08/18/2013 9:20PM

Emerald Downs: Herbie D all the way in Longacres Mile


AUBURN, Wash. – For the second successive year, a brilliantly fast horse from British Columbia took the measure of some of the West Coast’s best middle-distance runners in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs. Herbie D, the second favorite in a field of 12, set a crackling pace and refused to yield en route to a 1 1/2-length victory Sunday, while Politicallycorrect, the 9-5 favorite, never got involved and finished a distant ninth.

Herbie D, expertly ridden by Amadeo Perez, broke sharply from post No. 10 and quickly angled over to save ground around the first turn. With 30-1 outsider Winning Machine in close pursuit, Herbie D sped through a half-mile in 45.04 seconds and six furlongs in 1:09.01 while discouraging any horse quick enough to challenge him.

After Winning Machine and Hoist peeled away, Herbie D opened a two-length lead past the furlong pole and cruised home ahead of Stryker Phd, who rallied from far back to get the place.

Golden Itiz, in from Southern California for trainer John Sadler, closed well to finish third, a head behind Stryker Phd. He was followed by Jebrica, Gladding, Why Not Be Perfect, Until You, Tres Borrachos, Politicallycorrect, Winning Machine, Mr. Bowling, and Hoist.
Herbie D covered the mile in 1:35.12 and paid $6.80.

Questions about post positions and early pace were prevalent before the Longacres Mile, with forwardly placed horses such as Until You, Hoist, and Mr. Bowling candidates to vie with Herbie D in the early going. Until You never got close to the front after breaking from the inside post, Hoist faded badly after pressing the pace, and Mr. Bowling broke slowly from post 11, raced five wide around the first turn, and faded steadily past the half-mile pole.

Herbie D won for the 10th time in 13 starts, a record similar to the one fashioned by 2012 Longacres Mile winner Taylor Said, who also overcame an outside post to win the Mile with an impressive display of speed and staying power.

Owned by George Robbins of Cobble Hill, British Columbia, and Darcia Doman of Cowichan Bay, B.C., Herbie D collected $110,000 for his first graded stakes victory, running his career earnings to $337,928.

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commenting More than 1 year ago
Take him to the Breeder's Cup Rob! This horse has the talent and the speed to mount a challenge down there in the Dirt Mile... Congrats to Rob, George, Darcia, Amadeo and Shawny the groom! (Oh, and Turbo, the most awesome former racehorse turned pony)
John More than 1 year ago
WEST COAST's BEST MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSES ?????????????????? WHERE ? Come on Nick ! Are you kidding me, or just being funny " The only horse up from Southern California was a high priced claimer, Golden Itiz, who won for $62,500 ...................dont see him smoking anyone in any handicapps down here ! Get a handle on who is who Nick ! Lets see if old Herbie D ventures south come Breeders Cup Day ! Im still laughing...hahahahahahahah~
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
I posted earlier that He would not make the front and that they should have stayed at Hastings. My turn to eat crow. Class act by all concerned Re. comments in the winners circle. Congrats !!!!
Bobby Braich More than 1 year ago
Congrats to all the connections...great race, sweet victory... Uncle Herb is smiling with you!
Mike B More than 1 year ago
Great race--thought Gladding might hold enough to stay on the board--for former Emerald leading jockey now trainer (and common NW name--Belvoir)--but missed by the next. Sent chalk back home with no dirt gravitas. Also, loved the NY Time project on Baze that I found and read before the race-- This NY Times a project --one of the best I have seen on Thoroughbred racing in a non-industry publication. It combines a well written story with breathtaking photos and video. Very impressive. Of interest to any thoroughbred fan or anyone in the industry; a leading media outlet has done a positive piece with a novel form of multi-chapter project --mixing journalism with film and photography and biography. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/the-jockey/?_r=0#/?chapt=introduction
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John More than 1 year ago
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Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
10 for 13 seems like he paid a good price
Deborah Bauder More than 1 year ago
The great Noosa Beach was defeated by the outside post & short distance to the turn 2 years ago. He was widely expected to go win the Longacres MIle & compete in the B.C. dirt mile. So, it was hard to expect Herbie D to accomplish that in a field packed with speed.
Cat More than 1 year ago
Was a great win! And a great race to watch... Very treu. i thought it was hands down the best race of the weekend!
Deborah Bauder More than 1 year ago
Beautiful ride by Amadeo Perez and amazing to watch live. My favorite racing day of the year!