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Full field to blast off in $250K Longacres Mile; Gallant Son 5-to-2 choice in 75th running of GIII classic

August 18, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Stories by Vince Bruun, Emerald Downs

Chris Randall and Nick Rossi’s Gallant Son heads a field of 12 older handicap stars entered in the $250,000 Longacres Mile (GIII) at Emerald Downs on Sunday, August 22.

Gallant Son drew the #8 post-position and will be ridden by Leslie Mawing at high weight of 121 lbs. for trainer Frank Lucarelli in the 75th renewal of the Northwest’s most prestigious race.

Local star Noosa Beach—owned by Jeff Harwood, trained by Doris Harwood and ridden by Ricky Frazier at 120 lbs—drew the #5 post and is the 3-to-1 second choice on the morning line.

Defending champion Assessment—who could give trainer Howard Belvoir an unprecedented third straight Mile victory—drew the #11 post and is the 5-to-1 third choice on Rob Rao’s morning line. The 6-year-old Kentucky-bred bids to become the first horse to win consecutive runnings of The Mile at Emerald Downs. In overcoming the #12 post to score at 7-to-1 odds in 2009, Assessment was only the second horse—and the first since the inaugural running in 1935—to win from the 12-hole

Teide, a fast-closing third in the 2009 Mile, is the 6-to-1 fourth choice and heads a strong Canadian presence in the 2010 edition. One of three horses in the race trained by Dino Condilenios, Teide drew the #9 post with regular rider Chad Hoverson up at 120 lbs.

The lightly raced 4-year-old Burj Dubai, with only three career starts for Condilenios, drew the #12 post with jockey Alex Solis scheduled to arrive from Saratoga for the mount.

Jockey Russell Baze, No. 1 all-time with more than 11,000 wins, will ride Davos for trainer Junior Coffey at 15-to-1. 2008 Mile champion Wasserman is set to make his fourth straight start in The Mile for Belvoir. Wasserman finished third in 2007, fourth in 2009 and would become the first 8-year-old in over 50 years to win The Mile.

The Longacres Mile again is proud to be affiliated with the Breeders' Cup Challenge. As a “win and you’re in race,” the winner of the 2010 Mile qualifies for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, November 6, at Churchill Downs.

The Longacres Mile is the eighth race Sunday’s program, with post time at 5:50 p.m. Pacific Time.

The full field for the 75th running of the $250,000 Longacres Mile GIII
Post Horse            Jockey            Odds
1 Winning Machine Beato 20-to-1
2 Senor Rojo Perez 15-to-1
3 Wasserman Whitaker 20-to-1
4 Jersey Town Krigger 15-to-1
5 Noosa Beach Frazier 3-to-1
6 Gallon J. Gutierrez 20-to-1
7 Almost Time Fuentes 15-to-1
8 Gallant Son L. Mawing 5-to 2
9 Teide Hoverson 6-to-1
10 Davos R. Baze 15-to-1
11 Assessment Mitchell 5-to-1
12 Burj Dubai Solis 10-to-1

Noosa Beach leads locals’ bid for 75th Mile as Harwood seeks her first Mile victory

Noosa Beach and jockey Ricky Frazier will break from the favorable #5 post position in Sunday’s 12-horse field. “Four or five was what we wanted. Getting #5 was a blessing,” said owner Jeff Harwood.

Noosa Beach has performed exceptionally in each of his five starts this season. The son of Harbor the Gold opened the meet’s older horse stakes division with a one-length triumph in the Seattle Handicap on May 16. Noosa Beach crossed the wire in 1:07 flat, equaling Atta Boy Roy’s track record at six furlongs. He then dominated a nine-horse field that included four Mile starters with a 9¼-length romp in the Budweiser Handicap on June 20. Frazier said Noosa Beach has been on the top of his game all year.

“He is doing so well,” Frazier said. “He has been peaking since April.”

Defending Mile champ Assessment is the only rival to beat Noosa Beach, when the Jump Start gelding won the Governor’s Handicap on July 11 by a slight neck. Noosa Beach fired right back to score a 4½-length victory in the Mt. Rainier on August 1—the last local Mile prep.

Trainer Doris Harwood—the all-time leader in stakes wins with 46 at Emerald Downs—has never won the Northwest’s most prestigious race. Her best finish came in 1993, when For The Children finished third at Yakima Meadows.

Lucarelli saddles two contenders for Sunday’s Longacres Mile

Morning-line favorite Gallant Son and Winning Machine will represent trainer Frank Lucarelli on Sunday in the $250K Longacres Mile (GIII) at Emerald Downs.

Gallant Son and jockey Leslie Mawing will make their much-anticipated return to Northwest racing, after both have had successful campaigns in California.

The Malabar Gold gelding has raced in 12 stakes races—nine graded stakes—since capturing the Gottstein Futurity in 2008 at Emerald Downs. Gallant Son’s most notable win came on the turf in the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (GIII) on May 31 at Hollywood Park. The Kentucky-bred worked four furlongs on Wednesday morning in :473. Lucarelli said his horse is ready, and he would like to see Gallant Son sitting five or six lengths off the pace.

“In a perfect world, the leaders will make a good pace for him,” Lucarelli said. “Drawing the eight-hole is okay, because his style shouldn’t be affected. I didn’t want to draw any wider, though.”

Stablemate Winning Machine drew the rail, and will be ridden by Inoel Beato.

“I love the one-hole for Winning Machine,” Lucarelli said. “I really want him to get into the race right from the first turn.”

The son of Toccet had a spectacular sophomore season and was selected Top 3-Year-Old of 2009 at Emerald Downs after winning the Tacoma Handicap and the Emerald Derby. Following the Derby win, Winning Machine bolstered his resume even more with an impressive one-length victory in the Grade III BC Derby at Hastings in Vancouver.

However, the Kentucky-bred has not shown the same gusto that he possessed during his 3-year-old campaign. Winning Machine is winless in four starts this season, and after the he finished seventh in the Governor’s Handicap on July 11, Lucarelli sent him to the farm, in what he called a “mental break.” Upon Winning Machine’s return, Lucarelli said the 4-year-old gelding has been training well.

“I wouldn’t have entered him in the Mile, if he wasn’t doing good,” Lucarelli said.

The 53-year-old trainer ranks second all-time with 616 wins at Emerald Downs, and his only Mile starter, Humpty’s Hoedown, finished 10th.

Hall-Of-Famer Eddie Delahoussaye Honorary Steward for Longacres Mile

Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye will serve as Honorary Steward for the 75th running of the Longacres Mile He’s no stranger to the Longacres Mile, guiding Wild Wonder to a half-length victory in 1998 and finishing third aboard Bad ‘N Big in 1979.

A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, Delahoussaye rode a remarkabe 6,384 winners in a 34-year career with earnings of $195,881,170. “Eddie D.” scored back-to-back Kentucky Derby victories with Gato Del Sol in 1982 and Sunny’s Halo in 1983. He also won the Preakness Stakes in 1988, the Belmont Stakes in 1988 & ’92, and seven Breeders’ Cup races including the 1992 Classic on Horse of the Year A.P. Indy.

Delahoussaye, who retired in January, 2003, won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1981 and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1993.

Eddie and his wife Juanita Delahoussaye are driving to Seattle from from their home in Arcadia, California, and plan to also attend the 2010 Washington Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday evening at Emerald Downs.