Noosa Beach won the 2010 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.

Noosa Beach won the 2010 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.

Emerald Downs

Emerald 's '11 Stakes: Longacres Mile Aug. 21

Emerald Downs' '11 stakes sked features 29 added-money events; Longacres Mile Aug. 21

A 29-race stakes schedule featuring the 76th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) has been announced for the 2011 meeting at Emerald Downs.

A total of $1,515,00 will be offered in stakes beginning with the $50,000 Hastings Handicap for older fillies and mares May 15, and ending with the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds on closing day, Sept. 25. Twenty-three stakes are scheduled on Sundays including the Longacres Mile/Emerald Distaff doubleheader Aug. 21.

The 82-day season begins April 15, with racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursday racing is offered July 14 to Aug. 25, and Monday holiday racing is set for May 30, July 4, and Sept. 5.

Purses for overnight races, enhanced by a contribution from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, are expected to remain close to the ones offered at the start of 2010.

“Our aim is to keep purse levels similar with last year,” Emerald Downs president Ron Crockett said. “This is important for our horsemen, especially in this economy.”

And for the first time Emerald Downs, working in concert with the Washington HBPA, will be paying out $100 for unplaced starters on all overnight purses.
One of the premiere middle-distance events on the West Coast and the centerpiece of the 82-day meeting, the Longacres Mile headlines a stakes-packed August calendar that features eight added-money events worth $585,000 and will decide state-bred championships in virtually every division.

On Aug. 13, 3-year-old fillies battle in the $65,000 Washington Oaks, and the sophomore colts take their turn in the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby Aug. 14. Those events are both a mile and one-eighth in distance. Washington Cup IX, six races for Washington-breds worth $215,000 in purses, is Sept. 18. 

DATE         PURSE    NAME
Sun May 15  $50,000  Hastings Handicap (3&UP F&M) 6F
Sun May 22 $50,000  Governor’s Handicap (3&UP) 6.5F
Sun May 29  $50,000  Seattle Handicap (3YO F) 6.5F
Mon May 30  $50,000  Auburn Handicap (3YO C&G) 6.5F
Sun Jun 12  $50,000  WA State Legislators Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6.5F
Sun Jun 19  $50,000  Budweiser Handicap (3&UP) 1M
Sun Jun 26  $50,000  Irish Day Handicap (3YO F) 1M
Sun Jun 26  $50,000  Pepsi-Cola Handicap (3YO C&G) 1M
Mon Jul 4  $25,000  NWSS Knights Choice Stakes (2YO F) * 5.5F
Mon Jul 4   $25,000  NWSS Strong Ruler Stakes (2YO C&G) * 5.5F
Sat Jul 16  $50,000  Boeing Handicap (3&UP F&M) 1M
Sun Jul 17  $50,000  Washington’s Lottery Handicap (3YO F) 1 1/16M
Sun Jul 17  $50,000  Seattle Slew Handicap (3YO C&G) 1 1/16M
Sun July 24  $50,000  Mt. Rainier Handicap (3&UP) 1 1/16M
Sun Aug 7  $50,000  Angie C Stakes (2YO F) * 6F
Sun Aug 7  $50,000  Premio Esmeralda (2YO C&G) * 6F
Sat Aug 13  $65,000  Washington Oaks (3YO F) 1 1/8M
Sun Aug 14  $65,000  Emerald Downs Derby (3YO) 1 1/8M
Sun Aug 21 $65,000  Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1 1/8M
Sun Aug 21   $200,000  Longacres Mile (GIII) (3&UP) 1M
Sat Aug 27 $40,000    WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO C&G) 1M
Sun Aug 28 $50,000   Barbara Shinpoch Stakes (2YO F) 1M
Washington Cup IX
Sun Sep 18  $35,000  Diane Kem Stakes (2YO F WA) 6.5F
Sun Sep 18  $35,000  Dennis Dodge Stakes (2YO C&G WA) 6.5F
Sun Sep 18  $35,000  John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes (3YO F WA) 1M
Sun Sep 18  $35,000  Chinook Pass Stakes (3YO C&G WA) 1M
Sun Sep 18  $35,000  Belle Roberts (3&UP F&M WA) 1 1/16M
Sun Sep 18  $40,000  Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (3&UP WA) 1 1/16M
Sun Sep 25  $65,000  Gottstein Futurity (2YO) * 1 1/16M
*Denotes NORTHWEST RACE SERIES ($147,500)