Emerald Downs sets stakes calendar of 29 races

by | 02.21.2013 | 5:48pm

A 29-race stakes schedule featuring the 78th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), four stakes double-headers and Washington Cup XI has been announced for 2013 at Emerald Downs.

Beginning May 12 with the $50,000 Hastings Handicap for older fillies and mares, and ending closing day, September 29, with a double-header for 2-year-olds of the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity and $50,000 Cahill Road Stakes, a total of $1,545,00 will be offered in stakes purses.

Twenty-seven stakes are scheduled on Sundays including the  $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3), which will be run Sunday, August 18, as part of a stakes double-header also featuring the $65,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares.

Annually attracting many of the nation's top middle-distance horses, the Longacres Mile culminates a tremendous eight-day stretch of racing that features championship races in four categories. Saturday, August 10, features 3-year-old fillies in the $65,000 Washington Oaks at 1-1/8 miles, and Sunday, August 11, 3-year-old colts and geldings line up in the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby, also at 1-1/8 miles.

In all, August features seven stakes worth an aggregate $535,000 in purses.

Designed to allow all divisions a chance for large purses, the stakes schedule features 10 events for older horses, 10 stakes for 3-year-olds, eight stakes for 2-year-olds and one event for Quarter Horses.

“Our goal is to present a balanced stakes schedule, and to gradually stretch horses out to longer distances,” said Director of Racing Bret Anderson. “We aim to have horses peaking for the biggest races.”

The road to the Longacres Mile begins with the $50,000 Governor's Handicap for 3-year-olds and-up at 6-½ furlongs, Sunday, May 19, and continues with the $50,000 Budweiser Handicap at one mile, Sunday, June 16. The $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap at 1-1/16 miles, Sunday, July 21, serves as the final local prep for The Mile.

The 2-year-old division has been tweaked and tilted slightly toward the latter half of the season. The $75,000 Gottstein Futurity, the traditional championship event for juveniles, has been lengthened to 1-1/16 miles and is half of a closing day double-header featuring the newly minted $50,000 Cahill Road Stakes for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.

The Gottstein and Cahill Road are the final events of the Northwest Race Series for 2-year-olds, which begins July 28 with the $50,000 Emerald Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Washington Cup XI-six races exclusively for Washington-breds worth an aggregate $225,000-is scheduled Sunday, September 8, culminating with the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and-up at 1-1/16-miles.

The 75-day season, the 18th at Emerald Downs, begins Friday, April 19, with racing offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. weekends.

Holiday racing will be held Monday, May 27, Thursday, July 4, and Monday, September 2. There also will be special Wednesday racing on July 3 followed by the popular fireworks spectacular.

View the complete stakes schedule here.

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