He's the gift that keeps on giving and the equine version of the Energizer Bunny. Making the 52nd start of his career Aug. 19, Awesome Gem steps forward to defend his title at Emerald Downs.
Lou Tice, a veteran owner who raced 2009 Emerald Downs' horse of the meeting Assessment, died Sunday in Seattle after a short illness.
Second in his return to racing following a 20-month layoff, grade I winner Bob Black Jack will make his turf debut for trainer James Kasparoff in the $250,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 26.
Orchid's Silver, sent off at 26-1 odds, came from off the pace to nip favored Class Included in the $100,000 Ballerina Stakes (Can-III) on the closing day of the Hastings Racecourse season Oct. 2 in Vancouver, B.C.
Defending champion Noosa Beach and leading challenger Awesome Gem drew the far outside posts in a field of 12 entered for Washington's $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III). The signature race at Emerald Downs is Aug. 21.
Favored Noosa Beach proved to be too tough for his 11 rivals in the Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 22, winning for the fifth time in six starts at Emerald Downs this year.
Gallant Son makes his long-awaited return to the northwest as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $250,000 Longaces Mile (gr. III) at Emerald Downs Aug. 22.
Tice Ranch Stables' Assessment overcame the unenviable 12 post and took advantage of a hot pace to win the $294,375 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 16, handing trainer Howard Belvoir his second straight victory in Emerald Downs' most prestigious event.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Awesome Gem, graded stakes-placed eight times in his career but with only a single blacktype victory, will look to shed his bridesmaid status when he takes on 11 rivals in the Emerald Downs' signature race -- the $300,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) on Aug. 16.
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