The Longacres Mile is in the books, but there are nine more stakes remaining this season at Emerald Downs.
Five of the stakes are for 2-year-olds, including Sunday’s doubleheader featuring the $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for colts and geldings and $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for fillies.
The WTBOA Lads, which drew a field of 10, and the Barbara Shinpoch, which drew eight, are both run at six furlongs.
The championship event for 2-year-olds, the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity at 1 1/16 miles, is closing day, Sunday Sept. 22. Washington-breds, however, also have the $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile and $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Filly, both at 6½ furlongs, on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The field for the $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes (Race 8, 5:39 p.m.): 1-Muncey, Javier Matias, 114 pounds; 2-Wilson to Lockett, Julien Couton, 114; 3-Harbors Rule, Scott Stevens, 114; 4-Haveulostyourmind, Jose Zunino, 114; 5-Wicked Winnings, Gary Wales, 114; 6-Brett, Eddie Martinez, 114; 7-Forty Smooches, Kevin Orozco, 114; 8-Turntheclocktozero, Kevin Krigger, 116; 9-Dropyourbuffs, Juan Gutierrez, 114; 10-Reddy to Star, Jorge Carreno, 116.
The field for the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (Race 6, 4:38 p.m.): 1-Cakewalk, Javier Matias, 113 pounds; 2-Tap That Spot, Scott Stevens, 113; 3-You Go Girl, Kevin Krigger, 113; 4-Jaded Tiger, Gary Wales, 113; 5-Windy Point, Juan Gutierrez, 115; 6-For You Only, Jennifer Whitaker, 119; 7-My Fol, Kevin Orozco, 115; 8-Munny, Jorge Carreno, 113.
Mike Man’s Gold goes for record
In Saturday’s featured seventh race, Mike Man’s Gold takes his second crack at becoming the track’s all-time wins leader.
Currently tied with West Seattle Boy at 21 wins apiece, Mike Man’s Gold is among nine horses entered in the $18,500 allowance/optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up at one mile, with Mike Man’s Gold the 5 to 2 morning line favorite.
Mike Man’s Gold takes a 21 for 50 Emerald Downs record into Saturday’s feature, including a 5 for 12 record at one mile. A 9-year-old Liberty Gold gelding, Mike Man’s Gold has been claimed in all four outings this season including three straight for $25,000. His current owners, Greg Conley, Chuck Conley and Joe Toye, have owned Mike Man’s Gold for his last nine wins.
Saturday’s race, which also features stakes winners The Press, Hit the Beach, and Grinder Sparksaglo springboards nicely to the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Emerald Downs all-time wins
21-Mike Man’s Gold*
21-West Seattle Boy
15-Wine At Nine*
Stakes soaring high at Emerald Downs
Buoyed by an 11-horse field in the Longacres Mile, average field size is a robust 8.4 horses per stakes race this season at Emerald Downs. And including the four stakes on Championship Sunday, the last seven stakes have all produced $2 win payoffs of $10 or higher, including Law Abiding Citizen’s $15.60 in the Longacres Mile (Grade 3).
Although he ran gallantly as the odds-on choice, Anyportinastorm became the 18th betting favorite to lose in 24 Miles at Emerald Downs. And odds-on favorites are now 0 for 3: Hesabull, second at 3 to 10 in 1997; Classic Cat, eighth at 4 to 5 in 1999; and Anyportinastorm; second at 7 to 10 in 2019.
Racing this week
• Friday, Aug. 16 (50th day/67 race dates)
6:30 p.m. (7 races)
• Saturday, Aug. 17 (51/67)
5 p.m. (8 races)
Breakfast at the Wire (8-10 a.m.)
Rocco Bowen Bobbleheads (limited supply)
• Sunday, Aug. 18 (52/67)
2 p.m. (10 races)
$50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes
$50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes
Family Fun Day/Kids Race
The top three Longacres Mile finishers – Law Abidin Citizen, Anyportinastorm and Restrainedvengence – all earned 96 Beyers. 2018 Mile winner Barkley earned a 94 Beyer and 2017 winner Gold Rush Dancer got a 97…Frank Lucarelli begins the week just three wins away from the 1,000-win mark at Emerald Downs. … And finally, Emerald Downs’ all-time leading rider Gallyn Mitchell celebrates his 57th birthday Friday.