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Mile Preview Day nominations released


July 22, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA (July 22, 2006) - Emerald Downs will host its second Mile Preview Day on Sunday July 30, as the $100,000 Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap and the $40,000 Governor's Handicap, traditionally the final two local prep races for the Longacres Mile, will be contested on the same day.

Nominations for each of the Mile Preview Day stakes closed on Saturday, July 22, with the Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap attracting 13 possible starters. Trainer Jim Penney has nominated three runners from his barn to the Mt. Rainier, including last year's winner of the race, Flamethrowintexan. The son of Way West is a five-time winner at Emerald Downs, including stakes triumphs in the 2005 Mt. Rainier and the 2004 edition of the Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Penney has also nominated recent Independence Day Handicap runner-up, Confidential Call, to the Mt. Rainier. The improving son of True Confidence has won two of three starts at Emerald Downs this year and has finished second in two stakes events during his career. Confidential Call was the runner-up in last year's Trooper Seven Stakes and Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup Handicap. Marbury, a recent allowance runner-up, completes the trio of Penney nominees.

Last year's Emerald Breeders' Cup Derby winner, Alexandersrun, has been nominated to the Mt. Rainier by trainer John Snow. The 4-year-old son of Sweetsouthernsaint was a two-time stakes winner at Emerald last year, adding a victory in the Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup Handicap to his Emerald Derby tally. Winless in seven starts since his last
appearance in Auburn, Alexandersrun exits a fifth-place performance in the Lt. Governor's Handicap at Hastings Park on July 1.

Trainer Jimmy Orr has nominated Norm's Nephew to the Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap off his recent sixth-place run in the Independence Day Handicap as the 4-5 wagering choice. Prior to that performance, the son of Jazzing Around finished second in the $75,000 Budweiser Emerald Handicap and third in the $40,000 FSN Handicap.

Bull Ranch, based at Hastings Park in Vancouver, has been nominated to the Mt. Rainier by trainer Mark Rheinford. The son of 1998 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet crossed the wire third in his last start, the Lt. Governor's Handicap at Hastings. The 4-year-old gelding visited the winner's circle four times in 2005 including a victory in the
$100,000 Premier Handicap, also held in Vancouver.

The Governor's Handicap lists 15 eligible runners at the time of closing, including this year's Seattle Handicap winner Starbird Road. The Sharon Ross trainee exits a winning run in an open allowance event at 6 furlongs where he defeated fellow Governor's Handicap nominees Salt Grinder, Sabertooth and Flying Notes. Starbird Road has won six of 14 starts at Emerald and is nearing the $100,000 mark in earnings.

Trainer Jim Penney has nominated a pair of runners to the Governor's Handicap including multiple stakes winner Flamethrowintexan, and the 2004 winner of the race, Salt Grinder. Flamethrowintexan has won four of six starts at the 6 -furlong distance of the Governor's Handicap, including an allowance win last year at Emerald. Salt Grinder exits a second-place performance in an allowance event where he was beaten 1-1/4 lengths by Starbird Road. In 2004, the son of Salt Lake won the Governor's Handicap by 3 lengths, covering the trip in 1:14.60.

Spanish Highway, winner of the FSN Handicap on May 29, has been nominated to the Governor's Handicap by trainer Bill Tollett, who has scored a trio of stakes victories at the 2006 Emerald Downs meet. The son of Cahill Road is a three-time winner this year, adding a pair of allowance victories at Sunland Park to his winning run in the FSN at
Emerald.

Sabertooth, who holds the world record for 6 furlongs, has been nominated to the Governor's Handicap by trainer Grant Forster. The gelding set the mark last year when taking the FSN Handicap in 1:13. That effort was the last victory for the son of Petersburg, who exits a third-place finish behind Starbird Road and Salt Grinder in an allowance event on July 8. Forster won the 2005 Governor's Handicap with No
Giveaway, who went on to win the 70th running of the Grade III Longacres Mile.

Six horses have been nominated to both the Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Governor's Handicap. That list includes Best Game in Town, Bull Ranch, Flamethrowintexan, Norm's Nephew, R. Associate and Wasserman.

11th running of the Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap, to be held Sunday, July 30
$100,000 (Includes $50,000 from the Breeders' Cup Fund for Cup nominees only)
3-Year-Olds and Up, One and One Eighth Miles

Nominees (owner - trainer)
Alexandersrun (Thomas R. Bell - John Snow); Best Game in Town (Frank
McDonald - Bonnie Jenne); Bull Ranch (Simichiello Racing Stables, LLC -
Mark Rheinford); Confidential Call (Sue and Lyle Malick - Jim Penney);
Don'twritemeoff (Ron Crockett, Inc. - H. R. Pat Mullens); Escalante
(Hedgewood Stable - Frank Lucarelli); Flamethrowintexan (Grasshopper
Stable - Jim Penney); Luckyandsmart (Julie Nakahara - Roy Lumm); Marbury
(Kama'aina Thoroughbreds - Jim Penney); Norm's Nephew (Gunshy Manor
and Leona Orr - Jim Orr); R. Associate (Garth Weeks - Vince Gibson);
Random Memo (Frank L. Gaunt - Aubrey Villyard); Wasserman (Vicki Potter
- Howard Belvoir)

67th running of the Governor's Handicap, to be held Sunday, July 30
$40,000 Guaranteed
3-Year-Olds and Up, Six and One Half Furlongs

Nominees (owner - trainer)
Best Game in Town (Frank McDonald - Bonnie Jenne); Bull Ranch
(Simichiello Racing Stables, LLC - Mark Rheinford); Eastern Accent
(Billie Klokstad - Bud Klokstad); Flamethrowintexan (Grasshopper Stable
- Jim Penney); Flying Notes (Johnny and Ruth Lewis - Bud Klokstad); Free
Cocktails (Andy Beal - Sharon Ross); Norm's Nephew (Gunshy Manor and
Leona Orr - Jim Orr); R. Associate (Garth Weeks - Vince Gibson); Rusty
Rolls (M. Hallett, O. Marsters, and G. and J. Holcomb - Vince Gibson);
Sabertooth (Bob and Bruce Sparling - Grant T. Forster); Salt Grinder
(Homestretch Farms, Inc. - Jim Penney); Spanish Highway (David and
Elaine Parks and K J Star Stable - Bill Tollett); Starbird Road (Rick
Beal - Sharon Ross); Tobe Suave (Ross McLeod - John Snow); Wasserman
(Vicki Potter - Howard Belvoir)