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Mile Preview Day features Mt. Rainier, Boeing Handicaps

July 24, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Longacres Mile Preview Day will spotlight two stakes races Sunday, July 26, which will feature some of the best older horses at Emerald Downs.

2008 Longacres Mile champion Wasserman (44-9-10-7-$470,899) looks for redemption in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap after being beaten a head by Chhaya Dance in last year's 11/8-mile stakes. It has been a tough meet, thus far, for the 7-year-old son of Cahill Road. Trained and owned by Howard Belvoir, Wasserman, has been competitive this season, but has come up short in five tries at the meet.

His stablemate, Assessment (25-5-4-3-$163,480), will hold the highest weight at 120 lbs and could be the one to beat in Sunday's race. Owned by Lou and Diane Tice of Seattle, Assessment has finished first or second in all five of his races this season including a victory in the one-mile Budweiser Emerald Handicap.

“Both of them are coming up real good,” Belvoir said of Assessment and Wasserman. “It's hard to pick which one of them is training the best.”

Wasserman worked six furlongs in a solid 1:114 on Sunday, and Assessment put in a bullet work of 58 seconds flat on Monday going five furlongs.

An intriguing horse—Texas Wildcatter—comes out of the Terry Gillihan-barn. The 4-year-old colt has a 3-4-3 record in 17 starts with earnings of $267,901, and hit the board in three graded-stakes races in 2008. He looks to be in top form after missing by a half-length in the Lieutenant Governors' Handicap on July 1 at Hastings Park in Vancouver, B.C.

Two out of the last three Mt. Rainer Handicap victors went on to win the Longacres Mile, Flamethrowintexan in 2006 and The Great Face in 2007, and Wasserman, of course just missed winning the Mt. Rainier before taking down The Mile.

Mile Preview Day includes the $50,000 Boeing Handicap for older fillies and mares. The 1 and 1/16 mile distance sets up nicely for Elusive Horizon (12-6-2-0-$167,965), who is 3 for 3 in her career around two turns. The 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality went wire-to-wire, with Juan Gutierrez aboard, in the King County Handicap on July 4.

Gadget Queen (21-6-7-2-$161,626), who won the Washington State Legislators Stakes in June, looks for revenge after a second-place finish to Elusive Horizon in the King County Handicap.

The Canadian intruder, Holy Nova (23-12-4-1-$359,892), hopes to make an impression with her first trip to Emerald Downs. The five-year-old chestnut captured the Vancouver Sun Handicap by a neck on July 1 at Hastings. She is two for four at the distance and has won five out of her last nine stakes races.

The field by post-position for the 14th running of the Boeing Handicap, race six on the 10-race card:

  1. Holy Nova, Mario Gutierrez, 117

  2. Screaminleapofaith, Javier Matias, 117

  3. Enumclaw Girl, Jose Zunino, 113

  4. Gadget Queen, Ricky Frazier, 120

  5. Elusive Horizon, Juan Gutierrez, 120

  6. Judicature, Seth Martinez, 116

  7. Blue Sky Holiday, Chad Hoverson, 117

  8. Lady Raj, Gallyn Mitchell, 116

The field by post-position for the 14th running of the Mt. Rainier Handicap, race seven:

  1. Elusive Schemes, Kyle Kaenel, 114

  2. Robbos Courage, Saul Arias, 114

  3. Assessment, Gallyn Mitchell, 120

  4. Wasserman, Jennifer Whitaker, 118

  5. Way too Much, Seth Martinez, 116

  6. Gallon, Ricky Frazier, 116

  7. Texas Wildcatter, Mario Gutierrez, 117