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Longacres Mile news & notes

August 19, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Vince Bruun, Emerald Downs

Tuesday, August 17

Alex Solis, 46, who rides Burj Dubai for trainer Dino Condilenios, has ridden in three previous Miles, compiling two seconds and a third.

Three Mile starters recorded workouts Sunday morning at Emerald Downs. Defending champion Assessment worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:122 for Howard Belvoir; Gallon, eighth last year, drilled five furlongs in a bullet :584 for five-time Mile-winning trainer Jim Penney, and Jersey Town worked seven furlongs in 1:273 for trainer Tim McCanna.

Burj Dubai worked five furlongs in a bullet :572 on Saturday morning at Hastings Racecourse for trainer Dino Condilenios in his prep for the Longacres Mile.

Senor Rojo, runner-up to Noosa Beach in the Aug. 1 Mt. Rainier Handicap, worked five furlongs in 1:001 on Friday at Hastings Racecourse for trainer David Forster.

Winning Machine worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:132 on Friday morning for trainer Frank Lucraelli.

Wednesday, August 18

Joe & Beverly Baze arrived from Montana in advance of Saturday’s 2010 Washington Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Emerald Downs. Baze said 37 friends and relatives would attend including son Russell Baze, who will ride Davos the following day in the Longacres Mile. Slated for induction are Baze (Jockey), Les Turner (Breeder), James Seabeck (Lifetime Achievement) and the late Bill McMeans (Trainer)

Assessment’s co-owner Diane Tice did a tad better this year in the Mile Draw. Last year she drew the dreaded #12 post, which turned out to be a blessing when Assessment and Gallyn Mitchell got a picture-perfect trip while defeating Awesome Gem by three-quarters of a length. This year Tice drew the #11 post-position that has produced only one previous Mile win—Bolulight in 1992 under the late Ron Hansen.

Trainer Howard Belvoir bids for an unprecedented third straight Mile victory with 2009 champion Assessment and 2008 champ Wasserman. “That’s what we got, so we have to live with it,” he said of Assessment’s post-position. “But he’s sitting on a good race. I have no excuses for him. Either he runs good or he doesn’t. Of Wasserman, Belvoir said: “If you just look at this year, he may not belong, but he’s run good races in The Mile. The best finish would be Assessment finishing first, with Wasserman second.

Longacres Mile favorites Gallant Son and Noosa Beach both had half-mile workouts on Wednesday at Emerald Downs. Gallant Son was timed in :473 while Noosa Beach was clocked in :494.

Thursday, August 19

Leslie Mawing, who rides morning line favorite Gallant Son in the Longacres Mile, also has four mounts on Saturday at Emerald Downs. Mawing has 269 career wins at Emerald Downs, including a runner-up finish in the rider standings with 86 wins in 2007. He most recently tied for second place in the rider standings at Santa Rosa with 15 wins.

Alex Solis rides Irish import Berg Bahn in Saturday’s $400K Del Mar Oaks (GI) before heading to Emerald Downs to ride Burj Dubai in the Longacres Mile on Sunday.

Sunday’s simulcasts include the $15,000 Humboldt County Marathon from Ferndale, in which horses cross the finish line five times on the half-mile track.

Mile bios

Starts: 17
Record: 5-4-2
Earnings: $288,151
Owners: Fleur De Lis Stables
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Frank Lucarelli
4-year-old seeks to rediscover the form that earned honors as Emerald Downs’ Top 3-Year-Old in 2009. Won both the Emerald Derby and British Columbia Derby last year while earnings over $247,000. Best outing this season was a second to Noosa Beach in the six-furlong Seattle Handicap, after which he was transferred to trainer Frank Lucarelli.

Starts: 17
Record: 3-4-7
Earnings: $113,197
Owner: Tres Hombres
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: David Forster
Vancouver B.C.-based runner has finished first, second or third in 14 of 17 career starts and comes off a runner-up effort to Noosa Beach in the Aug. 1 Mt. Rainier Handicap. The latter start was the 4-year-old’s first race on a one-mile track, and trainer David Forster has plenty of experience in the Longacres Mile, including a third-place finish by Makors Mark in 2001.

Starts: 52
Record: 10-10-7
Earnings: $525,299
Owner: Howard Belvoir
Jockey: Jennifer Whitaker
Trainer: Howard Belvoir
The track’s all-time leading earner competes in his fourth straight Longacres Mile, a streak that includes an historic 10-to-1 upset in 2008 that made Jennifer Whitaker the first woman jockey to win The Mile. Also finished third in 2007 and a fast-closing fourth in 2009. Trainer Howard Belvoir seeks an unprecedented third straight Mile victory.

Starts: 8
Record: 4-3-0
Earnings: $149,001
Owners: Charles E. Fipke
Jockey: Kevin Krigger
Trainer: Tim McCanna
Talented 4-year-old came off a 10-month layoff to post an impressive allowance victory last month for nine-time Emerald Downs training champion Tim McCanna. Colt has finished first or second in seven of eight career starts including runner-up effort to Winning Machine in the 2009 British Columbia Derby.

Starts: 14
Record: 8-3-2
Earnings: $244.340
Owner: Jeff Harwood
Jockey: Ricky Frazier
Trainer: Doris Harwood
Hard-running 4-year-old speedster has been the cream of the local crop with three stakes triumphs this season, including a 9 ¼-length blitz in the one-mile Budweiser Handicap, and a state record-tying 1:07 clocking in the six-furlong Seattle Handicap. Peerless connections in jockey Ricky Frazier and Doris Harwood, the track’s all-time leaders with 70 and 46 stakes wins, respectively.

Starts: 24
Record: 5-6-5
Earnings: $261,539
Owners: Michael & Amy Feuerborn
Jockey: Juan Gutierrez
Trainer: Jim Penney
Consistent 5-year-old has finished behind Noosa Beach in his last four starts, but he does have two career stakes victories at the one-mile distance. Trainer Jim Penney has saddled a record five Longacres Mile winners, and jockey Juan Gutierrez rode No Giveaway to a stunning 60-to-1 upset in the 2005 Mile and also scored on The Great Face in 2007.

Starts: 14
Record: 7-4-1
Earnings: $264,257
Owner: Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.
Jockey: Frank Fuentes
Trainer: Dino Condilenios
Four-time stakes winner at Hastings Racecourse, however six of his seven lifetime victories have come in sprints. The Mile marks his first start on a one-mile racetrack, and the 4-year-old gelding could become the first British Columbia-bred since Kid Katabatic in 1997 to win The Mile.

Starts: 18
Record: 6-2-1
Earnings: $287,534
Owner: Chris and Diane Randall
Jockey: Leslie Mawing
Trainer: Frank Lucarelli
Voted Top Juvenile at Emerald Downs in 2008, the 4-year-old colt has developed into a fine turf horse in Southern California while winning stakes at both Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. The Mile marks his first start on a dirt track since a six-length victory overt Noosa Beach in the 2008 Gottstein Futurity.

Starts: 22
Record: 8-4-4
Earnings: $350,243
Owner: Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.
Jockey: Chad Hoverson
Trainer: Dino Condilenios
Finished a sensational third in last year’s Mile, and might have fared even better with a clean trip. Kentucky-bred 6-year-old has won five stakes at Hastings Racecourse and is part of a strong Canadian presence in the 2010 Mile. One of three runners nominated by Swift Thoroughbreds and trainer Dino Condilenios, Teide is 7-for-13 on fast dirt surfaces.

Starts: 13
Record: 2-3-1
Earnings: $77,950
Owners: Ron Crockett, Inc.
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Junior Coffey
5-year-old gelding ran well against some of the top sprinters in Southern California, and often packs a wallop in the stretch. Inexperienced in routes, but ran well in first try around two turns last month. Owner Ron Crockett won the 2007 Mile with The Great Face, who defeated the Junior Coffey-trained Raise the Bluff by a head.

Starts: 29
Record: 8-4-3
Earnings: $384,730
Owners: Tice Ranch Stables LLC
Jockey: Gallyn Mitchell
Trainer: Howard Belvoir
Attempts to become the first horse to win consecutive Longacres Miles at Emerald Downs, and could give trainer Howard Belvoir an unprecedented third straight Mile victory. In his stirring 2009 Mile victory, gelding became the first horse since 1935 to win the Mile from the 12-hole. Gallyn Mitchell is Emerald Downs’ all-time leading jockey and aims for his third Mile victory.

Starts: 3
Record: 2-1-0
Earnings: $31,903
Owner: Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.
Jockey: Alex Solis
Trainer: Dino Condilenios
Speedy 4-year-old Kentucky-bred cost $1 million at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. The least experienced runner in the field with only three career starts while racing exclusively at Hastings Racecourse, where his only defeat was by a neck in the SW Randall Plate last month. Jockey Alex Solis has a second and two thirds in three previous Mile appearances.