In one of the most scintillating stretch drives in Longacres Mile history, Law Abidin Citizen nailed 3-5 favorite Anyportinastorm in the final jumps and scored a head victory in the 84th renewal of the Northwest's biggest race at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.
Restrainedvengence finished a neck behind Anyportinastorm in the Grade 3 race dominated by the top three finishers. In fact, it was 6 ½ lengths back to Solid Wager in fourth place, with Elliott Bay, Oh Marvelous Me, More Power to Him, Curlin Rules, Rocky Tough, Brave Nation and El Huerfano completing the order of finish.
Ridden by Abel Cedillo at 119 pounds, Law Abidin Citizen ran one mile in 1:34.08 and paid $15.60, $4.80 and $4.20. Mark Glatt is the winning trainer for owners Dan Agnew of Vancouver, Wash., Gerald Schneider of Auburn and John Xitco of Tacoma.
The victory is the first graded win on dirt and the second graded win overall for Law Abidin Citizen, who captured the Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes on Santa's Anita's hillside turf course last March. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Twirling Candy, Law Abidin Citizen is 6-3-4 in 23 starts with earnings of $416,167 including Sunday's check worth $96,800 check for Sunday.
Anyportinastorm, the 3-5 favorite ridden by Juan Hernandez at high weight of 124 pounds, did everything but win the race. Breaking from the No. 8 post, Anyportinastorm set fractions of :23.05, :45.58, 1:09.37 and 1:21.46, and dug in gamely when Law Abidin Citizen moved up to challenge. Anyportinastorm and Law Abidin Citizen raced virtually head and head the final sixteenth of a mile, with the latter up in the final strides.
Restrainedvengence, a California shipper ridden by Kevin Krigger at 120 pounds, finished strongly to take third and paid $9 to show.
For Cedillo, it was his first time riding Law Abiding Citizen in a race, although he was up for the gelding's sharp half-mile gate work in :47 4/5 last week at Del Mar.
“When I worked him last week, I told Mark (Glatt) that the horse was gonna run good,” said Cedillo, the leading rider this year at Golden Gate Fields. “It was a tough race today, but he ran great.”
For Glatt, the trip to Emerald Downs was a homecoming. He was raised in Auburn and his father was a top trainer at Longacres.
“We were actually talking about this race last year,” Glatt said. “(Law Abidin Citizen) has been more of a turf horse, but it transferred well to dirt today.”
Glatt, Agnew, Schneider and Xitco capped a glorious weekend that also netted them Saturday's $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (G2) for 2-year-olds with Collusion Illusion ($17) at Del Mar.
It's the second Mile victory for Schneider, who won with Chum Salmon in 1985, and Agnew's father, S.J. Agnew, won the 1971 Mile with Pitch Out.
“This is a dream come true,” Dan Agnew said.
Due to audio problems, Joe Withee was pressed into race-calling duties at the last moment and announced the Longacres Mile from track side in place of regular announcer Tom Harris.
ESPN personality Kenny Mayne served as Honorary Steward for the 2019 Longacres Mile.
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