Updated on 09/16/2011 9:06AM

Longacres plot thickens

Grant Clark
San Antonio Handicap winner Redattore arrives at Emerald Downs. The 123-pound highweight will break from post 11 Sunday in the 67th Longacres Mile.

AUBURN, Wash. - Sunday's Grade 3, $250,000 Longacres Mile took an intriguing turn on Friday morning when Redattore, the 123-pound highweight and certain favorite for the 67th Mile, drew post 11 in the 12-horse field.

Only Bolulight, who won the 1992 Mile, has been successful from the 11 post and only Coldwater, who won the inaugural Mile in 1935 from post 12, has been successful from farther out in the gate.

Redattore will still be a clear choice in this track's premier race with his record of 10 wins from 24 starts, including Grade 1 scores in his native Brazil and in the U.S., for earnings of $935,315. Redattore, a 7-year-old son of Roi Normand, is trained by Richard Mandella and will be ridden Sunday by Jason Lumpkins.

Lumpkins can call on Redattore's excellent tactical speed to try to avoid a wide trip. Redattore has been on or near the lead in most of his races, including a sharp score after stalking the pace in the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap on Santa Anita's main track.

Friday morning's other drama took place just before the draw when connections for Sabertooth and Prodigious, who were both weighted at 113 pounds, drew for the final spot in the oversubscribed field. Sabertooth prevailed in the shake, relegating Prodigious to the also-eligible list, then drew post 1, which trainer Jim Penney considers to be ideal for Sabertooth, a front-runner who is expected to set the pace under Nate Chaves.

Moonlight Meeting, who is racing in career form at age 7, will be the second-highweight under Ricky Frazier at 119 pounds. Moonlight Meeting is coming off back-to-back wins in the Independence Day and Mt. Rainier handicaps at Emerald, showing excellent acceleration to collar Sabertooth on both occasions.

Mysterious Cat, who is trained by Ted West and will be ridden by Kevin Radke at 117 pounds, figures to be in the second flight early and has demonstrated an ability to finish with gusto. He posted four straight in-the-money finishes against strong stakes and allowance company before his last race, when he finished fifth in a 1 1/16-mile allowance test while donning blinkers for the first time at Del Mar on Aug. 4. West said the blinkers will be removed for the Mile.

Expected to challenge Sabertooth for the early lead is the Cinderella horse Colterkind, who has won four straight while ascending the class ladder since being claimed by trainer Roy Lumm for $12,500 in May. Colterkind will be ridden by Sandi Gann, who will be bidding to become the first woman rider to win the Longacres Mile.

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