Fifty-six horses have been nominated to the inaugural Championship Sunday at Emerald Downs, featuring four stakes worth an aggregate $350,000 on Aug. 11.
The $200,000 Longacres Mile (Grade 3) leads with 21 nominations while the $50,000 Emerald Distaff (10), $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby (154) and $50,000 Washington Oaks (11) also drew double-digit nominations. The latter three races are all 1 1/8 miles in distance.
Local stalwart Anyportinastorm heads nominations to the 84th renewal of the Longacres Mile. A 5-year-old by City Zip, Anyportinastorm was untested while rolling to easy victories in the Governor’s Stakes and Budweiser Stakes, running meet fastest times at 6 furlongs (1:07.54) and 6½ furlongs (1:14.35).
More Power to Him and El Huerfano, first and second in the Mt. Rainer Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, and Oh Marvelous Me, a top three finisher in all three local stakes this season, also are nominated to The Mile.
Southern California fixture John Sadler nominated a quartet of runners – Curlin Rules, Fawree, Higher Power and Horse Greedy. Higher Power, younger brother of multiple graded winner Alternation, finished fifth in the Gold Cup (G1) last month at Santa Anita and was second in the Wickerr Stakes on turf last week at Del Mar. Fawree is a mile specialist, compiling a 4-1-0 record in five career starts at eight furlongs.
Solid Wager, an 8-year-old currently based in Kentucky, is the top career earner nominated with $857,970, and won the Toboggan Stakes (G3) in January at Aqueduct.
He’s the Reason and Brave Nation, first and second in the Lieutenant Governor’s handicap two weeks ago, head the Canadian contingent.
Weights for the Longacres Mile and Emerald Distaff will be released Sunday, Aug. 4, and entries for all four races will be taken Wednesday, Aug. 7. Supplementary nominations for the Mile ($5,000) and Distaff ($1,500) close Saturday, Aug. 3, while supplementary nominations for the Derby ($1,500) and Oaks ($1,500) close Wednesday, Aug, 7.
A special $0.50 all stakes pick four will be offered on the Championship Sunday races.
* Pending late mail or fax
$200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)
Horse, owner, trainer
Anyportinastorm (5/FLA) Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd., Blaine Wright
Brave Nation (4/KY) Gordon Christoff, John Snow
Concur (4/KY) Tim Bankers, Manny Ortiz
Curlin Rules (6/KY) Hronis Racing LLC, John Sadler
El Huerfano (7/CA) Peerenboom-Bowyer Racing, Chris Stenslie
Elliott Bay (4/WA) Chad Christensen, Frank Lucarelli
Fawree (5/KY) Desert Sun Stable & Michael Jawl, John Sadler
He’s the Reason (4/KY) North American Thoroughbred, Sandi Gann
Higher Power (4/KY) Hronis Racing LLC, John Sadler
Grinder Sparksaglo (8/WA) Richard Sena, Robbie Baze
Hit the Beach (6/WA) Zenker, Mullens & Larson, H.R. Mullens
Horse Greedy (6/KY) Hronis Racing LLC, John Sadler
Law Abidin Citizen (5/KY) Agnew, Schneider & Xitco, Mark Glatt
Mike Man’s Gold (9/WA) G Conley, C Conley & Terra Firma, Joe Toye
More Power to Him (5/CA) Brett Mason, Kay Cooper
Oh Marvelous Me (7/KY) Todd & Shawn Hansen, Blaine Wright
Restrainedvengence (4/KY) K Brinkerhoff & B Grayson Jr., Val Brinkerhoff
Rocky Tough (5/KY) Desimone, Kingma & Kelly, Tim McCanna
Sippin Fire (4/WA) How We Roll #4, Steve Bullock
Solid Wager (8/CA) David Staudacher, Michael Maker
Two Thirty Five (5/KY) Slam Dunk, Baltas, Mansor, Nielsen, Richard Baltas
$50,000 Emerald Distaff, 1 1/8 Mile
Horse, owner, trainer
Angelofmontgomery (4/KY) Mark Glatt, Patty Lydon
Bella Mia (4/WA) John & Janene Maryanski, Blaine Wright
Blazinbeauty (5/KY) Darrin Paul, Frank Lucarelli
Diamonds R (4/KY) George Todaro or David Cordova, Tom Wenzel
Fly Far Away (6/WA) Todd & Shawn Hansen, Blaine Wright
Guardian One (6/WA) Tony and Brenna Loften, Chris Stenslie
No Talking Back (5/WA) One Horse Will Do and Shimizu, Chris Stenslie
Paddy’s Secret (5/KY) Donnybrook Stable, Frank Lucarelli
Reginella (5/CA) Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro, Blaine Wright
Yuvetsi (3/KY) Hronis Racing LLC, John Sadler
$50,000 Muckleshoot Derby, 1 1/8 Mile
Horse., owner, trainer
Alittlelesstalk (3f/WA) Warlock, Dougan & Ya Killing Me LLC, Roddina Barrett
Deckload (3/KY) Jody Sherry & Kevin Sather, Tim McCanna
El Borracho (3/WA) Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro, Blaine Wright
Five Star General (3/KY) North American Thoroughbred Racing Co., Sandi Gann
Free Speech (3/KY) Big Fly Stable, Charles Essex
Frolic and Detour (3/VA) Jane Todaro, Tom Wenzel
Jack Van Berg (3/KY) Muddy Waters Stables, Mike Puhich
My Grandpa (3/WA) Ron Crockett Inc., Tom Wenzel
Nolo Contesto (3/KY) Hronis Racing LLC, John Sadler
Perfect Dude (3/WA) Todd & Shawn Hansen, Blaine Wright
Rally Cat (3/KY) Fleur De Lis Stables, Blaine Wright
Sky Confidential (3/KY) David Matsumoto, Howard Belvoir
Time ’n Time Again (3/WA) Poseidon Partners, Kay Cooper
Todo Es Toro (3/AZ) Tawnja Elison, Jack McCartney
$50,000 Washington Oaks, 1 1/8 Mile
Horse, owner, trainer
Above All Names (3/KY) Big Fly Stable, Charles Essex
Alittlelesstalk (3WA) Warlock, Dougan & Ya Killing Me LLC, Roddina Barrett
Amazonian (3/KY) North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. ,Sandi Gann
Fortune in Silk (3/WA) Blue Ribbon Racing #18, Kay Cooper
Killarney Lass (3/KY) Sargent Stables, Frank Lucarelli
Mucho Amor (3KY) Ten Broeck Farm, Blaine Wright
Northern Graystar (3/BC) North American Thoroughbred Racing Co., Sandi Gann
Northwest Factor (3KY) How We Roll #4, Steve Bullock
Suddenly Awesome (3WA) Poseidon Partners, Kay Cooper
Twirling Devon (3/FL) Tim Bankers, Manny Ortiz
Two Shakes (3/KY) Ten Broeck Farm, Blaine Wright