08/14/2013 5:05PM

Emerald Downs: Polticallycorrect, Herbie D head 12-horse cast for Longacres Mile


AUBURN, Wash. – Politicallycorrect, runner-up in a Grade 3 sprint stakes at Saratoga in his last start, drew post position 3 Wednesday morning when entries were taken for Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.

Rob Rao, Emerald Downs’ linemaker, installed Politicallycorrect as the 7-2 morning-line favorite, with Herbie D, a romping winner in the final local Longacres Mile prep race, next at 4-1 in a full field of 12. Politicallycorrect and Herbie D will start as co-highweights at 121 pounds.

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Trained by Northwest native Wesley Ward for Kentuckians Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Politicallycorrect has made one previous foray to the West Coast. He spent part of last winter at Santa Anita, where he won the seven-furlong Damascus Stakes and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103. Efforts such as that one, and his strong second in the seven-furlong James Marvin Stakes at Saratoga on July 19, convinced Ward to ship Politicallycorrect to Emerald Downs. Dennis Ward, the trainer’s father, will saddle Politicallycorrect on Sunday while Ward attends to horses in France.

Herbie D, who has won 7 of 8 starts over the past 22 months, will break from post 10, a potential sticking point with a short run to the first turn. Herbie D has had the lead at the first call in each of his races this year but may have to take a more measured approach with speedy horses Until You, Hoist, Golden Itiz, and Tres Borrachos to his inside.

Stryker Phd, at 8-1 in the morning line, was afforded the best chance among the horses based at Emerald Downs. Second in stakes races in each of his past three starts, the late-running Stryker Phd will start from post 5 with jockey Debbie Hoonan. Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze has the riding assignment on Politicallycorrect, and Amadeo Perez will come in from Vancouver, British Columbia, to pilot Herbie D.

Mr. Bowling and Winning Machine got the worst of the draw in the two outside slots. Mr. Bowling, a graded-stakes winner in Louisiana, was purchased recently by Mark Dedomenico of Redmond, Wash., and Glen Todd of Langley, British Columbia. Todd captured the 2012 Longacres Mile with Taylor Said.

The Longacres Mile field, from the rail out, with jockeys and weights: Until You (Juan Gutierrez, 114), Hoist (Mario Gutierrez, 117), Politicallycorrect (Russell Baze, 121), Gladding (Dennis Carr, 116), Stryker Phd (Debbie Hoonan, 116), Jebrica (Isaias Enriquez, 118), Golden Itiz (Jerry Olguin, 116), Tres Borrachos (David Lopez, 118), Why Not Be Perfect (Anne Sanguinetti, 118), Herbie D (Amadeo Perez, 121), Mr. Bowling (Aaron Gryder, 117), and Winning Machine (Javier Matias, 117).

Mary Conway More than 1 year ago
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morton erskine More than 1 year ago
Re: Frank Best...Are you the same Frank Best that rode at Longacres? I cashed a nice bet on Pappy when you rode him, and a few more. Whatca doing now Frank ?
colin More than 1 year ago
herbie d is a nice horse drew a tough post.ill be cheering for him
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
WW thinks he can ship and stretch out ? Three drunks, always tough, if drew in middle, airs to this bunch, still mucho chansa !
Frank Best More than 1 year ago
Crockett needs to sell ED to the Native Americas so they can bring horse racing back like it use to be in the Northwest. As he has ruined racing in the state closed down all the small tracks that kept the economy alive. At one time the state of Washington ranked 3rd in the nation as a breeding state I believe I know for sure at least 5th, a WA bred could compete anywhere in the nation . JMO
colin More than 1 year ago
being from vancouver i went to longacres alot,seen alot of big races.never even been to emerald downs.racing in washington has definately gone way down
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
They are going to have to up the purse for this once important race. When it was at Longacres it was at least 250 G and once 400 G. Wake up EMD !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The biggest purse in the history of the Longacres mile is $400k., which was at EMD in 2008. Due to falling handle, it has now dropped to 200k. Gaet your facts before posting like somone who knows what they are talking about!!!
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
The 400 G at EMD was because of the Breeders Cup. My mistake to infer it was at Longacres. Something has to change to return racing in the beautiful state of Washington to its rightful place. I am sure you know that the derby at Longacres was always in the 150 G range. To have a derby at EMD worth only 65 G is an insult.
commenting More than 1 year ago
Bring it Herbie D!