08/16/2007 11:00PM

Raise the Bluff may have edge in Mile


AUBURN, Wash. - Post position might make the difference in Sunday's 72nd running of the Grade 3, $400,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs. Raise the Bluff, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, drew post 8 in the field of 12, and Trickey Trevor, pegged at 5-1, drew the outside post.

Raise the Bluff and Trickey Trevor will share a highweight assignment of 119 pounds in the Mile. Raise the Bluff will have Tyler Baze riding and Trickey Trevor will be ridden by Russell Baze.

Raise the Bluff won both the Pepsi-Cola Handicap and the Emerald Derby for trainer Junior Coffey here last season, and he won the Santana Mile Handicap this March at Santa Anita for trainer Doug O'Neill. After a four-month vacation, O'Neill brought Raise the Bluff back to run a highly creditable fourth in Del Mar's Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on July 21. He was returned to Coffey's care earlier this week, and the trainer was pleased with his condition.

"He looks really good, and he has been acting good," said Coffey. "He is carrying his weight very well, he is eating well, and he seems to be coming up to the race in the right way."

Raise the Bluff is one of three horses who will carry the colors of owner Ron Crockett in the Mile. Crockett will also be represented by the Tom Wenzel-trained The Great Face and the Pat Mullens-trained Don'twritemeoff. The three Crockett-owned runners will race uncoupled in the wagering with the permission of the stewards.

Trickey Trevor, an 8-year-old from the barn of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, figures to be formidable despite his wide post. Trickey Trevor has won 20 of 44 starts, including six stakes, for almost $700,000 in earnings. Though he has spent most of his career sprinting, Trickey Trevor has won three of his five route tries, two of them stakes. In his lone attempt at one mile, Trickey Trevor won an $80,000 optional claiming event at Bay Meadows in 2005 with a 108 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest Beyer of his stellar career. He tuned up for Sunday's assignment with a sharp win in Pleasanton's six-furlong Sam J. Whiting Handicap on July 7.

Also shipping in to contest the Mile are Sinister Minister and Wanna Runner, both trained by Bob Baffert, and the Roger Stein-trained Gotaghostofachance.

Courting Seattle, Wasserman, Schoolin You, Diligent Prospect, and Norm's Nephew complete the field.

A special 1 p.m. first post will be in effect on Mile Day.