02/13/2010 12:00AM

Emerald stakes trimmed by $255,000


The Emerald Downs stakes schedule took a little trim for the 2010 season, with four fewer stakes and $255,000 less in purse money than in 2009. But most of the major stakes will be brought back this year, including the meet's annual marquee race, the Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

Emerald Downs, located in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, will race 90 days, April 9 to Sept. 26.

The purse for the Aug. 22 Longacres Mile has been cut $50,000 to $250,000. The Emerald Downs-based Assessment, trained by Howard Belvoir and ridden by Gallyn Mitchell, won the Longacres Mile last year over California invader Awesome Gem. The Emerald Distaff, run on the same card as the Mile, is worth $75,000 compared with $100,000 last year.

A total of 31 stakes are scheduled for the meet, with total purses of $1,760,000.

Dropped for this year are the US Bank Stakes, FSN Handicap, Tacoma Handicap, and the Trooper Seven Stakes, one of last year's Washington Cup Day stakes. This year's Washington Cup comprises six stakes - five $40,000 stakes and the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic - and will be held Sept. 12.

The Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, Belle Roberts, and Chinook Pass are for Washington-breds and British Columbia-breds, and the Diane Kem, Dennis Dodge, and John and Kitty Fletcher are for Washington-breds.

Other meet highlights include the $75,000 Washington Oaks on Aug. 14, the $75,000 Emerald Derby on Aug. 15, and the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sept. 26.