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Condilenios trio to arrive Friday for Longacres Mile

August 17, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Stories by Vince Bruun, Emerald Downs

Trainer Dino Condilenios will arrive at Emerald Downs on Friday with a full house in advance of Sunday’s $250,000 Longacres Mile. Burj Dubai, Teide, and Almost Time are scheduled to arrive at about 10:00 a.m. from Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver. The Condilenios-trained Kimmyv and the John Snow-trained Blue Sky Holiday also will arrive on the same van for Sunday’s $75,000 Emerald Distaff.

Condilenios stands to become the fourth trainer to saddle three horses in a Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs, and said his runners will ship to Emerald in top form.

“All three horses are doing great, and I expect each one to be a contender to win the Mile,” said Condilenios, who finished third with both Lord Nelson in 2003 and Teide in 2009.

Multiple stakes-winner Teide has fully recovered from a quarter-crack injury that he sustained after winning the Lieutenant Governor’s Handicap on July 25. The Kentucky-bred worked six furlongs in 1:134 Thursday and will be ridden by regular rider Chad Hoverson.

Alex Solis has the call on Burj Dubai, who recently finished second in the SW Randall Plate at Hastings. The son of Distorted Humor appears primed for a big effort after working five furlongs in a bullet :572 on Saturday at Hastings.

“It was a littler quicker than I would have liked, but when he sees other horses, he wants to go,” Condilenios said.

Almost Time comes off a 4½-length victory in the BC Cup Sprint on August 2 and will be ridden by Frank Fuentes.

The previous trainers to saddle three horses in a Mile are Larry Ross, who finished 4th, 5th, and 9th with Military Hawk, B. Charlie, and Final Act in 1996; David Forster, who finished 3rd, 4th, and 9th with Makors Mark, Mike K, and Advantage in 2001; and Jim Penney, who finished 6th, 9th, and 10th with Flamethrowintexan, Turban, and Sabertooth in 2005.

Belvoir to saddle both of his Mile champs; seeks unprecedented third straight

Howard Belvoir could become the first trainer to win three consecutive Longacres Miles, as he plans to enter defending champ Assessment and 2008 winner Wasserman for Sunday’s 75th Running of the Mile.

Assessment overcame an unfavorable post when he broke from the 12-slot to win last year’s Mile over Awesome Gem. The Kentucky-bred sustained an ankle-chip injury shortly after that kept him out of competition until May. Assessment returned to winning form when he captured the Governor’s Handicap on July 11. Belvoir said he expects a big effort from his Jump Start gelding.

“He always seems to find trouble, but then he always overcomes it,” Belvoir said. “He’ll run huge.”

Regular rider Gallyn Mitchell, the all-time leader in wins at Emerald Downs, has the mount.

Wasserman became the all-time leading purse-earner at Washington racetracks with $505,562 after a fifth-place finish in the Mt. Rainier Handicap on August 1 The 8-year-old gelding will run in his fourth straight Mile (3rd, 2007; 1st, 2008, 4th, 2009). Wasserman gave one of the most memorable Mile performances in 2008, when he scored a neck victory making Jennifer Whitaker the first female jockey to win the Mile. The Snohomish-native will ride Wasserman for the 28th straight time.

Sabertooth (2002) and Adreamisborn (2004) were the last two previous Mile winners to compete in a later Mile, when they faced off in 2005.

TVG/FSN/KJR to broadcast Longacres Mile

The $250,000 Longacres Mile (GIII) will have extensive television & radio coverage.

FSN Northwest and TVG will simulcast The Mile from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with Bob Rondeau, Joe Withee, and Mike Joyce providing the coverage, analysis and commentary.

KJR Sports Radio 950 also will broadcast the race from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Mike Gastineau, who has anchored coverage of the handicap division throughout the season, broadcasts live from his box overlooking the finish line.

Track announcer Robert Geller’s call of The Mile will be used on both radio and television.

Longacres Mile recent developments

Rooster City is out of The Mile, trainer Tim McCanna said. McCanna didn’t specify a reason, but said Rooster City wasn’t 100 percent coming into the race.

The field is limited to 12 horses, high weights preferred. A $20,000 Longacres Mile consolation will be run Sunday if entries warrant.

Entries for the Longacres Mile will be drawn at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Emerald Room.

Probable starters for the 75th Longacres Mile ($250K, GIII)
Horse            Trainer           Jockey          Weight
Gallant Son Frank Lucarelli Leslie Mawing 121
Noosa Beach Doris Harwood Ricky Frazier 120
Teide Dino Condilenios Chad Hoverson 120
Almost Time Dino Condilenios Frank Fuentes 119
Assessment Howard Belvoir Gallyn Mitchell 118
Jersey Town Tim McCanna Kevin Krigger 116
Winning Machine Frank Lucarelli Francisco Duran 116
Burj Dubai Dino Condilenios Alex Solis 115
Gallon Jim Penney Juan Gutierrez 115
Senor Rojo David Forster Miguel Perez 115
Davos Junior Coffey TBA 114
Wasserman Howard Belvoir Jennifer Whitaker 114
Dixie Meister Michael Puhich TBA 113