01/28/2005 12:00AM

Longacres Mile tops extended meeting


AUBURN, Wash. - The 70th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Longacres Mile highlights a list of 36 stakes worth $2,135,000 to be run at the 2005 Emerald Downs meeting, which will include 101 days of racing, from April 15 through Oct. 16.

The number and names of the stakes have not changed, but many dates have been altered to accommodate the longer season. Last year's meet ran 89 days, from April 16 through Sept. 20.

The total stakes money has increased by $65,000, courtesy of the Northwest Race Series, which upped its contribution from $220,000 to $285,000. The Federal Way Handicap, the Pepsi Cola Handicap and the Tacoma Handicap have all been boosted by $10,000, to $50,000, $50,000 and $60,000, respectively, while the Kent Handicap has been increased $20,000 to $60,000 and the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes has been boosted $25,000 to $75,000. The Irish Day Handicap has been reduced by $10,000 to $40,000, which is the minimum stakes purse.

In addition to the Mile, which will be run on Sunday, Aug. 21, the meet will be highlighted by the third annual Washington Cup Day Oct. 2, when eight stakes worth a total of $400,000 will be contested.

2005 Emerald Downs stakes schedule

Sun.,April 17U.S. BANK STAKES3YO F6 furlongs$40,000
Sun.,April 24SEATTLE HANDICAP3YO & Up 6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,May 1AUBURN STAKES3YO C&G6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,May 8HASTINGS PARK HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,May 15FEDERAL WAY HANDICAP3YO F6 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sun.,May 22FOX SPORTS NET HANDICAP3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Mon.,May 30PEPSI-COLA HANDICAP3YO C&G6 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sun.,June 5WASH. STATE LEGISLATORSF&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sun.,June 12IRISH DAY HANDICAP3YO F1 mile40,000
Sun.,June 19BUDWEISER EMD HANDICAP3YO & Up 1 mile75,000
Sun.,June 26TACOMA HANDICAP3YO C&G1 mile60,000
Sun.,July 3KING COUNTY HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile40,000
Sun.,July 3INDEPENDENCE DAY H.3YO & Up1 1/16 miles40,000
Sun.,July 10KENT HANDICAP3YO F1 1/16 miles60,000
Sun.,July 24ANGIE C STAKES2YO F6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,July 30EMERALD EXPRESS STAKES2YO C&G6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,July 30BOEING HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles40,000
Sun.,July 31GOVERNOR'S HANDICAP3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sun.,July 31MT. RAINIER BREEDERS' CUP3YO & Up 1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Aug. 7SEATTLE SLEW BREEDERS' CUP3YO C&G1 1/16 miles65,000
Sat.,Aug. 20NWSS KNIGHTS CHOICE STAKES2YO F6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Aug. 20NWSS STRONG RULER STAKES2YO C&G6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Aug. 20WASHINGTON BRS' CUP OAKS3YO F1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Aug. 21EMERALD BC DISTAFFF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile100,000
Sun.,Aug. 21LONGACRES MILE (G3)3YO & Up1 mile250,000
Mon.,Sept. 5EMERALD BC DERBY3YO 1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,Sept. 10BARBARA SHINPOCH STAKES2YO F1 mile75,000
Sun.,Sept. 11WTBA LADS STAKES2YO C&G1 mile50,000
Sun.,Oct. 2DIANE KEM STAKES2YO F*6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,Oct. 2CAPTAIN CONDO STAKES2YO C&G*6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,Oct. 2JOHN & KITTY FLETCHER STAKES3YO F*1 mile40,000
Sun.,Oct. 2TROOPER SEVEN STAKES3YO C&G*1 mile40,000
Sun.,Oct. 2CHINOOK PASS SPRINT 3YO & Up*6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,Oct. 2BELLE ROBERTS F&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles50,000
Sun.,Oct. 2MUCKLESHOOT TRIBAL CLASSIC3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat.,Oct. 15GOTTSTEIN FUTURITY2YO1 1/16 miles100,000

* Washington-breds