01/06/2006 12:00AM

Stakes purses rise 3 percent


AUBURN, Wash. - Emerald Downs has released a schedule of 36 stakes worth $2,205,000 to be contested at its 2006 meeting, which will stretch 91 days from April 21 through Oct. 1.

The purse total is a 3 percent increase from last year. Much of the new funds will be used to boost the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Its purse will rise from $75,000 to $100,000. Nine other stakes received increases of $5,000.

The 71st running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 20 will be the highlight of the meet. The $100,000 Emerald Breeders' Cup Distaff will serve as the supporting feature on Mile Day.

Mile Preview Day, introduced last year, will group the two most important preps for the Mile on the July 30 card. The $40,000 Governor's Handicap will be run at 6 1/2 furlongs, and the $100,000 Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap will be contested at 1 1/8 miles.

The fourth Washington Cup Day, which includes seven stakes for Washington-breds worth a total of $300,000, will be run on Sept. 17.

2006 stakes schedule

Sun.,April 23U.S. BANK STAKES3YO F6 furlongs$40,000
Sun.,April 30SEATTLE HANDICAP3YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,May 7AUBURN STAKES3YO C&G6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,May 14HASTINGS PARK HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,May 21FEDERAL WAY HANDICAP3YO F6 1/2 furlongs55,000
Mon.,May 29F.S.N. HANDICAP3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sun.,June 4PEPSI-COLA HANDICAP3YO C&G6 1/2 furlongs55,000
Sun.,June 11WA. STATE LEGISLATORS STAKES F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,June 18BUDWEISER EMD HANDICAP3YO & Up1 mile75,000
Sun.,June 25IRISH DAY HANDICAP3YO F1 mile40,000
Sun.,July 2TACOMA HANDICAP3YO C&G1 mile65,000
Mon.,July 3INDEPENDENCE DAY HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/16 miles40,000
Sun.,July 9KING COUNTY HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile40,000
Sun.,July 16ANGIE C STAKES2YO F6 furlongs45,000
Sat.,July 22EMERALD EXPRESS STAKES2YO C&G6 furlongs45,000
Sun.,July 23KENT HANDICAP3YO F1 1/16 miles65,000
Sat.,July 29BOEING HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles40,000
Sun.,July 30GOVERNOR'S HANDICAP3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sun.,July 30MT. RAINIER B.C.3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Aug. 6SEATTLE SLEW B.C.3YO C&G1 1/16 miles65,000
Sat.,Aug. 12N.W.S.S. KNIGHTS CHOICE STAKES2YO F6 1/2 furlongs45,000
Sun.,Aug. 13N.W.S.S. STRONG RULER STAKES2YO C&G6 1/2 furlongs45,000
Sat.,Aug. 19WASHINGTON B.C. OAKS3YO F1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Aug. 20EMERALD BRS' CUP DISTAFFF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile100,000
Sun.,Aug. 20LONGACRES MILE (G3)3YO & Up1 mile250,000
Sat.,Sept. 2WTBA LADS STAKES2YO C&G1 mile55,000
Sun.,Sept. 3BARBARA SHINPOCH STAKES2YO F1 mile100,000
Mon., Sept. 4EMerald B.C. DERBY3YO1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Sept. 17DIANE KEM STAKES2YO F*6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,Sept. 17CAPTAIN CONDO STAKES2YO C&G*6 furlongs40,000
Sun.,Sept. 17JOHN & KITTY FLETCHER STAKES 2YO F*1 mile40,000
Sun.,Sept. 17TROOPER SEVEN STAKES3YO C&G*1 mile40,000
Sun.,Sept. 17CHINOOK PASS SPRINT3YO & Up*6 furlongs$0,000
Sun.,Sept. 17BELLE ROBERTSF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles50,000
Sun.,Sept. 17MUCKLESHOOT TRIBAL CLASSIC3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles 50,000
Sat.,Sept. 30GOTTSTEIN FUTURITY2YO1 1/16 miles100,000

* Washington-breds