). There are 38 horses in the sequence, an average of 9.5 per race.
Special Longacres Mile activities galore
• A lucky fan will drive home with a brand new Toyota Camry, courtesy of Doxon Toyota of Auburn, Every fan Sunday will receive a contest slip upon entry to the track.
• The first 2,500 fans receive a free pair of NYRA Sunglasses.
• The annual Longacres Mile Railbird Rally in the Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.., hosted by Doug “The Goat” Cocke.
• A special two-hour edition of Emerald Downs Live airs 4 to 6 p.m. on CSN Northwest (Comcast 179/617).
The field for Sunday’s $25,000 Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, 6½ furlongs: Candy Ruby, Hit the Beach, Emmett Park, Bet the Harbor, Blame It On Royce, Huya and Wine At Nine. … The field for Sunday’s $25,000 King County Overnight Stakes for fillies and mares, 6½ furlongs: B C Z Middleton, Quatre Cat, Profound Moment, Retreat Yourself, My Heart Goes On, Jerre to Carrie, Three Forks Gold, Risque’s Legacy and Illa Veiw. … Week 18 Owners of the Week Greg Conley, Chuck Conley and Terra Firma Farm are a remarkable 10-2-2 in 16 starts this season, led by 7-year-old gelding’s Mike Man’s Gold 4-for-4 mark. His 89 Beyer was highest since the 2014 Washington Cup. … Speaking of which, nominations close a week from Saturday for the Aug. 27 Washington Cup, featuring six stakes worth an aggregate $300,000. Mike Man’s Gold will be nominated to the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.