On Sunday, we head to the city of Auburn, Washington to catch the 85th running of Emerald Downs' Longacres Mile Handicap (G3).
It's a race of historical significance, dating back to its first running in 1935 where the race was contested for $12K and won by Mrs. Richard F. Carman Jr.'s COLDWATER. Jockey Willie Robertson was the winning rider and Richard F. Carman Jr. the winning trainer.
Today's Longacres Mile is now a $100K event for three-year-olds and upward, going a distance of one mile on the main track. This year we have a large field of eleven runners. Here's a closer look, plus three potential winners analyzed.
The $100K Longacres Mile Handicap (G3) — 1 mile, Dirt, Three-year-olds and upward.
Post Time 5:51 PM PT.
PAPA'S GOLDEN BOY: 9-2
FOREST FIRE: 12-1
HARD TO DENY: 15-1
FIVE STAR GENERAL: 5-2
SIR BREGOVIC: 20-1
FIVE STAR GENERAL from the eight hole is our 5-2 morning-line favorite, making his first start for trainer Sandi Gann. This son of DISTORTED HUMOR exits an impressive six-length win in Allowance company last time out, taking his rivals gate to wire. He enters this race sharp as a tack. He worked a swift 5F last week, going :58.8 handily. Ten days before that, a bullet work, going 4F in :47 flat, the fastest of 26 works at that distance. Both works were recorded at Emerald Downs, where he's had one start and finished second. Jockey Mario Gutierrez will ride for the first time.
ANYPORTINASTORM at 3-1 from the fifth slot hails from the Peter Miller barn. The son of CITY ZIP delivered a sharp workout on August 8th at Del Mar, going 5F in 1:00 even, the 5th fastest of 82 works at that distance. He exits a fourth-place effort in the $75K Oak Tree Stakes at Pleasanton. He showed good early speed that day but faded in the stretch. He'll hope for a different result by stretching back out to a route, and going back to a familiar track. In three starts at Emerald Downs, he registered two wins and a second. Jockey Juan M. Gutierrez rides for the first time.
FOREST FIRE from the two hole is an interesting competitor at odds of 12-1. This gelded son of FRIESAN FIRE makes his first start after being claimed by trainer Candice Cryderman back in July 14th. He was beaten by 20 lengths in that claiming race as a $3.00-to-win favorite. He "stopped abruptly" that day, according to race result comments. But the start before that, he scored a game win against the same level of competition. Perhaps we draw a line through that unusually poor finish. We might expect a much better performance this time around, with trainer Cryderman converting decently at 16% with horses in their first start after a claim. In preparation for this race, FOREST FIRE hit the work tab last week, working 5F in 1:01, the 2nd fastest of 3 works at that distance. Jockey Erick Lopez rides for the first time.