Wasserman to Skip BC Dirt Mile

Longacres Mile winner will instead take a break and return to races in 2009.

(from Emerald Downs release)

Longacres Mile (gr. III) winner Wasserman has been turned out at Coal Creek Farm in Enumclaw, Wash., and won't race again this season.

Wasserman qualified for the $1 million Breeders Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Oct. 25 with his win in the Longacres Mile Aug. 17, but it would have cost $90,000 in supplemental nomination fees to make the gelding eligible to start.
Owner/trainer Howard Belvoir said his prize 6-year-old is sound, but he felt the gelding has earned a vacation. According to Belvoir, Wasserman will return to Emerald Downs in February when training begins for the 2009 season.
Wasserman finished one of the most remarkable seasons in Washington state history with five wins in eight starts and $245,478 in purses. Ridden regularly by Jennifer Whitaker the Washington-bred by Cahill Road won a record-tying four stakes races -- all in photo finishes -- and ran the fastest time at a record four different distances.
Now the all-time leading earner at Emerald Downs with $422,412, Wasserman won, in order, the FSN Handicap, Governor's Handicap, Longacres Mile and Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, his most recent start on Sept. 14.