A full 12-horse field, including 7-to-2 morning-line favorite Politicallycorrect, was entered Wednesday for the 78th running of the Longacres Mile.
The $200,000 Grade III stakes for 3-year-olds and up is scheduled to go to the post at 5:32 p.m. Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Jockey Russell Baze will ride Politicallycorrect, which received post No. 3 and will carry 121 pounds.
Baze, North America’s winningest jockey with more than 12,000 wins, will be riding in his record 20th Longacres Mile. Baze won with Simply Majestic (1989), Sky Jack (2003) and Adreamisborn (2004).
Trained by Wesley Ward and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Politicallycorrect was a dual stakes winner last year as a 3-year-old, taking the Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita in California and the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, both at 7 furlongs.
A Kentucky-bred son of Kitten’s Joy, Politicallycorrect has raced three times this year, finishing second in the Grade III James Marvin Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on July 19 to go with a third-place finish in the Grade III Jaipur Stakes at Belmont in New York.
Herbie D, winner of the Mount Rainier Handicap at Emerald Downs on July 21, will break from the No. 10 post under Amadeo Perez and was installed as the 4-1 second betting choice.
Trainer Mike Puhich, who saddled Taylor Said to a victory in last year’s Longacres Mile, will enter the trio of Hoist, Mr. Bowling and Tres Borrachos.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez rode Taylor Said to last year’s triumph for Puhich and owner Glenn Todd of the North American Thoroughbred Racing.
The three team up again this year with Hoist, which will break from Post No. 2.
“The Mile is the biggest race in the Pacific Northwest,” Todd said. “(Last year’s Mile) was the best and most gratifying day I’ve had in horse racing. “We’ve got two in (this year’s race). I don’t know if they’re as good as Taylor Said, but we can’t win if were not in the race.”
Todd co-owns Mr. Bowling, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred purchased with Dr. Mark Dedomenico three weeks ago. Mr. Bowling is coming off a second-place finish in the $101,000 Golden Bear Stakes at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind.
“He’s been a consistent runner and we thought this type of race was perfect for him,” Puhich said about Mr. Bowling, who received post No. 11. “It was really a no-brainer for us to take a shot at this race.”
Rounding out Puhich’s charges is Tres Borrachos, the field’s richest earner with $1,030,973. Tres Borrachos will break from No. 8 under David G. Lopez.
An overflow field of 13 runners was entered into the race. Until You, breaking against the rail under Juan Gutierrez, won a shake with former champion Assessment to complete the field. Both geldings were assigned 114 pounds.
Winning Machine, last year’s runner-up, received post No. 12.
Gladding, Golden Itiz, Jebrcia, Stryker Phd and Why Not Be Perfect complete the field.
78th Longacres Mile
Post-position draw for Sunday’s race at Emerald Downs
1Until YouJuan GutierrezDavid Martinez114
2HoistMario GutierrezMike Puhich117
3PoliticallycorrectRussell BazeWesley Ward121
4GladdingDennis CarrVann Belvoir116
5Stryker PhdDebbie HoonanMargo Lloyd116
6JebricaIsaias EnriquezJim Penney118
7Golden ItizGerry OlguinJohn Sadler116
8Tres BorrachosDavid G. LopezMike Puhich118
9Why Not Be PerfectAnne SanguinettiJeff Metz118
10Herbie DAmadeo PerezRobert Gilker121
11Mr. BowlingAaron GryderMike Puhich117
12Winning MachineJavier MatiasFrank Lucarelli117