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Emerald Downs releases stakes schedule worth $1,585,000


February 3, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

$200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) scheduled for Sunday, August 19

A 30-race stakes schedule featuring the 77th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), four stakes doubleheaders and Washington Cup X has been announced for 2012 at Emerald Downs.

A total of $1,585,000 will be offered in stakes purses, beginning with the $50,000 Hastings Handicap for older fillies and mares on May 13 and ending with the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds on closing day, September 23. Twenty-seven stakes are scheduled on Sundays including an August 19 doubleheader of the $200,000 Longacres Mile for 3-year-olds and-up and the $65,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares at 1-1/8 miles.

Although the older horse division is traditionally the most glamorous, the well-balanced stakes schedule includes 10 events apiece for older horses and 3-year-olds, nine stakes for 2-year-olds and one for Quarter Horses.

"We're pleased to offer the same amount of stakes events and virtually the same total stakes money as last year," said Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett. "The goal is to provide horsemen and owners ample opportunities for their horses."

One of the premiere middle-distance events on the West Coast and the centerpiece of the 81-day meeting, the Longacres Mile headlines a star-studded August calendar that features seven stakes worth $545,000 and will decide championships in virtually every division.

The weekend of Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, features the meet's best races for sophomores—the $65,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds—both at 1-1/8 miles. And the 2-year-olds take the spotlight in the $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts & geldings Saturday, August 18, and the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Sunday, August 26. The latter two races have been shortened from one mile to 6 furlongs.

Washington Cup X, six races for Washington-breds worth $215,000 in purses, is Sunday, September 9, culminating with the $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and-up at 1-1/16-mile.

The June 24 race for older handicap runners has been renamed the $50,000 Coca-Cola Handicap at one mile and is the second stop for 3-year-olds and-up en route to the Longacres Mile. The Mile series begins Sunday, May 20 with the $50,000 Governor's Handicap at 6 furlongs and includes the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap at 1-1/16 miles on July 22.

Also renamed are the meet's first two events for 2-year-olds—$25,000 Son of Briartic Stakes for fillies and $25,000 Slewdledo Stakes for colts and geldings—in honor of two of the finest sires in state history.

The Son of Briartic and Slewdledo at five furlongs will be run Sunday, July 1 and begin the seven-race Northwest Race Series for 2-year-olds that includes $135,000 in additional purse money.

The 81-day season, the 17th at Emerald Downs, begins Friday, April 13, with racing offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursday racing is added July 12 to August 23 and Monday holiday racing will be held May 28 and September 3. There also will be special Tuesday racing on July 3 followed by the popular fireworks extravaganza.

2012 Emerald Downs stakes schedule

Sunday, May 13—$50K Hastings Handicap (3&up fillies & mares, 6f)
Sunday, May 20—$50K Governor's Handicap (3&up, 6f)
Sunday, May 27—$50K Seattle Handicap (3YO fillies, 6f)
Sunday, June 3—$50K Auburn Handicap (3YO colts & geldings, 6f)
Sunday, June 10—$50K WA State Legislators Stakes (3&up fillies & mares, 6f)
Sunday, June 17—$50K Budweiser Handicap (3&up, 1 mile)
Sunday, June 24—$50K Irish Day Handicap (3YO fillies, 1 mile)
Sunday, June 24—$50K Coca-Cola Handicap (3YO colts & geldings, 1 mile)
Sunday, July 1—$25K NWSS Son of Briartic Stakes (2YO fillies, 5f)
Sunday, July 1—$25K NWSS Slewdledo Stakes (2YO colts & geldings, 5f)
Sunday, July8—$50K Boeing Handicap (3&up fillies & mares, 1 mile)
Sunday, July 15—$50K Kent Handicap (3YO fillies, 1-1/16 miles)
Sunday, July 15—$50K Seattle Slew Handicap (3YO colts & geldings, 1-1/16 miles)
Sunday, July 22—$50K Mt. Rainier Handicap (3&up, 1-1/16 miles)
Sunday, July 29—$50K Premio Esmeralda (2YO colts & geldings, 6f)
Sunday, August 5—$50K Angie C Stakes (2YO fillies, 6f)
Saturday, August 11—$65K Washington Oaks (3YO fillies, 1-1/8 miles)
Sunday, August 12—$65K Emerald Downs Derby (3YO, 1-1/8 miles)
Saturday, August 18—$50K WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO colts & geldings, 6f)
Sunday, August 19—$65K Emerald Distaff (3&up fillies & mares, 1-1/8 miles)
Sunday, August 19—$200K Longacres Mile (3&up, 1 mile)
Sunday, August 26—$50K Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (2YO fillies, 6f)
Monday, September 2—$60K Bank of America Challenge Championship (3&up, 440 yards)

Washington Cup X

Sunday, September 9—$35K Diane Kem Stakes (2YO WA-bred fillies, 6f)
Sunday, September 9—$35K Dennis Dodge Stakes (2YO WA-bred colts & geldings, 6f)
Sunday, September 9—$35K John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes (3YO WA-bred fillies, 1 mile)
Sunday, September 9—$35K Chinook Pass Stakes (3YO WA-bred colts & geldings, 1 mile)
Sunday, September 9—$35K Belle Roberts (3&up WA-bred fillies & mares, 1-1/16 miles)
Sunday, September 9—$40K Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (3&up WA-bred, 1-1/16 miles)
Sunday, September 23—$65K Gottstein Futurity (2YO WA-bred, 1-1/16 miles)