Tribal Waters to Run Mile Day

Tribal Waters is entered to run on Sunday, August 16 – Mile Day. He is in the 9th race (The Mile is race 8), and will break from post position 8 of 8 horses under jockey Leslie Mawing.

Overnight is here.

The race is a claiming $12,500 – $10,000 for three-year-olds and up for non-winners of two.

But if we look at Tribal Waters Past Performances we see that he’s actually won three races! So how can he be eligible?

Let’s look at the extra race as it appeared on the overnight:


In parentheses it reads “(Maiden races, Claiming Races and Starter Races for $10,000 or Less Not Considered)”.

Based on that, his first victory on May 24, 2014 doesn’t count. And, because his second win on May 2, 2015 was for $6,250, that also doesn’t count.

Which means based on the conditions of the race, the only win that counts was his most recent victory for $12,500 claiming. He meets the requirements!

Paddock List

RSVP for the Paddock by Saturday, August 15 at 5 pm. Again, preference will be given to those that have not been in the paddock yet, and then will go to random draw to fill any remaining slots. Honor system please.

Paddock list will be posted to the blog Saturday evening.

Mile Day is a special day and will be extremely busy. Seating in the horsemens section is based on a first come, first serve basis and please be aware that other sections that are normally open may be sold.

Breakfast at the Wire


Breakfast at the Wire is Saturday from 8 am – 10 am. Will Brewer, president of the WTBOA will be a special guest and will be talking about the yearling sale. He’ll cover how to read a catalog page as well as other tips for taking in the sale.

He also graciously offered to walk around with any ERC member that would like to learn more hands on during the yearling preview. He’ll be busy during the sale Tuesday, but Will has a wealth of knowledge to share. So be sure to seek him out if you go see the yearlings between tomorrow and Tuesday! And for transparency, Will does not have any horses in the sale and has offered his services for educational purposes only.

The Mile – Sunday, August 16

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Around here it’s simply referred to as “The Mile.” The richest race in the Northwest, the Longacres Mile’s purse is $200,000 and it is the only graded Stakes race at Emerald Downs.

“Graded” refers to an assignment of Grade I, Grade II, or Grade III (also Grade 1, 2 or 3).

A race is assigned it’s “graded status” by the American Graded Stakes Committee. All grades issued, denied, or altered are voted upon by a quorum of the Committee at a duly called meeting. A quorum, for the purpose of grading races, is a majority of TOBA (Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association) members on the Committee and a majority of Racing Officials on the Committee. Eight affirmative votes are required to upgrade any race and six affirmative votes are required to downgrade a race.

In a nutshell, grading is based on purse money, quality of horses competing over time, and establishment of the race. You can read more about the criteria here.

Stakes races, and in particular The Mile, function differently than a normal race.

1) There’s a nomination process. In the case of The Mile, nominations closed Sunday, August 2.

2) There is a nomination fee of $250. A horse must be nominated in order to be eligible to enter.

3) Once the list of nominated horses is complete, then the racing secretary assigns the weights. This is what constitutes a “handicap” because the horses are assigned weights based on their past performances. Theoretically, the best horse receives the highest weight, and the least competitive horse receives the lowest. The aim is to level the playing field and make the race as competitive as possible.

4) Weights are released Saturday, August 8 with “high weights preferred.” This means that if more than 12 horses enter, the twelve with the highest weights will get preference.

5) Regular entries are taken on Wednesday, August 12. An additional $1,500 is due at entry. Once entries are closed, we have the ceremonial “post position draw”.

6) On race day, an additional $1,500 is required to start. The additional entry fees all go into the purse.

The above process is specific to the Mile and is outlined in the condition book. The Mile is a unique race with tremendous history behind it. The Mile is the culmination of a series of Stakes for three-year-olds and up: the Governor’s Handicap (May 17), Budweiser Handicap (June 14), Mt Rainier Handicap (July 19).

Last year the Ross’ won the Mile with Stryker Phd and they are looking to defend that title on Sunday. If you’d like to keep up to date on everything Mile, head on over to

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Stryker Phd captures the 2014 Longacres Mile under Leslie Mawing.

Mile T-Shirt Giveaway

And don’t forget that the first 5,000 fans receive an American Pharoah Triple Crown T-Shirt! You’ll have to go through the admission gates to get your voucher so if you plan to walk up from the Quarter Chute, you’ll miss the voucher.







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