Slew’s Tiz Whiz (left) collars Papa’s Golden Boy in the 2022 Longacres Mile. COURTESY PHOTO, Emerald Downs

Slew’s Tiz Whiz (left) collars Papa’s Golden Boy in the 2022 Longacres Mile. COURTESY PHOTO, Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs in Auburn releases 2023 stakes schedule

Purses worth $1.24 million scheduled for 23 featured races; season runs May 6 to Sept. 17

Emerald Downs in Auburn has announced 23 stakes worth $1.24 million in purses for its 2023 live horse racing season that begins Saturday, May 6.

The 88th running of the $150,000 Longacres Mile anchors an Aug. 13 stakes quadruple-header featuring the $50,000 Emerald Distaff, $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby and $50,000 Washington Oaks, according to a post on emeralddowns.com. The track’s premier event for 3-year-olds and up, the Longacres Mile was captured in 2022 by KD Thoroughbreds Slew’s Tiz Whiz over Lusk Racing’s Papa’s Golden Boy as Washington-breds took down the top two spots.

The older horse division begins with the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes (6F) on Sunday, June 25, followed by the $50,000 Governor’s Stakes (6 ½ F) on Sunday, July 23, and the Longacres Mile.

The 2023 stakes schedule features eight stakes double-headers, the Super Sunday quadruple-header Aug. 14, and a closing day triple-header Sunday, Sept. 17, featuring the $70,000 Gottstein Futurity for the Northwest’s top 2-year-olds.

The $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and $50,000 Auburn Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings kick off stakes action on Sunday, June 18.

Seven stakes are offered for 2-year-olds—three apiece for fillies and colts and geldings—finishing with the Gottstein Futurity at a mile and one-sixteenth.

Washington Cup features four stakes—$50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings and $50,000 Washington Cup and $50,000 Washington Cup Juvenile Fillies on Sunday, Aug. 27, and $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and $50,000 Washington Cup Fillies & Mares on Sunday, Sept. 17. The 2-year-old Washington Cup races are restricted to Washington-breds while the older horse events are open to Washington and British Columbia breds.

In addition to 21 Thoroughbred stakes, Emerald Downs offers two stakes for Quarter Horses—$30,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship for 2-year-olds and the 14th running of the $40,000 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge for 3-year-olds and up.

Opening day Saturday, May 6, coincides with the 149th Kentucky Derby. The 52-day meet concludes Sunday, Sept. 17.

2023 Emerald Downs Stakes Schedule

Sun June 18 Seattle Stakes (3YOF) 6F $50,000

Sun June 18 Auburn Stakes (3YO) 6F $50,000

Sun June 25 Hastings Stakes (3&UP F&M) 6F $50,000

Sun June 25 Budweiser Stakes (3&UP) 6F $50,000

Sun July 9 Angie C Stakes (2YOF) 5 ½ F $50,000

Sun July 9 King County Express (2YO C&G) 5 ½ F $50,000

Sun July 16 Kent Stakes (3YOF) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun July 16 Irish Day Stakes (3YO) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun July 23 Governor’s Stakes (3&UP) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun July 23 WA St Legislators S (3&UP F&M) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun Aug 6 WTBOA Lassies Stakes (2YOF) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun Aug 6 WTBOA Lads Stakes (2YO C&G) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun Aug 13 Muckleshoot Derby (3YO) 1 1/16 M $50,000

Sun Aug 13 Washington Oaks (3YOF) 1 1/16 M $50,000

Sun Aug 13 Emerald Distaff (3&UP F&M) 1 1/16 M $50,000

Sun Aug 13 Longacres Mile (3&UP 1M $150,000

Sun Aug 20 Bank of America EmD Chlg (3&UP) 440Y $40,000

Sun Aug 20 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (2YO) 350Y $30,000

Sun Aug 27 WA Cup Juvenile Filly (2YOF WA) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun Aug 27 WA Cup Juvenile C&G (2YO WA) 6 ½ F $50,000

Sun Sept 17 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (3& UP) 1 1/16 M $50,000

Sun Sept 17 WA Cup Filly & Mare (3&UP F&M) 1 1/16 M $50,000

Sun Sept 17 Gottstein Futurity (2YO) 1 1/16 M $70,000


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